2024 “Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill” Contest

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CAHI is thrilled to introduce our finalists in the second annual "Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill" contest! We received a LOT of phenomenal entries from Parliamentarians, staffers members of the Press Gallery and those working in the parliament community, who submitted photos and some amazing stories about their beloved pets and our panel of judges had the incredibly difficult task of narrowing it down to the top three in each category below.

Facing the difficult task of choosing the finalists for Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill were:

  • 2023 Winners: Shohei Ohtani, Matteo and Petunia
  • Dr. Rebecca Greenstein, Chief Veterinarian, Kleinberg Veterinary Hospital
  • Dr. Enid Stiles. Chief Veterinarian, Sherwood Park Animal Hospital, and founding member of Veterinarians without Borders
  • Michel Picard, Radio Host, UniqueFM

Our judges had a really hard time picking their favourites from so many amazing entries, and their choices for the finalists were by no means unanimous, so now, in true Canadian fashion, we’ll harness the power of democracy to crown this year’s winners. We hear that some Parliamentary pets might even be gearing up their own campaigns to GOTV (Get out the vote)…

Cutest Dog

Molly

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Pablo

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Weber

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Walnut

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Colin

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Roxie

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Maple

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Winston

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Stella

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Gaston

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Cutest Dog Bios

Gaston

Gaston is a French bulldog who loves to read the hansards in both official languages. He is jealous of Chasse, the macebearer, and of the Black rod, for obvious reasons. Gaston's biggest dream is to be able to carry the mace into the Senate Chamber, one day, and lead the Speaker's parade. Meanwhile, until he can paw-ticipate, he follows the proceeding and all the debates of the Upper chamber. When he barks, he loves that we answer: « hear, hear ».

Stella

Stella, also known as Pumpkin Spice Latte, or Teddy Bear Cat, is a dog with many names. Part dog, part cat, part teddy bear, Stella's personality crosses over into many species. She loves to cuddle, grunt like a bear, and paw her pillow before sleep, just like a cat. Her favourite pastimes? Going out for a walk and getting belly rubs. She sniffs the trail to see which of her doggy friends have been around, and gets very excited when she meets them and their owner. To Stella, each person is special, and she loves to give them kisses. Stella is also happy to meet cats. But she rushes back to her humans, each time one arches its back as she approaches it.

Weber

Just like his namesake, noted German social scientist Max Weber, this good boy likes to use his best attributes to make the world a better place. While Max had his sharp mind, Weber is cute enough to put a smile on the face of any savvy parlimentarian, even those suffering from the worst case of Monday. Even after the longest of sitting nights, Weber offers his best tail wagging and tasty kisses to remind us of what's truly important: love (and not to forget to serve him his dinner).

His dreamy eyes are always fixated on the next adventure. What's to come? Who knows, but what's certain is that the burden of the world is lighter because he is there for us even before we ask.

Maple

Maple has this magical power to make a person's day better just by looking at them. Her short little legs, iconic wiggling bum, and her body, often referred to as a bread loaf with legs, makes you get the warm and fuzzies. That's Maple. It's her world and we're just living in it.

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's Mapleline. But she's so cute she doesn't need any makeup. All natural Canadian cuteness.

Molly

Molly is a lovely & funny 7 year old female Golden Retriever. Belly rubs and Drive-thru bum rubs are what she longs for and Molly especially loves hunting for the largest sticks she can find on walks, playing ball with her favourite "Chuck It" and is an avid lover of swimming in her pool and "catching her own bubbles from splashing". Molly is known to be an active and easy-going car traveler, joining her family on many adventures in Canada and the USA. She is a regular visitor to Parliament Hill where she has enjoyed her walks behind Centre Block and along the Rideau and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Colin

This little ray of sunshine's name is Colin. He's an 18 months old Pembroke Corgi currently living in Gatineau. Colin, also nicknamed Coco, loves spending his day playing with his dog buddies in the park in front of his place, and meeting new humans (especially little humans).Very even-keeled, this happy go lucky goof ball is looking forward to next year where he may be eligible to begin training as an emotional support dog, and help humans manage stressful situations.

Pablo

Pablo Finnegan is a 2 year old chihuahua who calls Parliament Hill area his home. Tiny but mighty is the best way to describe his fearless personality that leads him to believe he is a lion in a Canadian concrete jungle. When is he not snuggling in blankets, he is enjoying the outdoors and looking forward year round to playing in fallen maple leaves that blanket the parks of the National Capital Region.

Roxie

Roxie is the dog everyone says they want. We've actually had people ask to "borrow" her to convince spouses to get a dog. She is adorable, affectionate, sweet and playful. Her coat is like soft fleece. She loves everyone. Even cats (but not squirrels). During the pandemic, she participated in live broadcasts from our home, even though no one asked her to. I'm sure CBC's ratings soared those days. Roxie is privy to all kinds of confidential political scoop and yet can be trusted to tell no one. She is truly a one of kind, amazing pet. And hands down the cutest on the Hill, in my totally non-biased opinion.

