Monday, November 9, 2015

Chloe Tse & Clark Kent

Who is in the photo at right?

I am Chloe Tse, a journalist, co-founder of, a Gaysian activist forever fighting for what's right in this world.

Clark Kent, 10, is a male beagle who is having a hard time training his human. We both work to keep kibble in Clark's bowl.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Clark and I frequent Ideal Coffee in Kensington Market, downtown Toronto. It's just around the corner and the perfect way to start our days. Every time we go in, some new random stranger (fast friend) hangs out with him outside. We've had to do this since the incident in the summer when some random local awful person kidnapped him.

What's brewing?

We enjoy the americanos from Ideal — fixed with a little sweetener and some milk.

Any treats for you or Clark on this occasion?

Clark is far from deprived. He enjoys baked goods — of both the canine and human varieties. Today, the beagle consumed a pig's ear (and rather quickly).

How were you and Clark united?

Clark Kent, formerly Swiper, was a rescue from the Toronto Humane Society. He was recovering from disc replacement surgery on his neck and when we met, he was docile and calm. It was love at first sniff — I'd meant to adopt a cat a few months following my late cat, Lois Lane's death. But instead, I came home with a beagle who lives to outsmart me every day.

How did Clark get his name? Any aliases?

Clark Kent, the super beagle, was named after the leading male of the 90's drama Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman — like his late sister Lois Lane — who was named after Teri Hatcher's character. If we are in the dog park, Clark is one to pretend he doesn't know how name when he doesn't want to go home. So calling out "cookie", "pizza", "burger", "pleasecomeherenow" or "imleavingyouhereandgoinghome" is common.

Please tell about Does Clark have a role in the project?

Clark Kent is a columnist at He had a column called "Tails from the Doghouse" for Bell Media on TheLoop from 2013-2014. He's a human ally, socially aware and fights for equal rights. He's been seen in The Toronto Star, been involved in interviews on CP24 and Fairchild. He's a news hound.

Cat, postman, squirrel...?

...he hates skateboards.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Clark enjoys sucking on his blanket over 'playing'. He'll just suck on his blanket for hours. He spent three seasons of Orange Is The New Black and every episodes of Orphan Black sucking on that blanket.

Who is Clark's best pet-pal?

Clark's best friend is Gus. He has a cousin called Pi. But lately he spends time with BB (Betty Blue).

What is Clark's best quality?

Clark is active, ambitious and always looking for the next adventure. He's kind, affectionate and doesn't discriminate. He's a really good listener and won't interrupt people when they're sharing. His emotionality is high and knows how to fill people's hearts with warmth. He's a decent dog, that Clark.

If Clark could change one thing about you, what would it be?

Nothing. Clark accepts people as they are. That's part of his charm. A few years ago, he demanded I take a job that affords me the opportunity to be at home with him more. Since, I've only accepted employment that allows me to work from home some of the week.

If Clark could answer only one question in English, what would you ask him?

I'd ask him to tell me exactly what he wants and needs from me and how I can accommodate him for the rest of his life. I just want Clark to be happy.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Clark could speak, who should voice him?

Clark has a father who currently lives in New York. In our heads, he has a nasally voice and would sound pretty nerdy. We'd find a really strong cartoon voice actor to get it right.

What advice would Clark give if asked?

Eat first, ask later. It's easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask permission. They always come around. Just be yourself. These are the types of things Clark stands by.


--Marshal Zeringue

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