Free night of boarding at New York Dog Nanny

 

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New York Dog Nanny is offering up 1 free night of dog boarding in Manhattan through Belly Bites.

You just have to register and then use it in the next 4 months.

Read all details at www.bellycard.com/campaigns/398.

Pet Day and costume contest at Deno’s Wonder Wheel at Coney Island

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This Saturday, June 15th at Deno’s Wonder Wheel (West 12th and the Boardwalk) at Coney Island they are celebrating Pet Day. Pets ride free (with their owners) on the Wonder Wheel, and there will be a costume contest with the winner taking home a $150 Petco gift card. Must bring 2 cans of dog or cat food to be a part of this (they will be donated to Sean Casey Animal Rescue).

Here is the schedule:

Check out the flyer at http://www.wonderwheel.com/petday-web.pdf

 

Adopt a greyhound in NYC? Yep, and you should consider one

by Breanna Foister, Contributing Writer

Logan and pillows BF“He’s taller than you!”  “Is he supposed to be that skinny?”  “I bet you have to exercise him all the time.”  “How fast does he run?”  “He’s so beautiful!”  “SKELETOR!”

I hear variations of all of the above whenever I walk my greyhound, Logan.  These inquiries usually lead to a friendly chat where I profess my love for everything greyhound.  After all, Logan’s just as curious and sociable as the passersby.

When I moved to the city, I feared I’d never have the space to own a big dog.  It turns out that greyhounds only need the space right next to you.  I share a studio with Logan and my boyfriend, and as long as Logan has a pillow surface to lie down on, he’s a happy dog.

Sure, he can run up to 40 miles per hour, but his fastest move is always to the couch.  Greyhounds (or couch lizards, as my grandma calls them) love to be comfortable and can sleep up to 18 hours a day.  This makes them the perfect big dogs for tiny apartments.  They are sweet tempered, docile, and enjoy saying hello to other humans and other dogs.

Leprechaun Logan bfLike most greyhounds, Logan spent the first two years of his life on a racetrack.  My boyfriend adopted him from Forever Home Greyhounds (www.foreverhomegreyhounds.com) in upstate NY.  The folks there actively rescue dogs from kill states, Underground Railroad-style.  There are also several other NYC-accessible adoption centers in the tri-state area.

If you’re a purebreed enthusiast, if you seek a city savvy furry friend, if you love long walks and longer naps, consider adopting a greyhound.  They come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, housebroken, crate trained, and willing to wear funny hats.  Plus, their identification ear tattoos give them extra street cred at the dog run.  Giving a greyhound a life off the track is a unique and joyful experience.  I highly recommend it.

Madison Square Park Dog Run

  • Madison Square Park Dog Run: Located in Madison Square Park near 5th Avenue and 24th street. Also known as Jemmy’s Dog Run. This is a nice dog run on the west side of Madison Square Park that is fairly large in size and has two sections. Note that dogs are not allowed on the grass lawns (even on leash) in Madison Square Park, just in the dog run.
    • Neighborhood: Flatiron, Madison Square Park, Gramercy, Nomad
    • Ground: Gravel and dirt
    • Park Website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/madisonsquarepark/facilities/dogruns
    • Yelp Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/madison-square-park-new-york
    • Tips: The run can get muddy though so it is not a great spot to go after heavy rains. They supply waste bags in the dog run and there are benches with umbrellas. The backdrop of the architecturally stunning Flatiron Building and the Met Life Clock Tower add to the atmosphere and of course there is the Shake Shack right there in Madison Square Park where you can pick up some lunch for yourself and a special Pooch-ini treat for your dog. The dog run hours are the same as Madison Square Park (~6am-11pm).

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Here is a copy of the posted rules of the run:

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Dogcation: Montauk is for Dogs

by Rainbow Kirby, Contributing Writer

Montauk is one of the friendliest dog towns on Long Island’s East End. During our Dogcation, I watched fellow vacationers run, hike, and brunch with their furry friends. There were pups everywhere, and many of the shops had water bowls placed out front. I kind of felt bad for the cat people.

How To Get There:

By car from Manhattan, it’s a three-hour minimum drive out east with no traffic. Once you arrive, you can easily get around by foot, bicycle or taxi service. There’s many, but most memorable is Pink Tuna Taxi, (631) 668-3838.

The Long Island Rail Road is another option, especially if your dog fits in a carrier. Pink Tuna Taxi will also give your pooch a ride if they’re in a carrier.

OceansideBeachResort rkWhere To Stay:

Oceanside Beach Resort at 626 Montauk Highway.

When the owners of this resort said they were “dog-friendly,” they meant it.

Upon arrival, they greeted us in the parking lot with a bowl of water for Cosimo who was wagging his tail excitedly after a very long car ride.

