Irresistible photos of lawyers and their dogs // Feature

Not much of a dog person? You might just be after seeing this photo series of six lawyers and their adorable pups

By Braden Alexander

On Tuesday March 8th, 2016

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Not sure you can fit a dog into your busy schedule? Think a high-maintenance mutt is just as likely to wake you up in the middle of the night as a client?

These six lawyers and their fetching four-legged pals might convince you otherwise. Once you see those puppy dog eyes, you’ll be buying kibble in no time.


Lee Lenkinski with Mordy

Lee Lenkinski

with Mordechai (Mordy), the Australian Shepherd

Year of call: 2012
Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Practice area: Health law
Neighbourhood: Yonge & Lawrence
Dog walker: Yes, Monday to Friday.

When Lenkinski picked out Mordy, he was prepping for trial. “I probably didn’t do my homework,” he says. He and his wife, Emma Gregg, an in-house counsel at Travelers Canada, soon found out how high-maintenance Australian shepherds can be. But he couldn’t help but love the barking ball of energy. “He’s a good dude — and he’s a good snuggler.”

 

 

 

 

 

Gillian Stacey with McLovin and Clementine

Gillian Stacey

with McLovin, the Border Terrier and Clementine, the Victorian Bulldog

Year of call: 1994
Firm: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Practice area: Private mergers and acquisitions
Neighbourhood: The Beaches
Dog walker: Yes, five days a week. “That’s the only way it works.” “When I got her, she was bigger than McLovin,” says Stacey, pointing to 85-pound Clementine (named after Winston Churchill’s wife). And yet, the small border terrier is definitely the boss. “She’s a shy dog and he’s a total alpha.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Freeman with Duke

Joshua Freeman

with Duke, the Australian Labradoodle

Year of call: 2008
Firm: Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Practice area: Civil and commercial litigation
Neighbourhood: Yonge & St. Clair. “There are a lot of parks,” says Freeman. “They’re not supposed to be dog parks, but they get taken over. It’s a very
dog-friendly area.”
Dog walker: No — his wife, Kelly, works close to home, so she drops by during the day to walk Duke.

“Apparently they’ve been breeding labradoodles for a long time in Australia, so they have a consistent demeanour,” says Freeman of his calm, well-behaved dog. “I think he’s probably just a labradoodle that has a funny accent.”

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Conroy and Patty

Jennifer Conroy

with Patty, the Bernese Mountain Dog

Year of call: 2004
Firm: Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Practice area: Anti-organized crime
Neighbourhood: The East End
Dog walker: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, even while Conroy is home on maternity leave. “Patty is so strong,” says Conroy. “So I can’t actually walk her and the kids.”

Despite Patty’s intimidating size (she’s more than 100 pounds), she is no guard dog. “I often call her aggressively friendly,” says Conroy. The beast is more likely to lick your face than anything, which makes her a good companion for Conroy’s two young children. “She’s very gentle with them, very cuddly. And she lets them climb all over her like a jungle gym.”

 

 

 

Embie Edgar-Chana and Aaron Edgar with Coco and Rio

Aaron Edgar & Ambie Edgar-Chana

with Coco & Rio, both Chihuahuas

Year of call: both in 2007
Firm: Edgar Chana Law
Practice area: Trusts, estates, charities and patents
Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence Market
Dog walker: No. The pups go to work with their owners most days, so they tire themselves out at the office.

“A few years back, a friend had bought four Chihuahuas,” says Chana-Edgar. “She asked me to look after them for the weekend. Aaron said, ‘Don’t fall in love with those animals.’” But after a few days. . . “We fell in love,” says Edgar, who quickly agreed to adopt two of them (four pups were too many for their friend).

 

 

 

 

 


Web exclusive: Behind-the-scenes photos

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos from our photo shoot with our six lawyers and their precious pups!

Spring 2016: Behind-the-scenes photos of lawyers and their dogs


This story is from our Spring 2016 issue.
 

 

 


Photography by Jaime Hogge