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It’s that time again!  To quote our good friend, Rebecca Black: “We so excited for the weekend.”  We might not actually be friends with Rebecca Black, but we do know of two very special and great events for you and your dog this weekend in our lovely city.

ASPCA Mobile Adoption Van
If you and your dog are looking for a new furry friend, or you know of someone who is, why not stop by the ASPCA Mobile Adoption Van at any of these locations this Friday or Saturday:

  • Friday, August 3, 4-7 pm: Petland Discounts, W 23rd St & 8th Ave, New York, NY
  • Saturday, August 4, 1-5 pm: Pet Health Store (indoor event), 440 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY

For more information, check out the ASPCA website.


Central Park Bagel Bark
This is an event that we are actually very much excited about and we think your dog will be too!  On Saturday, get you and your dog up to Great Hill in Central Park (at W 107th Street) for bagels, pastries, and coffee with other dog owners and lovers. For more information about this monthly (and free!) event, check out Central Park Paws.


Whatever you and your dog decide on this weekend, keep it classy and cool and don’t forget about our summer safety tips for keeping your dog safe in these last weeks of summer.  From all of us at Union Square Dog Walker, happy Friday!


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Another week has passed and if you can believe it, another month has gone by!  It’s the last weekend of July and it’s going to be a good one.  There’s a chance of storms this weekend but if you get a chance to sneak outside, enjoy it!

Bushwick Block Party
Saturday, at 12 p.m., get you and your pup over to Brooklyn for the Bushwick Block Party.  This annual event will feature a ton of live music, delicious food, and “Water World.”  It’s definitely going to be a great event worth checking out!  For more information, check out the website or Facebook event page.

Harlem Week
This event, celebrating Harlem for a whole week, kicks off this weekend.  On Saturday and/or Sunday, head on over to E. 104th Street (between Lexington and Park) to enjoy music, delicious food, artwork, and fun events for the whole family (including dogs, we decided).  For more information on Harlem Week, or this weekend’s events specifically, check out the website.

New York City Restaurant Week
We make no guarantees about bringing your dog along with you (maybe if you dress it up?) and we think it’s funny that this event is called “Restaurant Week” because it actually lasts almost a month (July 16-August 10), but who are we to complain about great deals on delicious food?  There are a ton of restaurants participating in this around the city.  Some of them don’t do Saturdays, so that is worth checking into before you go, but otherwise?  Sounds good to us.  For more information about participating restaurans, go to the Restaurant Week website.

From all of us at Union Square Dog Walker, have a wonderful and safe weekend!

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We can’t believe it but another week has flown by and here we are in our second to last weekend of July!  Broadway Barks was a huge success; you can see photos from the event by clicking here.

This weekend, as we hopefully see a slight reprieve from the heat, like any other weekend in New York, there is a ton going on in the city.  Here’s some of the things we’ve scoped out for you and your dog to enjoy this weekend in New York.

Bronx Pride 2012
Despite the fact that the Bronx Community Pride Center closed fairly recently, this event will still be taking place!  On Saturday, from 12 to 6 p.m. in Crotona Park  in–you guessed it!–the Bronx, bring your dog for live music and discussions about all things Pride-related.  For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day
Head on over to another one of the lovely boroughs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday for a ridiculous display of sand castles, live entertainment, and all the fun that Coney Island has to offer.  For more information, check out the website of the sponsoring nonprofit, Astella Development Corporation.  And when you’re done, grab you and your four-legged friend a hotdog!

Tompkins Square Greenmarket
Every Sunday, in the amazing East Village, there’s a market including fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, honey, milk, and other miscellaneous green items.  Pay a visit to the Tompkins Square Greenmarket between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and when you’re done, take your dog to the dog run on the other side of the park!  For more information on the market, check out the GrowNYC website.


From all of us at USDW, have a wonderful and safe weekend.  And get out and enjoy what’s left of summer while you still can!

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Another week has flown by (can you believe it?) and that means it’s time for another post about what’s going on in our wonderful city.  A few weeks ago, we featured Adopt NY‘s First Adoption Event, which took place in Tompkins Square Park.  This week, we are featuring another awesome adoption event that should be a lot of fun for everyone: Broadway Barks.

: Saturday, July 14
3:30–6:30 p.m.

