Thursday, August 31, 2006

Willamena is on Dogster!
All the dogs are doing it. But when her boyfriend Otis got one, Willamena couldn't wait any longer. She just had to sign up. You can read her BLOG on her dogster account. She is loving it so far. Within two minutes of posting her first blog, two doggies asked to be her friend, writing "you look like fun! Want to be friends?" But don't worry. Mena will still visit this site. And she promises more often than she has been in the past!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A couple of Uptown Girls


Dscn0740 I guess he is right. I should darken my eyebrows.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Coming soon- details of Mena's visit to some famous NYC landmarks

Chryslermena Menamuseum Columbusmena

Sunday, August 06, 2006

We start in Times Square:

Menatimes MenabucksPeople often ask me how I keep a dog, especially a 75-pound lab-mutt, in my small New York City apartment. Willamena might not have a backyard, a patio or even 400-square-feet of open space to chase her tail, but does she does have all of New York City. We live between Riverside Park and Central Park,

Strawberrymena Centralstatue

Mena enjoys the seasons in Central Park.


so we visit both of those on a daily basis. Riverside Park is home to several dog runs, plus in Central Park, dogs can be off leash from 9pm to 9am.

Centralbridge_1 Nycmarathon Mena enjoying the view and at the25 mile point of the 2005 NYC Marathon
I was concerned about the small apartment, no tail wagging space as well. But over the past eight years somehow the two of us have been able to survive in our cubby-hole spaces across several cities. It turns out dogs feel safe in small spaces while owners are away. Actually my dog must think my apartment is too big- she likes to make her space even smaller by retreating to sleeping in the bathroom. As for having a dog in an urban area, trainer for the stars Brian Kilcommons told me city living for a dog is never boring- the everchaning sights, smells and new friends. During an interview to promote his book "Metro-Dog: A Guide to Raising Your Dog in the City", Kilcommons taught me how to get my dog to come if she ever got away. He said if your dog is running north, then you run south at a top rate of speed. Laugh, clap your hands. He says dogs hate to miss out on fun and will happily come after you. It worked again for me today in Central Park as the clock was about to strike 9am.