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Shorty Rossi and the New York Pet Expo | thepupdiary.com

4 May

We were lucky to meet Shorty and Hercules a few years ago at an event for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Today he was a special guest at the Greater New York Pet Expo.

Shorty Rossi

Shorty Rossi

We love his passion for helping dogs – especially Pit Bulls. He stars on ‘Pit Boss’ and also works with his rescue, Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue where he rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes neglected dogs. Reading the comments on the Pet Expo Facebook page, we are happy to hear that people loved meeting him as much as we did!

Pups play poker for City Critters | thepupdiary.com

25 Apr

Toyota of Manhattan turned their second-floor showroom floor into a poker parlor last night for the second annual Ante up for Animals benefit with Bulldog Poker Events. We strolled over in our Jeep to see what it was all about.

Ante up for Animals

Ante up for Animals

We were greeted by a cute kitten from City Critters. The little tyke was looking for a home. Event proceeds were donated to City Critters to help them with their mission to find loving homes for cats and kittens abandoned in New York City, so hopefully this beauty will go home soon. Many City Critter adoptable cats stay at a local Petco and PetSmart while they search for homes. The organization also has a network of foster homes and volunteers.

City Critters kitten looking for a home

City Critters kitten looking for a home

Great prizes (a SCION car lease, a cruise, and more) were at stake, so folks were serious about the Poker. We were happy to check out the vendors, enjoy the music, chat with friends, and bid on raffle prizes.  We’re not sure if anyone did win the car since we left before the end of the tournament, but everyone seemed to have a great time.  Or maybe that was partly due to the flowing vodka and tequilla drinks.  BOL!

We did find out that several guests had expressed an interest in the cute kitten, so hopefully she will have a forever home soon!  Thanks to Dana from Whitegate PR for organizing a fun and philanthropic evening!  Can’t wait for the next one!

Bark in the Park with the Mets at Citi Field | thepupdiary.com

21 Apr

How lucky are we to attend a Major League baseball game?! The Mets organization teams with animal charities to host dog-friendly Bark in the Park events two times each season. The spring game took place this weekend at Citi Field and benefitted North Shore Animal League America. Hundreds of doggies took part in a field-level doggy parade and then watched the game from the Pepsi Porch. The first 500 pups received cute Mets-themed bandanas.

BARK in the Park

BARK in the Park

We yipped and yapped at all of the dogs and were truly astonished at the different breeds represented. It was a “meet the breeds” at the ballpark– from Dobermans to Saint Bernards to Yorkies, Westies, Huskies, and everything in between! The next dog-friendly game will be held on Saturday, September 14. Purchase your tickets as soon as they become available because this sells out every year. AND, many other Major League teams host events throughout the season! If you are traveling this summer, check the local team to see what they have planned. Play ball!!

Dogs of New York – Adoptable Dogs | thepupdiary.com

16 Apr

We would love to feature some Dogs of New York on our Pup Diary blog – our friends, dogs we meet, celebrity dogs, and of course, Adoptable Dogs!  We were both adopted from shelters, so it is only fitting that we start with doggies looking for homes!

Best Friends Animal Society Event

Best Friends Animal Society Event

Where to find Adoptable Dogs in New York

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a great resource!  They list contact information for rescue groups and shelters.  We luv Animal Haven Shelter – Cubby’s first home before she was adopted. 

The City shelter – Animal Care & Control – can’t turn away any animals, so they always have more dogs than they can care for.  Visit their Care Centers to adopt a pup!

Petfinder.com is a great source to search for a particular size or breed of dog.  Over 13,000 rescue groups have animals listed with Petfinder!

Breed-specific rescue groups are often run by volunteers who love the breed!  We work for Yorkie 911 Rescue doing home visits and occasionally fostering.  If you are looking for a specific breed, check to see if they have a rescue group.  In NY, we know there are groups for Pugs, Westies, Shibas . . . The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has a network of breed rescue groups. 

Head to adoption events!  We love the Best Friends Animal Society Pet Super Adoption event — this year on April 26-28 at Westchester County Center.  We have volunteered at this event the past two years and we have seen just about every breed of dog for adoption!  Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days will be held in NYC on June 1 and 2. 

We know folks who have found adoptable pups on Craigslist, too.

Follow blogs like That Touch of Pit where adoptable dogs are often listed.

And remember, you can always become a foster parent before you adopt.  We luv Foster Dogs NYC

And finally – get active!  Many events showcase pups or are great places to network to learn about pups!

The Sato Project brunch | thepupdiary.com

15 Apr

Mom took the LIRR out to Douglaston Manor this morning to support The Sato Project and their annual brunch fundraising event.  The Sato Project helps rescue abandoned and abused dogs from Puerto Rico.  They mainly work at Dead Dog Beach where they rescue the dogs, fully vet them including spay and neuter, and then fly the pups off the island into forever homes.  Since The Sato Project’s inception in November 2011, they have rehabilitated and adopted an average of 26 dogs per month in the U.S.  One of their little doggies was a special brunch guest. 

We love this video that their photographic volunteer, Sophie Gamand, made to show some of the behind the scenes work they do:

The sold-out brunch had flowing mimosas and bellinis, over 75 raffle prizes, New York City skyline views, and lots of dedicated volunteers and supporters.  Our friends from Yorkie 911 Rescue, Celebrity Catwalk, and other groups came out to support.  Designer Anthony Bandit Rubio was there and is working on a special project, Dog Vogue, with Sophie Gamand.