Having a puppy again has put us back in touch with the rather extraordinary community of dogs and their owners here in Manhattan.

I find the hour or so a day I spend at the dog run to be great people-watching time, another Being John Malkovich window into a parallel NY. Surely, our dogs are pampered BEYOND BELIEF - our own, born in rescue in the middle of nowhere near Kansas City, then bound for NY on an airplane at 10 weeks and then taxi, off to the country for Christmas within a week of arriving.
He is surely the most AbFab rescue dog in history.

But Ive also been impressed at both the Union Square run and Stuyvesant Park how much of a community effort these places are, completely supported by dog owners and local businesses.
I wan't aware that though the Union Square run is on park land, all the benches and pebbles and bags and fussy fencing were built by contributions and volunteers.

Pretty impressive.

Post your pet recommendations, dogster pages, adoptions, questions, any of it here.
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This is going to sound so very trite, but I think that having a dog makes me a better person. I certainly learned a thing or two about having to think about something (or someone) else's welfare.
And, I met some really great people working at our run in Morningside Park; ours is also completely community driven.
I live in Hells Kitchen and the dog run closest to my home is in a park on 11th ave and 52nd street. My little boy (Jasper) was unfortunately attacked by a 7 year old pit bull towards the end of last summer and has never bounced back from the incident, and is absolutely terrified of other dogs. I would love to socialize him more with other puppies. The trauma he experienced however leaves him still trembling after nearly 8 months each time I take him to the park. He sufferd punctures in his neck as well as one of his toenails were jammed up into his beautiful little foot. I can honestly say I have never felt such a tremendous amount of love for something other than a person in my whole life. Jasper is so hysterical. He has no sense of time at all. If I run to the store and am gone no more than 10 minutes, he is just as excited to see me as when I have been gone for a few days. He is soooo affectionate. I live in a home with 2 other people and the love and spoiling this dog gets is insane. This has also left him very needy of constant attention. I will be going to Fire Island full time this summer and taking my boy with me. I am working on him not jumping on people to say hello. He is a terrier mutt and is easily excited. If anyone has any good advice on how to ease him back into the realm of other dogs I would be most eager in hearing your views.

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Maybe he could play with my little fella, Butch. I know they could be very good friends, that is if you don't "86" him too you bitch!!!!

An' Betty, I know what you mean. Bein' a dog owner has made me a much more better person too. Just having to take him out every week or two has made me have to think of someone besides me.

Butch

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I live in Hells Kitchen and the dog run closest to my home is in a park on 11th ave and 52nd street. My little boy (Jasper) was unfortunately attacked by a 7 year old pit bull towards the end of last summer and has never bounced back from the incident, and is absolutely terrified of other dogs. I would love to socialize him more with other puppies. The trauma he experienced however leaves him still trembling after nearly 8 months each time I take him to the park. He sufferd punctures in his neck as well as one of his toenails were jammed up into his beautiful little foot. I can honestly say I have never felt such a tremendous amount of love for something other than a person in my whole life. Jasper is so hysterical. He has no sense of time at all. If I run to the store and am gone no more than 10 minutes, he is just as excited to see me as when I have been gone for a few days. He is soooo affectionate. I live in a home with 2 other people and the love and spoiling this dog gets is insane. This has also left him very needy of constant attention. ... If anyone has any good advice on how to ease him back into the realm of other dogs I would be most eager in hearing your views.


Sweetie, firstly I am so sorry that your beautiful boy had to go through that, and was curious - what was the owner's reaction and is that dog still allowed in the run?

Im not a genius at dog behavior, but would suggest the following. Dogs are very place-conscious, and perhaps if you took him to another nearby run for short visits he might not have the same reaction. I would of course suggest weekdays as weekends are stressful due to overcrowding.

To avoid interaction with another vicious large dog, you might also try one of the small dog runs, they are usually much emptier and might not be so intimidating.

And finally, if Jasper is a treat-monger, try feeding him treats inside the run so he has a good association with it.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes..
Here is a list of all the dog runs within city parks in Manhattan.


Manhattan Dog Runs
Dog Run Address
Carl Schurz Park (2 runs) East End Ave. To East River from Gracie Square (East 84th St.) To 89th St.
DeWitt Clinton Park (2 runs) West 52nd St. & West 54th St., between 10th & 11th Aves.
Fish Bridge Park Dover St., between Pearl & Water St.
Fort Tryon Park Margaret Corbin Drive, Washington Heights
Inwood Hill Park Dyckman St and Payson Ave.
J. Hood Wright Fort Washington & Haven Aves., West 173rd St.
Madison Square Park Madison Ave. To 5th Ave. between East 23rd St. & East 26th St.
Morningside Park Morningside Avenue between 114th and 119th Streets
Riverside Park (3 runs) Riverside Dr. at West 72nd, West 87th, West 105th.
Robert Moses Park 41st & 42nd Sts. At 1st Ave.
Peter Detmold Park West of FDR Dr., between East 49th & East 51st Sts.
Theodore Roosevelt Park Central Park West at West 81st St.
Thomas Smith Park 11th Ave., West 22nd to West 23rd Sts.
Tompkins Square Park 1st Ave. To Ave. B, from East 7th to East 10th Sts.
Washington Square Park 5th Ave., Waverly Place, West 4th St., between McDougal & Thompson Sts., south side of the park (behind building)
Union Square Dog Run 15th St. & Union Sq. West
Wow,

First, it is grand that Sweetie and us are in the same 'hood. As for dog runs, Our puppy isn't quite that friendly as most puppies.

However, he is a kind human soul. When he departs he will no doubt join nirvana (without courtney love)

I think that once you reach the stage before you are released from the cosmic cycle you are allowed to remain for a short time as a dog. This is to teach the lessons to people who will not listen to anyone else but a pure soul.

T
If you are a dog owner who uses ANY of the city's dog runs or off-leash parks, please read on.

Though offleash laws were upheld in the recent grumpster assault on them, they need to be made official - signed into law, instead of the unofficial status they've had for twenty years!

Just wanted to send you this link to an online petition on Petition Spot. It's a petition for the NYC Parks Dept to Amend its Regulations to Codify and Strengthen Off-leash Policy.

For Casanova and all the dogs who run free, thanks in advance for your time.

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/amendparksregs
From NYC DOG

quote:

Tomorrow, 3/4/7 @ 12:30pm the Sunnyside United Dog Society will be marching
for the 6th straight year in the St. Patrick's For All Parade.

We would like to extend the invitation to ALL NYCDOG groups and their pets
to march with us.

It is an ALL INCLUSIVE parade, thus the polar opposite of the one in
Manhattan, which for various reasons does not allow some organizations to
participate.

A film crew, from what I am being told, will be making a documentary feature
about the parade as it was the first St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow ALL
GROUPS to march.

Please invite your members and their mutts to march alongside us in this
wonderful event. Mayor Bloomberg will be there, Queens Borough President
Helen Marshall and various other local politicians.

The parade starts @ 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue (adjacent to Torsney
Park) and we walk up Skillman to Roosevelt Avenue, make a left and march to
Woodside @ 61st Street.

We'd love the company and what better way to celebrate all of NYCDOG's
recent victories than a DOG PARADE?!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Rick Duro
President, SUDS

email: sudsmutts@hotmail.com

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