• Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Fifi or Fido? New York's Gay Men Defy Worn-Out Canine Stereotypes

    Tony Serrano adopted toy Manchester terrier twins after taking an American Kennel Club survey that matched his personality and lifestyle to the breed. "They're smaller dogs and considered dainty, but they're not," Serrano says. "Their stature and size might imply 'feminine,' but their slender buil ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 5, 2014


    Pure breeds and mutts strut their stuff

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Police Arrest Donnell Barden, Accused of Being Prospect Park's Ice-Pick-Wielding Dog-Stabber

    Prospect Park has not been a very good place to take your dog lately, at least if you'd rather bring it home un-stabbed. That may have changed yesterday with the arrest of 42-year-old Flatbush resident Donnell Barden, the man accused of terrorizing other dog owners, using his pit bull to attack thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Nate Silver (and Puppies) Know Who Wins The Super Bowl

    Nate Silver, the statistical genius who predicted the outcome of the last two presidential elections and the most recent Senate race, has now revealed his pick for the winner of the Super Bowl. Are you ready for it? It's Beyonce! Nope, it's actually the San Francisco 49ers. And, unfortunately for ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 30, 2013


    It’s canines on parade at msg

  • Voice Choices

    October 17, 2012


    Local pups bring the cute

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Fan Landers: De-Schlubbing A Bandmate And Bringing A Dog On Tour

    Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be having—whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Would You Ever Spend $60k On Legal Fees To Win Custody Of A Dog?

    We wrote a blog post yesterday about a man who's spent more than $60,000 on legal fees in his effort to win custody of a dog from his ex-girlfriend. As we noted yesterday, dropping that much coin on a canine-custody case is insane because, well, it's a fucking dog.The media's eaten the story up, tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Georgina Bloomberg, Amanda Hearst Save Puppies

    The Humane Society of the United States and Jones County, North Carolina busted a supposed puppy mill on Wednesday -- and New York's own Georgina Bloomberg and Amanda Hearst were on the scene to help. The shakedown saved at least 80 puppies and maybe one pregnant calico cat from unsanitary living c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2012

    Meet the Norwegian Lundehund: The Six Toe-Minimum 'Puffin Dog' That's One of Westminster's Newest Additions

    Peter Rousseau​In case you don't happen to be as dog-obsessed as the rest of the Internet or haven't heard about the recent advertising controversy, we're here to tell you that Monday marks the start of this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. An additional six breeds have been made elig ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 8, 2012


    Who’s the fairest dog of all?

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Things We Learned at the Third Annual 'Meet the Breeds'

    On Sunday, Rosie and I headed over to the Javits Center to check out the much-anticipated Meet the Breeds, the "world's largest gathering of dogs and cats," hosted by the American Kennel Club and The International Cat Association. We were promised 200 different breeds, animal agility competitions, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    The AKC Names Brooklyn the 'Dachshund' of Neighborhoods

    Brooklyn plus bun.​As they gear up for their big Meet the Breeds event on November 19th and 20th at the Javits Center, the American Kennel Club and the International Cat Association have been doing some thinking about what breeds "match" which of New York City's neighborhoods. Jessica Rice of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Bulldogs Don't Fly Commercial

    You might think a bulldog has the best life ever, being adorable and frequently stopped on streets to be gazed at and pet by adoring masses, and also getting its poop picked up by its owner whenever necessary, and not even having to work a 9 to 5 or 8 to 10 job...a bulldog is in the business of simp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Jill Abramson's 'Puppy Diaries': We've Got an Advance Copy

    Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times, is a huge dog lover. How huge? She blogged about her adorable golden retriever puppy Scout on and she's coming out with a book this month, The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout, also known as Jill Abramson's God Damn Puppy Boo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2011

    Patriotic Puppy Swallows Flag Post [VIDEO]

    A three-month-old pit bull in Alabama was doing what puppies do best, chewing on inedible crap, when he got himself in trouble. Blue, the hungry pit bull in question, tried to eat a flag post when it got stuck in his throat. The CBS affiliate in Atlanta reports Blue's gag reflex caused him to swallo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Bulldog Desires New Location for Kiddie Pool

