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Summertime has definitely arrived with temperatures across the United States soaring well into the nineties and above! And while summer sun means fun for you, the heat can spell danger for your dog. Broadway Barks researched and compiled the best summertime care and safety tips to help keep your dogs safe and happy this summer season.

Stay Indoors, and NEVER Leave a Dog in a Parked Car

Dogs are not efficient when it comes to keeping cool. Dogs do not sweat or perspire, so the only way they can keep themselves cool is through panting and dispelling heat through the pads of their feet. Drinking water and laying in the shade helps to cool them, but it is best if they are kept indoors in an air-conditioned environment. And for you joggers out there, remember that your dog may not be able to cool itself in high heat and…

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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about an adoption event that Adopt NY had planned for Sunday, July 1 in Tompkins Square Park in East Village.

It was a hot and sunny day, but a very successful one!  Many of the wonderful dogs and cats that were there were adopted, or got enough publicity that they found their forever homes within days of the event!  Two of our USDW’s own volunteered with Zani’s Furry Friends, a wonderful nonprofit based out of New York City.

Below are some of the photos we captured on this fun and successful day:


We hope that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and maybe found a new friend.  We also hope that this event has inspired people to look into adopting a dog or cat from a New York animal shelter.  For more information about adoption events or about adopting a pet in general, check out the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

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!

Seen on the West Side Highway.  Who wouldn’t love to be driven around by a shirtless chauffeur?

Taken by the talented Laura.

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.

One of our employee’s dogs hiding from fireworks last year. Or, trying to hide, anyway.

This is your dog afraid.

This is your dog afraid of…

…cue scary music…


In all seriousness, this is one of Union Square Dog Walker’s very own dogs hiding under a piano bench to get away from the fireworks he heard last Fourth of July.With Independence Day quickly approaching, your dog’s reaction and possible fear of fireworks may not be on top of the list of things your concerned about.  Everyone knows that the real concerns involve where to go, what to eat, and what to drink.  So when Pedigree posted an article on keeping your four-legged friend content while fireworks explode outside, we knew we wanted to help spread the word.

Still trying to get away from the scary fireworks…

There are a few options for keeping your buddy happy.  First, there is the option of slowly acclimating your dog to the noise.  Pedigree recommends going onto your favorite video site (YouTube…obviously) and finding videos of fireworks to play around your dog.  With the volume turned up, stay calm and cheerful, and make the overall experience for your dog positive.  Everyone knows that treats make everything better, so perhaps some sort of indulgence for your dog will help keep the experience positive.

Okay, okay.  Fine.  You can indulge in some kind of treat as well.

The idea about keeping an overall positive attitude should carry over to when the actual fireworks occur; dogs can pick up on whether you’re nervous or scared, and if you pass on these emotions, it’s likely your dog will too.

Finally, Pedigree recommends anything that is supposed to quell anxiety, such as a Thundershirt or AnxietyWrap.

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We can’t say whether swaddling your dog will be beneficial, but we can’t see it doing any harm, either.  And it obviously makes for some great pictures.

Whatever you end up doing this holiday, please don’t forget about your dog’s needs!  Whether that involves swaddling your dog or playing YouTube videos on repeat for a week beforehand, take some extra time to make sure that your dog is happy.  And no matter what you choose to do, please be safe!

From all of us at Union Square Dog Walker…

Happy Fourth of July!

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!