Good morning, friends. Today I am introducing another new feature (I am still figuring out what I am doing here, so you may see a few “new features” popping up this month).
Each month, I will reveal my five current favorite New Yorkers. These choices are based on this dog’s opinion of each candidate’s dog friendliness, canine advocacy, good-eggishness, and general New Yorkitude.
In no particular order and without further ado…
Albert the Dog’s 5 Favorite New Yorkers for November
1. Sergeant Barbara A. Thomas—Sergeant Barbara Thomas is a human female and is Commanding Officer of the NYPD Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad. She says that if someone is being cruel to animals, there’s a good chance that person is cruel to people, too. The Lady imagines Sergeant Barbara is like the Olivia Benson of ACIS. Do not mess with her. As if her police work weren’t enough, Sergeant Barbara also volunteers her free time to help shelter animals find homes. Now that I’ve made you feel bad for spending your free time reading a blog written by a dog instead of saving the world’s puppies, you can at least follow her @NYPDPaws.
2. Bobby Gagnon—Mr. Bobby Gagnon, a human male from Brooklyn, may be my most controversial choice. He is the owner of The Gate, a bar in Park Slope, and he is currently fighting the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in order to continue permitting dogs in his bar, which does not serve food and thus, he says, should not be subject to the same rules as restaurants. You can read more about it here. I do not understand all of this political stuff, but I know that the Guy likes to drink beer, and if he wants to go to a bar to drink beer, it would be nice if I could go with him in case I have a sudden need to have my belly scratched.
3. Caroline Wozniacki—Ms. Caroline Wozniacki is a human Danish female professional tennis ball
fetcher player. When she’s not traveling the world in search of tennis balls or, she sometimes stays in New York with her dog Bruno, who apparently plays for the Danish national football team. I guess he’s not that great, since Denmark didn’t even make it to the World Cup Finals in Brazil (better luck next time, Bruno). On Sunday, Ms. Caroline ran her first marathon right here in the New York City Marathon, completing the route in 3 hours, 26 minutes, and 33 seconds. If she were an Alaskan Husky that would be no big deal, but for a human, that’s a very impressive feat. Plus she did it while raising money for Team for Kids. So I guess she is a friend to both dogs and kids.
4. John Oliver—Mr. John Oliver is a human English male professional funny person who lives with a dog named Hoagie. Mr. Oliver did a great service to bored humans and to canine actors last month when he created courtroom footage starring dogs to make Supreme Court proceedings more entertaining. Even human Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was amused.
There you have it, readers! If you have nominations for December, please make your case in the comments, and I’ll consider them for next month’s list.