Canine Spotlight: Joey


Did you know that the Pan is pet-friendly or rather, paw-friendly? We love our four-legged friends here! In fact, a lot of our staff are human parents to dogs and cats. So we’re laughing a new blog series where we’ll introduce some of the furry children behind our Pan associates.

Let’s meet Joey, whose human is Marshall Mills, Revenue Analyst and Reservations Manager!

Joey is an Olympic year puppy who was born April 7, 2010. He’s a King Charles Cavalier Cocker Spaniel cross, or Cockalier for short. He was the runt of his family and the only boy, so naturally I fell in love with him and took him home.

On his first vet visit, the doctor told us he was going to be one of those “forever puppies” which to this day at almost 7, holds true.

When we lived near English Bay, I used to take him for walks along the seawall every day, and due to his striking resemblance to Charlotte’s pup on that Sex and the City show, we would get stopped all the time for photo ops. He became quite the celebrity there for a while, sometimes breaking the rules and going for swims. He has a Facebook following of 100 friends who still put messages on his wall and he’s been an office dog for three different people (those people never get any work done).

Joey is a very strong swimmer and loves the water so much, that he starts to shake when he gets close. He would swim all day, every day, if he had the chance! His favorite beach is near the Museum of Vancouver. It’s the same place that he played fetch with Ryan Kessler (former Canuck’s player). One time I took him to the west coast where he saw big waves for the first time and actually started to surf them. It was one of the most amazing things I’d ever seen.

He has a very strong addiction to chocolate, thanks to an incident that happened, while I was away on vacation over Christmas. He found a bowl of chocolate truffles on the table of my friend’s house. You can imagine what happened next. He can’t sniff out cookies or his toys, but if there’s chocolate within a hundred feet, he will find it! The poor pup has been hospitalized four times and it always seems to happen when someone else is watching him.

It’s gotten to the point that whenever we go to the vet, the new question is “What has he gotten into now?” It can be quite embarrassing. It’s been almost 2 years since the last incident, so we’re currently on a good streak!

Joey is one of those dogs that’s just happy all the time and brings a smile to people’s faces.

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