By Audrey Campbell
Age: 4 years old
Profile/history: My parents met when they were both in graduate school at Yale – yes, that Yale – and Mom’s favorite place to spend time was the Peabody Museum of Natural History. She decided that one day she’d name a pup after her favorite place. When my parents moved to New York City, they prioritized getting a dog-friendly apartment near Central Park in preparation for welcoming a pup into their home who loves to play and romp around outside. I joined the family around Christmas time and we’ve been happily quarantining together on the Upper West Side ever since.
Daily routine: Each morning I’ll rouse my parents by nibbling on Mom’s pillow or Dad’s beard. I like to get up close and personal to make my point. It’s. Time. To. Go. Out. Once we’re all suited up – coats, gloves, hats, masks – we’ll head out for a chilly morning walk in Central Park. Our first stop is always Strawberry Fields where I spend a little time finding a high-quality stick to carry with me. This is very important because I’ll carry my prize stick all the way to Cherry Hill to show it off to my doggy friends. In the spring and summer, I like running down from Cherry Hill to Bethesda Fountain and greeting the turtles as the pop their heads out of the water. Good morning, my strange-looking friends!! After our walk, its a healthy breakfast followed by some quiet time as Mom and Dad work from home. On Wednesdays I’ll head to Camp Canine to spend the day socializing with my friends and I’ll come back home with all sorts of gossip to share. I always let my parents know when it’s mealtime. First, I’ll alert them to lunchtime at 12pm on the dot and then at 4 p.m. it’s time for dinner. Strangely, they often don’t seem ready for dinner at 4 p.m., but I always am!
Loves: Like any good Ivy League scholar, I get great enjoyment from the structure of my daily routine. I don’t like to deviate from it. My other greats loves are balls and squeaky toys, the turtles in Central Park, and eating outside at restaurants in the neighborhood, weather permitting.
Does not love: The groomer. My parents take me downtown to Chelsea for my regular hair appointments and I start panicking when we arrive at the dreaded 23rd Street subway stop. GAH!!
Favorite store or business on the UWS: Dog & Co in Columbus Circle always has great treats and accessories! And I’m always up for delicious meals at local restaurants including Ella, Playa Betty’s and Fred’s.
Favorite treat: Ice cream!! I go crazy for a scoop of vanilla ice cream from Van Leeuwen or a scoop of soft serve vanilla from Big Gay Ice Cream. *Smacks lips.*
Favorite park spot: My vote would definitely be for Strawberry Fields since it has such a great stick inventory to choose from.
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.