For this cast of urban owners, long hot days lift pet walking from chore to joy. Ah, the dog days

This article was originally published in Vancouver Magazine's July/August 2015 issue. Andrew Richardson & Lucy Executive Chef, CinCin; Alaskan Malamute, 7 Trails west of Kits Beach “The life of a chef comes with its sacrifices, but Lucy provides me with the companionship to balance antisocial working hours. Some chefs go to the bar after work to relax, but my fix is fresh air—getting home from the kitchen to find her waiting on me to go for a late-night walk.”

  Brian Jackson & Parker  Manager, Department of Planning, City of Vancouver; Wheaton Terrier, 10½ George Wainborn Park, Downtown “She’s more famous than me—she’s always recognized on the seawall. Sometimes she comes with me to meet a developer or an architect; research has proven petting a dog lowers your blood pressure. We used to live in Laguna Beach, but now she’s a real city girl.”   Cindy Charkow & Zoe Producer, Unique Lives; Toy Poodle/Yorkie, 14½ Shaughnessy “Zoe has met everyone: Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Keaton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joan Rivers absolutely loved her; so did the Duchess of York. She’s my executive producer. She comes everywhere with me. When she can’t come to the theatre or something, she stays in her suite at the Fairmont Waterfront and watches cartoons.”   Matías Laba & Luli Whitecaps Midfielder; Bichon/Poodle, 4 Andy Livingstone Park, Chinatown “I bought Luli for Camila six months into our relationship. I asked my mother-in-law first, though. The three of us have lived in Argentina and Toronto, but I think Luli prefers Yaletown. We would take her anywhere we move—we just love her. She sits on my knee on the plane.”   Shandess Willett, Holden & Arbor Doggy Daycare Manager; Bern­ese Mountain Dogs, 6 & 2 Stanley Park “When I first met the Bernese mountain dog, it was an instant connection. Something about their nature resonated with me. After five years of research and waiting, I welcomed my boy Holden, and it felt as though a piece of my life puzzle was complete. Four years later we brought home Arbor. If I could own 15 Berners, I would.”   Miyoung Lee & Kimchi Host, CBC News Vancouver at 11; Chihuahua/ Yorkie, 8 Crescent Beach, Surrey “We actually wanted a big dog, but my mother-in-law told me about this prize breeder who accidentally let her chihuahua mate with her Yorkie. She was the size of a hamster when we first saw her; she peed on my husband’s shoe. We wanted to see if we were ready for kids—we had our first daughter exactly a year later.”   Yuki Cripps & M Dog Shop owner; Great Dane, 2 Kitsilano “M was a rescue through Big & Small Rescue. They brought her mother up from California, then realized she was pregnant. My store—Woof! Dog Shoppe—helped find a foster, so I met M when she was four days old. Every week I would help out with the puppies, and M worked her way into my heart. She chose us, not the other way around.”