Skilled arts with a multi-talented man and a dog
By the Get Leashed Doggy Style team
If you’ve ever doubted that a dog can fit seamlessly into your life, look no further than Jason Nip and his Boston Terrier, Ripley. We dropped in on Jason at his west-end Toronto townhouse and it was quickly apparent that this is a man with many hobbies (we wanted to stay and hang out) who’s into lots of different arts. Naming your dog after a character in one of your favorite movies is an easy way to make friends. “Oh, you’re into dogs and you like the same movies I do?” People will say. “Well then we should be friends!” There’s so many more examples of integration of Ripley into Jason’s life, but this is a small example that we really like. What we also love is the risk Jason took in adopting (saving) Ripley and the patience he’s had in adjusting her into a new life. But we’ll let him tell you more about that. All in all, by making a dog one of many hobbies and, let’s face it, dog care can be an art, a bond is formed between someone who’s always got something on the go and a dog that loves to follow.
Tell us about yourself:
I have two jobs that I’m passionate about. My salary job is as Director of Product Development and Design for a health and fitness company. We focus on Pilates and Yoga equipment and accessories and we’ve just launched a new kids’ line which has been really fun to work on. The creative aspects of the job, such as designing products via sketching and computer modeling are what excites me about going in everyday. My other job is teaching a Martial Art. It’s a Japanese sword school called Niten-Ichi Ryu that I’ve been a part of for the past ten years. Being completely honest with myself and my students about what I do and do not know has made me a better student of the art.
A bit about your pet:
My dog’s name is Ripley (I named her after Ellen Ripley from the Alien movies). She’s a Boston Terrier rescue I adopted 2 years ago. She’s 7 years-old now, but everyone thinks she’s a puppy because of her high energy and small size. She had a bit of a rough past but she’s the sweetest, most well-behaved dog I’ve ever had. I have a “Muttmover” backpack so we will go on bike rides with her head poking out the side and she loves hanging in the park and going on car rides too. She suits me because I’m always on the go and I love to take her everywhere with me and she’s happy to follow.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
Ideally I’m having cocktails and eats on Ossington or Dundas West with friends or spending an hour in the Float tank (a sensory deprivation tank) at Float Toronto to unplug. Every Sunday, I’m practicing sword and then throwing axes at the Backyard Axe Throwing League. I like sharp things.
Describe your personal style:
Clean and comfortable.
What inspires you?
“But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything.” – Miyamoto Musashi
I interpret this to mean that if you put in the work to become a true expert in one thing, it’s easy to apply it to everything else.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
Curated chaos. I have a lot of toys and gadgets but my space remains comfortable. I try to keep things clean and minimal but my interests get the best of me.
A story about your pet:
I’ll take Ripley to Boston Terrier meet-ups or the dog park and she has no interest in playing with the other dogs. She just runs around to all the owners and tries to play with them and lick their faces. She’s always been more interested in people than other dogs. Maybe her month in a kill shelter made her wary of other dogs, but I like to think she’s just more of a social animal who inherently trusts every person she meets.