Anielika Sykes

Dress up with rescue pup, Maggie May

By the Get Leashed Doggy Style team


There are so many ways to get a dog these days. Some ways are better than others (we don’t need to compare just now) and some ways are downright honorable. Anielika adopted Maggie May without an initial face to snout meeting. She just went with her gut and a connection she felt through photographs and trust in an organization – we think that’s just fantastic.

We like to think that a bond can be formed between a human and a dog by giving enough time and mutual affection to the relationship. Anielika and Maggie May aren’t an exception to this notion, but they’ve built it in a really short time and the bond is incredibly strong. These two are kindred and amongst the dozen easy ways to tell, there’s the fact that Maggie May plays dress up willingly and enthusiastically – and she doesn’t look ridiculous, just plain awesome.

We’ll leave it to Anielika to give you a bit more information on her and Maggie May’s stylish life together…IMG_0593

Tell us about yourself:

I have my foot in a few doors right now. Being a creative, I find expression through more than one outlet. I actually started shooting video before I became a professional photographer. Aside from shooting, I am also finishing up an undergrad degree at OCADU. It’s a very exciting chapter in my career.

A bit about your pet:

Maggie May is a Royal Bahamian Potcake. I knew I wanted to rescue, and through Facebook I was connected to Candice Pinder of the Bahamian Humane Society. She’s doing some really amazing things for this breed. Maggie and I are a real team. She’s an electric dog with so many weird quirks and contagious good energy. I’m lucky.

What does your ideal weekend look like?

I’m still undecided as to whether I’m an introvert or an extrovert. I work most weekends, so in the evenings if I’m not watching Real Housewives of ATL with Maggie May, I’ll be out for drinks with friends.

Describe your personal style:

Retro feminine. Thanks Dave.

What inspires you?

Without sounding cliché, I’d say I draw most of my inspiration from people. I’ve always been observant. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told it’s rude to stare…With that said, I surround myself with beautiful, creative individuals who always seem to blow my mind.


How would you describe the look and feel of your home?

I’d say it’s very Southwestern with contemporary accents. I like contrasting older pieces and natural textures with modern designs.

Please share a relationship-defining pet story:

I had already felt pretty certain about Maggie May’s name before she came to Toronto. The whole experience of picking her up at the airport was amazing to begin with, but upon driving out of the airport parking lot, the first song to come on the radio was Maggie May by Rod Stewart. It was the craziest thing! Synchronicity, man.