Bring your dog to the annual Summer Streets on Saturday August 2nd, 9th, 16th, with the special Summer Streets Dog Park

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.

Here is a one page guide for the event and more information.

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Dog photos with Santa at Petco this month

Christmas puppyYou can get a dog photo with Santa at Petco in NYC this month (you can even have yourself or your kids in the photo too). Check your local Petco but for the Union Square Petco, Santa will be there 12/8 from 11-5pm, and then on 12/14 and 12/21 from 1-4pm. They ask for a $8.95 donation which goes to the Petco Foundation to help support animals in need.

Call your local Petco to get hours for each location:


2013 Animal League America Celebrity Gala on Friday, November 22nd



One of the biggest and most glamorous pet charity events is happening on Friday, November 22nd in new York City. It’s the 2013 Animal League America Celebrity Gala, chaired by Beth and Howard Stern, with guest of honor Rachael Ray, and a performance by Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.

Money raised will go towards a new state-of-the-art Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption & Wellness Center at the North Shore Animal League, the largest no-kill shelter in the country. Felines you say…isn’t this a dog site? Yes, but at DogSpin we appreciate rescuing cats as well, AND by opening this feline center it opens up a lot more room to rescue dogs in the current shelter facility at North Shore Animal League. The feline center will be 14,000 square feet, have cage-free and outdoor surroundings, exam rooms, an adoption facility, a 24 hour nursery and a Respiratory Ward, Surgical Suite & Recovery Room. Sounds pretty amazing.

The gala event takes place at the Waldorf Astoria, with the red carpet and cocktails at 7pm, and then the program, dinner and then dancing starts at 8pm. More info and tickets at

Adopting a dog? Get free tickets to ANNIE on Broadway!

annieIf you were planning adopting a dog from a shelter, did you know you can get 2 free tickets to ANNIE on Broadway in November if you adopt by October 31st at a participating shelter?

From the press release: “ANNIE has always been a supporter of pet adoption. Animal trainer and Tony® Award Winner Bill Berloni conducted a nationwide search for a real-life shelter dog to play the role of Sandy, and discovered Sunny, who was plucked from a Houston shelter to train for the big role.

Just head down and take a look at the adoptable dogs at the following spots:

If you are adopting from a different shelter by October 31st, you may still be able to get the free tickets, so email if that’s your situation.

Also, for every ticket to Annie sold through December 31, 2013, PEDIGREE® Brand is donating $2, up to $1 million, to the PEDIGREE Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dogs find loving homes.

3rd Annual Basset Hound Meetup happening in Prospect Park on Sunday Oct 27th

Fotolia_23419705_XSThe 3rd Annual Basset Hound Meetup is happening in Prospect Park (Brooklyn) on Sunday Oct 27th from 11:30am-2:30pm. Meet in front of the Gazebo in the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the Park, or just look for dozens of basset hounds;).

You can find out more info at, or just show up. It’s hosted by the North Park Slope Basset Association and is free to attend.

Bring your basset hound and meet some new people!

Blessing of the animals in New York City for 2013

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This time of year at many of the churches in NYC do a special service to Bless the Animals around the time of the birthday St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. All are welcome (space permitting).

The biggest service is at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side) on Sunday, October 6th, at 11 am, followed by the Fair on the Close, which features animal welfare, rescue, and environmental advocacy organizations at 1 pm. And it’s not just dogs – there have been turtles, foxes, and even camels! Note that to attend the service you need to get a general-seating pass, which is handed out beginning at 9:15 am (first-come, first-served). It should go without saying that you can bring your dog to the service. More info at

Other blessings that we know of:





Canine Comedy Parade on Saturday in Gramercy Park

The GNA Canine Comedy Parade happens from noon-2:30pm on Saturday, September 21st on Gramercy Park West. Bring your dog in costume or show off their talents all while enjoying comic emcees, doggie
caricatures, and a best in show contest. There will also be pet adoption and free treats and other giveaways for dogs and their owners. All breed and sizes welcome! It looks like it is $5 if you want to enter your dog in the contest.

More info at
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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend!

DogSpin wants to wish everyone a great Labor Day weekend. We hope you are doing something fun with your dog! We will resume posts on Tuesday.

It’s National Dog Day today

It’s National Dog Day today. You can learn more about it at or on We would write more about it and give suggestions to celebrate it, but their Rules of Participation for Press don’t feel very friendly. We are not looking to get sued- We just love dogs! Anyway, celebrate as you please.

Dog Meetups this weekend of August 17th-18th!

central park dogs 2Here are some of the dog Meetups happening this weekend: