Cover Pumpkin and Feiping Chang (Photo: Moses Ng)

Here are some of the city’s most A-list pooches — and the lengths their owners go to show their love

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Olaf and Yolanda Choy

Olaf the Samoyed husky was tied up to a pole at a construction site for a few days before he was adopted by foster mom Yolanda Choy, co-founder of EcoDrive, a volunteer group that tackles plastic pollution in Hong Kong. But this bubbly fluff ball got through the trauma and now thrives as part of the family.

“He joins us for family lunch every Sunday,” says Choy. “He keeps the kids company while they are studying and can sit still for hours.”

When it’s time for fun, however, Olaf loves to dive into muddy pools. “The dirtier, the better for him!” One can’t really blame him, for who doesn’t love a good bath and comb by mom after? Check out Olaf’s latest hikes (and mud baths!) on Instagram @olafthewhitesamoye.

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Clover and Ruth Chao

Creative director and graphic artist Ruth Chao’s pooch Clover is a sight for sore eyes. The Jack Russell terrier, who turns four this month, came into Chao’s life via Taiwan. “Back then, he was four months old, and only as big as the palm of my hand!” says Chao. The furry friend’s favourite snack is a dog bone from Teakha and squeaky chew toys. He enjoys sunbathing, grazing grass and galloping like Bambi.

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Blanc and Patricia Tung-Gaw

The Tatler team has met Blanc, the fluffy, white giant and we’ve got to say: he’s even cuter in real life. Owner of Ferastyle, a ski apparel brand, Patricia Tung-Gaw adopted the eight-year-old Samoyed two years ago and they have been inseparable since.

The nomadic pooch loves fruit (his favourite snack is organic apple peels) and is known for howling on cue—even engaging in a howl-off with Tung-Gaw’s kids. Follow him on Instagram @samoyed_blanc.

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Reginald Oswald II and Reyna Harilela

Meet Reginald Oswald II, a four-year-old, part-Rottweiler, part-Labrador rescue pup that Reyna Harilela and family affectionately call Reggie. After the passing of her beloved canine Dior, the co-founder of PR firm Bonvivant & Bellavita dog-sat a pup named Ace to deal with her grief.

A chance encounter at a puppy adoption day serendipitously brought Reggie into her life. He’s loveable, has mismatched ears and a penchant for cheese and Star Wars R2-D2 squeaky toys.

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Pumpkin and Feiping Chang

Feiping Chang’s floppy-eared pooch is as perfectly groomed as you would imagine as the pet of a Hong Kong influencer. Pumpkin could give most professional models a run for their money with his serious posing skills.

The three-year-old lap-size, salt and pepper poodle (who was a wedding gift from a close friend), enjoys braided turkey sticks and is often found frolicking in Lincoln Li’s closet, having a good-old gnaw on old T-shirts and socks. We need new friends!

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Orion and Simba, Kevin Poon and Fiona McLeish

Orion, a mini male Yorkshire terrier and Simba, of mixed-breed, are both eight-year-old male puppers belonging to entrepreneur Kevin Poon and model Fiona McLeish. Orion relishes tennis balls, while rescue dog Simba, affectionately nicknamed Fei Ju (Cantonese for “piggie”) has a cheeky habit of licking people on sight.

The canines are often on the receiving end of royalty-level treatment, including doggie snacks, like barkin brownies, pawcakes and woof creme pies from the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles.

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Stitch, Ingrid Chen-Mandonnaud and Thierry Mandonnaud

One day, Joyce general manager Ingrid Chen asked her husband Thierry Mandonnaud to meet for a drink after work. But Mandonnaud found himself circling around Causeway Bay before arriving at the most unlikely of places: a pet shop. There, Chen was holding a little French bulldog named Stitch. “Meet your son,” she said.

Amazingly, the puppy has retained his first set of teeth, which makes it look exactly the same as the family’s favourite Disney outer space character and his namesake. Despite his naughty habit of hoovering up the Mandonnaud’s daughters' snacks, Stitch has truly chewed his way into their hearts. When his first daughter was still a baby, Stitch was caught snuggling together with her on her baby floor mat.

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Bob and Yen Kuok

Yen Kuok’s seven-year-old pup, Bob, probably has more stamps in his passport than most of us. Heir to the Shangri-La empire, Kuok was introduced to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in 2012 after her college graduation. From California to Florida and now Hong Kong, he has been her constant companion.

Bob is a lover of long naps on the couch and is an enthusiastic hiker, despite his short legs requiring him to be carried midway through each trek.

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Luca and Kim Robinson

Jack Russell terrier Luca is one of the litter from Taiwanese actress Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia’s canine companion. Lin and Asia’s A-list hairstylist Kim Robinson had been friends for a long time, and when Lin was looking for a family for baby Luca in 2018, she knew that he would be in good hands with Robinson. Wrapped in a Hermès blanket, Luca arrived at Robinson’s home in exactly the way he intended to go on. Robinson chose his name, which means “light” in Italian, after travelling to Italy to style Lin at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

The light of Robinson’s life has now grown into a dashing gent. With that well-coiffed toffee fur of his (and we’d expect no less from Robinson), the bossy pup knows he looks good on camera. After an exhausting photoshoot, there’s nothing that pleases him more than his favourite bacon and eggs.

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Potato, Bender and Zoidberg, Thierry Chow and Peter Yuill

Ragtag chihuahua trio Potato, Bender and Zoidberg have an arty loft to call home, making mischief as creative pet-parents Thierry Chow and Peter Yuill try to get work done. Chow, a feng shui master, spilled the beans on her rambunctious clan’s most illicit vices, which include tennis balls, dirty socks and tasty morsels of chicken. Fingers will point to kleptomaniacs Potato and Bender when toys, snacks or even cups of coffee go walkies, while Zoidberg will hide food in his mouth to go and enjoy in a corner away from prying eyes.

That’s not to say the dogs need to be such shameless scavengers: Chow has treated them to dog yoga and the three have monthly at-home pampering sessions by a groomer!

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Truffle and Tyson, Tansy Tom

The outlook for former breeder poodle Truffle wasn’t looking great—until big-hearted Tansy Tom came along to foster her during a typhoon, and ended up officially adopting her, despite Truffle needing surgery and medication to survive.

Village dog Tyson’s fate, too, looked grim, after he was abandoned by owners of a recycling plant. Moved by an online post from a volunteer dog rescue group, Tom welcomed Tyson into her home. Now, the pair are living the good life: Tom rustles up homemade coconut and butternut squash cookies for her food-obsessed fur-family.

She recalls one amusing scene when the two were treated to a piece of steak bone leftover from dinner: “We thought Tyson would dominate the piece as he is bigger than Truffle. Instead, Truffle was the one who went for it and guarded it. Tyson just sat down and patiently waited for his turn.” Cheeky Truffle also tries to nose her way into Tyson’s sessions with a trainer—only because there is the promise of reward snacks, of course. 

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Sparky and Sean Lee-Davies

Sean Lee-Davies grew up with majestic Rottweilers. His father even had the first Rottweiler in Hong Kong. So when Sparky joined the family in 2006 as a gift from a friend, the tiny Jack Russell had a lot to live up to. But the confident pup has no fear. “Everyone thinks he’s cute,” Lee-Davies says, “but he thinks he’s the boss.” It’s not the first time Sparky gets barky and scares young children off.

The little alpha male isn’t all mouth and trousers, however. Sparky is a master in wave surfing, and you can always spot him paddle boarding and sailing at Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. The king of the sea has a softer side too. Whenever Lee-Davies and his family are singing, Sparky would just howl away together.

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