Uptown Dog

Adventures of a not-so-average mutt making new friends in New York City

Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Caught in the act: cornbread thief

Last night Mom made chicken chili and cornbread. It smelled SO good. Mom is very conscientious about my health, so she only gave me a couple tiny pieces of boiled chicken. It was not nearly enough to satisfy my chicken craving! As always, I had a plan.

After Mom finishes cooking and stuffing her face, she’s usually had a glass of wine or two, and she is really tired. Most of her energy is devoted to digesting and keeping her eyes open long enough to watch the end of “Glee.”

This is my opening. When I thought she wasn’t looking, I went in for the kill….

Turns out I went for the cornbread plate instead of the chili plate. I got busted for nothing! My skills must be getting rusty.

My new dog park

Hey guys! I finally found my new favorite hangout. It’s the dog run at Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side.

Going to the dog park is a very exciting journey. First, we walk past a bunch of fancy buildings on East End Avenue, and I say hello to all the doormen. They keep the doors open and wait outside for me, but Mom never lets me go in. I don’t understand!

Next we walk along the promenade next to the East River. There are big boats going by and lots of these fat birds called pigeons. I’m confused by them because they don’t seem scared of me at all. When I come up behind them for a sniff, they just keep on waddling like they don’t have a care in the world. They strike me as particularly germy creatures, so I wouldn’t go after them anyway…but don’t they realize that I’m kind of a predator?

Finally, we reach the dog park! No matter what time of day we are there, the pooches are always out to play. Most of the dogs here are around my size, which means that most of my wrestling matches are pretty fair. I’m used to being the runt of the group.

Mom has trouble getting good pictures of me at the dog park because I am constantly on the move. I was exhausted after our trip to the park on Saturday, so I sprawled out with a treat and got a belly rub from Dad. This city is starting to grow on me!

Boredom

Thought I’d update the blog since I don’t have anything else to do right now. I’m waiting for Dad to finish some work so we can go to the park. Who works on a Saturday anyway? Grrrrr.

Tryptophan Nap

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m hanging out in the kitchen hoping Mom drops some tasty scraps. I hope you all have a relaxing day with your families!

I am a very lucky dog with a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few things at the top of my list:

Belly rubs

Soft pillows

Stinky socks

And we couldn’t have stinky socks without….stinky feet!

What are you guys thankful for this year?

The New Normal: New York Parks

Our apartment has been cramped while Mom and Dad unpack the moving boxes. So, when Mom said that there’s a park right by our new apartment, I couldn’t contain my excitement. (I am not alluding to an “accident” in the house….I’m a civilized dog, thanks!) I pictured grassy hills to run on. Squirrels to growl at. Kids just begging to pet me. I had a major case of the wiggles!

I dragged Mom down the street as fast as possible. But what I saw stopped me in my tracks. Concrete and bricks everywhere. No grass at all. And no squirrels either…just rats! They dart from place to place, leaving me no time to growl at them. And here’s the worst part. The playground is full of kids, but no dogs are allowed. What a cruel joke!

I’m still trying to adjust, and with time I know I will find new things that make me giddy. Mom says there are more parks in the neighborhood that have grassy areas, including a big one called “central park.” The name sounds a bit boring, but I guess I’ll give it a try. In the meantime, I’m going to take a nap in the sun with one of my favorite toys, and visit the park of my dreams.

Here’s a question for the city dogs out there: what are your favorite things about urban life? Please share them with me!

First Friday in New York

While we waited for the movers to arrive with all our stuff, all I had to sleep on was a bag of extra sheets. Woof!

Now there are so many boxes in here, I can barely move. At least the couch is here so I can take a decent nap. Speaking of which…all this unpacking has me beat! Before I sign off for the weekend and lie down for a snooze, here are my favorite links of the week.

I love playing in, and peeing on, fall leaves. Looks like these dogs agree. Number 39 could be my long lost sibling! (via BuzzFeed)

Don’t tell Mom I told you, but….after saying goodbye to her friends in D.C. she can’t stop doing this. (via Perez Hilton)

Occupy Wall Street has gone to the dogs. (via CuteOverload)

Are you bathing your dog too often? I’m leaving this article up on the computer when I’m done…I hope Mom will get the hint. (via Teddy Hilton)

The Journey to New York

Before I arrived in our new home (or should I say…closet?) in New York, I made a pit stop in Baltimore to stay with my aunt, uncle, and cousins.

I am never going to take their house for granted again. There is so much room to stretch out with your favorite toy, take a walk through the fall foliage, or just relax on the deck. I can’t wait for my next visit! Thanks Aunt Mary for taking these great pics of me.

Mom picked me up in the Corolla and we went straight to Manhattan from there. I was eager to get going, so I hopped right into the driver’s seat. The dashboard is more complicated than I realized, so I didn’t accomplish much.

I slept for most of the drive, so all I remember is driving through the Lincoln Tunnel and popping out into Times Square. I had to bark at all the yellow cars to keep them from hitting us. I don’t know how Mom would drive without me!

Moving day is here

I’m excited and nervous because it’s almost time for us to make the trip to New York! I’ll finally get to see my Dad for the first time in more than three weeks. He had to move right away to start his new job, while Mom and I stayed behind until he found us a place to live.

Dad left in such a hurry that he forgot a pair of dirty socks on the floor. I keep them near me all the time. When I close my eyes, it’s just like Dad is there.

Even though I’m a furry ball of nerves right now, I know Mom is frazzled so I’m trying to maintain a sense of calm in the house. I started by making sure all of my toys were packed up and ready to go. As you can see, my vampire made the cut!

I don’t have many belongings, so that only took a few minutes. Then, I tried to stay out of the way by reading some of Dad’s old magazines on the couch.

Now I’m just bored out of my mind.

Mom is taking me to Aunt Mary and Uncle Andy’s house in Baltimore, so I’ll be safe while the movers are loading our stuff into the van. I’ll introduce them in the next blog post!

One last romp at the Washington National Cathedral

On Sunday, Mom brought me to the Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral one last time. It also happened to be the day that the Cathedral was finally reopening after the earthquake in August.

The Bishop’s Garden is the perfect space to run in big wide circles after being cooped up in our apartment – and we had the place to ourselves!

I wonder what my new favorite place will be in New York. Will I find anything as beautiful as this?

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