Dressed to the CaninesPublished on February 26, 2017

  • Mackenzie the English Pointer with owner Aneeka
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Montecristo the Long-Haired Chihuahua with owner Stefan
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Pearl the Cockapoo with owner Mandy
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Hugo the Doberman with owner Lori
    Photo by: Katie Hession

Once Old Man Winter hits Ottawa, the struggle to stay warm and fashionable is real. That’s not the case for these stylish dogs and their equally stylish owners who certainly wag a couple of tails as they walk on by. We asked these sartorial pups to share their favourite spots to enjoy the city when they’re not busy turning the sidewalk in to their catwalk…or should we say dogwalk?

“Before we moved out to the country where I now have endless room to run wherever and whenever I want, I always used to hangout at David Bartlett Park in Manotick. It’s still one of my favourite places to play with my dog-squad, though. I get to chase squirrels, point at ducks, and as a bonus I even get easy access to swim and cool down in the Ottawa River on hot summer days!”

WHO: Mackenzie the English Pointer with owner Aneeka, physiotherapist and editor of Getting Ready Report 
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WHERE: Manotick-North Gower
WEARING: Wool sweater by Chilly Dog on Mackenzie / coat from Aritzia and leather ankle boots from Zara on Anneka

“I’m a big fan of the ‘loop’ - a walk I relish along the banks of the Ottawa river crossing over the Alexandra and Portage bridges. It’s a perfect one hour stroll with spectacular views of parliament, the locks, the Canadian Museum of History, and Victoria Island. I also hang out at Happy Goat in Mechanicsville enjoying the smell of coffee, live music and a great made to order sandwich by the friendly crew working there!”

WHO: Montecristo the Long-Haired Chihuahua with owner Stefan, civil servant
WHERE: Canadian Museum of History
WEARING: Custom dog harness by Kiki Hamann on Montecristo / jacket from L’Hexagon, pants from Simons, vest from Moores, Louis Vuitton scarf, Ben Sherman boots from Nordstrom Thomas Sabo lapel pin from True Bijoux on Stefan

“My human and I live and work in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Byward Market. Every day when we go for our walk, we bump into locals and tourists who always tell me how cute I am. I work in customer relations and security at my human’s boutique and it’s always nice when other humans come in asking for me and give me a treat. When I’m not working, Major’s Hill Park is one of my favourite places to play ball.”

WHO: Pearl the Cockapoo with owner Mandy, owner of Stunning! Fashion Accessories
WHERE: ByWard Market
WEARING: sweater from Cricket & Company on Pearl / Mackage shearling coat and Le Canadian boots from Schad, American Eagle jeans, toque and mittens from Stunning!

“My happy place? Outside. I like outside. I really like when my dad takes me to a place called ‘the pitch’. There are sometimes other dogs there, but there are many other many humans. It’s so fun! We run in the grass, wrestle, play in the mud, bark a lot and chase after a delicious leather thing called a rugby ball.”

WHO: Hugo the Doberman with owner Lori, proprietress 
at Showpony Hair
WHERE: Patterson Creek
WEARING: Shed Row K9 Aspen coat on Hugo / UGG boots, L.A.M.B. for Burton hat from Sporting Life, Treasure & Bond jeans from Nordstrom and cape by Katherine Barclay on Lori

Katie Hession

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