Dog friendly hotels have become more and more common, as exemplified by the large list of dog friendly hotels in New York City among other places. However, even when you travel with your dog to a hotel, there are still a few logistical issues in a city like New York. Just because a hotel is dog friendly, does not mean the rest of your trip will be. Restaurants for the most part do not allow dogs inside, and things like tourist attractions or for example, Broadway shows, restrict pets as well. But your dog needs to get out at the least to pee/poop/exercise while you are enjoying the city. So dog walking service Swifto has partnered with a midtown hotel (Hotel 48Lex) to let guests seamlessly hire a dog walker during their stay.
Dog walkers are vetted by Swifto and allowed to pick up the dog at the hotel room, then dog walks are tracked by GPS and include a photo and a poop report.
From a press release: “This partnership is the first among many” says Penina First, CEO and Founder of Swifto. “We believe in first focusing on the quality of the dog walkers, and only then adding a layer of technology enabling the best dog walkers to do an even better job. Solving this problem hotels have been facing is crucial, and will allow even more hotels to offer true accommodation to our furry friends.”
The new dog wearable INUPATHY, which is currently raising funding on Indiegogo, reportedly can analyze a dog’s heart rate at that moment to help you understand how your dog is feeling. The color lit collar changes as heart rate changes so you can know what makes your dog stressed, excited, happy, or concentrating on something. Launched simultaneously with the SXSW conference in Austin, INUPATHY has an early bird price of $169, which may seem like a lot but the value proposition of better understanding and bonding with your dog will make it worth the price for many. I mean, we would spend that on a baby monitor, and dog’s are the equivalent to a baby for many pet lovers.
Red Hill Dog Park in San Anselmo: Built in 2009 and managed by volunteers, this large 1-acre fenced dog park in San Anselmo features drinking water for dogs (out of a fire hydrant spout), waste bags, and multiple seating spots for people, some with shade.
Location: 100 Shaw Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960 near Fairfax, Ross, and San Rafael (adjacent to/behind the Red Hill Shopping Center)
Pet Deposit or Fee? There is a $25 surcharge per stay
Cleaning Fee? Should your pet inadvertently cause any damage, you will be charged a minimum of $250 for cleaning or repairs
Can I leave dog unattended? Try not to leave your pet unattended in your room for long periods, and never overnight
Pet Amenities? They provide: “Good KarmaTM rope toys by Jax & Bones for your pup to chew, play, tug, or fetch”, “Plush, eco-friendly dog beds by Jax & Bones”, “Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar”, “Food and water bowls (offered in deep and shallow depths)”, “Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar”
Pet Services? Services they provide: Local dog walking/pet-sitting services, Grooming, Daycare and boarding, Training, Boutique products, Gourmet cakes and cookies for special occasions, Pet taxi, Pet psychic
Yes, Home Depot is dog-friendly! As a dog owner in NYC, we are often looking for places where we can bring our dogs while running an errand. One store that is dog friendly is Home Depot. So when you need to pick up some lights or light bulbs or moving boxes, or paint, or tools, you can bring along your dog.
The dog must be controlled on leash of course, and use the elevators to get from floor to floor rather than the escalators. You will often see multiple dogs walking around the store. The large store with wide aisles makes it easy to get around without bumping into people or products.
Home Depot is not exactly a funplace to take your dog, but it is great to combine a dog walk with a much needed home improvement errand.
There are a few Home Depots in New York City, including at 40 West 23rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue), 731 Lexington Avenue (near 59th Street), and 980 3rd Avenue (Between E 58th St and E 59th Street).
Summer Streets is back from 7am-1pm on Saturday August 2nd, 9th, 16th, where the city shuts down 6.9 miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to cars, so you can walk, bike or take a stroll with your dog without any cars. It runs up Lafayette and Park Avenue.
This year they will have a special stop for dogs and their owners. The Summer Streets Dog Park at 52nd Street & Park Avenue will be up for the event, with the same rules as a typical dog park.
While at DogSpin we highly recommend saving a life and rescuing a dog from a shelter, rather than buying a dog from a breeder, for informational purposes we pass along the latest ranking of the Top 5 dog breeds in New York City by registrations with the American Kennel Club.
2. French Bulldog
3. Labrador Retriever
4. German Shepherd Dog
5. Golden Retriever
“It’s the year of the Bulldog in New York City and it’s no surprise,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The loveable, family friendly breed is a great choice for the urban lifestyle”
When my friend from Chicago came to visit New York City and saw me put a coat on my 13 lb Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, Wally, she did a double take.
“Are you really one of those people who dresses up her dog?” she remarked.
I tried explaining to her that I never used to believe that dogs needed clothing. That when we took Wally out for walks in the winter, I thought he was completely fine. But soon every person we passed found it necessary to advise me that my dog was freezing to death.
“He already has a coat,” I’d say. “He’s a dog. He has fur.”
One guy stopped me at 6 AM, before work, telling me that at 40 degrees or below, small dogs needed to have a coat. He started naming all of the dog apparel stores in the neighborhood. I had barely opened my eyes yet and this guy wanted me to play dress up with my dog? The colder it got, the angrier people would become when passing along their coat advice. Wally didn’t seem bothered, so why should we?
A couple of friends gave us sweaters which we’d try out for a couple of hours, but Wally would usually shake the clothing off or look at us with his, “What the heck are you people dressing me in?” look.
Then one day, we went to a dog event in Central Park. It was about 35 degrees and windy. Wally kept jumping up on my leg like he wanted me to pick him up. I did, and realized he was shivering. For the rest of the dog event, we zipped Wally into my husband’s fleece coat. We must have been told at least 20 times on our way out of the park that our dog needed a warm coat.
Finally, feeling like abusive parents, we agreed to give the coat thing a try.
A neighbor gave Wally a hand me down coat. We tried it for Wally, but it was too big. We ordered a coat online but it never fit quite right. He outgrew the coat my parents bought for him. The fourth coat we tried just didn’t seem sufficiently warm enough. After doing some research, we went to Canine Styles, and ended up spending more on Wally’s coat that I have on any winter coat of mine. (We also bought dog shampoo there (La Pooch brand) which we later realized was for “female puppies” – who knew shampoo had a sex?).
Wally doesn’t shiver anymore and people have stopped giving us dirty looks when we walk down the street. I still think it’s kind of odd that my dog has a wardrobe, but at least for now, we are no longer the shunned outcasts of the neighborhood