Prospect Park dog beach – yes it’s a swimming hole just for dogs

prospect park dog beach mapThere aren’t many places in the ol’ Big Apple where dogs can frolic and play in the water and catch a Frisbee on the beach. Except Prospect Park, where that’s exactly the case. Just off the Long Meadow Beach at the Pools, dogs can run off-leash and catch a cool down during the hottest summer days. And trekking there from Manhattan is a worthy day trip – there’s more to do at Prospect Park than just throw ball. The huge amount of space welcomes picnics and games, and there are 585 acres of woodlands, waterways and trails to explore with your pup, family and friends.

It’s easy to get there – whether in a car or a cab, it’s about a 15-20 minute ride from Manhattan. The hours when dogs can play off-leash are specific, though, and the rules are strict, so be sure to plan ahead. The park welcomes dog paddling and off-leash playing between the hours of 5 am and 9 am, and then is closed until 9 pm, when it reopens again until 1 in the morning. You can read more about the rules and regulations of off-leash playtime at the beach here:

The best thing about the Prospect Dog Beach is that it feels like an escape from the city, into a smaller town somewhere upstate. The dog beach itself is somewhat secluded by shady trees, so you don’t feel surrounded by a massive park and hundreds of other people. It’s an opportunity to spend time with your dog without going too far, but at the same time feeling like you’ve “gotten away.”

(Here is a video that, while a bit dated, gives you an idea about the grass and dog beach in Prospect Park)

Central Park group dog walk on Saturday

central park dogs 2This Saturday, June 22nd, there is a Meetup for people and their dogs to do a group walk around Central Park. It runs from noon-1pm and the meeting place appears to be the corner of East 84th Street and 5th Avenue. They will also be celebrating June birthdays. Because of the time of day this will be a on-leash dog walk.

Free to attend. Register at

Can’t make it? Check out Central Park for dogs to learn more about dogs in Central Park for another time.


‘Yappy Hours’ and puppy playgroups around New York City

By Stacey Becker, Contributing Writer

When you’re done with a hard day of work, there’s nothing more fun or relaxing than attending a yappy hour with your pooch.  With your dog, maybe some wine and doggy lovers around you, what could be better? Many doggy daycare places offer free (or virtually free) yappy hours around the city, so here’s a list of a few:

On the Upper East Side, 75th and Paws (234 East 75th St) has a Tuesday night doggy happy hour from 7-8 PM.  There is no charge, but they only allow small dogs.  The owner, Tamara, often holds theme specific events during the holidays.  The website is here:

Doggie-Do & Playtime Too, also Upper East Side, (348 East 76th St) has a Thursday night free yappy hour from 6 -8 PM.   Check back on its website for special events as this place hosts breed specific play dates, fashion shows (for dogs, not humans) and other dog-sanity happenings.  The website is here:

New York Dog Spa puppy play group

New York Dog Spa puppy play group

Biscuits & Bath locations have puppy and small dog playgroups on Thursday nights as well (7 – 8 PM for puppies, 8 – 9 PM for small dogs).  You should call the locations to confirm the playgroup is still happening.  By the way, playgroup = yappy hour in my opinion.  Locations are all over the city (Upper East, Upper West, Midtown, Murray Hill, Greenwich Village and Tribeca, The website is here:

Andrea Arden Dog training offers puppy playgroups, which meet every Tuesday from 6 – 7 PM at the New York Dog Spa Downtown (32 West 25th St) and every Saturday from 1 – 2 PM at the Upper East Side location of Dog Spa Uptown (415 East 91st Street).  These puppy playgroups are for dogs ages 8 weeks – 5.5 months and all mixes, breeds and sizes are permitted.  There is a $10 fee per dog for each visit.

Andrea Arden also offers small dog play groups for dogs under 20 pounds, also $10 per session, per dog for those 5.5 months and older.  These take place at the Chelsea Dog Spa Downtown location from 6 – 7 PM on Monday nights and at Animal Haven Soho (251 Centre St) every Saturday from 1:45 – 2:45 PM. Andrea Arden’s site is here:

Don’t forget about, a great resource for finding out the latest yappy hour events all over New York City.  Sign up here:  There are constant get-togethers posted for dogs and you can even search to find your specific breed’s gatherings.

Happy yapping!

For fine art featuring dogs, visit the William Secord Gallery on the Upper East Side

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Did you know that right here in Manhattan we have the only fine art gallery in the United States that exclusively features dogs in nineteenth and early twentieth century paintings (and a few hand-picked contemporary artists)?

The William Secord Gallery ( on the Upper East Side (52 East 76th Street between Madison and Park Avenue) holds an incredible collection of dog paintings (and some bronzes and works on paper) and was founded by the leading expert in this niche, William Secord (Author of Dog Painting: A History of the Dog in Art and The American Dog at Home: The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill). Artists with works in the gallery include Richard Ansdell, Thomas Blinks, Rosa Bonheur, Lilian Cheviot, Alfred de Dreux, Alfred Duke, George Earl, Maud Earl, Thomas Earl and many more.

Want a sneak preview?

You (and your dog!) can visit the gallery Monday-Saturday from 10-5pm although during the summer months the gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10-5pm. (They even have water and biscuits for your dog.)


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

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:

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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 ( 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
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    • 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.

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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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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.

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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 (or comment below).

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