Age: 1 year old
Breed: Miniature Dachshund
Profile/history: My Mom always loved dachshunds and she found me. My real name is Cornelius, but I go by Strudel. A big name for a small boy!
Daily routine: When I hear Mom’s alarm clock, I start racing around the apartment. We’ll go outside around 7 a.m. for a quick walk and then it’s back in bed for another hour or so. Breakfast is served with a scoop of yogurt which is my absolute favorite thing. Good for the digestion! Probiotics and whatnot. My dog walker stops by to give me a couple of walks throughout the day and then it’s dinner with the family, followed by a final evening walk in Central Park. Depending on who I’m lounging with, I might watch RuPaul’s Drag Race (Mom) or catch up on my favorite sports teams (Dad). We also like to pick up farm fresh, healthy produce from the Roxbury Farm CSA at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the corner of W. 86th Street and West End Avenue, and cook new recipes at home.
Loves: Eating things off the street. If I’m wearing the cone of shame, I’ll use it to my advantage as a shovel for street treats!
Does not love: When people leave grapes on the street because they’re poisonous for dogs.
Favorite store/business on the UWS: Barney Greengrass. Pups like me aren’t allowed inside, but I patiently wait on the sidewalk for delicious morsels of smoked salmon, whitefish, and bagel to fall from the sky.
Favorite treat: Yogurt. Lately I’ve discovered a new brand, Icelandic Provisions, but I also like classics like Fage and Chobani.
Favorite park spot: Romping around in the beautiful green grass on the sloping hill between W. 86th and 87th Streets in Central Park. I love that area. People gather for picnics with friends, play catch, read books – it’s a relaxing spot for all.
What do you think about the outdoor dining scene on the UWS? I love it! New Yorkers are getting outside, enjoying the early Fall air and the (distanced) company of others. I think our local restaurants have worked hard to make outdoor dining an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable experience. That said, I think it would be greatly improved by closing off Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue to car traffic — especially those terrifying 16-wheelers and delivery trucks that rumble alongside tables. Businesses would have the ability to extend their dining boundaries a bit and customers could enjoy their meals without a side of truck exhaust.
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.