Dog Trends: Swifto partners with Hotel 48Lex to offer dog walking to guests

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.”

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The first professional New York City dog walker, Jim Buck, has died

The New York Times reports that Jim Buck, the city’s first professional dog walker, has died at 81. Dog walking is a mainstay of Manhattan life these days, but it seems Mr. Buck started it all out with his Jim Buck’s School for Dogs in the 1960’s.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “Footloose, determined and eager to flout convention, Mr. Buck bypassed college. But by the early ’60s he was leading the sort of gray-flannel life of which he despaired, chafing in New York as a salesman for an electronics concern. Mr. Buck knew dogs — as a young man, he bred Great Danes. He also knew New Yorkers. Before long, a void was filled.

Read the full article of this one-of-a-kind entrepreneur at www.nytimes.com/2013/07/13/nyregion/jim-buck-made-walking-dogs-a-job-dies-at-81.html.

Celeb Watch: NYC celebs out with their dogs

Because we know some of you love this stuff, here are this week’s celebs out with their dogs in NYC:

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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Riverside Park 105th Street Dog Run

Riverside Park (105th Street):

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Hudson Beach cafe next to 105th Street Riverside Dog Park

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Therapy dogs help kids to read in NYC

Another use for therapy dogs is underway in New York City with the R.E.A.D. literacy program, which helps kids learn to read in the presence of a dog. Basically the concept is that the dog gets the kid’s attention in a different way than a typical class environment, and then the kid reads to the dog, who is a non-judgmental listener and doesn’t care if the kid makes mistakes, allowing the kid to relax while learning to read. According to a myfoxny piece, the program is currently in 11 New York City public libraries and some public schools as well.

They glow when they come in here and see the dog,” said therapy dog owner Molly Mundy . “When youngsters read to dogs their blood pressure goes down, and they get interested in the dogs and they know that they’re a better reader than the dog is.

Here is a video on the program from http://www.myfoxny.com:
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A sunny cruise on the Staten Island Ferry with your dog

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by Breanna Foister, Contributing Writer

Public transportation is likely the last place you’d choose to spend a sunny afternoon with your dog.  However, if you enjoy fresh air, leisurely rides on the water, and low-key sight seeing, I urge you and your furry buddy to check out the Staten Island Ferry (http://www.siferry.com/).

We walked our greyhound, Logan, down to the ferry from our apartment in the West Village via Hudson River Park (http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/).  This pedestrian walkway follows the water all the way down to the tip of Manhattan, and it’s studded with gardens, dog runs, playgrounds, and piers the whole way.

The ferry runs every half hour, and more frequently during weekday morning and evening rushes.  It’s FREE.  Technically, pets have to wear muzzles.  But shortly after we boarded for, ferry staff gave us permission to remove Logan’s Hannibal Lecter mask.  Ferry rules also require all passengers to exit upon embarking.  You can either explore Staten Island, or board the next Manhattan-bound ferry for some more quality sit-with-your-dog-on-a-boat time (this is what we did).

The close up view of the Statue of Liberty makes up for this small inconvenience.  It also makes this excursion great for out-of-town visitors.  We made friends with a family of tourists who missed their greyhound back at home.  Logan was happy to socialize and get some extra loving.

If daytime cocktails are your style, there’s a bar on board.  (And remember, pockets are great for carrying flasks as well as dog treats.)  Forget about commuting and stroll on down to the Staten Island Ferry.  You’re in for a lovely, low budget, dog friendly cruise.

 

Really Love Dogs

  • Address: Serves Manhattan+
  • Website: http://reallylovedogs.com/
  • Phone: 917-613-5688
  • Yelp Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/really-love-dogs-manhattan
  • Dog Sitting: “Option A: Three 30 min. walks/feeding & a 30 min. playtime & bedtime tuck-in for $60.00; Option B: Two 30 min. walks/feeding & a 30 min. playtime & bedtime tuck-in for  $45.00 ((Additional Dog Charge $5.00)
  • Dog Walking: 15 Minute Walks ($10-$14); 30-minute walks ($15-$18). See their website for all fees.

 

Helmsley Park Lane

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NYC Dog Walkers

  • Address: 27 West 96th Street New York NY 10025
  • Website: http://www.nycdogwalkers.com/
  • Phone: 917-912-3968
  • Cost per walk: $14 for 30 minutes, $24 for 60 minutes

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