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                         Our Team



William is the owner of Zendog and was raised with dogs throughout his life. One of his great furry friends was Zen, a very special boxer, hence the name Zendog
William has tremendous experience with dogs of all sizes and breeds, was educated in New York City and holds a bachelors degree in Economics & Mathematics from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. Passionate about dog training, William is a proud member and a student of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)



An avid animal lover Francesca grew up surrounded by the affection of her first dog Magic, a sweet Fox Terrier. During the last years she has been taking care of Bruce, her smart Jack Russell Terrier and Silvestro, her dear seventeen years old cat friend. She is Italian and from the very moment she arrived in the city Francesca went straight looking for new for pet friends. She loves walking and she is always ready for discovering new beautiful parks where she can stroll with her friends.




Philip Minaker grew up on a mixed farm with a variety of pets and livestock that nurtured an on going passion and appreciation for their companionship and welfare. His practical perspective is instrumental in selecting the best brands and products amongst a plethora of items in the Pet Industry. His former career in the Fashion Industry also comes in handy in selecting new products that are indeed relevant as opposed to being a passing trend as the pet industry continues to evolve. His passion for all facets of retail, sense of humour and altruistic nature help to create an environment at Zen Dog that enhances our mission of being like no other full service Pet Shop. Often referred to as "Uncle Philip" in the Toronto Pet Industry and with former clients, Philip is pictured with his factual 7 year old fur nephew "Jeeves".

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Irina is an avid hiker and has a passion for animals. She always had pets at home: dogs, cats, birds. She owned two bull terriers for more than ten years and enjoyed different outdoor activities with them, such as skiing, rollerblading and of course walking. Irina also has extensive experience of looking after friends’ and neighbors’ pets: pets/house overnight sitting, feeding, puppy visits, brushing, and even giving a pet massage!

Irina is happy to take dogs to walk and play in a safe, friendly environment to reduce the stress of being alone for many hours and a lack of exercise. Every dog is special and she treats them as her own sending pictures to owners for their peace of mind.
Dogs are members of our families and Irina treats them with endless love.


   At Zendog we are all about your Pooch! We understand the importance your dog has with you, that they are part of the family too! We feel that a good wash and groom is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and happy dog. Our knowledgeable pet stylists will be happy to speak with you and discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding the grooming process and the benefits of it as well. Or, if you want to just gush about your dog too, that’s perfectly fine as well!



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