Her Teddy Bear Come To Life Toy Poodle, Theodor
By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
When Carly sets her mind to something, she makes it happen. Knowing she was almost ready for her own dog, she started collecting puppy items (note the Ferrari dog bed!) long before Theodor (Teddy for short) came into her life. When she found his breeder, she knew Teddy, a Red Toy Poodle, was just the right dog for her. As cottage weekends are a big part of Carly’s summers, it was important to pick up a puppy-sized life jacket in preparation for Teddy’s upcoming first Muskoka trip. Carly also has a huge heart, which is evident in both her love and care for Teddy (who will go anywhere with her, even to manicures), and her lifelong commitment to volunteer work. She kindly let us inside her super stylish and inviting home, with Teddy more than ready to make his Get Leashed debut.
With fun, artistic touches throughout her place, plus the Champagne and party straws at the ready, we can see her and Teddy playing perfect party hosts!
Please tell us about yourself, your profession, and what a typical work day is like.
I currently work for a company called Pulse Microsystems, which creates computer software that provides its customers with the capability of personalizing virtually any good imaginable. The software communicates with the machine, whether it be embroidery, laser cutter, or printer, to then automatically personalize your product. If you are familiar with the store Lids, you can customize your hats on site, using our software. They are one of many of our industrial customers, but we sell products for the home market as well. Prior to working at Pulse, I worked at Coca-Cola for 5 years. It was my first job after graduating from McGill. I love working at Pulse, because it is my father’s business, and, after gaining lots of valuable experience, I am finally working with him!
Outside of work, I spend most of my time caring for Teddy, going to the gym (whether it be a class with friends, or with my trainer) and volunteering in my community. I mainly work with UJA Federation, with whom I have been volunteering in various capacities since I was a little kid. A few years ago, I had a great opportunity to work with them to co-chair a fashion show that raised funds for vulnerable seniors who use the services of the Circle of Care, and the Holocaust Survivor Emergency Fund. The cause is very important to me, as I recognize that not all seniors are fortunate enough to have a family that can take care of them and allow them to live their lives with dignity. The funds we raised helped them with that.
Please tell us a bit about Theodor. How did he come into your life? Is there a story behind why you chose the breed?
Teddy is a purebred, Red Toy Poodle. I decided to adopt him after 7 years of missing having a dog in my life. I grew up with a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Jazzmin (name and spelling chosen by me at 7 years old). She was joined for a couple of years by Vinnie, a Black Lab, who we fostered as a puppy while he trained to be a Guide Dog for the Lions Foundation. When Jazzmin passed away in 2009, not having a dog definitely left a huge void in my life. My brother, sister, and I begged and pleaded to our parents for years to get a new pup to join the family, but they were too devastated by the loss of Jazzmin and continued to refuse. When I bought my own place in 2012 I immediately planned on having a puppy join me, but I was not ready for the responsibility. Finally, at the end of last year I decided I was ready and started researching breeds. A friend recommended Teddy’s breeder, whose dogs have an excellent reputation for stellar health, demeanor, and obviously good looks.
How would you describe your personal style?
I guess it depends on my mood! On the weekend during the day – casual and floppy, other times, I love dressing up – always only in shades of grey, white, and black.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
I consider my home to be warm and inviting. I always have lots of friends over, and it is important to me that they feel comfortable here. It is filled with things from my life that are important to me. I have lots of pictures of family and friends, and art from different trips. I originally had planned on it being more modern, but it can definitely be described as “transitional”. Like my clothes, everything is grey, white, and black.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
My weekends are pretty scheduled, but I don’t necessarily consider that a bad thing! Saturday mornings usually start with a walk with Teddy, followed by a class at my gym – Equinox – with friends. After, we will usually pick up Teddy, and bring him with us for our manicures, and some shopping. I go out for dinner with friends most Saturday nights. Sundays also start with the gym (if I can wake up), and then some family time. My parents and siblings love spending time with Teddy, and we alternate having lunch at each other’s homes. My summer schedule is different, as I go up to my parent’s cottage in Muskoka every weekend. Up north, we usually start the mornings with coffee on the balcony followed by a huge breakfast (including my father’s homemade waffles), lounging on the dock, boat rides, and virtually every water activity imaginable. It is truly heaven up there!
What inspires you?
I am inspired by both sets of my grandparents who all came from immigrant families from Poland. While they each had difficult upbringings, they were able to overcome adversity and become incredibly successful. They raised incredible families with strong values, and maintained a dedicated commitment to their communities. My mother’s father started an apparel manufacturing company, while my grandmother was a real estate agent, raising four children, and taking care of her parents. My father’s father is a recently retired Psychiatrist. He went to medical school at the age of 18, and met my grandmother who was in nursing school. His passion for helping people was influenced by the loss of his own mother, as well as the deaths of remainder of his family members during the Holocaust, and in knowing that those with intellectual disabilities were the first to be killed by the Nazis. He is inspiring to me because he changed the way that children with mental health issues were treated. As the director of an institute called the CPRI, he provided “the most comprehensive child psychiatric mental health service in North America”, a description that is as valid today, as it was in 1960 when he first held the position. He has won numerous awards, including the Order of Ontario, but his greatest pride is his family. If I could be even half as successful and passionate as any of my grandparents, I think I would be incredibly proud of my accomplishments.
Finally, can you leave us with a funny story about Teddy?
In general, Teddy is a very funny dog. He doesn’t understand that he is not a human. He follows me everywhere, and tries to do exactly what I do (he has even tried jumping in the shower, and onto the toilet!). He is also a local celebrity. People often stop me on the street asking me if he is Teddy.
Hilariously, Teddy can be very lazy at times, and often our “walks” consist of me carrying him. But once we get to the park he becomes a different dog and proceeds to chase everything in sight! Don’t get me wrong, Teddy takes time to appreciate the little things in life too. He loves stopping to smell the flowers, and watching leaves blow in the wind. Plus he’s a real social butterfly and loves other dogs. Right now, his best friend is my friend’s dog, Lola, a 4-year-old Sheltie. He also enjoys hang out with Leo, an Italian Greyhound, and his “brother” Flea, who is a Chihuahua.