Pickles the dog is the darling of Barton St E. When he’s not barking out people’s names for potato chips, he’s whizzing in his favourite spot: The Cash Store on Barton and Ottawa.
“Pickles is my main source of income,” says owner, “Chips” Phillip. Chips gets his handle from his food of choice. “I put a hat down, collecting change – and I’ve got a sign that says – ‘Pickles barks your name for chips and change. I have to say, I’ve tried about every flavour known to man. A British feller gave me a bag of mint and lamb chips. A feast for the senses.”
Not everyone loves pickles, though. The owner of Hamilton Fish and Strips, a strip club/fish n chip shop” says he’s a nuisance and drives away clients. “No one can understand him. I lost a good bag of chips listening to him bark out nonsense – he spelled my fuc*in’ name wrong too. Terry with a ‘y’ you fuc*in’ mutt.”
Whether you love or hate this adorable mutt, Happy New Year’s Pickles and Chips. May your chips run as freely as your spirits.