Uptown Dog

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Uptown Dog is back in action!

Hi everyone, I’m so happy to be back on the blog! I’m sorry for leaving you all hanging for a few weeks. My mom was very busy studying for a test called the “bar exam.” It’s some kind of torturous ritual they make all lawyers go through to make sure they were paying attention in school. Mom monopolized the computer while she was studying, leaving me no time to work on my blog posts. I really need to get my own equipment.

As you can see, I tried convincing her to take a break. She would have none of it.

Even my adorable antics didn’t work to distract her.

I tried to stay up late so I could use the computer when she was done for the night. It was a good idea in theory, but in practice….sleep consistently got the better of me. Dogs were not meant to be nocturnal.

Anyhow, I’m back and ready for my first spring in New York City. Life just keeps getting better. Thanks for sticking with me!


Dear Esmeralda

I went through tumultuous times when I was a pup. If you haven’t already, you can read about my humble beginnings here.

I left part of my “rags to riches” story out because…well, it’s a little embarrassing. But I saw something that reminded me of this detail, and I felt compelled to share!

Playing with Dad on my first morning at home.

As I mentioned before, a rescue group found me in Atlanta and drove me to an adoption event in Tennessee, which is where Mom found me. What I didn’t explain is that there was a little mix-up along the way. For one day, my name was…Esmeralda!

When I got to Nashville, the adoption folks at Petsmart thought I was a girl, because the rescue group said they were only bringing females. We were to arrive at the adoption event with no time to spare,  so the adoption organization picked out girl names for us while we were en route. Once they realized the mistake, potential adopters were already mingling with us, so it was too late to give me a boy name.

I have always wondered how this mix-up happened. Was the rescue group in such a rush that they didn’t notice I was a boy? Or were they supposed to take a girl dog in my place, but accidentally grabbed me instead? The adoption folks joked that I “grew a pair” on the way from Atlanta, but I’m pretty sure that’s impossible.

I haven’t met any dogs who have my former name, but I just came across one on the Internet. She’s a famous dog too – her mom is Anne Hathaway! And guess what. They live in New York! People Pets spotted her in Fort Greene Park recently:

And here she is on a city hike with her humans. Celeb dogs are just like us!

Esmeralda, I’m not sure if your mom lets you use the computer, but if you see this: I propose a play date. We’ll even come to your turf in Brooklyn. I’m energetic, I have a great sense of humor, and I love to run. Think about it! P.S. – You have a beautiful name.

Uptown Dog’s Debut

Mom got the blog started – now it’s my turn to take over!

I’m moving into a swanky 500 square foot apartment on the Upper East Side, so you probably think I’m a big deal. But I wasn’t always so fortunate. To understand my leash on life, you’ll have to learn more about where I came from.

Mom and Dad found me at a Petsmart adoption day in Nashville, Tennessee. The rescue organization that brought me there said I came in with a few other rescues from Georgia. The details from my puppy days are a bit hazy, so I don’t remember my real mom or any of my brothers and sisters. Maybe this blog will help me find them.

Here’s a picture of me from Petfinder, before I found a home with Mom and Dad:

At the time, my Mom was going to graduate school and she lived far away from my Dad. He was visiting that weekend, so the two of them brought me home, where I immediately made myself comfortable on the couch. I was in charge of the place in about 5 minutes:

But the next day, my Dad had to go back to his job in Baltimore, Maryland. For two years it was just me and Mom, and I didn’t get to see my Dad that much. I honestly wasn’t sure if the guy even liked me, because we would have so much fun together, and then he would just leave! But then I realized….it’s impossible not to like me. So I knew my Dad’s absence was due to circumstances beyond my control. This was a very important turning point in my young life.

After my Mom finished school, we moved out to Washington, D.C. so we could be closer to Dad. That’s when they decided to get married so the three of us could be together all the time. In case you haven’t figured this out yet – all of their life decisions revolve around me, because I’m in charge, and that’s just how it works.

Even though I have been living in a big city for almost two years, moving to New York is going to be an adjustment. We live in a very grassy part of town near the National Cathedral. My Mom listens to a lot of popular music, and I have heard New York referred to as a “concrete jungle.” This gives me some concern….where am I supposed to pee?

Uptown Dog’s Dossier

Before you meet our subject, Uptown Dog, there are a few things you’ll need to know about him. Luckily, he is not very complicated, so this won’t take long.

Basic Stats:

  • Weight – 22 lbs.
  • Sex – male
  • Birthday – August 16th, 2007 (chosen by his parents based on his approximate age)
  • Breed – he has a Corgi face, but the rest is anyone’s guess
  • Fur color – golden with a white belly and muzzle
  • Trademark – one floppy ear and one straight ear


  • Taking naps with Dad
  • Watching Bravo with Mom
  • Sniffing eyeballs and dirty socks
  • Running in big circles in open fields
  • Every person and dog he meets on daily walks


  • Getting wet (includes baths and going out in the rain – excludes playing in snow and creeks)
  • Begging for scraps and getting fruit and/or vegetables
  • Encounters with full trash bags, hampers, and duffel bags
  • Cats and squirrels (although he would like to attack them if Mom and Dad allowed it)
  • Strangers who don’t want to pet him (he takes it personally)

Stay tuned for the big reveal.

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