Canada Day certainly went to the dogs! This is why I love the dogs of Toronto. When you see the Toronto Dogs pulling out all the stops for Canada Day celebrations you just have to share it with others.
Pooches all across the city of Toronto are showing how proud they are to be Canadians and celebrating the joyous occasion is with their fur friends and humans. The city of Toronto is awash of red and white pawsomeness this past weekend.
Here are some of our favourite doggos…Happy Birthday Canada!
Dawson & The Six Pack Dogs
Dawson said it best….”One day, Canada will take over the world. Then we’ll say ‘Sorry’…for being awesome. Celebrating with your doggie besties and their hoomans. I mean does life get much better? This may be a #throwback to last Canada Day but I can’t help but share their pawsomeness.
Korean born but now calls Canada her home and doesn’t she fit right in eh! Celebrating her first Canada Day and looking pawmazing. Sophie was rescued from a puppy mill and was adopted after being sent to a high kill shelter.
Beans summing up Canada in one picture. ‘SORRY’ lol. Beans is draped head to toe in Canadian swag with a custom Canadaian leash, Beans already proudly reps the city of Toronto and now she’s showing off her country!
Stylish as ever, Archer knows less is more! Archer is wearing a Canadian themed bowtie and we are sure you will agree that he is a best-dressed nominee. Archer is a proud Canadian who reps all the iggies of Canada all year long!
When you have all the fluff all you need is one popping accessory. I think we may be spotting a trend this year and it’s the minimalist look for the boys! Tofu with his contrasting colours here, we can only say…Tofu, you nailed it!
Introduction to Episode 15: Animal Law with David Samuels
The Bark Show is a podcast where we discuss all things dogs, co-hosted by Pam Curry and Suzana Curcija, brought to you by Toronto Dog Walking and I Speak Dog. Today’s guest is David Samuels from Gartner & Associates Animal Law. David is a litigation lawyer who works with clients to plan out a cost-effective strategy to achieve a successful resolution of their animal dispute claims. David is a an animal lover himself, and he has always owned animals since he was a child.
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Podcast Episode Summary
Gartner & Associates Animal Law is the first law firm that deals exclusively with animal related matters, located in downtown Toronto but have clients all around the country
Animal law is a niche industry, the firm is made of animal lovers passionate about helping animals who can’t speak for themselves and other animal lovers
Usually they deal with pet custody disputes between ex-couples, disputes about dog bites, vet-related issues, condominium disputes when tenants are asked to remove their pets, etc.
Every situation is different and looked at case-by-case, it’s a growing industry where rules aren’t black and white
Read the lease agreement or lease declaration for the condo before moving in or buying or renting property, in regards to allowing animals
To evict a dog from a property there is a procedure and a set of rules to follow as well as evidence needed to claim
Dangerous Dog orders by the City of Toronto are issued based on a dog biting or attacking another dog/human or by the province of Ontario if it’s a more escalated bite/incident
There are opportunities to appeal the order, contact the city and explain the reasons behind your dog’s aggressiveness, the circumstances and their history
With Gartner & Associates Animal Law they present the evidence and present a case
He would advise dog owners to save money for potentially seeking legal advice in the future
For pet custody cases, there are two options: mediation (informal, coming to an agreement/schedule that works for both parties) or litigation (formal, taking it to court, judge decides)
Pets are still seen as property in the eyes of the law, they don’t have their own rights but judges are realizing more and more that they are family members
People can call the police and get help for animal abuse cases, including seeing a pet locked in a hot car
A lot of times, clients don’t realize the Dangerous Dog orders are very serious. There are 2 different cases, municipal bylaw (city of Toronto) or all of Ontario. In the first case the conditions are no longer relevant when leaving Toronto. If they were ordered to muzzle their dog within Ontario, the repercussions for not following said order will be harsh.
Aside from client work, Gartner & Associates Animal Law participates in lobbying for worthy causes, currently lobbying against dog trapping/hunting, collect signatures to end dog trapping. Link to online petition on their website and Facebook page!
“I’m very proud and happy to work in an office where we can help these animals and give them a voice.”
“The animal law industry is catching up slowly in terms of recognizing that these animals do have feelings and they can be heard and they aren’t just property.”
Here at Toronto Dog Walking, we consider ourselves lucky to live in a city full of dog lovers, and dog owners that love to treat their four-legged life companions. We are of the humble opinion that whether it’s their birthday, or a special milestone, or simply so that they aren’t left out of OUR special occasion and milestones, our furry best pals deserve an edible indulgence just as much as their humans do. But let’s be honest with ourselves, we definitely don’t need a special occasion to treat our furry best pals to a pupcake or the occasional treat.
