From heading Public Relations for the Four Seasons in Toronto to becoming an entrepreneur with her new venture, Halo PR Group, Halla Rafati leads an exciting life. She understands luxury and as a proud pet parent herself, she knows exactly the level of service pampered pets, as well as their humans, should expect. After receiving her Morkie (Maltese Yorkshire Terrier) as a “Welcome to Canada” gift, she fell absolutely in love and gained a travel partner.
We spent an afternoon with Damon Pourshian and Tetsuo at their work live loft, where we discovered Mr. T may be enormous, but he’s basically a giant puppy and the perfect editing assistant. This pair were brought together in the most coincidental way and have been best buds ever since.
We caught up with Katherine Barrell and Bernie in town from LA at one of our favorite dog-friendly hotels, the Fairmont Royal York. Even the doormen couldn’t help but show us photos of their own pups on their camera rolls. Friends from Liberty Pooch, the dog concierge Katherine uses when she’s in TO stopped by, including Bernie’s best buds, Poyo, a 4 year old Havanese and Finn, a 1 year old Cockapoo. The lobby was overtaken by cuteness which delighted Fairmont guests.
Author, go-getter, animal lover, mom, and wife to actor Yannick Bisson, Shantelle Bisson is a powerhouse. As comfortable in Louboutin stilettos as she is in sneakers, Shantelle has a bright, colorful personality and a welcoming presence. Fittingly, her dogs have big personalities, too! We were delighted to drop in on her and the three boys at their Toronto home just before the holidays to see how she keeps a busy, split-city life together with grace and humor.
Chris tells us that Remix has helped him become a better photographer. When Chris first got Remix, Chris wanted to take photos of him without bombarding his friends so he started his Instagram account. Dogs of Instagram posted one of Remix's photos and from there his account took off. Mr. Porter contacted them and included him in a campaign. Remix has also been featured in Elle Magazine.