Our studio-sized room was on the second floor with a wide shared balcony that overlooked the dunes and ocean. It wasn’t one of the newer rooms, but it was cozy and comfortable. There is no A/C, just the “Montauk Breeze” as the locals call it, and an overhead fan.

The resort is steps from the beach, has a huge backyard/patio area and a large in-ground pool that is fenced in. Every room has WIFI and a fridge and some have a Jacuzzi. There is also a trail for dogs adjacent to the side of the motel.

Summer Rate: From $285-$425/night (3 night minimum)

Fall/Winter Rate: $125-$245/night (no night minimum)

Dog Fee: $75

Where To Eat:

Coffee Tauk  (83 S. Elmwood Ave., (631)-668-7007)

Within a few blocks walking distance from the resort, you will find the best coffee in Montauk — and outdoor seating to share with your pooch. I did see one little pup inside, but she was in her owner’s arms.

Goldberg’s Bagels, Flagels & Deli, (128 S. Etna Ave., (631)-238-5976)

With a few picnic benches parked right out front, Goldberg’s lets you share your bagels and lox in the company of your canine.

Main Street

Almost every restaurant in downtown Montauk has outdoor seating, allowing dogs to lounge while you grab a bite. I spotted this pooch at 668 The Gig Shack, which is popularly known for their “Montaco’s” and live music.

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What To Do:

The Beach

Our first two days in Montauk it rained continuously, so Cosimo had the entire stretch of sand to himself. For sunnier days, and from May 15 – September 30, dogs are not permitted on the beach from 9am-6pm. There are no leash laws in Montauk, so your pooch may run with abandon as long as he’s supervised.

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Trails

There are many that run adjacent to the beach and alongside S. Edison Street. Though, beware of ticks in the dunes. Pick up flea and tick spray before you hit the road, and check your pup thoroughly after coming off the path — we removed two from our dog.

Gosman’s Dock  (500 West Lake Drive, (631)-668-5330)

If you’re a seafood lover, no trip to Montauk is complete without a visit to Gosman’s. In addition to the popular restaurant, this area has a number of small shops and eateries and plenty of grassy knolls to picnic with both your lobster and your dog.

MontaukLighthouseDogMontauk Lighthouse (2000 New York 27)

Montauk Point, aka “The End” is breathtakingly scenic and historic. If your canine is a Central Park explorer, they’ll love this spot. Although dogs aren’t allowed inside the lighthouse and/or museum, there are rocky trails that lead right down to the beach, where your pup will have free rein.

There are also multiple 3-5 mile hiking trails in the surrounding Montauk Point State Park.

Doesn’t your dog deserve a Dogcation?

The single dog – What’s the ratio of male to female dogs in NYC?

There’s always a lot of discussion in the NYC dating scene about the ratio of single women to single men in this city. Most reports suggest that there are a lot more single women than men. At least one says there are more single men (18-34) than single women of the same age group. Well what about the dogs? We took a look at the WNYC dog license data to see what the situation is among our canines in different zip codes in the city.

Turns out that almost every neighborhood in Manhattan has more male dogs than female dogs, making it a pretty good place to live for the single female (or gay male) pooch. The female canines did outnumber the males on the southern third of Central Park (these smart female dogs certainly know premier Manhattan real estate).

We are curious though – does anyone know why there are more female dogs than male dogs in NYC? Send your thoughts to info@DogSpin.com (or comment below).

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First-ever NYC initiative to shelter NYC domestic abuse victims WITH their dogs

It’s hard to leave a dog behind, even it seems in domestic abuse situations. An Urban Resource Institute news release stated that the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that “40% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations out of fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind.” But now the first-ever NYC initiative has started a pilot program to shelter (human) victims of domestic abuse with their dogs when escaping these horrible situations at home. It’s called the URI PALS program, and it started this month in 3 NYC shelters.

Read the full news release at http://urinyc.org/urban-resource-institute-launches-uri-pals-project/.

Single? Have a dog? There’s a Meetup for you on June 8th in Manhattan

nyc singles meetupIf you are single and have a dog and are looking for new ways to meet people, we found this meetup on June 8th at 4pm in Manhattan. It will take place at Hudson Beach cafe at 105th street in Riverside Park and there will be food and drinks available, and of course dogs. It looks like there are already 30 people registered to attend, so it should be a good crowd.

See who’s going and get more info at www.meetup.com/NYC-Singles-And-Their-Dogs/events/117302282.

Riverside Park 105th Street Dog Run

Riverside Park (105th Street):

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105th Street DOg Run RIverside

105th Street DOg Run RIverside

Hudson Beach cafe next to 105th Street Riverside Dog Park

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Coleman Oval Park

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