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30 Oct, 2017

Piper’s photoshoot

Posted by andrea tomkins in: dog stuff

A couple times a year, Masters ‘n Dogs in Westboro Village hosts a pet portrait session for charity. I spotted the ad in the latest Kitchissippi Times so I jumped at the chance to have a professional photo taken of our four-legged daughter.

It took place on Saturday. As soon as we reached the door of the shop I realized I’d made a terrible mistake. You see, this is the place where Piper is groomed. She hates going to the groomer, and as a result, instantly turned into a quivering mess and didn’t want me to let her go for even a second.

I (barely!) filled out the consent form and took my place in line while Piper shivered and cowered in my arms. I pointed out all of the other dogs who seemed perfectly calm and rational, but she’d have none of it. Soon it was our turn. A nice surprise: It was a professional setup with lights and a fall background. The photographer, Leslie Yeow, was patient to a saintly degree. Piper, who is normally very food-motivated, would not be bribed. She didn’t want to sit, or stay, or do anything other than make a quick exit. I sat her down, again and again, only to have her bounce up, again and again. I had my coat on and was perspiring profusely by this time. I had already paid, but I knew the money was going to charity and was perfectly content to abandon my plan.

Leslie convinced me to persevere. I was frazzled but he was so kind and patient. After ten minutes or so I was able to talk her down from her manic panic and he was able to get a handful of really sweet photos (which I will be adding to her Instagram account ASAP).

Piper at Masters n' Dogs Howloween photo shoot for charity

Thank you Masters n’ Dogs, and thank you Leslie Yeow for the great photos.

Check out some of the other pups (and one pig) who had their portraits taken during the HOWLoween event on Leslie’s website. They are soooo cute.

p.s. December 2nd is the annual HOWLiday photo event, so save the date!


4 Responses to "Piper’s photoshoot"

1 | joy

October 31st, 2017 at 1:56 pm


heehee, I think Piper and I are kindred sprits.

2 | joy

October 31st, 2017 at 1:56 pm



3 | Claudette

October 31st, 2017 at 2:53 pm


Great picture of a beautiful dog! :)

4 | andrea tomkins

November 1st, 2017 at 11:11 am


It took a lot of work to get to this point but I think it was worth it!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (24) and Sarah (22). During the day I work as a writer at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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