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Watch This New Show to Find Out What the Dogs of Tompkins Really Think About You

Something strange is happening in the American psyche right now. Just a few years ago, the heroes of New York City-centric comedy TV were disconnected 20-somethings with suspiciously fancy apartments who wandered the earth clueless as to why no one wanted to date their flawless Tinder profile/soulless body. Now, they’re much tinier creatures that we rarely notice IRL and if we do, we’re like gagging and pointing and screaming: “Gawwwwd, I think that rat is bubonic.”

Hot on the hoofs of Louis CK’s The Secret Life of Pets, and HBO’s Animals (which just returned for season two), a new animated feature from Brooklyn-based animation company Cartuna offers a peek at what these city-dwelling creatures see in us humans. Obviously, it ain’t pretty.

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Dog Days of Fall: 4 Tail-Wagging Events To Bring Your Pup To

(photo: Scott Lynch)

(photo: Scott Lynch)

Dogs, largely considered man’s best friend, will love you essentially no matter what you do. Instead of settling for the fact that a panting creature will be loyal to you just by existing, why not go the extra mile to celebrate pups everywhere at these October doggo gatherings. Whether you’re running around in parks with pooches or observing them from a distance, you’re sure to find something to make you bark with joy. Not so sure how thrilled your dog will be to prance around in a costume all day, but I’m not going to make that call for you.

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Books Signings: Elias Weiss Friedman’s ‘The Dogist’

1439846887-cover-the-dogist-hi-resThe Dogist himself, Elias Weiss Friedman, will be talking with Stacie Grissom of the BarkPost newsletter about the release of The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs. The event is being held in celebration of the book’s release and in recognition of October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so the ASPCA will be there, too, with a few furry friends in need of a home. Strand asks that you please keep your own pooch at home, but BarkBox will be on hand with all the materials you need to make a pup-friendly doggie bag to take home, so you don’t have to feel too bad about Fido missing out. Brews will be on hand from Radiant Pig Craft Beers, so buy a copy of The Dogist or a $15 gift card for admission and stop by Strand for a doggone good time.
See our column Word Up for more of this week’s book signings. 

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Gallery Invites Cats and Dogs to Paws and Reflect On This Pet-Themed Art Work

Photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

“Egyptian Cat” by Nancy Grimes, photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

Call it a pet project. This Sunday, the Mark Miller Gallery will launch a show featuring paintings of cats and dogs, and four-legged gallery goers will be treated to wine and cheese water bowls and dog treats.

Ever since he was a kid, Mark Miller has had a soft spot for animals. “People can’t afford to take care of their dogs and cats,” he told me. “We’ve had a lot of homeless animals in the Lower East Side and it’s caused me to get warm to the whole idea of doing something for dogs and cats.”

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Canines of New York: Tagging Along With The Dogist, a Pup-arazzo Who Hounds Dogs

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J Lo (Photo: The Dogist)

On a Greenwich Village street corner, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman was having trouble getting J Lo’s attention. Her eyes darted restlessly and she wouldn’t stand still. “She’s a real bitch,” said the young man who accompanied her. “She hates cameras.” J Lo was a slender, seven-year-old white Bull Terrier. Finally, after a couple of “C’mon mama, sit down mama”s, she relented and posed.
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Watch: The Costumed Canines of The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Saturday at Tompkins Square Park, the dog days of summer officially ended as canines of all sizes paraded around in the Halloween spirit. With hundreds of pups and twice as many people crowding into the park, no costume went unrepresented.

This year, the contest’s top contenders included a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum, and the obligatory “Barking Bad” duo. Watch our video to see a couple of honorable mentions — the Shake Shack and “The Greatest City in the World” — and many more doggies in disguise.