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 five 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.
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
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 five lawyers and their precious pups!
This story is from our Spring 2016 issue.
Photography by Jaime Hogge