Topic: dogs

The Business Of Putting Dogs Down

The Business Of Putting Dogs Down

It started because my dog had just died, and I was getting all of this mail for him. There was a condolence card from the vet’s office, another card saying the practice had made a donation to a shelter in his name, a few more cards from friends. He never seemed more like a person to me than he did after he died. More »

Why My Dog Was The Best Thing Ever For My Stress

Why My Dog Was The Best Thing Ever For My Stress

I have written on this site before that I do not deal with stress well. And by well, I mean my body takes the stress manifested in my mind and physically uses it to attack me. I get rashes, horrible acid reflux, sometimes my hair falls out, my eyes do weird things and of course, there was that time I got shingles. And if I am not physically getting sick I am often ripping hang nails off my fingers to a disturbing point. I’ve been told to go to yoga, see a shrink, run more (my mother), go to Pilates, eat healthier (my mother), drink more water, stop eating candy (again, my mother) and many other things. I’ve probably only tried half. But the thing that helped me the most, believe it or not, was meeting a 3 pound Yorkshire Terrier puppy who would come to be known as Otis. More »

RuffCity Founders Give Us The Truth About Working With Those Famous NYC Dogs

RuffCity Founders Give Us The Truth About Working With Those Famous NYC Dogs

If you’re a dog owner who doesn’t work from home, you know one of the hardest parts of your day is leaving your pooch to go off to work (personally I may have cried a bit the first time I left my puppy at home by himself.) And unfortunately, for most city dwellers, you can’t stick your pet in your nice fenced-in yard so they are stuck in the apartment. That is why in most cities, especially New York, you may find yourself crossing the street with a dog walker and one, two or six of their charges. With approximately 600,000 dogs living in NYC, dog walking is a pretty good business to be in. We were lucky enough to talk to two young women, Heather Doll and Stacia Anderson, who started their own dog walking business, RuffCity, in 2010. They opened up about the difference between New York City dogs (and their owners), the challenges of canine clients and Hurricane Sandy. More »