HOK #31: Carol Upton


Meet Carol Upton.

“I was born in Montreal and grew up in Aylmer. We moved to Ottawa when I was 16. After high school, I went to university and took computer science. I worked in that field until I had my first child. I left my job before there was an Internet and was out too long while raising my children, and things had changed too much for me to want to go back. Instead, I fell into the world of dogs again, which was one of my first passions. When I was little, I had every book there was about dogs. I had How To Draw Dogs I still have an article from Weekend Magazine from when I was about 7 or 8 about the wolf kill…. Dogs, wolves, I read all the books. It’s always been with me. I read dog training manuals when I was 16, and not harlequin romance books like everyone else.

“Thirteen years ago I started learning about dog training, and then I saw an ad in the Kitchissippi Times thanking some local dogs from Linda, a local dog walker. She was retiring, so I called her up and said, ‘What’s with this dog walking gig?’ At first Linda did not want to share her secrets with me, but then we went for coffee. She was lovely, lives near me in Westboro and we hit it off.  In fact, we are still in touch.” Collected by Ellen Bond

Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. View our growing collection of humans right here.

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