Pupper West Side: Duke Loves Jazz and His Special Spot in Central Park

By A. Campbell

Name: Duke

Age: 16 months

Breed: Jack Russell Terrier mix

Profile/history: I’m a rescue from Muddy Paws – my dad got me when I was a year old. Originally from Tennessee. I was given up and originally called Lucky, but now my name is Duke. Actually, my full name is Duke Elkington because dad and I are both big fans of jazz (and dad’s last name is Elkington.)

Daily routine: Each day I wake up around 6 am and we head to Central Park to enjoy the off-leash hours. Dad either works from home and keeps me company, or, on the days when he’s gone my dog-walker will come by. I’m a keen soccer enthusiast, so we watch a lot of matches together. Generally I’ll take an afternoon nap and then perhaps Dad will do some work on my coat before we settle in for the evening.

Loves: I love sleeping, food, and running around in tight little circles. Also belly rubs.

Does not love: I don’t love the subways, but I’m getting used to them. I especially dislike the elevated trains because they’re so noisy. I’m not afraid of skateboards or bicycles, but trains are still my nemesis.

Favorite store/business on UWS: I like Matto Espresso on Columbus Avenue as well as Tresses Belle Studio since they always give out treats.

Favorite park spot: One of my favorite activities it to walk the central loop inside Central Park. There’s also a particular corner near the Pinetum in Central Park with a hot dog stand that I enjoy visiting.

What are your thoughts on the buskers and street performers around New York? As a jazz and music enthusiast, I support the buskers. Their performances add to the heartbeat of New York City and it’s how young cats – well, not cats exactly – young pooches, let’s say, get practice and exposure. I think the performers bring the community together and provide it with an identity. Some of my favorite spots on the Upper West Side for listening to great music are Cleopatra’s Needle and Harlem Tavern.

If West Side Rag readers are interested in becoming pet owners, we encourage you to consider adopting or volunteering to be a foster parent with one of the many shelters and nonprofits based in and around New York City. These include but aren’t limited to: Muddy Paws Rescue; Animal Lighthouse Rescue; NYC ASPCA; Humane Society of New York; Bideawee; Social Tees; and Animal Haven.

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    1. SA says:

      It is sad to me that you do not mention the Animal Care Centers of NYC among the list of places to adopt or foster. Based on the West Side Rag previously discouraging people from bringing lost dogs there, I assume that you have an issue with the city shelters. But regardless of how you feel about how the city shelters are operated (and setting aside the issue of whether it is fair to judge a city shelter with an open door policy the same as non-profit shelters and rescue groups that pick what animals to take in), the animals are totally innocent and deserve to be adopted.

    2. your_neighbor says:

      Why isn’t this listed on the home page as a sponsored advertisement for this dog walking business?

      • West Sider says:

        The article is not an ad for the dog-walking business. The sponsor has no control over the article, he just has an ad at the bottom of the article. WSR

        • Mark P says:

          That’s a definite distinction, but I can also understand the confusion since WSR seems to label articles written by sponsors SPONSORED. Perhaps label those articles ADVERTISEMENT or ADVERTORIAL? But do appreciate you labeling them indicating they’re not journalism. We know you need to make money!

    3. Sarah says:

      Duke looks like a very fine fellow!

    4. Sally F says:

      Very fun profile!