Uptown Dog

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

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Who’s Walking Who?

In New York, it seems like people are always in a hurry. Everyone walks at a brisk pace and cars are constantly honking at each other. New Yorkers especially hate waiting to cross the street. They’ll take a few steps into the street while they wait for the traffic signal to change, so that as soon as it turns green, they can rush across and make up for lost time.

Even though I’m just a little guy, I have no trouble keeping up with these crazy New Yorkers. In fact, I kind of enjoy this fast-paced lifestyle. I’ve always been the type of dog who can’t wait to see what’s around the corner. There are so many interesting smells out there in the world, and not nearly enough time to take them all in!

Mom and Dad, on the other hand, have always been slowpokes. That’s why I have taken it upon myself to hold onto the leash when we’re out for a walk to make sure they are still back there. When they need to speed up, I let them know by giving the leash a little tug, or waving the leash with my snout.

This is me waiting patiently for our walk to commence:

This is me after waiting for Mom to put on her hat….gloves….scarf….wait, you’re asking me where your cell phone is? Like I have a clue? Let’s get going already!

People on the street seem to think this is pretty funny. It’s not unusual to hear someone shout, “Who’s walking who?!” when we are out and about. They are just trying to humor my Mom – at this point, it’s obvious that I’m the one in charge of these walks.

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Chow Hound

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite time of day: dinnertime!

Some dogs chow down and eat all their food at once. Instead, I like to “graze.” I’ll choose a few morsels of kibble, and then eat them on the couch where Mom and Dad are sitting. Sometimes kibble falls between the couch cushions, or I forget a piece on the carpet. So I always have a snack lying around when I get hungry later. I didn’t plan it that way, but it works out great.

My eating style can be a problem when there are other dogs around. Just because I’m a slow eater doesn’t mean that I’m not hungry, or that I’m not enjoying my food. I try to speed up so no one will steal my kibs, but that’s hard to do when you’re used to eating slowly. It makes my tummy hurt!

I also have this habit of eating treats on the bed. I always get a treat when we come in from a walk, and the bed is just such a comfortable place to rest my tired paws.  I try to clean up when I’m done – I don’t want to waste any of my precious treat! – but inevitably a few tidbits get left behind.

Mom and Dad are never too happy when they crawl into bed and find themselves swaddled in crumbs. Sorry guys, it’s just my style.

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