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Is NYC’s largest street festival its best | thepupdiary.com

30 Sep

This past weekend we headed to Brooklyn to check out the Atlantic Antic, NYC’s largest street festival spanning four neighborhoods along Atlantic Avenue. We can definitely say this was the most crowded NYC street festival we have ever attended! We heard estimates at over 1 million people! We can also say that they had a nice variety of food and activities for everyone — even doggies! We spent lots of time at the Stella & Chewy’s booth! Was it the best NYC street festival? We’re not sure, but we know we will try to come back next year!

Our tip: Arrive early! The festival opens at noon, but we arrived just after 11 am. We had time to walk the festival and plan our stops before the crowds. By 1:00 pm the street is packed!

The festival featured several dog and cat-themed booths including adoption vans from North Shore Animal League and Sean Casey Animal Rescue. It was fun to see our friends from Brooklyn Bark. Other booths featured vet clinics, doggy art, dog treats, food, and merchandise. We learned about From Scratch cat food and Kennis Baptiste doggy art. BarkBox was there with their newest venture, BarkCare.

After the festival, we walked along the river to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the East River ferry back to Manhattan. Another beautiful day in our favorite city!

8 autumn activities for New York dogs | thepupdiary.com

23 Sep

It’s our favorite season! Cooler weather, outdoor doggy festivals, Halloween pawties, and so much more doggy fun! We listed some activities for New York dogs for spring and summer. Here are our top picks for fall:

Apple Picking
Discover Outdoors has planned some dog-friendly apple picking day trips this fall for active pups and their owners. The day activities include a moderate 6-mile hike before visiting the orchard. Cost is $89 and includes transportation.

We're walking over the Hudson River

We’re walking over the Hudson River

Long Walkies
We love saying buh bye to hot and humid NYC weather and welcoming in the pawfect temps for long walkies! Fall offers many group walks like the upcoming Strut Your Mutt on September 28. The weather is also pawfect for the Walkway over the Hudson and the path along Hudson River Park. We want to Stroll to the Sea on October 12 with ARF!

Fairs and Festivals
Tis the season for outdoor festivals and fairs! The My Dog Loves Central Park Fair will be held on October 5. Old Westbury Gardens will host their dog days September 28 and 29. Taste of France comes to Bryant Park September 28 and 29. And the holiday shops at Bryant Park open on October 26.

Halloween Pawties
October is probably the busiest month to be a dog in NYC! There are several doggy Halloween parties and parades every October weekend. The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on October 26 is probably the biggest. Check the event calendar for a listing of pawties and events.

Tompkins Square Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Dog Parade

Home Cooking
We just bought the new cookbook, Home Cooking for Your Dog, and we are excited to try all of the recipes! Yum!!

Andrea Arden Dog Training has a great lineup of classes this fall including Cures for Cabin Fever, Stay Workshops, and Taking it to the Streets. Fashion Institute of Technology offers their course in Pet Product Design and Marketing.

At the beach on Block Island

At the beach on Block Island

Window Shop
We love to tour the city and check out all of the beautiful holiday window displays. We check out all of the windows at the biggest department stores.

Top Hat and Tails
Fall is a great time to get dressed up! We’ll head to the dog-friendly SPCA of Westchester’s Top Hat and Tails event on October 18. Celebrity Catwalk’s Tinsel & Tails on December 7 is another one of our faves!

Doggy Dash in Central Park | thepupdiary.com

15 Jul

Doggy athletes competed in Animal Medical Center’s 5-mile Doggy Dash race through Central Park yesterday morning. The doggy event, part of the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon, sells out every year. The pups were checked by Animal Medical Center’s medical staff before, during, and after the race. And the after-race festival featured cooling stations with swimming pools, beverages, and Yappy Treats Cart doggy yogurt. Yum! A big congratulations to all of the doggy athletes! You make us proud!

8 summer activities for New York dogs | thepupdiary.com

21 Jun

There was a lot of tail wagging in our house this morning! Not only is it national “Take Your Dog to Work Day” it is also the first day of summer! Check out some summer activity and event ideas for New York dogs and the people who love them!