Where:  Shubert Alley, West of Broadway, between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, Manhattan

This year’s Broadway Barks adoption event will be hosted by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, both of whom will be joined by numerous Broadway stars to present animals that are available for adoption in NYC’s animal shelters.  The event will also include information on the importance of spaying and neutering your pet, as well as an auction for autographed memorabilia, the proceeds of which will benefit the attending shelters and adoption organizations.

For more information on this awesome star-studded event, check out the Broadway Barks website.

From all of us at Union Square Dog Walker, have a great weekend, and we hope to see you there!

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It’s another week, and thus it’s time for another post about keeping your dog safe in the summer.  Last week, we talked about sunburn and paw protection.  Prior to that, we told you about the dangers of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, as well as all the reasons you shouldn’t leave your dog in your car.

This week, since many of you will likely be hitting up the beach on the Fourth of July, we are going to tell you about water safety!  Water safety encompasses everything from drinking water to swimming.

First off, if you are bringing your dog to the beach, remember the following:

  • Do not allow your dog to drink the seawater!  The salt in the water could make your dog very sick.
  • Be aware that jellyfish and other sea life aren’t just threats to people, but can also hurt your dog.  Find out about the conditions before allowing your dog to go in the water.
  • The salt and minerals in the ocean aren’t necessarily the best for your dog’s fur, so give your dog a quick rinse with clean water before heading home.

Aside from the above, it may come as a surprise to you that a lot of dogs aren’t initially comfortable with swimming or going in water.  To make this experience enjoyable, you should ease your dog into the act of swimming.  Never throw your dog in the water, be encouraging, and avoid busy/crowded/noisy areas that may induce anxiety or stress in your dog.  Additionally, it is important that when they are first learning, you support your dog’s weight until it is comfortable paddling.  You should also invest in a dog life jacket for your four-legged friend, as this will help your dog stay afloat if he/she becomes too fatigued to do so.

Finally, if you forget everything else, remember this:

Keep an eye on your dog at all times.  Every year, dogs accidentally drown when left unattended.  Make sure that your dog knows how to get out of the pool, and more importantly, make sure that you always watch your dog.

We leave you with the below video on pet CPR, which might seem absurd but is definitely worth watching if you plan on taking your dog out to the pool, beach, or lake this summer.

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Another week has gone by, and that means that another weekend has arrived!  While there is definitely going to be a lot going on in our incredible city this weekend, there is one particular event we would really like you and your dog to check out.  We also would love for you to spread the word on this event if you know of anyone who might be interested.

Adopt NY, a coalition of New York-based rescue groups working together to raise awareness about the unfortunate reality of kill shelters in the area, as well as the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue, is holding its first adoption event.

What: Adopt NY First Adoption Event

More than a dozen cat and dog rescues from all over New York will be there, with many incredible and beautiful animals that are available for adoption.

When: Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 12-4 p.m.

Where: Tompkins Square Park, East Village, NYC

If there is only one thing you do this weekend, we hope that you will at the very least check out this awesome event.

For more information, check out the Adopt NY website, the Adopt NY Facebook page, or the event page.

From all of us at Union Square Dog Walker, have a great weekend.  And we hope to see you there!


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Drumroll, please.  It’s another weekend in the greatest city in the world, and Union Square Dog Walker is going to fill you in (yet again) on what you can do with your dog this weekend to take it all in.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island?  Mermaids?  A parade?  All of the above, please.  And the picture to the left is evidence that your dog agrees.  Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, head on over to Coney Island in Brooklyn to see this ridiculous parade featuring real mermaids*, people wearing little clothing, and fun for everyone, including your dog.  Check out the Coney Island website for more information.

Discovery Tours
Head on over to Prospect Park in Brooklyn at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to experience a side of New York you’ve never seen before.  Beginning at the Audubon Center, you will get to see birds and other kinds of wildlife that call Prospect Park home.  To be honest, we’re not sure if dogs are allowed, but we say bring yours anyway, and if you can’t do the tour then you can at least hang around the Park with your dog.

Grand Army Greenmarket
If the Discovery Tour doesn’t work out on Saturday (or you just want to get some fresh, local produce), get you and your dog over to the northwest corner of Prospect Park in Brooklyn to experience New York City’s second-largest open-air farmers market.  The market is open all day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but you may want to get there early for the best selection.  For more information, see the GrowNYC website.


It’s the last weekend in June, so get out there an enjoy the sun while you still can.  From all of as at USDW, have a wonderful and safe weekend!

*Mermaids aren’t real.  Or are they?

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