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Dog Friendly Miami: Standard on the Green

This past weekend we stumbled across Standard on the Green in downtown Miami on Biscayne Boulevard under the Metromover station at Bayfront Park. Standard on the Green is an event for people and pooches sponsored by The Standard Hotel. It’s our fave dog-friendly hotel in Miami Beach. Here are some pics from this event.

Standard on the Green Dog Friendly Miami Urban Dog

Dog Massage


Standard on the Green Dog Friendly Miami Urban Dog

A Mixer for Humans and Canines


Standard on the Green Dog Friendly Miami Urban Dog

Standard on the Green


Standard on the Green Dog Friendly Miami Urban Dog

Waiting for a Dog Massage


Standard on the Green Dog Friendly Miami Urban Dog

Big Dog!


Standard on the Green Dog Friendly Miami Urban Dog

A Mixer for Canines and Humans

Categories: Dog Friendly, Dog Friendly Florida, Events, Miami, Miami Beach

Jeff Koons’ Porcelain “Balloon Dog” Shatters!

Miami Art Week got off to a “smashing” success!

ArtNet reports that a miniature porcelain version of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” fell out of its case and shattered on the ground. They write that “… Koons’s record-breaking giant balloon dogs have fetched upwards of $58 million, the miniatures go for $8,000 or $9,000, depending on the color variation.”

Here’s an Instagram of the dog before it was put down.


You can read the whole story at ArtNet.

Categories: Art Basel, Miami, Miami Beach

Photographer Natalie Siebers

The multi-day art extravaganza known as Miami Art Week (or simply “Art Basel”  for the art show that started it all) begins tonight in Miami. For the better part of a week, the city plays host to dozens of art shows and hundreds of parties and events. The focal point is the huge Art Basel | Miami Beach show running from November 30 through December 4 at the Miami Beach convention center. Bodhi and I will be roaming the city and if we see any dog-related works to share with you, we’ll post about them.

We’re going to use Art Basel as an excuse do several posts about art and dogs.

To start, we want to introduce you to the artistry of a young photographer from the New York area, Natalie Siebers. We love her work and wanted you to see some great examples of her photographs below.

Natalie Siebers Urban Dog

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Natalie studied Art and Zoology in college and you can see how her love for animals and art shines in her photos.

Photograph: Natalie Siebers Urban Dog

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Natalie says: “The two most important rules to follow when photographing animals are to be patient and to not get frustrated. Another important thing is being able to anticipate an animal’s behavior and position yourself to capture it.”

Natalie Siebers Urban Dog

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Natalie Siebers Urban Dog

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Below is a shot of Natalie’s pooch, Sophie. According to Natalie, she’s a mix between a Guinea Pig and Yoda:

“She is the best companion I could ever ask for. I like to say she adopted me. During my second year of college, there was a puppy mill raided near my hometown and my friends took her in. She was only three pounds and six-weeks-old when we met and from that moment on she insisted on being by my side and strongly protested any time she wasn’t. Six years later, not much has changed.”

Natalie Siebers Urban Dog

Photograph: Natalie Siebers


Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Natalie is going to work with Urban Dog from time to time, providing us with photo illustrations for some of our posts. We are very excited to see what the future holds!

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

Natalie Siebers Urban Dog

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

The photo below is a sneak peak from this Sunday’s edition of Clark Beasley’s Breed of the Week column. This week, he and Natalie profile one of the oldest and most beautiful breeds known: the Afghan Hound.

Afghan Hound (Photo: Natalie Siebers)

Photograph: Natalie Siebers

To see more of Natalie’s work click here to go to her website.

Categories: Art Basel, Miami, Miami Beach, Natalie Siebers, New York, New York City, Photography

UPDATED: New York City Dogs v. Miami Beach Dogs

We’ve been in Miami Beach for about a year now. I think I definitely have a sense of a place now. One thing I’ve noticed is that Miamians and New Yorkers have very different attitudes about their dogs.

Here are some of the things I, and other transplanted New Yorkers, have observed…


Miami Beach dogs go: “Guau! Guau!”

New York City dogs say: “Bow wow!”

Most Popular Breeds

According to the American Kennel Club, New York City and Miami have fairly similar taste in pure breed dogs.

New York City

  1. French Bulldog
  2. English Bulldog
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. German Shepherd Dog
  5. Golden Retriever


  1. German Shepherd Dog
  2. French Bulldog
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Rottweiler
  5. English Bulldog


English Bulldog Urban Dog

English Bulldogs are Popular in Miami and NYC


New York dogs seem to be better socialized than Miami Beach dogs. I think that’s because outside life for New York dogs occurs on busy city sidewalks and in dog parks where they encounter other canines all the time. Miami doesn’t have the same street life that NYC does, hence dogs here don’t have much opportunity to meet other dogs.

Dog Parks

Dog parks in New York are busy!

dog personality

New York City’s Tompkins Square Dog Run

Miami dog parks always appear to me to be largely empty. The only exception to this so far, is the dog beach / dog park in Haulover. That one is dog heaven!

Haulover Beach Dog Park, Miami

Haulover Beach Dog Park, Miami

Saying “Hello”

In New York, when people approach me and Bodhi, they ask: “Can I pet your dog?” In Miami, they ask: “Does your dog bite?”  I’m like “Wha’?!!?! Who would this cutie-patootie ever bite?”