So here’s a list of Top 5 Best Pet Bakeries in Toronto…
While this list is in no particular order, Pawsalicious deserves its reigning spot as one of the best pet bakeries in Toronto; simply because of the quality of the service and the products that it offers. Located in Markham, Pawsalicious Bakery’s clients travel from far and wide to pick up their pet’s custom-made cake, but the bakery also has delivery available to the Toronto and surrounding area of Markham, Vaughan, and Richmond Hill.
Open by appointment only, Pawsalicious Bakery prides itself on creating affordable cakes and other treats that are all made with organic ingredients, as well as gluten free and wheat free flour. Take a look at their amazing creations at www.pawsalicious.com or on Instagram @pawsaliciousbakery
So, by now, you know the drill: 100% organic, healthy, all made in-house from scratch, yadda yadda yadda. But what makes Bow Wow Bakery, located in Etobicoke, stand out? Their exquisite designs, which you can view on their glitzy user-friendly website (complete with a Testimonials page by the clients) www.bowwowbakery.ca or on their Instagram @bowwowbakery.ca are so much fun to customize when ordering! Clients can choose different aspect of the baked good, from the flavour to the icing, and order online. Flavours include Apple and Oats, Peanut Butter and Banana, and Carrot. And yes, they are safe for humans to consume, too.
Aside from making cakes and other baked goods that look good enough for humans to eat, Dream Cakery’s designs are complete #InstagramGoals so please head on over to their Instagram page @dreamcakery.ca to see what we mean. We’re talking ice-cream cone-shaped cake pops. A lot of dog cakes and treats can be made with sugar which is detrimental to their health, so Dream Cakery ensures that all their products are made with absolutely no sugar or artificial preservatives, to set your mind at ease. They currently have a couple of combos and packages that are on sale on their website: www.dreamcakery.ca
This one is a pet supply store, which also features a pet bakery that carries baked goods, such as cakes and cookies for your furry best pal. What we really appreciate about this company is their view of positive reinforcement when it comes to your relationship with your pet, which is something that we at Toronto Dog Walking feel passionate about. It states on The Dog Market’s website www.thedogmarket.ca that positive reinforcement is an important part of successful, long-lasting training. And what better tool to use for positive reinforcement of your pet, than their delicious treats?
Located in the Beaches area of downtown Toronto on 2116 Queen Street East, they offer lots of other products that you can also check out on their Instagram @thebeachdogmarket .
We could not complete this list without this wonderful company that does such important charity work for the No Hungry Pets Project, which is a non-profit organization that supplies pet food to local Toronto food banks and organization to help pet parent clients. Mattie and Finnegan, a company started by vet industry professional Denise Angus and Lynda Paul, owner of a Leslieville bakery for humans, give part of their proceeds to this wonderful cause.
They also offer FREE delivery on all their products! Using healthy indredients like turmeric, cinnamon, veggies and fruits, Mattie and Finnegan goodies are made in a nut-free facility by people who really care about our furry companies.
Named after the owners’ own cake-loving puppers, this bakery really stands out as something special. You can see the skill of an experienced baker (of over 15 years!) in their designs, which include cakes that are an exact replica of the dogs they were ordered for! See for yourself at www.mattieandfinnegan.ca. Their Liver Cake is a top seller, as well as their custom 3D Full Dog Body and Head cakes.
Photographing our furry best pals is not the easiest job in the world when they are full of energy and always on the go; and they’re not the biggest fans of posing for the ‘gram! That is why we compiled a list of the best pet photographers in Toronto. In no particular order, they are:
Off Leash Studio
Off Leash Studio stands out due to its ability to capture a dog or cat during their goofiest moments. This studio specifically focuses on bringing out your furry best pal’s unique and fun personality. The end result is professional, polished and guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Located on 165 Bathurst St., Off Leash Studio uses cinematic lighting techniques honed through years of experience shooting portraits to create classic and modern portraits with a fun twist. The official Instagram page (@offleashstudio) will definitely brighten up your day or visit them at: http://www.offleashstudio.com/
Doggy Dates Toronto takes the “nature walk” approach to bring you the most gorgeous shots of your pup with a breathtaking background on the beach, in the woods or anywhere else outdoors, running about and enjoying the fresh air! Expect to see your dog in action, like jumping up in the air and catching a ball, or running towards the waves on the beach. This kind of photoshoot is perfect for the puppers that love the outdoors and exercising. The packages start from $75 and the beautiful shots can be found at the official Facebook page /DoggyDatesToronto or on Instagram @doggydatestoronto
If you’re looking for a seasoned professional with lots of commercial photography experience as well as experience working with a variety of different animals, Jason is your guy! He has photographed exotic animals, farm animals, as well as taken commissions from humans to photograph their domestic pets. Sky is the limit for Jason Krygier-Baum, who always makes sure he has the animal’s owner or, in the case of an exotic animal, a professional animal handler on set (usually at his swanky studio) to make sure everyone involved is comfortable and everything runs smoothly.
