Photos from DDogNYC Clean-up at Battery Park

This morning we had a very successful Downtown Dog NYC clean up at the Large Lawn in Battery Park! Loads of people and dogs came out to enjoy the beautiful morning and help clean up the park. We even filled up a few holes in the lawn. Here are some pics of the event (mostly post clean-up):

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Our fearless leader, Jason, jumping the fence as his dog Emma is amazed!

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Doggy Love

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Yep – I’ve got the ball!

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Yum – Donuts!

 

First 2014 case of mosquito EEE virus in Massachusetts

What is EEE?

“Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes that can affect people and horses. EEE can also cause disease in captive birds such as the ring-necked pheasant, emu, ostriches, quail and ducks. EEE infection and disease can occasionally occur in other livestock, deer, dogs, other mammals, reptiles and amphibians.” More important info about EEE from ny.gov.

News article from Boston Herald.

Be aware that your dog CAN get bit by mosquitoes and may contract EEE and other viruses and parasites, particularly heartworm. Standing water on the lawn or sidewalks are common breeding areas for mosquito larvae. See graphic:

Pay-what-you-can for Veg/Herb/FLowers at Battery Park’s Urban Farm

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According to DNAInfo: “You don’t have to leave Lower Manhattan to get farm-fresh veggies this summer — but you will have to get your hands dirty. Battery Urban Farm, a 1-acre community garden in Battery Park, is offering visitors the chance to hand-pick a selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers…Every Thursday starting July 3, visitors will be guided through picking a predetermined amount of the week’s best crops, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The farm suggests a $25 donation, but it’s a pay-what-you-can program.” Read More.

Dog Taxis and Transport

taxiUnfortunately, NYC taxis often will not pick up an owner and their dog, especially if you have a big dog. So we’ve put together a list of potential dog taxis and transport options. Some of them can be a bit pricey, so if you’re a member of Zipcar, that might be a better option depending on where you’re going.

Canine Car Service (Alice): 646-641-2271
Tim’s Pet Minivan: 917-449-6610
Pet Chauffeur: 212-696-9744
Pet Taxi (Pete): 212-755-1757 or mobile 917-642-8751

We’ll continue to update the list. You can find it on our Dog Services & Shops section. Feel free to send us any other local dog services you think would be helpful for our community.

NYer of the Week Maintains Dog Run Inside Manhattan Park

In a corner of J. Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights, you will find a little getaway for dogs. It’s also where you’ll likely find the latest New Yorker of the Week: retired electrician Tony Speranza, who doesn’t get paid to maintain a dog run inside J. Hood Wright Park, but he does whatever it takes to keep things running. “It means the world to me,” he says. “It means that the dogs in the neighborhood, my dogs, can run around, get recreation and play with each other, and basically be a dog for an hour a day.”

Watch the video about this inspirational NYer!