Age: 14 years old
Breed: German Shepherd/Chow mix
Profile/history: Dad rescued me while he was driving through the Great Smoky Mountains. I had been abandoned and it was lucky I hadn’t been hit by a car at that point. I was 6 months old and wearing a choke collar that had grown into my neck. I wasn’t feeling well at all, but Dad scooped me up, took me to a vet, had the collar removed and my infection treated, and then he took me home. Afterward, I slept for about a week straight and woke up to a whole new life. It’s been such a change from my early months to my current life on the Upper West Side. I take lots of long walks, have so many local friends, and feel truly loved.
Daily routine: Each morning we’ll walk in Riverside Park, with a quick stop by Starbucks afterward. My dog walker stops by in the afternoon, and then around 6:00 p.m. Dad and I head out together again. We like to stop by the dog park around 80th and Central Park West. Most days, we log about 6 miles together. Occasionally we’ll run into my best friend, Hudson, who I love. Hey, buddy! On the weekends, we might go hiking. This summer we spent some time exploring around the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park which was a lovely city escape.
Loves: I love people and dogs, but I have to give a special mention to the hardworking and kind gentlemen at Andy’s Deli on 80th and Columbus. What a neighborhood gem.
Does not love: Phew, summer in the city. With my thick coat, some days it’s just too muggy for me. I’m more of a fall foliage pupper myself. Loving this weather we’ve been having!
Favorite store/business on the UWS: Andy’s Deli.
Favorite treat: Salmon. Gotta get those omega-3’s!
Favorite park spot: Central Park – I love rolling in the grass near the Pinetum.
As a Pupper West Sider, what are the top neighborhood spots you would recommend to visitors? Well, a visit to Riverside Park ranks high on my list. It’s amazing how much it continues to be a hidden sanctuary within such a busy city. For that, Dad and I are very grateful, but we are also happy to share it’s beauty and tranquility with others. I also love Orwasher’s at W 81st and Amsterdam. They sell bake wonderful baguettes which I like to take home on the evenings I’m feeling a bit French and pair with some cheese and a glass of wine. Last but not least, I’d also recommend meals at Fred’s – an Upper West Side institution – and Bellini at 83rd and Columbus for a scrumptious bowl of pasta!
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; Animal Care Centers of NYC; NYC ASPCA; Humane Society of New York; Bideawee; Social Tees; and Animal Haven.