After growing up in a house full of all kinds of different animals, Jason studied animal behaviour at the University of Toronto and decided to combine his love of animals with his passion for photography. While Jason’s rates are on the higher end price range, if you take a look at his pet portfolio at https://www.jasonkb.com/pet-portraits, you will see the extremely high quality of his work and realize that this is an unforgettable experience for both you and your furry pal, and a memory to last you a lifetime. Check out his work on Instagram @jasonkbphoto !
This one’s for the GTA folks, we haven’t forgotten about you! Based in Burlington and serving the GTA area, Happy Tails Pet Photography was founded and is operated by animal lover Stacey, who has a golden retriever and a cat of her own. Her portraits really showcase that extra personal touch that results from putting the research in to really discover which location, setting, and experience is perfect for both you and your pet. Stacey prefers shooting in outdoor locations with natural lighting, as opposed to shooting in a studio, as she believes that your furry best friend needs to be as comfortable as possible to let their true personality shine. Her portraits are as picturesque as a postcard, and if you don’t believe us, see it for yourself at https://happytailspetphotography.ca/ and on Instagram @happytailsphoto
Fetching Fotos founder (and photographer) – phew, say that 5 times fast! – Lisa and her team really care, and it shows. From a pre-photoshoot meeting to discuss session ideas, products and budget planning, to a post-photoshoot preview session of over 30 images, everything is designated to put you at ease and make sure this is an incredible experience to remember. Session options include: Simple Pet Session of 1-2 hours at a single location, Us Together Session of owner with pet for 2-3 hours at 1 or 2 locations, The Dogumentary Day of 4-5 hours of following you and your dog around doing your favourite things together, and the Four Seasons Pet Symphony with four sessions throughout the year, each 1-2 hours long. There is also the Old Faithful Session for those with senior pets or ill pets who might have mobility issues, in which case the entire photoshoot is set up for their and their owners’ convenience. Take a closer look at www.fetchingfotos.com or @fetching_fotos on Instagram.
Whether you are at the beginning of your journey with your four-legged best friend, or you are sadly near the end of your journey together and want to capture some beautiful moments, we hope this list helps you find your perfect photographer!
Who are we missing from the list? Shout them out in the comments!
Introduction to Episode 14: Phodography with El Keegan!
The Bark Show is a podcast where we discuss all things dogs, co-hosted by Pam Curry and Suzana Curcija, brought to you by Toronto Dog Walking and I Speak Dog. Today’s guest is pet photographer El Keegan of El Keegan Photography. El is als a food, product, wedding, and lifestyle photographer. El loves all fields of photography but raising two pups made her fall in love with photographing dogs. Her dogs are far from ordinary, they’re deeply emotional, hilarious and they regularly humiliate her and have done for years now. For El, it’s so important to capture their characters. Not all dogs are perfectly behaved but we love them fiercely. They are our best friends, after all.
Find us at www.TheBarkShow.dog
Instagram – @torontodogwalking & @ispeakdog
Podcast Episode Summary
Back in Ireland where she’s originally from, El didn’t really know what she wanted to do after graduating but had studied photography in college and got scouted by the Irish Independent newspaper and worked there for 5-6 years
Her and her partner decided to leave Dublin and move to Toronto with their 2 dogs
El took up any gigs she could get such as food and drink photography but would take her camera on dog walks to the dog park and take pictures of her dogs
Her two dogs are full of life and character, very wild when out on walks, so El wanted to bring that energy to her dog photography business
She has been trying different formats and styles with different dogs to see what suits them best.
Usually takes a full hour to do the shoot to leave time for the dog to get settled, sniff around, feel safe and El gets to know them with treats and toys. It’s about capturing a variety of different poses, it’s about the dog’s experience. People often put their dogs through a lot of stress to get the perfect picture but El is strictly against that
Dog owners might want to take the dogs for a walk before the shoot if they are hyper dogs
End result of her shoot is 5 really high quality images, each package comes with 8 x 10 canvas
She’s working on a coffee table book called The Secret Life of Dogs, to be offered in the next year, an elaborate dog lifestyle project. Huge concepts, dog centric, takes a month to shoot the dogs separately and then compose them together
She had the idea for a year and found a poker table on Kijiji to kick the project off, hoping to have 30 shoots in the final book
She is offering $50 off her “Phodography” package for shoots booked for the month of October – just mention The Bark Show!!
“So many people think dog photography is for the quiet, sweet dogs that will sit and pose for any amount of time, but it’s just not. Dogs are incredible, wild, hilarious and full of character. Sometimes the photos where they look deranged, with their tongue hanging out, is the perfect encapsulation of that dog.”
“I won’t let you leave until you have excellent photos, but I want to make sure it’s done in the right way.”