Name: Eloise and Annabelle
Age: [Eloise] I’m 3 years old and Annabelle is about 6 months.
Breed: [Eloise] We both have a lot of diverse canine heritage. I’ve got German Shepherd and Italian Greyhound genes, among others, and Annabelle is a “potcake” mix from Turks and Caicos.
Profile/History: [Eloise] Mom was working at the New York Public Library a few years ago and she attended an adoption event that was being held at the Edenwald Branch in the Bronx. Her friend and colleague was also attending dressed up as the library’s lion mascots – did you know they’re names are actually Patience and Fortitude? As her friend was posing for pictures with adoptable puppies from North Shore Animal League, Mom couldn’t stop herself from sitting down with me. Before we knew it, she was calling my dad on his lunch break to say, “Hi! I’m adopting a dog.” A few years later, my parents went on a vacation to Turks and Caicos and, suddenly, I had a baby sister. Apparently that time, it was Dad who couldn’t resist playing with the puppies at Potcake Place Canine Rescue in Turks and Caicos. My two feline siblings, Baxter and Hobbes, and I were all excited to welcome Annabelle home. Lately, I’ve been showing her the ropes around here, pointing out all the best smelling spots and friendliest neighbors.
Daily routine: [Annabelle] Eloise used to sleep in late, but nowadays I make sure no one snoozes their alarm. It’s up-and-at-’em! First breakfast, then a trip to Riverside Park. Sometimes we’ll head over toward the crabapple grove near W 94th Street and run around off leash. After work, the six of us all spend quality time together, discussing our busy days over family dinner.
Loves: [Eloise] We both love our Aunt Zoe who lives down the street and our feline siblings, Baxter and Hobbes. They’re lovely cats, not at all like these nogoodniks.
Does not love: [Annabelle] Eloise has taught me to always be on the lookout for those terrible, windy sidewalk grates that hurt our paws, as well as the trap doors in the sidewalk. Yikes!
Favorite treat: [Eloise] I’m a loyal Bark Box subscriber, so I’m always excited to see what each new month brings. I also love cheese and Greenies.
Favorite park spot: [Annabelle] The Joan of Arc Park and Monument in Riverside Park.
What’s your advice to anyone considering adopting a dog abroad? [Eloise] First, I would recommend that people always strongly consider adopting locally when they’re looking to welcome a pup into their homes. There are so many fantastic organizations right here in New York doing great work to help stray pups find loving families. My parents have said that the experience of adopting Annabelle abroad was fairly simple. The organization – Potcake Place Canine Rescue in Turks and Caicos – was very helpful to them regarding the paperwork, vaccination, and transportation aspects of bringing Annabelle back home. Often Caribbean islands tend to be so small and to have such a large adoptable dog population that they rely heavily on tourists and vacationers for adoptions. All that said, no matter where you find your perfect pup, you’ll know it’s meant to be!
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 sheltersand nonprofits based in and around New York City. These include but aren’t limited to: Muddy Paws Rescue; Animal Lighthouse Rescue; Animal Care Centers of NYC; NYC ASPCA; Humane Society of New York; Bideawee; Social Tees; and Animal Haven.