Arthur and August, the kittens spotted scurrying around under the third rail at the B/Q stop near Church Avenue last Thursday, have parlayed their mega-stardom into a luxe cardboard cat-tower six-stories high.
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 >>
Local pups bring the cute
The woman who lives down the hall from me in my Crown Heights apartment building is a late-middle-aged Caribbean islander who spent months telling everyone in my building that I was an undercover K-9 cop sent in by the feds to blend in and gather intelligence on any potential drug dealers who may li ... More >>
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 havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>
Today both the New York Daily News and the New York Post featured stories of poor innocent puppies being taken from pet shops by illegal means. Yes, if two's a trend, it seems like we have a puppy problem on our hands. First via the Daily News we learn that two 15-year-olds were arrested yesterday ... More >>
Who’s the fairest dog of all?
Animal Planet, creators of the Puppy Bowl, have done it again. Puppies vs. Babies is a reality.
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 nytimes.com 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 >>
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 >>
This Sunday marked the first ever meet-up of the North Slope Basset Hound Association (NBA, but not that one). Six basset hounds attended the event in Prospect Park, and there was far more cuteness than should exist in one place. The group of hounds and their owners intend to make the meet-ups a re ... More >>
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.
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 >>
via _jennieMarieLawmakers 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 >>
According to a recent AP-Petside.com poll, given the choice of "pet or paramour," most Americans who own pets would choose their "spouse or significant other," but there is an actual a percentage of people -- 14 to be exact -- who would pick their dog or cat or goldfish or ferret instead. Whe ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Here's, courtesy the Guardian, is a wildly amusing as-told-to chat with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, who remains somewhat of an obsession for us these days, in large part due to her obsessions: namely, her cats. Lots of choice lines here, from "I'd sooner talk about my cats than my music" ... More >>
Rescue ChocolateSweet, chocolatey pit bulls.Park Slope has given us numerous whimsical and highly specific food products, but until now, it had not produced a line of chocolate bars inspired in part by feral cats and castration.
via The New York TimesThe catio trend, introduced in The New York Times, is sure to explode in New York because we're all suckers for a good neologism. The same people who live in Nolita, Soho, or Tribeca, wear jeggings, and request Pomtinis at bars will not be able to resist a properly enclo ... More >>
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 >>
I've written up my recent anniversary bash till the cows came home, but I have to dredge it up one more time to remind you that approximately 850 people showed up to toast my dizzy dazzle. And they basically showed up because I asked them to--and in some cases even begged them to.
Big News! Jen and I just managed to hornswoggle our overlord into letting us expense an iPad. We have big plans for it.
We didn't think that many people could spell diarrhea properly, but there it is, the hottest item on Google Trends: "Why Won't My Parakeet Eat My Diarrhea." It's been a Yahoo Answers query since July, but today people are really starting to get into it, and offer helpful answers (" Parakeets ... More >>
Curb Your Enthusiasm's funny Susie Essman had the answer in a performance she gave at a benefit for ChairScholars Foundation the other night (though she was specifically talking about straight guys; Yes, I do cover the other side once in a while).
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 >>
I don't even have a chia pet--or a potted plant--mainly because my fabulous career is so dizzyingly draining, in a richly gratifying way, that I don't want to make time to take care of a whole other entity. I can barely dress myself. But so many people I know--especially lesbians--swear by their pe ... More >>
The Guardian has a video of gawkers at the Banksy Pet Store on Seventh Avenue. Swing music plays in the background because New York is all about brass and Martin Scorsese montages. "I'm still not sure what this place is," says one bright lad, " but it's like one of the coolest art galleries I guess ... More >>
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 >>
A 90-year-old Staten Island man who was mauled by two pit bulls on July 1 has succumbed to his injuries, the Staten Island Advance reports. Port Richmond's Henry Piotrowski had been in Richmond University Medical Center's ICU since the dogs attacked him in his backyard nearly seven weeks ago. The do ... More >>
Yesterday, several New Jersey farms at the greenmarket had Chandler strawberries, an early variety. They were smallish and sweet-tart. We took those puppies home and made shortcakes.
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