    Happy Monday! Remember how hot it was this weekend? Gus the bulldog certainly does. He wanted to bring his pool inside, which seems only reasonable, given the circumstances. Gus the bulldog is not to be trifled with. Enjoy today's 79 degrees. It'll hit 90 tomorrow. [JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Daniel Lacin Shoots Neighbor's Pit Bulls With Paintball Gun When They Won't Stop Barking

    ​Adorable animals in trouble! The New York Post reports that Daniel Lacin, "an uptight Swiss man" who lives in Brooklyn, became so irritated by his neighbor's dogs' nonstop barking (perhaps this is why he's uptight?) that he shot them with a paintball gun. Their owner, Peter Wojcik, was allege ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Dog Is Very Rude

    Yes, someone actually trained her dog to do this, and it's very cute and all, but when the poor dog's face just sticks like that one day, well, don't say we didn't warn you.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    A War Dog Helped Catch Osama Bin Laden

    ​War dogs: They are dogs that help fight war. The U.S. has some 2,700 of them deployed on active duty, and they are a key part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of them -- who, at this point, "remains an enigma" -- was involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden. We imagine that if we w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Pet Massages Are Bullshit, New York Times Reports

    ​That pet massaging craze you've been hearing so much about simply doesn't exist outside of a tiny, sad sliver of people with nothing better to do, the New York Times reports in the Thursday style section, providing quantitative evidence that such an act barely ever happens, alongside expert c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    New York May Get State Dog, Can We Keep Him?

    via _jennieMarie​Lawmakers are introducing legislation tomorrow that would give New York an official state dog. Assemblyman Micah Kellner and State Senator Joseph E. Robach are partnering up to give the honor to rescue dogs, as in dogs who are rescued and put up for adoption in shelters. Sure, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Little Dogs Must Not Be Trusted

    ​New York's most vicious dogs are, in this order, the pit bull, the Rottweiler, the Shih Tzu, the Chihuahua, and the standard poodle. Pit bulls bit 815 people last year, which, reports the New York Post, was apparently a "record" year for dog bites. Pit bulls, yeah, we get it, but why are litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    A Morning With Schmitty the Weather Dog

    Meteorologist Ron Trotta and Schmitty the Weather Dog​It's a cliché to refer to the Christopher Guest mockumentary when talking about dog shows and dog lovers, but there was a point Monday morning after Meteorologist Ron Trotta put miniature sunglasses on Schmitty, his weather-predicting York ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 2, 2011


    Honoring man’s best friend

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Pet Birthday Parties Are Becoming Popular

    ZUMA PressIt's a puppy party​It's official: dogs are the new children. It's no longer enough to feed one's pet homemade food or to take them to posh doggie day care. Now expensive dog birthday parties (complete with dog-friendly birthday cake) at bars and restaurants are becoming all the rag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    Long Island Mother and Daughter Apprehended as Squalid, Awful Animal Torturers

    Inside their home. (via Wayne Carrington/NYP)​In what sounds like an ideal Hoarders episode (just look at the picture of inside their house!), a mother and daughter on Long Island have been arrested on animal cruelty charges after police found 15 injured pets in their home -- and the remains o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    East Village Dog Owners Have Become Knife-Wielding Vigilantes

    ​A rash of pit bull attacks on both dogs and humans at Tompkins Square Park has forced some East Village dog owners to take matters into their own hands, carrying "knives and other weapons" when they visit the dog run now, reports DNA Info. "Other weapons" include a varied assortment of possib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Maltese Puppy Named Leonardo DiCaprio Embroiled in Grueling Custody Battle

    ​A little known rule in the dog code of honor is NEVER loan your dog to another family. Especially if it's cute, white, and fluffy. Because chances are, that family will coopt him as their own and never give him back, and you will become embroiled in a nasty lawsuit and be written about in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Washington Square Park Serial Squirrel Killer Remains at Large

    ​Squirrels. Yes, they're rodents, but they're also rather cute. And: Not rats. Not that we want to cuddle with them or bring them into our homes. Still, the news that a woman (described as a "willowy brunette" by is allowing her dogs to kill squirrels in Washington Square Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    What Do Dogs Think? Not That Much, Actually.