Camp Time
We head to Glen Highland Farm in upstate New York every summer for outdoor fun and relaxation. The farm, home to a Border Collie rescue group, features 175 acres of beaches, trails, woods, and pastures. Best of all, the entire farm is dog friendly. Also check out Camp Unleashed and Camp Gone to the Dogs.

Ginger explores at Glen Highland Farm

Ginger explores at Glen Highland Farm

Doggies are welcome at many polo matches in the area. The Greenwich Polo Club season began earlier in June. Gates open at 1 pm and games begin at 3 pm. There is a $40 fee per car. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Get some History
We love visiting the Hyde Park, NY area for beautiful scenery and historic sites. The home of Franklin D Roosevelt allows leashed dogs on the outside grounds. It is about a 2-hour drive from NYC. While there we also toured the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion and Val-Kill.

Kayak and Hound
Discover Outdoors is offering some cool Kayak trips this summer that are dog friendly! The day trips feature kayaking on a beautiful section of the Hudson River in Upstate New York. Speaking of Discover Outdoors . . . They also offer fun day-long hiking trips with your dog or an adoptable pup! The trip with the adoptable pup also includes a volunteer orientation at Animal Haven Shelter.

Brooklyn waterfront

Brooklyn waterfront

Wine Time
We love the wineries in Riverhead on Long Island. Many are dog friendly and offer a relaxing setting for a lazy afternoon. We head to Martha Clara Vineyards at least once every summer. They feature vines and canines vineyard walks several times a year where you can take an educational walk through the grounds. Another great dog-friendly winery is Robibero Vineyards in New Paltz.

Take a Walk
Last summer we checked out Bideawee’s Love on a Leash walk in Westhampton Beach. This year the walk will be held on August 17 and we hope to attend again! We did the walk, checked out a great farmer’s market nearby, hit the shopping district, went to the beach after hours, and then toured a winery the next day. Or check out the Walkway over the Hudson River – an old railroad bridge turned into a 1.28 mile walkway over the river. It is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

Doggy vacation out west

Doggy vacation out west

Pawty Time
There are many local doggy events during the summer. We like the annual L’Oreal Your Dog is Worth it Too event held on August 17 this year. Check the calendar for many other summer events! The annual Broadway Barks is another big celebration!

August weekends in New York City are great because everyone else is out of town! Many of the activities we listed in 10 Memorial Day Weekend Activities are still relevant this summer. We know we will head to the Hester Street Fair, Smorgasburg, and South Street Seaport!

Have a happy and safe summer!

Play date with Val Chmerkovskiy’s pup, Sir Sleep | thepupdiary.com

20 Jun

It’s not every day we get to romp with Dancing with the Stars Val Chmerkovskiy’s English Bulldog pup, Sir Sleep! Sir Sleep, wearing a custom-made tuxedo, is a real cutie pie. (And Val is pretty adorable, too! BOL!!) Truth be told, Cubby loves to watch Dancing with the Stars. Not sure if it is the shimmering costumes or the shakes, rattles, and rolls, but she is hooked!

Sir Sleep helps promote P&G IAMS Dog Food

Sir Sleep helps promote P&G IAMS Dog Food

Val and Sir Sleep were in New York City yesterday to help promote Procter & Gamble’s Everyday Effect program, P&G’s largest consumer event ever. Sir Sleep held court near the 72nd Street Dog Run in Riverside Park and of course his featured brand was IAMS dog food. Mom doesn’t feed us IAMS, but we do use many other P&G products like Swiffer, Charmin, and Puffs. We got a cool goody box with many of the P&G products in sample sizes. This will be pawfect for our upcoming camping trip at Glen Highland Farm! Sir Sleep gave us some IAMS So Good doggy treats to try!

Sir Sleep wasn’t really into romping. We guess that is why he is called Sir Sleep! But he and Val were both very nice. Throughout the day, P&G gave out over 40,000 free products around the city. We hope Sir Sleep got lots of IAMS treats!!