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10 NYC holiday traditions perfect for dogs |

21 Nov

We love this time of year! And we especially love spending time in New York City in December. There are beautiful decorations on every corner, pop-up food festivals, craft fairs, and of course, Santa Claus!

Below are 10 dog-friendly activities and events we will check out this holiday season. Let us know if you have some doggy traditions not to miss!

Grand Central Terminal
We absolutely love Grand Central Terminal! There is dog-friendly shopping, dining (Shake Shack!) and this time of year they unleash the Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall with gift ideas pawfect for everyone in your family!  The Life of Ryley had some really cute and unique doggy gifts, too! Also, don’t miss the Holiday Light Show each evening.

The Life of Ryley at Grand Central holiday shops

The Life of Ryley at Grand Central holiday shops

Shops at Columbus Circle
Another great place to get out of the cold and enjoy shopping and a pretty holiday light show! Yes, the Shops at Columbus Circle welcome dogs. Their light show “Holiday Under the Stars” runs every evening and is set to beautiful music. The Winter’s Eve party on December 2 is very crowded, but lots of fun, too.

Volunteer/Give Back
So we can’t volunteer in a soup kitchen, but there are lots of ways we can give back this holiday season. We especially like Amazon wish lists because they are easy to use and we like to shop! Ask your favorite charity if they have a wish list where you can purchase items they need. Clean your closet and donate your old towels and sheets to the local animal shelter. Check out lots of ideas here.

Lord & Taylor
Sure there are lots of department stores to visit (many are dog friendly), but Lord & Taylor is our favorite! They are very friendly to the pups and they even carry a special doggy line this season with cute toys, bowls, and sweaters from Hudson’s Bay Company and Harry Barker. Their beautiful holiday windows and interactive photo shoot are great this year!

Hudson's Bay collection at Lord & Taylor

Hudson’s Bay Company collection at Lord & Taylor

Santa Claus
In the past, the Bloomingdale’s Santa Claus has been dog friendly. He comes down from the North Pole to meet kids and pups and listen to their wishes.  Check your local pet boutique for special Santa visits, too!

Bryant Park
Love Bryant Park in every season! Especially love the Winter Village with dog-friendly shopping and dining. The shops are open through January 5. We hope they show outdoor winter movies again this year, too! Not too crowded and fun to snuggle with a pup and popcorn!

Window Shopping
Stores are slowly unveiling their holiday windows this season and we have not been disappointed! We are really excited to see the Saks windows with the Yeti! We are assuming that will be our fave this year!! Most of the NYC department stores are very dog friendly with the exception of Macy’s . . .  Racked has good holiday window information.

Lord & Taylor window

Lord & Taylor window

Holiday Markets
We love holiday markets because they often feature local shops and products. In general, the outdoor markets are dog friendly, and Racked has a list of 15 best holiday pop-up shops this season. The indoor Grand Central market is dog friendly. We’ll try to update this with other dog-friendly indoor options!

Head to Church
Once again, Christ Church will host a Blessing for the Animals on December 8 at 2 pm. The event is hosted by Cindy Adams and the New York Post. Expect a very beautiful church and a huge crowd.

Photo Opps
Kimpton Hotels usually will host a Santa Paws photo day in December, so we will watch for that information. There are beautiful photo opps at every turn this time of year. Have your camera ready! Also check your local pet boutique and shelter for Santa photo shoots.

NYC is most walkable city and we love to walk |

19 Nov

Happy to see that New York City has been named America’s most walkable city based on Walk Score ranking! Of course, we already knew that and take advantage of beautiful and entertaining walks every day. Here are some of our favorite places to walk around town:

Central Park (doggy paradise!)

Hudson River Park along the river

Walkway over the Hudson (a quick train ride north of the city)

Street Festivals

Brooklyn water front

South Street Seaport area

Bryant Park

Resting in Central Park

Resting in Central Park – No, we don’t walk in these outfits – BOL

Lunch on the run with Broadway Bites |

12 Nov

We love outdoor food festivals! Well, outdoor food festivals that are dog friendly! Mom lets us try different human foods and we all get to hang out together in the sun. Broadway Bites is the newest culinary food market from UrbanSpace NYC. The market will be open daily through November 24 in Greeley Square Park at Broadway and 33rd Street. With over 2 dozen food vendors, there is something for everyone! No dog food . . . but lots of other cool items to try. We also like the Winter Village in Bryant Park for snacks. And also all of our favorite dog-friendly burger joints!

Looking for food at Broadway Bites

Looking for food at Broadway Bites

Tis the season! Already?! |

23 Oct

We haven’t even worn our Halloween outfits yet and the city has turned into one big advertisement for Christmas! I bet if we look hard enough we will see decorations for Valentine’s Day, too! What’s a doggy to do? We must admit that we do love the holiday season! Lots of presents, food, events, and vacation! We are going to be very busy pups the next few months touring the city and looking for fun!

Christmas Trees at JCPenney in October

Christmas Trees at JCPenney in October

Top Hat and Cocktails at the Ritz |

22 Oct

“You are a really happy dog.” That’s what the animal communicator said to me the other night at the SPCA of Westchester gala at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. “You are grounded and you are confident. You are happy.” Well I was in a room at the Ritz surrounded by food and doggy pals. What more could a doggy dream of? I was HAPPY!

Posing with mom at the SPCA Gala

Posing with mom at the SPCA Gala

My mom brought me to the event to help raise funds for the animals at the SPCA of Westchester. This was our third time attending this event and it gets better every year! I didn’t even mind the dress mom made me wear . . . it was actually quite comfortable and kept me warm. We stalked the silent auction and won two trips for next year! We’ll be heading back to Inn by the Sea in Maine – one of our most favorite places! We also won a trip to Cape Cod at Lamb and Lion Inn – “1 of the top 12 pet-friendliest places in the world” per!

Our friend and role model, Maria Milito, was honored at the event for all of her work helping animals.