dog runs

Rooney, the best mistake my husband ever made (he said)

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“My wife talked me into getting Rooney.

I also love dogs.  I grew up with dogs.

It’s been wonderful having a dog, (except for his snoring like a freight train).

I always have a little buddy around.

My wife was out of town last weekend and it was comforting to know that someone was around.

The house is never empty when Rooney is there.

One of the benefits of having a dog is the amount of social doors that have opened.

We’ve made a lot of quality friends at the dog run and local park.  Rooney is friendly with many of the dogs that go to the park and run, and we are friendly with their owners, (our dogs all get along and so do we).

We also help each other out.  We watch each other’s dogs.  When one of us is busy or out of town we try to help each other out and walk the other’s dogs. We are part of a tight knit community.

During the bad weather we try to arrange play dates at each other’s apartments so they get exercise and a chance to play.  It’s also an excuse for us to socialize.

During the blizzard of 2016, the dog park friends got together and had a blizzard party, without our dogs.

When he broke his paw, it was tough for us because we had to carry a 35 pound dog up and down the two flights of our apartment.  Poor Rooney couldn’t play, see his friends or exercise and work out his energy for 10 days.

But the hardest time with Rooney was when he was a puppy and scratched his cornea.  We had to give him drops and it basically tested our marriage.  One of us had to hold his head and keep his eye open and the other put in the drops.  It would take us between 20 and 30 minutes to get the drops successfully in his eye. We would blame each other for not holding his head still enough. It was difficult to hold Rooney’s head without him squirming and flailing around.

One of the best things about having Rooney is that we get outside a lot more.

We go to the park on the weekends for off leash time before 9 a.m.  We walk to all the local parks and explore the city.  I see parts of my neighborhood I might never have noticed.”

 

 

 

Laura, the dog lover without a dog (part 1)

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“The very first time I came to the dog run was after my neighbors moved.  I got curious to see this place called the dog run where they used to take their dog.

The dogs and the people were wonderful.  I’ve made a lot of very good friends here.

I’ve watched the Dog Whisperer on television and I like to try out his techniques.                   I’ll give you an example: When I see children trying to get their dog to chase the ball and they don’t get the dog’s full attention first (they just throw the ball), I tell them, first make sure the dog is paying to them and and if they show the dog the ball and the dog sees them throw it, this is the best way to start the game.

I wouldn’t say that to just anybody.  It’s to the children who seem open to my advice.  They really want to play with the dogs but they don’t know how.  I try to show them how to get on the same wavelength as the dog.

Another thing that is so gratifying is to keep up with friends from the dog run while they are away.  I like to keep them updated on their dogs play and experiences at the run and put their minds at ease.

Once I was trying to pass by a small dog and it jumped up at me, lunging towards my face, and I fell and broke my arm.

This is one of the reasons I urge people to dissuade their dogs from jumping on people.”

Mark, the musician and walker

“When I moved here from Texas, I was waiting tables and auditioning for bands and looking for something more conducive to playing music.

I am a drummer.

I found Hoochie Poochie on Craigslist, quit the serving job I had and started doing this full time.

The dogs are awesome.

I have been doing this for five years.  The time has gone by quickly.

There are no negatives about this job, except for the weather.  Anything other than sunny and 70 is a drag.

This is an awesome way to meet women.

Cute dogs attract cute chicks.

I was training a female walker and we started hanging out at the dog park together.  We bonded over the dogs.  We started organizing after work bar meet-ups.   She had a boyfriend at the time so we would hang out with a group of friends to keep things light and safe.  We ended up at the same bar one night alone and mistakes were made.  It was uncomfortably sticky for a few months until she broke up with him.  We dated for a year off and on, seeing each other at the dog run regularly.  She didn’t want to be in a committed relationship.  She was younger and still exploring what she wanted.

I started seeing another woman who was also a dog walker for the same company.  She was a dancer.  We met at a holiday party.  I started to realize our thinking was more in line with each other.  We wanted the same things, pursuing our art. Music and dance is what brought us both to the city.

Dog walking allows us the flexibility, finances and freedom to go after our passions.

Without the dog walking I would just be another jaded New Yorker.”

 

Bucky La Fontaine and Dolly, loving siblings

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“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.

Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshires.

Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.

When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.

About six months later, I was working with Bide-A-Wee and I attended their annual fundraising gala.

They brought a few rescue dogs to the event. I was introduced to Dolly (the wire-haired).  She was adorable and kissed me right away. It was love at first sight.

The time was right for me to get a dog.

Her brother (same mother, but different father), Bucky la Fontaine, was in the neighboring crate at Bide-A-Wee. He was very sick, and the vet didn’t think he would survive.

We brought Dolly home and she came down with the same virus so we had to bring her back to the the animal hospital at Bide-A-Wee. We saw Bucky again, and got to see how much he and Dolly had already bonded, trying to play together through their crates, while recovering.  I couldn’t leave Bucky there, so after they were well enough, we brought both of them home.

Embracing rescue animals has been pure joy and love.

Going to the dog park and meeting other owners and their dogs has been magical. I don’t go to make work connections, but I do make personal and dog connections.

It’s a gift to have dogs in NYC and bring them to a place where they can run and play.”

Rooney, the best mistake my husband ever made

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“I’ve always wanted a dog but my husband said it was a lot of responsibility.

One night he came home a little tipsy and he had been talking to a friend who had just gotten a dog.

He suggested we get one, too.

I said, “I know you had a few drinks but I am going to hold you to this in the morning.”  He said, “fine.”

I reminded him in the morning, and he shook it off.

I held him to his word, and he said, it was the best mistake he ever made.”