Name, Age, and Breed: [Mochi] I’m Mochi and I’m a three-year old Chihuahua Pug mix. This is Maki, a four-year old long-haired Chihuahua, and this interesting critter is Andy. We actually don’t know how old he is because he didn’t have any papers when we rescued him.
[Andy] I’m as young as I feel!
Profile/history: [Maki] We’ve all been lucky to be adopted by our two wonderful Moms!
[Mochi] That’s true, and I was adopted first so I’ll tell the story. Despite one of them being in the midst of working on her dissertation, our Moms got the hankering to own a pup and I was adopted from a Pupstarz adoption event when I was 8 weeks old. About six months later, I let them know that I could really use a companion. Around that time, our Moms found out that Maki was available from a breeder upstate because it turned out he had a physical defect and the breeder had no use for him. So we adopted him and he became part of our little clan. Then, a few months later we met Andy. Originally, we were just fostering Andy on behalf of Waggy Tail Rescue but he quickly became part of the family, despite the fact that we think he looks more like Bartok the Bat than a pup. Amiright?! When all was said and done, it was three dogs adopted in 13 months.
Daily routine: [Maki] We like to sleep in and on weekdays we’ll get about an hour of cuddles and belly rubs as part of the morning routine. One of our Moms heads off to work and we spend the rest of the day with our other Mom, attempting to behave ourselves while she writes and works from home. Then in the afternoon, we’ll spend an hour or two milling around the Upper West Side, popping into stores, walking in the park, and paying a visit to the dog run. Around 5:00pm it’s time for dinner and our dental bones! Oral hygiene is a serious matter in this family. Those two tend to scarf down their bones immediately, but I like to hold on to mine for about an hour and parade around with it, just to make them jealous.
Does not love: [Andy] Loud noises. [Mochi] Being disturbed from my slumber in the morning. [Maki] Other people or dogs getting attention. Hmmph.
Favorite store/business on the UWS: [Mochi] L’Occitane on W. 76th and Broadway because they’re always welcoming and they give out treats. We also like popping in to Patagonia on Columbus Avenue to stock up on supplies ahead of our family road trips upstate.
Favorite treat: [All] Zuke’s!
Favorite park spot: [Maki] I’d say the 72nd Street dog run in Riverside Park. [Mochi] My vote is for the rocks by the turtle pond in Central Park. [Andy] Anywhere quiet.
Lightning Round – Best of the Upper West Side
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.