Winston

Meet Winston, an 8.5-year-old dog with a libertarian spirit and a vegan-ish diet. He's particular about his toys and carries himself with the sophistication of a true aristocrat, unaware of his canine identity. Winston is not just a pet; he's a refined companion for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

Walnut

Walnut is a great defender of democracy, a seasoned canvasser and a celebrity in his community, thanks to his kindness, acceptance and affection for everyone he meets. He is a staunch supporter of equal rights for all-legged creatures. In addition, he appreciates diverse cuisines and afternoon naps.

Cutest Cat

Pepper

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Göçebe

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Theo

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Isey

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Anfisa

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Margot

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Justin

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Casey

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Tabasco

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Luna

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Cutest Cat Bios

Justin

Justin is a true cat of the hill! His predecessor was named Pierre, after the late PM, thus when this cat joined the family in 2013 - Justin was obvious choice of name! He is the friendliest of cats, it's only paw-sitive politics for him. He made the trip the Ottawa to represent all cats, because he knows: better is always paw-sible!

Pepper

Pepper is a kind and gentle soul, with a diva streak to match Elizabeth Taylor, and the affability of a retail politician. She likes kibble, but skimp on the wet food, and that's a point of order. As a torby, Pepper combines the features of a tabby and a tortoise shell cat, a pedigree fitting of her association with Canada's upper chamber. Pepper has deep knowledge of Senate procedures and practices, including napping. She supports the independent Senate reform but would like to see expanded liberties on cat nip.

Anfisa

Meet Anfisa, the cosmopolitan cat with more stamps in her passport than most of you! This jet-setter was born in Moscow, whiskered her way through the vibrant streets of Kiyev, and purred her way across Amman before landing in the purrfect place - Woodbridge, Ontario. But it's Ottawa, our nation's cat-ital, where she truly feels at home. Catch her basking in the sunlight, because this girl knows that a day without sunbeams is like a day without catnip - simply unfur-lievable!

Casey

Hello everyone! My name is Casey -official nickname "Bubba" or "Bubs". My breed? Well, let's just say I've been called "cute", so that must be official. I'm a rescue (2020), & transitioning from an indoor to an outdoor kitty, I started to learn the value of having a family who truly cared for me. Now, I never let my humans out of sight and I am not afraid to remind them of my presence with a squeak or a hug.

When I am not busy being a snuggle bug, you will find me watching birds and squirrels outside the window. I have collars and bandanas to fit every season and event. Just remember, if you ever need some kitty love, feel free to stop by with a bag of treats or kitty yogurt tubes and we can be friends. Squeak!

Tabasco

Tabasco, a homage to the ubiquitous red sauce, mirrored the fiery spirit she possessed beneath her gentle exterior. Named by a girlfriend who saw fit to christen everything from eggs to macaroni with the spicy condiment, Tabasco herself embodied a warmth and sweetness that endeared her to all who crossed her path. Tabasco's affection knows no bounds, her presence a constant source of solace.

I would be remiss not to point out her mischievous ever watching eyes that follow you around a room. And with a purr that resembles a motor boat. Here we are 14 years later and she's as healthy as she's ever been.

Isey

Isey is an honorary member of the PPPS (Parliamentary Protective Paw Service).

When her mom works from home, she sits diligently on her desk to make sure all her work gets done. She takes her work very seriously.

Likes: chicken and head scratches. Doesn't like: Unexpected visitors and late dinners.

Margot

Margot, an 8-year-old Snowshoe Siamese rescued from Gatineau, now residing in Ottawa, is the pride of the NCR and a seasoned political adventurer. She's traveled to political campaigns across the country, effortlessly stealing the spotlight with her glamorous aura and affectionate demeanour. Margot is a friend to all, regardless of political stripe, greeting visitors with a charming flop and boisterous meow. She's a scene stealer on zoom calls and constantly in search of sunshine to lounge in.

Theo

Theo is an one and a half year old cat. On January 2023, Theo joined his new family. His was a kitten when we got him, eleven months in fact. When we brought him home during the night I remember our other cat Luna was there too.

After the two cats got used to each other, Theo started to show his personality. At the start he was snuggly and cute and adorable, but soon he was climbing the curtains, jumping on the counters, stealing food, and causing chaos. He turned from being a snuggly, cute, adorable kitten, to a snuggly, cute, adorable little devil. Sure, he was a bit crazy , but that doesn't mean he isn't a great pet.

Göçebe

I was living in Turkiye where I had a cat and moved back to Canada with him in December of 2023.

My cat is a "Scottish Fold" born in Turkiyeon December 31st 2022. He has a real Turkish passport but he is now a proud Canadian. So the picture is about my migrant cat!

