Uptown Dog

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

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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!

Have a great weekend!

What are you guys up to this weekend? Mom is really busy getting ready for the move, but I hope she’ll have time to take me to the park.

We’ll be back next week. In the meantime, here are a few links to tide you over.

Finally – beer for dogs! (via Teddy Hilton)

More Veteran’s Day cuteness – dogs welcoming soliders home. (via Deadspin and @JeffJeffrey)

Who’s the cuter dog dad – Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds? (Mom made me post this – via People Pets)

While we’re at it, is Ryan Gosling cuter than a puppy? (via BuzzFeed)

Travel to the top of the National Cathedral with the stone mason making earthquake repairs. I’ll miss going for walks over there! (via CNN)

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?

Welcome to Uptown Dog’s World

Uptown Dog is about to embark on a big journey, and he wants you to tag along with him.

Mom and Dad are packing up their Toyota Corolla and taking Uptown Dog to a place with one of his favorite foods – hot dogs – on every street corner.

You guessed it – it’s New York City!

Uptown Dog is very eager to experience this smelly new place, but he is sad to leave behind all of his friends. We created this blog so you can see what Uptown Dog is up to, and experience the Big Apple from his canine perspective.

For those who are just meeting Uptown Dog, we are excited to share his story with you too. In the posts to follow, you can learn about where Uptown Dog came from and get to know a little bit about his personality.

We hope you love life with Uptown Dog as much as we do!

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