The Family Doctor & Creative Director with their Doodle, Bella
By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
We first met Sheila, Corey, and Bella at DOGA, where we discovered what a doll Bella is and what a cool, active couple Sheila and Corey are. You may recognize Sheila from her appearances as a health expert on The Social, or from walking beautiful Bella throughout Toronto. Not one to be left out, Bella is welcome at Corey’s office and even has a special night time routine, complete with eye mask, just like her parents (see the hilarious and adorable evidence below). Read on to learn how Bella came to live with Sheila and Corey and why she fits their lifestyle perfectly.
Please tell us about yourself, your profession, and what a typical work day is like:
Corey Tucker is the Creative Director of a Toronto based brand and advertising firm, Ten-4 Media. He spends the day developing creative strategies, concepts, and designs for clients in the entertainment, consumer package good industries and non-profit sector.
He shares his office with Bella, who assists in all major creative decisions.
Sheila Wijayasinghe is a family doctor at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and works as the Medical Director at the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre and Medical Director for primary care outreach at Women’s College Hospital. Every day is different but can consist of caring for her patients in her family practice, teaching residents and medical students and creating and implementing outreach programs to help women in our community access comprehensive primary care. She has a special interest in sexual health and women’s health and is the health expert on CTV’s The Social.
Please tell us a bit about your dog Bella. How did she come into your life? Is there a story behind the name or particular breed?
We were coming home from the August long-weekend three summers ago from Montreal and got stuck in traffic on the 401. We had researched getting a dog for some time and had decided that it was time to commit. We diverted off the 401 for a more pleasant ride and we started looking up local breeders (we had decided on a doodle due to allergies) and we found one that was open and had a new litter available at the end of the accessory highway that we had taken by chance. We landed at a beautiful acreage and met the sweet litter of pups, and Bella was the first one to jump into our arms. We had planned on calling our pup “Bala” – which in Sinhalese means puppy. The breeders had named Bella – “Primabella” as she was the first born of the litter…the name Bella fit perfectly.
How would you describe your personal style?
Corey: Modern and sleek but relaxed.
Sheila: Warm, flowy and feminine.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
Warm and inviting, open concept and filled with love with personalized modern touches.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
We love active weekends filled with good food and friends and long walks and runs with Bella. Every weekend, we try to go somewhere outdoors with Bella, and there’s always a new adventure we get to explore with her and we see things in a different way because she is so present and in the moment. Whether it’s her first swim in Lake Ontario, running through High Park or Cherry Beach or running into old friends with exuberant delight, she is pure joy.
Finally, can you leave us with a funny story about Bella?
Bella has truly been a spark in our life and always makes us laugh every day. We have had several challenges through the last few years and her presence has been so helpful and is incredibly therapeutic. Coming home to her always brings us such lightness and joy and we are so fortunate to have her in our lives. A funny story? The time she pushed a raccoon off our backyard fence with the hope of playing with it was pretty funny, as was the time she stole a baseball during an active baseball game and had the whole team chasing after her for a good 15 minutes. Everyone had a good laugh, especially Bella who loves a good chase!