Toronto Star Article on Pesto

From the Toronto Star March 8th, 2012.

Pesto & Family ( Toronto Star )  Kerry Weiland, left,  and Christina Sorbara with their Yorkshire terrier  Pesto. They did a lot of research to find a healthy, portable, sociable dog who would suit their condo and active lifestyle.

Sonny Allinson of the Canadian Kennel Club, the registry for 175 purebreds dogs, has three words of advice for puppy buyers: “research, research, research.”

That’s the most important part of any purchase, says the spokesperson for the kennel club which registers 60,000 pups a year.

“Thoroughly consider all aspects of dog ownership and be certain you are able to make the lifetime commitment to owning a dog,” Allinson cautions.

Pesto is one such lucky dog. Spoken for before he was even conceived, the 5.8-ounce Yorkshire terrier had a loving home waiting when he arrived last April 27.

“It was a monumental day in our life when he was born because we’d been waiting months,” Kerry Weiland says of the now 10-month-old pup. “It’s sort of like expecting a baby,” says Weiland, whose wife Christina Sorbara is pregnant with their first child.

As condo dwellers with an on-the-go lifestyle, the Toronto couple wanted a dog that was: small, healthy, non-allergenic, well-behaved, sociable and portable. After hours of research, meeting the breeder and canine parents-to-be, they signed up for first pick of the next litter.

“Hard work and preparation” paid off, says Weiland, a hockey instructor and former Olympian. Silky-haired Pesto, who arrived with a do-not-breed contract, is the dog of their dreams. “Overall, it was a wonderful experience.”

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How to pick a pup

The Canadian Kennel Club offers these tips for choosing a dog:

Be practical. Look at your lifestyle, energy level, time, size of home, family members, and any allergy issues. Then pick a dog that fits

Do your homework. Talk to dog owners, breeders, clubs, trainers — anyone with firsthand experience

A dog lives 10 to 15 years. Decide if you’re ready for that time and financial commitment

Before you commit to a purchase, be clear on exactly what you’re getting and any guarantees or contracts that come with it

  If you have a bad feeling about the source of your new pup, walk away

Consider an older dog if you can’t manage the responsibility of caring for a puppy

Check out online resources, including and


Charla Jones/Charla Jones for the Toronto Star

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