Crystal Goomansingh

Accomplished journalist, nightly news co-host and co-parent to Peaches the Cat

By the Get Leashed Doggy Style team

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Crystal Goomansingh has had her cat, Peaches, for seventeen years and as cat lovers and pet aficionados, we’re confident in the statement that old cats are just the coolest. But seventeen years? That’s a lot of life. It’s especially interesting to meet such an accomplished TV personality and learn that there’s been one cat with her for her entire career. Peaches has seen a lot and more than likely has been a perfect confidant during all the highs and lows any successful career transitions through.

Together with her husband, Adam, Crystal enjoys a relaxed lifestyle just north of the downtown hustle and bustle in Toronto. Peaches has been around for their entire relationship as well, even joining them on their recent move to Toronto in her twilight years. It’s clear that she has a lot of love for both of them and they return it in earnest.

If you haven’t spent much time with a cat, you could be walking through life unaware of the bond we can form with them. They can grow just as attached to us as dogs do, with welcome home greetings and the like, in turn making us grow more attached to them than we ever thought possible. Crystal and Adam can attest to this more than any other cat owners we’ve met, so we’re going to let them do just that.

Tell us about yourself:

I am a journalist with Global News and I am starting a very exciting new venture as co-host of the 11pm news in Toronto. Providing people with insight into what’s happening in their community is essential. Knowing about the policies that govern the police, how much it costs to fill potholes, and how new bus routes are added are all issues that directly play a role in people’s lives and well-being. I like serving the public by providing context to what’s going on around them. Sometimes that means sharing those heartwarming stories to reaffirm their faith in humanity. I’m always reading, watching or listening to something/someone and asking: is there a story here? Is there an unexplored side to share? In other words, I’m a news nerd.

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A bit about your pet:

Peaches makes me smile. She greets my husband, Adam, and I at the door by letting out a little meow and flopping over for a belly rub. I do however believe she is mischievous and when she’s too friendly and too sweet I wonder what she’s done. I was in college when I got Peaches from the Humane Society. She was a weak, wee-little thing who was always getting sick, but always bounced back. Now she’s 17 years old.

What does your ideal weekend look like?

The weekend begins when Peaches wants food and/or company. She’s not allowed in the bedroom so she sits and paws at the door. We typically spend a couple of hours reading newspapers, listening to podcasts, followed by exploring the city. We’ve only been in Toronto for a year and a half.

Describe your personal style:

I enjoy modern but warm and relaxed spaces. I want guests to walk in and feel that it’s ok to put their feet up on the couch.

What inspires you?

My mom always told me, “There’s no such word as I can’t. It’s I can, I will, I did.”

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

Bright. Years ago when I was living in Kenora, Ontario, I rented a basement suite and discovered the lack of natural light affected my mood. After that I put a lot of focus on big windows!

A story about Peaches:

Peaches is an indoor cat, but she would sadly watch us through the screen door when we’d sit out on the patio. We got a small harness to make sure she couldn’t run away. After a lot of drama we got the harness secured and carried her outside. We set her down and she immediately headed across the deck to the screen door, looked back into the house and cried until we let her back inside! The harness was never used again!