Luna

Luna is a eight and a half year old cat. We adopted her from the humane society. On November 2017, Luna officially joined the family. From the start Luna was affectionate and adored snuggles.

Luna loves going on walks around our front yard, back yard, and just on the balcony. She loves hanging out with us, and always cheers us up when we're feeling blue by giving a few licks on the cheek and snoozing in our laps. She's one of those cats that can go from running around the house and playing with the cat toys to just curling up in your lap as you read. Overall she is an amazing pet, and a great friend.

Cutest Other Pet

Moose Tracks

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Caspian Marius

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Annie

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Beau

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Chickie

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Nugget

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Philippa

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Bernard

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Bobby

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Cutest Other Pet Bios

Capsian Marius

Caspian Marius has become quite a celebrity around town. Adopted from a farm called "Magical World of the Dwarf rabbits", Caspian is nothing short of a magical companion. He has a big heart for a little bun and loves snuggling, hanging out with his husky best friend as well as eating mouthfuls of cilantro. He enjoys doing binkies on the carpet, watching Korean dramas and lounging in his favourite spot: the dust pan. Caspian is named after Prince Caspian from the Narnia books and displays similar acts of bravery-especially when he embarks on a journey to explore the unknown corners of his apartment.

Bobby

This is Bobby the bunny. We adopted him from the Ottawa Humane Society. When we originally got him he lived in a small cage. Now he lives in a 2-storey hutch. His birthday is on October 16th. He is 3 years old.

When we brought him home, he stayed in his cage and got no exercise. Now his favourite thing to do is to be out and roam around our home. Bobby is special to us because we got him for Ellie's 6th birthday. He is soft and cuddly, and we love him!

Nugget

Hi my name is Nugget. I am a Special Advisor to the policy team at Labour and Seniors. I work remotely from Hamilton where I was born and raised just like my mom.

My expertise lies in research and analysis, I love to identify the best, crunchiest veggies around.

At Labour and Seniors, we prioritize eating well. My favourite file in the office is Old Age Security because it lets my grandma and grandpa spend time with me because it gives them the ability to age at home.

Hotdog

Hello my name is Hotdog and I work at the Office of Labour and Seniors. I am a Special Advisor to the policy team but I work remotely from Hamilton.

Though I haven't seen my office in person before, my picture is there for all stakeholders to see! I hope to get my hill pass one day so that I can visit the house to advise the Minister and to end the day by dining on the finest veggies and scotch at the Parliamentary dining room.

Philippa

Philippa is the British High Commission's resident wild turkey. Having chosen the gardens of the British Residence (Earnscliffe) to be her home several years ago, she's taken the newly constructed High Commission in her back yard under her wing and now roosts on the roof. With her impressive plume and flighty personality, Philippa's always ready to gobble up any opportunity to represent the wild side of diplomacy, including by making surprise appearances at events to rub feathers with VIPs (and remind them who's truly at the top of the pecking order). Philippa is not just another bird in the flock. She's a visionary in feathers, leading by example in cross-species relations, which is why we believe she deserves to be recognised as the cutest pet on Parliament Hill.

Chickie

What a Canada A cutie! Born just a few days ago, this patriotic little chick is already showing tremendous cuteness without a ruffle to be seen. Happily peeping alongside momma hen, days are spent pecking away and chasing alongside many brothers and sisters.

Annie

Stealer of hearts and stylish toques for many years, Annie is the queen of the pasture. Always ready for a camera, those big brown eyes have seen many lenses and flashes. Passersby always slow, turn back and find a gentle neigh waiting to greet them.

Replete with majestic cuteness, Annie is a fan favourite of summer tourists, mail carriers, and school bus drivers who regularly look to see her outstanding in her field.

Bernard

My name is Bernard, and my pronouns are They/Them. I'm just another party hopper, looking for a free drink and some canapés at the Met. Find me on the patio.

Beau

Meet Beaujolais, whose nickname, Beau, is homage to how handsome he is! He was bred in Europe and came to Canada as a 5 year old. Beau, a Westphalian gelding, is now 14 years old and is training with a Paralympic athlete for the upcoming Paralympic Games! He is the gentlest boy and because of that sweet nature is able to be ridden by very young equestrians and novice riders. Beau's favourite treat is bananas and he loves our nation's flag, too, which is displayed at his home stables in the great riding of York-Simcoe, Ontario.

Moose Tracks

Introducing Moose Tracks, the adorable baby calf with a heart as big as the sky! Moose Tracks was lovingly named by a current PMO staffer, inspired by the superior Kawartha Dairy ice cream flavour of the same name. Moose Tracks' soft brown eyes and curious nature evokes the same joy that comes with pulling off highway 60 for a waffle cone filled with a cold, sweet, dairy treat. This little calf may be small, but just like their namesake, is bursting with personality - from playful skips to gentle nuzzles. Ready to moo-ve hearts and make memories, Moose Tracks is certainly one of the cutest pets on Parliament Hill.