Have you ever been compared to a shaggy dog on a bad hair day? Well, that might be getting all too real for Torontonians. Your furry friend is about to be able to get a makeover again as pet services gear up to reopen in the province. Toronto dog groomers are set to open before hair salons and barbershops, so prepare to be put to shame by your pup.
Premier Doug Ford shared details of the next wave of businesses able to reopen in the province on Thursday, May 14.
Later on Thursday, Toronto Mayor John Tory shared some specifics about what that means for the 6ix.
And he joked that dog owners should probably brace themselves for looking scruffier than their pets for the meantime.
"With the coming opening of dog groomers, I know this will be a relief to many dog owners," said Tory in the city's daily media briefing.
"Fido, potentially, now could look better than Fido's owner and the grooming probably costs more than the hairdo but we are taking these things one day at a time and one step at a time," the mayor said with a smile.
Being cooped up at home hasn't been easy for us, especially for our furry friends.
Your doggo will be delighted, then, to know that Tory also announced the city is ready to open its off-leash dog parks this weekend if it gets approval to do so from the province.
"We are ready to open our off-leash dog parks as early as Saturday, but we need confirmation from the province which may not come in time for Saturday," Tory said.
This news comes after Ford shared details of "stage one" of his framework to get the province's economy rolling once again.
That includes Ontario campgrounds, marinas, and golf courses reopening under certain conditions as of this weekend, and a whole bunch of new businesses and workplaces after Victoria Day.
However, while a list of businesses are able to operate starting on May 16, hair salons are not among them as Ford suggests we'll have to "hold off" on getting our hair cuts.
So, yes, we might find ourselves put to shame (even more so than usual) by our dogs in the coming days.
Who knows? Once your pup's looking fresh and clean again, it might even rival Toronto's Instagram-famous dogs for style.
As for our own shaggy coats? It seems they'll have to wait.