Age: Almost 3 years old in a few weeks!
Profile/history: After they had talked about getting a dog for some time, my Dad took the plunge and surprised my Mom with baby Seymour for her birthday. While gifting puppies isn’t something I’d necessarily recommend, I’m proud to say that Dad had already conducted a lot of research ahead of time to find a good trainer and dog walker in the neighborhood. He understood that dog ownership is a serious responsibility. And, of course, as soon as Mom saw a picture of me, she was head over heels.
Daily routine: I get lots of exercise each day between walks with my parents and my dog walker at Benterprise. I was bitten by the Julia Child bug at a young age and I enjoy acting as sous chef to Dad as he whips up pastas and other mouthwatering Italian delicacies. In the warmer months, the three of us like to spend weekend afternoons in Central Park with a gourmet picnic. We’ll bring homemade dishes like baba ghanoush, lobster rolls, fresh tomato salads, cold sesame noodles, and lots more. Rosé, anyone? When we’re not planning decadent picnics, occasionally boredom will strike and I’ll spend an afternoon chewing up socks and underwear. I also adore shred-ables – a term I coined to describe all things delicate and papery like toilet paper, paper towels, and tissue paper. My parents always know where I am when they find little piles of shredded paper around the apartment.
Does not love: I’m absolutely terrified of the horses in Central Park. I hope they don’t sniff out my fancy picnics…they’ve got those giant snoots that can probably smell homemade sesame noodles from a mile away.
Favorite store/business on the UWS: As a foodie pupper, I like to browse the 79th Street Greenmarket for fresh, seasonal produce. (Ahem. You may also find me in Rite Aid now and then when the need for Ben & Jerry’s strikes. Don’t judge. )
Favorite treat: My pretzel-shaped bully sticks.
Favorite park spot: Our favorite picnic spot is located on the rocky part of the hill behind Le Pain Quotidien in Central Park.
As a foodie and chef, what sorts of fall recipes do you have in store? Great question! Well, as you know, fall is apple and pumpkin season, so I’ve already shared some recipes with Dad including apple and pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, and apple turnovers. As the days get chillier, I’m also looking forward to exploring new Italian soups like this Bon Appetit recipe for ribollita and this one for Italian wedding soup.
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; Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Animal Haven.