Otto, the Basenji

I heard tonight about the passing of Otto, the Basenji who lives on Rose Ave (I think). I met him right after I brought my dog Zak home as a pup, 14 years ago this August, in Wellesley Park. I last saw Otto in a month ago maybe, and mentioned him when I saw a Basenji puppy tonight on Nasmith. That’s when I was told the news.

I’ve known a lot of wonderful dogs in Cabbagetown over the past 14 years – moved out briefly, met my wife and brought her back, with her dog Roscoe too. And of course I’ve met so many (most?) of the great people who smile back, stop to talk, and share their lives in the park through our dogs. Rain, snow, sleet or hail. I still remember the Eureka! moment after I first brought Zak home, when the strange new neighbourhood suddenly was filled with people I recognized saying hello to each other, because of their time together with their dogs.

Anyway, the point of my story is really to say goodbye to Otto, and to note that, probably, our dogs are now the oldest residents of Cabbagetown. So please say hello if you see us walking, slowly, through town.

Zak & Roscoe (Kevin, Marie-Elisabeth, Léo & Noah)

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

Beer-Batter-fish&Chips

Beer Batter Fish N’ Chips

The Irv opened its doors at 195 Carlton St. on March 1st 2014 with a tribute to Bob Irvine the man they called Irv. When opening The Irv we wanted to concentrate on fresh local food and great beer … [Read More...]

Cabbagetown-movie-in-the-park

Cabbagetown Movie In The Park

Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski Grab your picnic blanket and get ready for Cabbagetown Movie In The Park returning for its 3rd annual installment presented by the Cabbagetown BIA on Wednesday July 18th … [Read More...]

Buds-and-blossioms

Buds & Blossoms is Growing!

Contributed by Linnea Obern Hi friends! We are Buds & Blossoms, a family activity studio serving Cabbagetown with a diverse selection of educational and entertaining classes and events for … [Read More...]

garden-tour-Poster-8

Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces

This unique tour continues to draw people from across Toronto and beyond. June 3 will be the 11th time we have had the privilege of peeking into the hidden gardens.  A self-guided tour of these … [Read More...]

Kim-Ezeard-ad

Construction, Construction Everywhere!

Contributed by Kimberley Ezeard Cabbagetown was not exempt from what seemed like the never ending winter, and now we enter the season of never ending construction and traffic detour… “Why”, you ask? … [Read More...]

green thumbs

Green Thumbs

Photo & article contributed by Lenka Gazova – Lenka Life Photography *VIP   Green Thumbs offers food growing and environmental education programs in 4 inner-city schools and 2 park … [Read More...]

Meredith-BIO-Ad

Meredith Cartwright

Meredith Cartwright is an accomplished human rights lawyer, businesswoman and advocate for Toronto Centre. Meredith earned her law degree from Queen’s University and holds a Master’s degree from … [Read More...]

FIretruck-cabbagetown

FUN IN THE SUN…

Contributed by Sarah Cook- Publisher. Fish, Festivals and Firetrucks… oh my!   Weather you prefer Fahrenheit or Celsius, it is climbing! It’s going to be a hot one this year, Summer 2018 is … [Read More...]

David-MORRIS-photo-for-article-PSN-June-18

David Morris

David Morris believes real, progressive change starts with opportunity, connection, and community. A belief in community underscores everything David does. David understands Toronto Centre’s biggest … [Read More...]

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre

Contributed by Sharmini Fernando Candidate The Cabbagetown youth Centre has provided free or close to free recreation, pre-school, summer camp, after-school and youth focused programs for over two … [Read More...]

Body-Karma

Are they really listening?!

Contributed by Jennifer Shearer The way we talk about our bodies can have an affect on the little humans in our lives…!   The journey to self acceptance is a long one, which can lead to a … [Read More...]