And the little dog said, roll over.

Ever since I have had a dog to call my own, they have shared my bed with me.  Or more accurately, they have allowed me to take up a very small portion of the bed while they consume the majority of it.  But… I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Some people scoff at the idea of our four-legged friends climbing into bed at the end of a long day. But to me, my dog is part of my family.  My dog is my life. She is the sweetest little girl and I love waking up between her and my boyfriend. 

Now, I always knew that a dog could take up a lot of room, but before I had a Frenchie that meant something completely different.  Now it means: she sleeps where she wants and takes up whatever room she wants, even if that means physically sleeping on me sometimes.  Apparently, I have become a human pillow.  Don’t forget, Frenchies snore – probably louder than any other dog (see @MsZiggyThePiggy on Instagram for some hilarious examples).  So, not only have I had to get used to sharing the bed with a warm furry little creature, I have to listen to her symphony all night long.

The infographic below is something I came across a while ago and it could not be more accurate. 

Does this look like something that happens in your house too? 

If it does, well at least were all in the same boat (or bed).

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Rescue Me!

I believe in rescuing.  I believe in second chances, and that is just what a rescue dog deserves and needs.  Rescue organizations are abundant here in New York, all of them have incredible dogs and cats looking for their forever home and family.  Last night, I went to Gotham Magazine’s (www.gotham-magazine.com) summer kick off party, and Bideawee (http://www.bideawee.org) was there with three of their adorable pups who need homes.  I fell madly in love with one, her name is Karla, she is about four months old and a lab mix that came all the way from Alabama to find her happy future.  She had the absolute sweetest disposition.  I wanted to take her home so badly.  All of these dogs were so sweet, so happy to just be held and loved for a little bit. If you have the time, space, and ability to go out there and adopt a dog, I highly recommend you do so.  There is no more rewarding feeling than taking home a sweet little fur-baby who needs your love.  And the love you will feel each and every time you walk in your house is indescribable.

This is Karla.

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Karla is looking for a family to take her home and love her unconditionally and she promises to do the same in return.  Here she is posing in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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This is Linda, a Chihuahua, fox terrier mix.  Another sweetheart looking to start her new life.

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If you have not heard of Bideawee, please check them out.  They are an incredible organization with lots of dogs and cats that need homes.  Don’t forget that puppies go quickly, but there is also something to be said for adopting an older dog.  They usually come trained, and they will love you just as much.

Happy adopting!

 

 

Kindness Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

One person can change the world.  One person can make a difference.  And one person, no matter how big or small can make an impact on so many innocent lives.

Animals, dogs and cats in particular are abandoned and abused on our streets everyday.  It is sickening and upsetting.  I have always said that I will take in any animal to help it heal, get better, trust people, and find the sweet soul a home.  I live in New York, have little to no space and few resources to do this at the moment.  But this little boy has inspired me to do more.  To make a difference.

Ken is now a 9 year old boy with one of the biggest hearts I have ever read about.  When he was eight years old, he started feeding the dogs on the streets of the Philippines.  Photos of him doing this made their way around the internet and slowly but surely he gained a following for the wonderful good deeds this child was doing.  With a little love and a lot of support, Ken made a significant difference in the lives of these once unhealthy, scrappy street dogs.  Now they are happy and healthy.

This little boy is inspiring.  If each of us took a moment to help the animals in our own communities maybe we could make a difference like Ken has and continues to do.

Please go to http://www.happyanimalsclub.org for more information and please consider donating to a boy with a vision of helping our sweet four-legged friends.

 

Introducing your dog to NYC!

Bringing home a new dog can be both the most exciting experience and the most frustrating.

I moved to New York with my Frenchie from Miami, where she had a large back yard to run around in, abundant grass to roll around in and do her business in, and a deck to simply sunbathe in.  Which she absolutely adores.  Not to mention, this top heavy bat-pig-dog, loves the water and loves to just sit in the pool and soak in the relaxation that exists in Miami Beach.

About five months after I first brought her home, we made our way to New York.  Now I can tell you I thought it was going to be hard, but it was tedious for two weeks.

I want to share what we went through so if you have any questions, hesitations, or need advice you know where to go.  I also want to let you know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  It will get better, it will be worth it, and ultimately it will be a bonding experience for you and your dog.

So, Ziggy’s first two weeks consisted of walking up and down, around our neighborhood for hours at a time.  With no grass in sight, this little puppy had no clue what to do.  So the minute we got back inside the apartment, she would squat on our couch.  This was the not so fun part.  But after walking with her, introducing her to other dogs, showing her that it was normal, and bringing A LOT of treats on each walk, Ziggy never had an accident again.  She learned that grass isn’t always necessary.   In fact, now when we travel back to Miami, she still uses the street or sidewalk instead of the grass.

If you are going through this experience, and need any advice, reach out.  Always happy to help! photo-2

This was Ziggy when i first brought her home.  She still loves to soak in the sun.

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High five after a job well done! New York City potty training complete!  Good luck!

 

Bark For Life

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

This blog will be my personal outlook on life in New York City with a dog.  Not just my dog though, any dogs in the city.  Dogs hold a very special place in my heart and I hope this blog puts a smile on your face when reading it and looking at the photos.

Last week, we joined both our human friends and our dog friends at an event for the American Cancer Society on the UWS called Bark for Life.  Its a little confusing, a dog event raising money for people with cancer.  Nonetheless, the money is for a fantastic cause and it is yet another way of showing how dogs can help make a difference.

Since I moved up to New York, with my little Frenchie, it seems like everyone has a frenchie.  Or maybe I just notice it more.  But there we were on the UWS with our little ones, in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.  Making their funny and unique noises.

How could these little ones not bring a smile to your face?

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