Albert the Dog at JackRabbit
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Review: JackRabbit Sports

TREATS:  N/A

BELLY-RUB POTENTIAL:  3 out of 4

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My People and I have different notions of what “running” means. The Lady’s concept of running is going straight from point A to point B without stopping to look at or smell anything. I don’t think She truly enjoys running, but it is exercise, and it is free, so She does it now and then.

In the early days of our relationship, I used to try to accompany Her, thinking that maybe I could teach her to enjoy running more. Unfortunately, she did not go fast enough for me and proved unable to adapt to my program: Continue reading

Albert the Dog at Bottlerocket Wine, NYC
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Review: Bottlerocket Wine and Spirit

TREATS:  4 out of 4

BELLY-RUB POTENTIAL:  4 out of 4

Last week, the Lady and I paid a visit to Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, a shop that sells wine, a/k/a fermented grape juice, which for some unfathomable reason many humans enjoy drinking. Grapes are toxic for dogs, so I steer clear of them even in their recognizable form, let alone after they’ve been mashed up and lying around in a barrel for years. But I gave up trying to understand human peculiarities long ago.

Besides, I don’t mind if a shop is selling mashed-up grapes when it’s such a welcoming place for little old me to visit.

The purple beacon of pet-friendliness.

The purple beacon of pet-friendliness.

Bottlerocket is an easy walk from two dog runs (Madison Square Park and Union Square), so we dogs can get a little off-leash running and socializing before our people stock up on wine and other adult beverages like fancy bourbon and gin.

Upon entering, I was immediately and warmly greeted by some Bottlerocket humans, who appear to be selected primarily for their willingness to play with dogs. The Lady assumes they are also required to have some knowledge of wine and retail skills, but She and I are fairly certain the first question on the employment application is, “Why and to what extent do you love dogs? Please respond using specific reasons and examples.”

Near the entrance was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen:

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Review: Kiehl’s

TREATS:  1 out of 4

BELLY-RUB POTENTIAL:  3 out of 4

The Lady says that this is the original location of this store, which appears to sell fluids and creams that humans like to put on themselves.

They have some interesting decor here as well. But for some reason I can’t fathom, they have a lot of bones on display, none of which I was allowed to chew.  This makes no sense.

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Albert the Dog at Union Square Greenmarket, NY
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Review: Tamarack Hollow Farm, Union Square Greenmarket

Treats:  3 out of 4

Belly-Rub Potential:  1 out of 4

My People belong to Tamarack Hollow‘s C.S.A. program, so I accompany the Lady to the Union Square Greenmarket whenever she goes to pick up vegetables and eggs.  Unlike some of the stores we visit, which keep canisters of dog treats on hand for canine visitors, the Greenmarket is more like an unpredictable smorgasbord of seasonal produce.  Of course, the only treats here are the ones on the ground.  Sometimes I get lucky and find a carrot or a Brussels sprout.  Today I managed to eat a whole (small) potato before the Lady even noticed.

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