Age: 6 years old.
Breed: I’m a Cavapoo – half Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and half Mini Poodle.
Profile/history: Sometimes all it takes to realize how much you want a dog is spending quality time with another dog. A few years ago, Mom was babysitting a friend’s Maltipoo and once she was done babysitting, she quickly realized how sad it is when you come home each day but there’s no pup running to greet you. Now I’m there to not only greet her, but to make sure that she never goes anywhere without me.
Daily routine: Each day begins with a healthy breakfast. During the pandemic, Mom began making homemade dog food – brown rice, ground chicken, shredded carrots and zucchini, and green peas – and it’s delicious! We’ll take a morning walk and then it’s time to settle in for work. Mom is a musician and songwriter, so I’ll sit on her lap while she records or teaches voice lessons virtually. Sometimes I’ll try to sing along. *Awoooooooooo!* But more often than not, I slide off key and my singing just devolves into incessant barking. We’ll play catch as I run up and down the length of the apartment and sometimes I’ll have a playdate with my friend, Callie, the Maltipoo. On the weekends, I’ll accompany Mom to grab coffee – a vanilla latte for me, please – at Bluestone Lane or the Starbucks on W. 81st Street, where my picture is hanging on the wall. When it’s time for bed, I’ll trot into the bedroom, paw at the bed, and bark at my parents to let them know that it’s time for someone to tuck me in.
Loves: Belly rubs.
Does not love: Baths. Especially the part where Mom has to blow dry my hair. Ughhhhh.
Favorite store/business on the UWS: I’ll go for Bluestone Lane. I love their coffee and brunches, and the baristas are incredibly friendly.
Favorite treat: Cheese! Specifically, I like to pick up a really nice odiferous, clotted cheese from Zabar’s.
Favorite park spot: I love meandering the walking paths around the American Museum of Natural History in Teddy Roosevelt Park. There are lots of squirrels around and it’s a nicely landscaped area.
What’s your advice to Upper West Side voters? My advice is to get out there and exercise that constitutional right to vote! Early voting has begun and I encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to line up and vote in the coming days. Yes, the lines can seem somewhat daunting, but I see them as a positive sign about how energized and determined our neighbors are to be a part of this very important process and to make sure their voice is heard. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet some nice dogs in line too!
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.