Westminster Kennel Club 137th Annual Dog Show – My Quick Visit

A good friend of mine scored tickets to the Westminster Dog Show this year, so when she asked if I wanted to go, of course I said, ‘YES!  FUN!’ [enthusiasm]

But alas, by the time we arrived, a lot of the events had already finished so we only got to see a handful of dogs.   It was a little disappointing  because I really wanted to see the handlers, wearing their beautiful suits, glide across the velvety carpet with their perfectly groomed dogs.  Even so, I still had a blast meeting a few dogs that stuck around to the last hour.

My favorite discovery was learning that not only are these dogs well trained and fabulously groomed, they also had really great personalities.  I like to think that’s part of the criteria for being Best In Show.  The dog doesn’t just need to perform well on the day of the competition, but it has to be a great dog all around.  Personality, looks, physique – the whole kit and caboodle.  And I’m sure these dogs wouldn’t be so great, unless they had really great masters to take such good care of them.

Dogs bring us so much joy, but they’re also a lot of work.  I can only imagine the effort these handlers put into these competitions.  The time, the money, the emotional investment – it’s a lot to put in.  But I’m sure that most of these competitors do it out of love for their dogs and after all the sweat and tears – still feel greatly rewarded, even if they don’t win that first prize ribbon.

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A Dog Holiday Party – Deck the Balls

Deck the balls with rows-of-pup-pies, fa la la la la-lalalalaaa!   We’re so happy our holiday party was a hit!

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Biscuit and Dakota pose with three ladies that can’t get enough of them. We asked for their autographs, too.

Last Saturday, Waggit and our pals from School for the Dogs held a jolly get-together at their training spot in the East Village neighborhood of New York.  Serving up some mini hotdog pastry puffs, sparkling apple cider, and a slew of dog friendly giveaways, humans with pinkies and dogs with paws had a great time hanging out, chatting about our dogs, and taking in some holiday cheer.  Dressed up in his festive red hoodie, Amos, the resident pup at School for the Dogs was a very gracious host.  Thanks for sharing your dog house with us, Amos!

Some of the many prizes were a Waggit t-shirt, a bottle of Hudson Valley Whiskey, a 3-month Barkbox subscription, and free dog-training lessons by Anna Grossman, lead trainer at School for the Dogs.  Not too shabby, if you ask us!  We also gave out bags of Old Mother Hubbard Dog treats.  Did you know that over 80 years ago, Old Mother Hubbard was originally made for sailors, but ended up being more popular as a treat for dogs?  I guess that means the treats really ARE good enough to eat!  If you don’t believe us, read more about the Old Mother Hubbard story here.

Old Mother Hubbard, BarkBox and Waggit sharing some holiday joy.  Oh, don't forget the poop bags.

Old Mother Hubbard, BarkBox and Waggit sharing some holiday joy. Oh, don’t forget the poop bags.

One of the highlights of the party was when Anna shared her dog training expertise in positive reinforcement.  The combination of treats and repetition taught Amos how to use an iPAD!

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Amos using an iPad to answer some “Yes” or “No” questions.  “Hey Amos, am I the prettiest girl in the entire world?” Despite his sometimes brutal answers, we know they were 100% honest.

For more pictures from the Deck the Balls Party, come like our Waggit facebook page. We promise to brighten up your day with cute and uplifting dog photos.  It’s also a great way to keep up with all that’s going on in the world of Waggit.

Anyone interested in another party around Valentines Day?  Craving some puppy luv?  Let us know and we’ll make it happen.

Happy Holidays!

East Village Holiday Dog Party

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East Village Holiday Dog Party

Celebrate the holidays and get some free dog training tips at School for the Dogs.

Giveaways, prizes, food and best of all – friends that love dogs will be waiting.

Dogs optional 😀

School for the Dogs is at 3rd Ave btn 17th and 18th St.

New York Pets and Hurricane Sandy – A Special Benefit

A special fundraiser to help raise money for New York pets effected by Hurricane Sandy is coming up this Wednesday,  November 7th at 8pm.  If you’re in Greenpoint, stop by to meet some fellow animal lovers, listen to some great music and support a much good cause!

