Goin’ To The Dogs – Dogspotting In Riverdale

Shaemus and Viggo on the Riverdale Footbridge which joins Cabbagetown and Riverdale

Shaemus , a Golden Retriever, and our always-charming Viggo on the Riverdale Footbridge

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Stella, Viggo, and big Murphy at Withrow Park

Stella, Viggo, and big Murphy at Withrow Park

In my mind I see the stereotypical “birder” – from wide-brimmed Tilley hat to sensible walking shoes and in his/her hands a check-list of birds (s)he is hoping to see. There is one difference, however. Instead of birding, what I see is someone engaged in “dogging” his way through my neighbourhood with a check list of must-see dogs. And as I glance at his list I see that most everything is already checked off!  If the incredible variety and number of dogs that one sees every day is any indication, then the Riverdale/Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto must be  a dogspotter’s dream!

(Please see the end of the post for full disclosure with respect to my “birder” description.)

two Porties (Oka and Zuna) running on the Don Valley trail

two Poodles  (Oka and Zuna) running on the Don Valley trail

If you notice any errors in identification of the following dogs, let me know and corrections will be made!  I will also keep adding to the collection over the next few days so do take a peek in a week or so for some new faces.  In the meanwhile, what I will have to do is take Viggo out on walks outside of our regular times so that we meet a wider cross-section of the myriad dogs of Riverdale and Cabbagetown.  Goin’ to the dogs  indeed!

sequoia of riverdale down in the Don Valley

Sequoia, a Bernese Mountain Dog,   down in the Don Valley

Benny (terrier mix)

Benny , a terrier mix, guarding “his” street

Clarence along with Viggo and Cosmo

Clarence along with Viggo and Cosmo

Tibetan masstif visiting Riverdale- his family was sliding on the hill nearby

Tibetan mastiff visiting Riverdale- his family was sliding on the hill nearby

Shibu Inu (a Japanese Spitz breed) at Riverdale Park East - I didn;t catch this young guy's name

Shibu Inu (a Japanese Spitz breed) at Riverdale Park East – I didn;t catch this young guy’s name

the-usual-motely-crew-around-takeo-the-giver-of-treats

the usual motley crew around Takeo, the giver of premium treats!

Viggo and a Golden Retriever exchanging greetings on the Don Valley trail

Viggo and a Golden Retriever exchanging greetings on the Don Valley trail

Maggie the Pyrenean Mountain Dog patrolling her pasture in Riverdale

Maggie the Pyrenean Mountain Dog patrolling her pasture in Riverdale

Toshi at Withrow park for a mid-afternoon visit

Toshi the Australian Shepherd at Withrow park for a mid-afternoon visit

dogs getting some attention at Withrow Park

dogs getting some attention at Withrow Park

Ira the Alaskan Klee Kai- all that's missing are here amazing blue eyes

Mira the Alaskan Klee Kai- all that’s missing are her amazing blue eyes

Baxter the French Bulldog

Baxter the French Bulldog at Withrow Park dog park

riverdale dog up close and personal

up close and  way too personal – the perils of pointing a camera from a crouched position

Joey the Westie- all eyes for his owner

Joey  a mixed breed – all eyes for his owner

Oka the Portie- complete with ice beard!

Oka the Poodle  complete with ice beard!

kuba the Polish Lowlands Sheepdog

Kuba the Polish Lowland Sheepdog

play time down in the Don Valley- is it a husky-lab mix?

play time down in the Don Valley-  a husky-lab mix leads the way

Cosmo the Portuguese Water Dog

Cosmo the Portuguese Water Dog- a buddy of Viggo’s since puppy days

Misha on Riverdale- getting on in years but still on the job!

Misha on Riverdale- getting on in years but still on the job!

Siberian husky at Withrow Park

Siberian husky at Withrow Park

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Viggo in “full disclosure” mode for a new acquaintance, an Airedale  Terrier

Timber the Brittany Spaniel going for a walk

Timber the Brittany Spaniel reluctantly going for a walk

sequoia with a real grin on her face

Sequoia with a delightful grin on her face

Layla the Portie down in the Don Valley

Layla the Portuguese Water Dog down in the Don Valley

Rverdale Park West

Rverdale Park West– a Jack Russell contemplating his ball

Takeo dishing treats at Riverdale Park West

Takeo dishing treats at Riverdale Park West

close-up of

close-up of a beagle- name unknown

riverdale dog coming in for a treat

riverdale dog coming in for a treat or some attention while I try to take a respectable shot!

looking for a third ball?

looking for a third ball – a mixed breed?  (a Golden Retriever +?)

