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Woofstock and the 2010 World Cup collide

Posted by Roger Cullman / June 14, 2010

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupWoofstock, the largest dog festival in North America, came to Toronto's St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood over the weekend. This year, it coincided with the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

Several dog owners celebrated by wearing their favourite team's soccer jersey and dressing up their dogs in matching outfits. First I encountered Lola, a seven-year-old English Bulldog. She's a staunch supporter of the England soccer team, insist owners Leigh Mulhall and Mimi Li.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupThen there's Darwin, a three-year-old Rottweiler-German Shepard cross with his owner Alan Rokeach, 30. They both support the Argentina team.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupSporting a bright yellow and green jersey is Boxer, a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, held by his owner Omar.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupIn bright blue matching shirts is Dino Venasio and Dutch, his 10-month-old Doberman Pinscher.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupOne of the cutest soccer fan pooches is Eli, a five-month-old Papi-Shih (Papillon-Shih Tzu cross) sporting a Germany team jersey.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupI found it odd to see two Dachshunds, Lucy and Luke, dressed in Italian soccer jerseys. Perhaps their owners rather have German wiener dogs pretending to be Italian than own two Italian Greyhounds.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupI encountered other small dogs at Woofstock that were fierce footie fans, including Monkey, a nine-year-old Pug who's rooting for England.

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World CupRounding up the Woofstock soccer dogs I spotted on Sunday is Chloe, a four-year-old Pug-Boston Terrier mix, proudly wearing her team Greece t-shirt. And Chico, a three-year-old Chihuahua in -- what else? -- a Mexico soccer jersey. Yo quiero la copa del mundo!

Woofstock FIFA 2010 World Cup

Photos by Roger Cullman Photography.



jax / June 14, 2010 at 09:43 am
You missed our Superman Chiahuahua! He could take all of those Soccer pansies.
Dee / June 14, 2010 at 10:35 am
You missed our Argentina chi-whippet! She was the mascot for the Helping Homeless Pets booth so she was working hard and didn't get to strut her stuff enough. :(
Cail / June 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Love it. Where can I get an England jersey for my dog?!?!
AA / June 14, 2010 at 01:42 pm
867 Queen St. W
Roger / June 14, 2010 at 02:08 pm
There's two locations of Timmie Doggie Outfitters, the other one being on Queen St. W. by Trinity-Bellwoods Park. World Cup dog jerseys sell for $45 (small) and $30 (large).

I called both stores and they're sold out of the England jerseys for your dog. And neither one has a South Africa jersey. However, you can still get Korea, Italy, Brazil, Portugal and Netherlands jerseys at the Queen West store. The one in Leslieville is also sold out of the Italy jersey as well.

Who'd have thought they're such a hot item this year?
Cail / June 14, 2010 at 02:37 pm
Thanks for looking into this Roger!
Softmelon / June 14, 2010 at 03:44 pm
Was a great time! Lots of World Cup dogs! And when the rain started, it was good to get into the pub to watch England/USA!
Loïc / June 14, 2010 at 08:07 pm
a doberman named Dutch wearing a Italy team shirt, cute
iggy / June 18, 2010 at 09:11 am
where can i get a germany jersey for my french bulldog?!
PurrWoofic Paws replying to a comment from Cail / June 20, 2010 at 08:56 pm
Hi - I was a vendor at Woofstock and sold the England and Germany shirts shown in the pictures above. We sold them for $20.00 + tax = $22.60.

Please give me a call if you're still interested.

Lindsay - 416-357-6988
sharkguy / June 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm
This English bulldog looks like he'd fit in well with his team namesake. Probably gasses easily and doesn't chase down too many balls.
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