Stella's never had a chance to see much of the city so this summer I'm taking her around and playing tourist. I'm not sure how much she's going to enjoy this and maybe this is more for me than it is for her but we'll never know until we try.
I was a little concerned at first because when we got into the car and started driving towards Kensington Market, Stella started trembling, thinking I was going to bring her to the vet and the last thing I want to do is wreck her heart from anxiety.
Luckily, it didn't take long for her to realize that a visit to the vet was not on the agenda. She calmed down and put her chin on my shoulder. That's sweet as long as you don't mind having something like a 135 pound infant drool all over your clothing.
Our first stop was the butcher's, specifically Stella's butcher. This is where she gets all her meat so I figured she should see the place. St. Andrew's Poultry is on St. Andrew's in Kensington Market and they have excellent prices on chicken plus Nick, the owner, is a fantastic guy. I also get boxes of big beef bones there as well as various chicken innards and ground beef. If you don't know the place, check it out.
Next we took a short walk through Kensington Market. I wasn't sure how she'd react to the crowded streets and sidewalks. There were lots of new smells for Stella. I could tell she wanted to explore. She'd crane her neck this way then that but she never pulled on the leash and she didn't stick her nose into any outdoor displays of food or try walking into any of the cheese shops. She behaved like a charm.
We made short stop in Chinatown. Stella drew quite a bit of attention as we walked around trying to find a spot for a tourist photo. Again, I was surprised at how well behaved she was. Now thinking about it, I wonder if she wasn't experiencing a bit of culture shock.
It was starting to rain, so we made a quick dash into the park behind the AGO for a final photo before heading back to the car.
I can't be sure but I think Stella enjoyed herself out on the town playing tourist. I'd like her to see as much of Toronto as possible before the end of summer.
I wonder if the CN Tower lets dogs up the elevator.