Nicola: "Guess why he's called Joe."
Me: "I don't know."
N: "What kind of dog is he?"
Me: "He's a Cocker Spaniel."
N: "Right, so he's Joe ... "
Me: "... the Cocker Spaniel?"
N: "No, he's Joe ..."
Me: "... the lion [obscure David Bowie reference]"
N: "No, he's a Cocker Spaniel so he's Joe ..."
Me: "Joe ...?"
N: "Joe Cocker."
Me: "Oh right."
Sometimes, I'm thick.
Joe Cocker Spaniel is a pleasant fellow with a wide back (which could do with some thinning out). During our photo session, he decided the whole camera thing was rather tiresome so he lay down on the cool grass and happily watched all the people walk by on their way to an afternoon concert booming in the background, the buzzing from the Gardiner for accompaniment.
The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.