    ​Last week, we learned how cats drink. Because we'd been wondering for a while. And because the New York Times decided to tell us. Now we've got another very important animal question to tackle: "What do dogs think?" CNN, fortunately, via Duke University's Canine Cognition Center in Durham, No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Upper West Side Condo Residents Face Horrors of Dog Discrimination

    ​Dog owners at One Lincoln Plaza on West 64th Street are facing what they call harassment from their condo board, which is voting tonight on new rules that would ban Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, and pit bulls from the building and force all dogs to ride the service elevator, turning them, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Could Your Dog Pass a Co-op Board Interview?

    ​You know how co-op board interviews are this intimidating New York Thing that rich people worry about? Well, it's not just people - we read yesterday that people's dogs are now having to pass these interviews along with their humans. It's true! If you're trying to get into a co-op and your do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Where Can I Eat Out With My Dog?

    Jacket magazine​Welcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. If you have a question you'd like answered in a future column, email us or leave the query in the comments. Today, we deal with a question that always comes up with the advent of warm weather: Which restaurants will allow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    The American Kennel Club is Going to the Mutts

    ​As opposed to the "dogs," you see, because the American Kennel Club's notoriously stuffy canine exhibitions are - for the first time in the organization's entire 125-year history of catering to the vicarious dog owners, the obsessive dog owners, and the casually amused - they're finally allow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    To Alleviate Depression, Watch a Bulldog Skateboard

    ​President Obama may be heading our way, but we're also pretty excited about Tillman the skateboarding bulldog, who "loves New York City," reports the Daily News. In the city, "there's a lot of concrete, a lot of dogs, and a lot of open space, believe it or not, for him to do his thing," says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Battle of the Dishes: Yuppie Dog Bones Vs. Old-School Dog Bones

    ​ Now that it's possible to put your dog on a raw diet, to make him pop anti-depressants, and to buy him a jogging suit, Fork in the Road thought that a taste test of yuppie versus old-school dog treats was in order. (Hey, it's late August.) Taking relaxation seriously ​Give me your sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Update, And Let's Be Fair About This: Alleged Puppy-Kicking Brooklyn Band Responds To, Strongly Denies Puppy-Kicking Allegations

    ​So first off, the band accused of kicking a puppy during an early-morning Prospect Park photo shoot has been positively identified: They are Surefire, from Brooklyn. Secondly, they strongly deny having done any such thing. Responding to an email, the band offers the following response; our st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    NYCHA: Pit Bulls, 26 Other Breeds Prohibited from the Projects

    If you live in the projects, starting May 1 there are 27 breeds of dog you will not be permitted to keep in your apartment, per a New York City Housing Authority decree. The local press naturally focuses on the pit bulls, rottweilers, and dobermans excluded by this policy, as these will stir in old ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 31, 2008


    Take the kids to Harry the Dirty Dog

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Leona Helmsley Dances From The Grave in New Musical

    I was never sure whether to say "Leona Helmsley and her bitch" or "Leona's dog and HER bitch." Either way, both bitches are coming to the stage via the great beyond in a New York Musical Theatre Festival dance production called Wild About Harry. Yes, not only did the pampered pooch of Harry Helmsley ... More >>

  • People

    December 25, 2007

    The Chihuahua of the Soul

    The yapping dog that sums up the Mexican experience

  • Books

    April 24, 2007

    Bark Victory

    The Upper West Side goes to the dogs in Cathleen Shine's The New Yorkers

  • Specials

    November 22, 2005
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    August 30, 2005
  • News

    August 16, 2005

    Man's Best Defense

    Tyler Eison turns pit bull pups into deadly weapons

  • NYC Life

    December 30, 2003

    Dog Runs

    Unleash the Hounds

  • Film

    October 3, 2000
  • News

    March 2, 1999

    Technology Goes to the Dogs

    Bless the Beasts — And Wire Them?

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