Pupper West Side: Midge Met Joel Maisel, Encourages Support of Local Businesses

Name: Midge, just like one of my favorite TV characters, Midge Maisel! I was lucky to meet Michael Zegen, aka Joel Maisel, at a Skidmore College alumni event last summer.

Age: 2 years old.

Breed: Mom thinks I’m a mix between an Australian Cattle Dog and a Pointer, because I often “point” at things – squirrels, pigeons, spooky plastic bags.

Profile/history: I’m a Muddy Paws Rescue alumna. Mom adopted me when I was about 18 months old. I’m originally from Kentucky but I’ve quickly acclimated to city life. I’m a New Yorker now, so I pretend not to care when I run into famous people. Except Joel, of course.

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Midge and Joel Maisel – back together for a marvelous weekend in the Catskills!? Or @marvelous_midgey and @michaelzegen at the Skidmore College Theater Reunion?! Only time (season 3) will tell. . . . . . @skidmorecollege @skidmoretheater @maiseltv @rachelbrosnahan @muddypawsrescuenyc #skid4life #skidmorecollege #skidmore #marvelousmrsmaisel #midgemaisel #mrsmaisel #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #muddypawspack #dog #australiancattledogmix #nycdog #rescuepup #doglife #citydog #dogsofinstagram #dogs #upperwestside #doggo #rescue #cute #newyorkcity #blueheelermix #instapup #dogstagram #saratogasprings #pupper #rescuedogsofinstagram #nycpup #midgey

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Daily routine: Each day it’s a morning walk followed by a healthy breakfast. While Mom is at work, I’ll spend some time in my “house” (crate) doing some chores, tidying up, and enjoying a Kong filled with frozen cream cheese. I like to listen to my special pup music – Through A Dog’s Ear – which is calming classical piano tracks that we found on Amazon. It helps me focus and relax. My dog walker stops by in the afternoon and then Mom will come home from work and we’ll hang out and make dinner together. I’m a world-class sleeper, so we’ll snooze on the weekends before getting up and out for a long stroll through Riverside Park. Sometimes we’ll get invited to a doggy birthday party as well. I celebrated my second birthday with friends and family in Central Park last June. It was a squirrel-themed soirée.

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My squirrel themed birthday picnic yesterday was THE BEST!! Thanks to all of my human friends/aunts/uncles/mom (those pictured and not) for celebrating with me, sneaking me pieces of cheese, and giving me alllll the pets! 🥳🎂🥰 (But Mom, next year can we please invite more squirrels???) . . . . . #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #muddypawspack #dog #dogoftheday #birthday #australiancattledogmix #nycdog #rescuepup #doglife #citydog #dogsofinstagram #dogs #upperwestside #doggo #rescue #newyorkcity #blueheelermix #instapup #dogstagram #dogbirthday #pupper #rescuedogsofinstagram #nycpup #midgey @weratedogs @dogbirthdays

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Loves: Running and playing! Also, sometimes I enjoy just standing and watching things intensely. That’s the pointer in me – I’m a keen observer.

Does not love: Spending time alone. I prefer companionship.

Favorite store/business on the UWS: NYC Wine and Spirits on Broadway between W. 87th and W. 88th Streets. They’re always so generous with pets and treats.

Favorite treat: Cream cheese! I’ll also take a duck- or rabbit-flavored treat, if you’re offering.

Favorite park spot: The dog park at West 87th and Riverside Drive.

The best dining experiences on the UWS: There are so many to choose from and this is a special moment for me to encourage everyone to support our local businesses and restaurants. You can do so from the safety and distance of your own home by purchasing gift cards at your favorite local Upper West Side establishments. You’ll be providing them with much-needed cash flow to support employees and operations at this incredibly difficult time. Remember to tell ’em Midge sent you!

Read all our Pupper West Side interviews here!

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 RescueAnimal Lighthouse RescueAnimal Care Centers of NYCNYC ASPCAHumane Society of New YorkBideaweeSocial Tees; Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Animal Haven.

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    1. Tori says:

      I absolutely love this! I am so inspired to volunteer with one of the many nonprofits. I as well am a huge fan of the Marvelous Mrs.Maisel and have started to follow this page on Instagram.

      • Skylar says:

        Hi! I’m a UWS-er who volunteers for Muddy Paws Rescue, where Midge is from, and I can’t say enough good things about their volunteer program! If you’re interested, I highly recommend signing up for a volunteer info session and becoming part of the Muddy Paws Pack!

    2. Sam says:

      Midge, you’re such a gem! Your story brought me and my pup some smiles during these strange, scary times. Hope we run into you in the UWS

    3. Alyssa says:

      Ah this was so beautiful to see! I was Midge’s foster mom (back when she was named Maggie) and it’s amazing to see her doing so well 🙂

    4. Sor Juana says:

      wow, what a fabulous dog!! too cute!