Tag Archives: NYC Dogs

D Pet Hotels hosts DOGumentary screening | thepupdiary.com

11 Jul

Popcorn, pups, and Pinot Grigio — a pawfect way to relax on a hot and steamy summer evening. Even more pawfect, the aforementioned treats were at D Pet Hotels in Chelsea for the special screening of The DOGumentary: New York City’s Most Talented Dogs. The short film, produced by Pet Vérité, featured dogs doing what they do best – playing, romping, skateboarding, loving, kissing, modeling . . . even hula hooping! Most touching to us were the rescue stories where we often wondered who rescued who.

Victoria and Gia Marie hula hoop

Victoria and Gia Marie hula hoop

Inspired by NYC’s pups who are involved in “everything from sports to fashion to charity work”, Pet Vérité sent out a casting call earlier this year looking for undiscovered amateur dogs to come in and show their talent. Dozens of dogs accepted the call and headed to D Pet Hotels in Chelsea to film. Pet Vérité captured so many cute and candid moments in The DOGumentary. We think a CATumentary should follow! If you’d like your own custom doggy video, check the Pet Vérité website for details.

City Dog Expert features NYC dog-friendly homes | thepupdiary.com

9 Jul

When City Dog Expert asked to showcase our New York City dog-friendly apartment in her feature “Boudoir Interview” series, we said sure! You’ll never see our small lair in House Beautiful, but we do try to make good use of space. And it’s fun to see how other doggies live in the big city! From Park Avenue pups to Brooklyn barkers to canines in Queens — doggy living quarters can be as diverse as all of the different breeds, but there are usually a few things in common. The need for space, storage, and more space!

Container Store door storage

Container Store door storage

A few of our tips:

-We use Container Store Elfa door storage racks to keep our doggy “stuff” in one area of the apartment
-We buy gently used furniture items from The Salvation Army (West 46th Street between 10th and 11th Aves) . . . they always have a great selection at low prices
-We donate all of our unused doggy items to Rock & Rawhide — they have drop boxes at local Petco stores
-We keep a Critter Zone air purifier going to cut down on odors
-We follow the “rule” when one item comes into the house, one item must leave the house . . .

A big thanks to City Dog Expert for interviewing us!

Window to the World

Window to the World

Dogs of New York – Sisu the Afghan Hound | thepupdiary.com

1 Jun

We met Sisu the Afghan Hound at the New Yorkie Runway show this past February where he was crowned Best in Show. These days the handsome pup is helping his mom, Laura Diaz, with her new Yappy Treats Cart doggy frozen yogurt business. The cart debuted in Central Park last weekend to lots of barks and tongue licks. We have sampled the dogfroyo and it is delicious! (And all-natural, too!) Follow @YappyTreatsCart on Twitter to find the cart. They also participate in many special events benefiting shelters and rescue groups including the upcoming Bideawee Take a Sip and Save a Life wine event on June 5 at 67 Wine.

We are happy to introduce you to Sisu!

Where are you from? I was born in Helsinki, Finland

How did you get your name? I was one of twelve in my litter so there was a lot of competition. Because I emerged as the leader of my pack, my dad named me ‘Sisu’. ‘Sisu’ (pronounced Seesoo) is a Finish term often described as integral to understanding the Finnish culture. It has been loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.

Introducing Sisu! (Photo credit: Laura Diaz)

Introducing Sisu! (Photo credit: Laura Diaz)

What is your hood? Upper West Side

Fave dog-friendly NY spot? Definitely Amsterdam Ale House. They got the best beer and dog treats. It’s like Cheers, everybody knows my name.

Fave day trip from NY? I love riding in my dad’s truck. It doesn’t matter where we are going, as long as I can rest my muzzle on an open window and inhale.

Do you have any pet peeves? My half brother, Merlin, a crazy Weimaraner. He can be very annoying.

Human peeves? Having to move when my dad is trying to vacuum. Usually I pretend like I am sleeping and have him vacuum around him. Check out “Sisu and the vacuum cleaner” on YouTube to see what I mean!

What do you like to eat? I have a diverse palate when it comes to food; Japanese sushi, Mexican tamales, Thai noodles, etc., but admittedly my vice is pizza.

What do you think of your mom’s new Yappy Treats Cart? I was very happy with my mom making healthy doggie ice cream, until she starting giving it to other dogs. Now I have to guard the cart to make sure no one takes my stash.

If you could break biscuits with any doggy (past or present) who would that be? International Champion Afghan Hound from my kennel, Wild West.

Any famous humans you would like to meet? I have a picture with Jerry Stiller, which is pretty cool. He lives in my hood. No disrespect to Jerry but I have a soft spot for pretty ladies. I would not wash the spot on my head if Catherine Zeta Jones were to pet me.

Sisu with Jerry Stiller (Photo credit: Laura Diaz)

Sisu with Jerry Stiller (Photo credit: Laura Diaz)

Birthday suit or dressed to the K-nines? Look, I carry a winter coat all year round. That’s enough for me. But I have my own collection of snoods. I have ones for my favorite sports teams, but I like my Harley Davidson snood the best. I also have an Angel on A Leash snood for my important work as a therapy dog.

Any new doggy products you can recommend? My mom’s Dogfroyo, of course! I watch her make it and it’s oh!… so good!

What’s in your doggy bag? My hair brush, a snood, and a couple of dollars to buy ice cream.

Favorite doggy charity? I don’t have one but if I had to choose I would give my bones to those Grey Hound rescues. They are way too thin.

Any human charities you like to support? Unicef because it focuses on children and let’s face it, I am a kid trapped in a dog’s body.

What is one thing other pups probably don’t know about you? A lot of pups are intimidated about my size but what they don’t know is that I am really skinny under all this hair. They should see me after a bath.

Upcoming summer plans? Marking the neighborhood, meeting bitches and keeping cool!