This Toronto teacher and her fantastic Frenchie, Oscar!
By the Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
Amy Robinette has a special Frenchie. Aside from his gorgeous coloring, he’s got that classic Frenchie personality in spades. Oscar is a ball of rambunctious love, eager to make friends with dogs and people alike. You can’t help but notice Oscar and Amy when they’re out for a jaunt in Trinity Bellwoods; they’re a spry pair of pals that exude energy and fun.
Being a teacher at one of Toronto’s French immersion schools is a perfect occupation for someone with Amy’s patience and kindness. She’s a natural teacher that thrives on spreading her love of learning to a younger generation. Even when she’s not teaching, she’s teaching, giving piano lessons out of her home which is doubtless a popular destination for students when Oscar is there to keep them company while they play.
Oscar’s stoic good looks are impossible to avoid falling for. He’s a dog that dog people crush on and can make a dog lover out of anyone. Amy gives you a bit more insight into her life with Oscar below.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am an elementary teacher at a French public school in downtown Toronto. Every day is different, which is great! But, in ten months, I bring a group of kids from point A to point B in reading, writing, problem solving and music performance. The best part of the job is definitely what the kids do and say (which is a lot of mimicking and clowning around in my classroom).
A bit about your pet:
Oscar is a French/Boston/Pug mix (a total city dog breed). A few years back, I just fell in love with the small, snorty, squishy-faced breeds and read about how great they are for the city. What’s great about O is that he can go from 0 to 100 whenever you want him to. But his MO is definitely lying around in the sun which is what I need after a long day of running after kids.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
I like being outside on the weekends, which usually entails long walks with Oscar and long runs all over the city. After I get my outside fix, I love catching up with friends or having them over to my place.
Describe your personal style:
I’ve been told I am a practical scavenger. I wear whatever I think I’ll be comfortable in on that given day. Once I find out what that is, I ask myself if what I’m wearing is too wrinkly. If the answer is no, then I am good to go.
What inspires you?
So many things. It can be the right words strung together, or a chord progression or the way someone talks to someone else. When I am impressed, I am inspired.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
I guess I’d have to go with eclectic and welcoming. All of my pieces of furniture and art were procured randomly at different times and on a whim. Then I tried to string them all together. It’s laid-back and made for company.
A story about Oscar:
I think the best and worst story of Oscar’s life was when he was a puppy, he loved going up to people and saying hello. He started to figure out that the doorbell meant there was someone arriving and so started following people to the door. But this one time, when he got to the door, a runner was passing the house and he decided to playfully run after this man who, it turns out, was petrified of dogs (even adorable puppies). So the man started to quickly run away from Oscar who was quickly running away from the house and I dashed after both of them in bare feet yelling “please stop running!” The man wasn’t listening and jetted across the very busy street, where Oscar and I followed, hoping the cars would stop and not run any of us over. When the man got to the other side, he tripped and fell and I got ahold of Oscar. Oscar clearly thought running after this guy was a blast! That’s O — adorably oblivious.