It’s Family Day (a provincial holiday here in Ontario) and we’re at Harbourfront. It’s a hard, frosty cold here, overnight it was minus 25. People are skating, out for Dim Sum Brunch at the Pearl or walking along the harbour. Despite the cold, it’s nice to be outdoors. We came across an 8 year old girl and her father walking their new puppy.
“Roxy is her name and she is my first dog. She’s 10 weeks old and a black lab retriever”
(father) “It’s all quite exciting for Soph…it’s the first thing she wants to do in the morning and the last thing she wants to do at night…”
“Her name is Pekoe, like orange pekoe tea. Her parent dog was a Border Collie, a working farm dog. It was an accidental pregnancy…some other dog stumbled along…”
“…One of the big ones why André got her was to make himself go out and about and do stuff on a really regular basis. So yes, we do a lot more outdoor activities. And she is an adventure seeker! She’s a badass puppy in that way! So we’re always trying to go on bigger, badder adventures so that she’s entertained. So for instance if you go for a run with her, she leaves you to go with the faster person. So then you think to yourself… I can go faster! So some of the hikes we pick to go on, we pick ones that would be challenging for the dog rather than challenging for ourselves.”
“Riley and I walk over everyday and get a fresh baguette…”
“You should also go and check out Smiling Blue Skies, my better half runs it. Suzi has raised 1.4 million dollars for canine cancer research at the University of Guelph. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work.”
On Chesterman Beach dogs spend a lot of time waiting for their people to come out of the water…