Viggo hoping to score a treat

Viggo hoping to score a treat – not sure about the breed of the dog conducting the sniff test

Bye Bye, snow! Viggo in the Don Valley on a cloudy day with +6 C temperature

Bye Bye, snow! Viggo in the Don Valley on a cloudy day with +6 C temperature

Toby the Portuguese Water Dog in the Don Valley

Toby the Portuguese Water Dog in the Don Valley- last week’s snow is going fast!

Luna the Labrador Retriever pup sniffing something good now that the snow is gone

Luna the Labrador Retriever pup sniffing something good now that the snow is gone

Riverdale Park West- mixed breed

Riverdale Park West- mixed breed…any guesses?

Murphy, Stella, Viggo at Withrow Park

an unnamed dog looks on as Stella and Murphy, two Bernese Mountain Dogs, join Viggo in checking out a Withrow Park arrival!

Springer Spaniels at Riverdale Park

Springer Spaniels at Riverdale Park

springer spaniel in Riverdale Park East

Springer Spaniel at Riverdale Park East

Polar, Viggo, and Marlow at Withrow Park

Viggo, Polar (a Samoyed) and Marlow (a Sheltie)

Bella in her hot pink booties at Riverdale Park East

Bella in her hot pink booties at Riverdale Park West

Brodie doing the rounds along the fence at Riverdale Park East

Brodie the Jack Russell terrier doing the rounds along the fence at Riverdale Park East

my first German Spitz sighting! Where's that check list!

my first German Spitz sighting! His name is Leo. Where’s that check list!

Patterson the Newfoundlander on his afternoon stroll in Roverdale

Patterson the Newfoundlander on his afternoon stroll in Roverdale

Portuguese Water Dog at Riverdale Park

Rowboat, a Portuguese Water Dog at Riverdale Park

Riverdale Park East Bernese Mountain Dog

Riverdale Park East Bernese Mountain Dog

festive dachshund on the porch

festive dachshund on the porch

Full disclosure: I own four Tilley hats of various colours and shapes and always choose sensible hiking boots for my rambles with Viggo. I have also been known to create check lists for most everything I do. Perhaps I should take up birding!

Pop Quiz- name any five breeds in the video below!

BTW- I found a great list of dog breeds that may prove very useful! Click here.

Update-

Well, so much for originality!  I thought I had made up the word “dogspotting” until I googled the term and found along with the title of my post another 10,000 uses of the word!  One of the links led to an iOS app which lets you keep track of the dogs you have spotted- the veritable digital check list I had made fun of in the introduction! Check it out at the iTunes Appstore here.

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5 Responses to Goin’ To The Dogs – Dogspotting In Riverdale

  1. chantel says:

    Riverdale Park West- mixed breed…any guesses?

    I have the same exact dog, I’ve been searching the web forever for her breed and that pic is the closest, most identical I’ve come across, lol maybe they’re related. But we know she is a Siberian husky, and we think Spitz also, Spitz is what I searched and came across this, so hm???:)

    • true_north says:

      If your dog looks like at all like the one in the pic, then what a gorgeous dog you’ve got!

      There sure seems like some spitz in there, given the pointy ears, but my wife thought the shape of the snout seems to suggest a Dutch or maybe Belgian Shepherd. She also thought the coat might indicate some samoyed.

      Does this compare with yours – http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/belgian-tervuren/

      That one time I took a picture of that dog in my post was the only time I ever saw him/her!

      Chantel, enjoy the mystery!

    • chubb says:

      we have a dog that look like that 1 but its australian shaped mix, no other dog look close other than german spitz mixes, although my dog isn’t as big its a medium size dog. still not sure though… for now though i call him an aussie spit dog 😛 “Riverdale Park West- mixed breed…any guesses?”

  2. Elizabeth Clarke says:

    Wowzer, what a surprise! So the story goes, I’m about to get our PWD clipped and decided to look at some on line to show the groomer an appropriate cut. (She’s new to us…) And who do I find but our Rowboat right there, live and in person, on the net. Couldn’t believe it but delighted to think she’s model-worthy. (Like I didn’t think she was.) Anyway, I clicked on your blog and there she is, indeed, on the field – Riverdale, that it. So, FYI the unnamed Portie in from your dogspotting in Riverdale is Rowboat, who happens to be vacationing for the summer on the Northumberland Strait in NS. See you in the fall!

    • true_north says:

      Ah … the wonders of the internet! You’ll notice that Porties are a popular breed here in Riverdale – Oka, Toby, and Cosmo – and who knows, sometimes Rowboat without knowing it! – are just a few I see on a regular basis. I’ll get to the post and get Rowboat’s name in there!

      And two months later I finally do! Do say “hi” if you and Rowboat walk by Viggo and me in “Roverdale”!

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