“New York City’s animals were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Fosters and pet owners have found themselves having to surrender pets in their care. There was a long power outage at Animal Care and Control, resulting in many animals stuck on the ACC’s Kill List. Many local rescues sustained extensive damage to their facilities. This all has resulted in many homeless animals at risk of being euthanized. ”

Sandy Animal Relief

Buy tickets/donate and more info here:

http://www.eventbee.com/v/sandy

https://www.facebook.com/notes/adopt-ny/the-adopt-ny-hurricane-sandy-relief-fund/516723935006979

Meet the foster pet of your dreams through the Adopt NY site here:

http://www.adoptny.org/browse/

 

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East Village Tompkins Square Dog Parade – Perfect Weather, Perfect Dogs.

What do you get when you combine dogs, Victoria Secret models, aliens and drag queens?  The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, of course!  I know we’ve been writing a lot about dogs and Halloween, but we just had to share some more photos from this years event.

Dog Halloween

Great day to get out and do something fun with your dog.

A week and a half before Halloween, the event had perfect weather, smiling faces and a ton of dogs dressed to impress, make you giggle and appreciate how dogs can bring people together.  People of all ages and backgrounds took pride is getting their dogs in the spotlight and a chance to win some fun prizes from local dog companies like EverMore pet food and Barkbox.com.

The $5 admission fee went towards maintaining the dog run as one of the most well kept dog spots for the folks in the East Village.  A good cause and some great fun.  Can’t wait till next year.

Be warned, the cuteness factor is off the charts.

Evita Dog

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – the truth is – this dress itches.

Dog Skeleton

Do you think he’s got skeletons in his closet?

Tired Dog

You are getting sleeeeeepy. Very sleeeepy.

Butterfly Dog

I’m not sure the wings could support a successful flight.

Drag Queen Dog

Honey, you never looked better.

Wonder Woman Dog

They could both do a Pantene commercial.

And last but not least …

Dog Butt

Have we met? You look familiar. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife?

For more photos, checkout our Facebook Album.

Are you and your dog prepped for the actual day of Halloween?

 

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Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park – Brace yourself.

The sound of crinkling leaves, the smell of apple cider and the switch to the warmer jacket can only mean one thing.  Fall is here.

Before we start seeing the Christmas trees in department stores (I’ve already spotted an isle of Christmas ornaments at Costso) and booking our end of year travel plans, there’s one day that just cannot be overlooked on behalf of our dogs – Halloween!

Dog Halloween

I think this dog is allergic to shellfish.

In the spirit of laughter, community and sheer awesomeness – lots of communities host Halloween costume parades for their dogs.   Tompkins Square Park has one of the original dog runs in the country and hosts one of the most photographed dog events of the year.

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Organized by Friends of First Run, the Halloween dog parade has grown into a tradition that attracts families, dog product vendors and adoption centers from around the city.  And of course, the herald of the day – the main event – our beloved dogs in costume, making us squeal and cheer for our favorites.  This year, the 22nd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will be on Saturday, October 20th at noon on East 9th street between Avenue A and B.  Winners in a ton of categories, prizes, and of course – some really awesome dogs.  There’s no end to the creativity behind these costumes.

For more photos, check out this Buzzfeed article from last year.  Here’s some other fun Halloween dog events in New York:

Just one more….

Gone With the Wind Dog

‘Oh Rhett, does this dress make me look fat?’

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Fundraiser for Animal Haven – Our Rufftop BBQ was a hit!

As the season of flip flops and slurpees come to and end, we couldn’t think of a better send-off than a second “Ruff”top Party to benefit a good cause.

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Shout-outs to our Waggit greeters, Linda and Alice!

Teaming up with our pals at Barkbox, the fundraiser was to raise money for for Animal Haven. Animal Haven is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of abandoned cats and dogs throughout the tri-state area. Their adoption center/boutique pet store is located in Soho which makes a great hub for finding great pets who need forever homes while shopping for some great pet products.

Burgers, kimchi hot dogs and beer were enjoyed while we raffled off a 3 month subscription to Barkbox and a basket of Burt’s Bees and L’Occitane to our awesome supporters. Barkbox is a monthly subscription of curated dog goodies delivered right to your door. 10% of their earnings go to a local animal shelter and rescue. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to help sponsor this event.

Everyone capped off their week with good food, great company, and a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline.

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Congratulations to our lucky winner!  He’s got 3 months of Barkbox goodies coming his way!

If you are interested in donating to Animal Haven, please checkout their website at animalhavensheter.org. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for waggit.com to mingle with awesome dogs in your New York area.