Matteo is training to be a therapy dog & hopes to pass his assessments with OHS so his human can instruct courses as a volunteer and use that experience with Matteo to visit schools, hospitals and more!
Seen here visiting the Animals in War Memorial in Ottawa, Matteo shares his human’s passion for Law Enforcement, proudly sporting his own tactical harness with his name on the back and a maple leaf beside it! He also sports a maple leaf flag on the front of all three of his tactical harnesses! (you can see it on his IG @Puppers.Matteo)
Matteo loves to teach dog etiquette at the park and sometimes will stand up for other dogs & break up fights, so fittingly his harness is also outfitted with a “PAW PATROL” patch to distinguish his service to the Canadian pups!!
He is also equipped with his own mini-sidearm and handcuffs to show that he has his use of force training; but because he is a good boy, he can always diffuse a bad situation with his kindness and smile!
Matteo hopes to one day join the Parliamentary Protective Service constabulary with his human as a therapy dog team to conduct official business and provide support to anybody and everybody on the Hill.
The large wooden doors on the west side of Parliament’s West Block are reserved for special guests and dignitaries, which is why it is the only entrance suitable for Penelope. Although she is a mutt (likely with bits of Australian Shepard, Collie, and Blue Heeler) from a Mennonite farm in Southwestern Ontario, she has climbed the political ladder and is a staple of Parliament Hill.
She can be found several times per week playing off-leash on the lawn in front of Centre Block and wandering the grounds of Parliament Hill. But when the bells start ringing, she rushes back to these large wooden doors to get inside in time for votes.
It doesn't get much more Canadian than snow and Sprocket loves to dive head-first into it. Whether it's chasing a ball or just the snowflakes themselves, there's nothing better, or cuter, than a face full of snow.