Bodhi: “I would never bite you.”

Al Fresco

Dogs are very welcome in outdoor cafes in Miami. Until recently it was against the law for dogs to sit in outdoor cafes in New York City. A new law went into effect this spring. Rob, a friend of Urban Dog who has apartments in both cities, says about half of the outdoor cafes in his NYC neighborhood are letting dogs share space with humans. He points out that NYC outdoor spaces tend to be much smaller than Miami outdoor seating areas, likely making it more difficult for restaurants in the Big Apple to accommodate dogs.

Going Shopping

Dogs appear to be much more welcome in retail establishments in Miami than in New York City. I’ve seen dogs in retailers as divergent as the Apple Store on Lincoln Road to Publix (Yes! I’ve seen dogs in grocery stores on three different occasions so far!) In New York, I pretty much only saw dogs at the hardware store, the bank, and in pet stores. (Rob disagrees with me on this one. He lives on the UWS, we lived downtown. I wonder if that makes a difference.)

Rhodesian Ridgeback Legend at the Miami Beach Apple Store

Rhodesian Ridgeback Legend at the Miami Beach Apple Store


New Yorkers are much better about picking up their dogs’ poop than Miamians.  From what I’ve seen, there are many Miamians who disregard local laws, leaving their dogs’ deposits all over the place. This happens despite the fact that the city provides free poop bags everywhere! Take a look at the picture below and read my earlier post about this topic by clicking here.

WTF? This dog walker couldn't be bothered to walk three feet to get a poop bag?

What!?!? This Miami Beach dog walker couldn’t be bothered to walk three feet to get a poop bag?

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls are against the law in Miami-Dade county. They are legal in New York City.

Miami: DANGER!

Miami: DANGER! (Boo!)

Despite that, I see Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes everywhere in Florida. (Hurray for Pit Bulls! They are such sweeties! We had three wonderful Pitties as neighbors in New York. Check out this list of myths about Pit Bulls from PetFinder.)

New York Pit Bull Bambi

New York City Pit Bull Bambi

Family v. Pet

New Yorkers seem to treat their dogs more like “family members.” Miamians seem to treat them more like pets or property.

If you are a Floridian in New York… or a transplanted New Yorker in Florida, and you’ve noticed differences please send them to us at Urban Dog. Click here.

Categories: Miami, Miami Beach, New York, New York City

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

We went to the Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo yesterday.

Here are a few pictures of some of the attendees.

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo


Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo


Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo


Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo


Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo


Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo


Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Miami / Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

Categories: Miami

Animal Rights and the Race for President

I am going to re-post, in full, an article from the Pet MD website regarding the race for President of the United States of America. New Yorkers and Miamians, if you are not registered to vote or you want to apply for an absentee ballot, click here (for NYC) and here (for Miami-Dade.)

The 2016 election has become one of the most heated and divisive primaries in American history.

But no matter which party you align with, all animal-loving voters should be aware of the stances their candidates take in regards to animal rights and humane policies that protect pets.

So how do the presidential and vice presidential candidates stack up when it comes to historical pet-friendliness and all-around animal activism? Here are some of the major things to know:

Hillary Rodham Clinton:

The Democratic presidential nominee has an entire page on her website about how she plans to “promote animal welfare and protect animals from cruelty and abuse.”

One of the bullet points of Clinton’s promises says that, as President, she would “Protect pets and domesticated animals by making sure facilities like animal breeders, zoos, and research institutions create plans to protect the animals in their care during disasters; strengthen regulations of ‘puppy mills’ and other harmful commercial breeding facilities; and support the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act.”

During her time in the Senate, Clinton co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007, as well as a bill to amend the Horse Protection Act.

Clinton, a pet parent to three dogs (Seamus, Maisie, and Tally), has previously received a perfect score from the Humane Society’s Legislative Fund. In a press release in 2007 for the HSLF, Clinton said, “Our policies should reflect the important role that animals play in our lives and our environment. I believe we should treat animals humanely and that is why I support anti-cruelty laws.”

Donald Trump:

To date, the Republican party nominee has not taken a stance on animal rights or freedoms throughout his campaign.

While Trump—who reportedly has a dog named Spinee—did listen to the pleas of animals rights activists and shut down a cruel horse diving act in Atlantic City, his other actions regarding animal rights haven’t been as helpful.

Trump took to Twitter to express his disappointment in Ringling Brothers for getting rid of their elephants and has been a vocal supporter of his sons and their big game hunting in Africa.


Tim Kaine:

Clinton’s running mate has not done animal rights work that has received national attention (yet), nor did he garner nearly as positive a score from the HLSF (he was given a paltry 38 percent during the 113th Congress in Review). But, the vice presidential candidate did made his mark when he was the governor of Virginia.

In a recent blog post from the Richmond SPCA, Kaine is applauded for being “a compassionate and unpretentious friend to animals.” Kaine and his family not only adopted their dog—a terrier mix named Gina—from the facility, but the rescue organization notes that Kaine “has been a great friend to the Richmond SPCA over many years and has helped to make our community one of the most progressive and life saving ones in the country for homeless animals.”

Kaine, who calls himself an “avid outdoorsman,” says on his own website that he was pleased to pass a new farm bill in 2014 with his colleagues.

Mike Pence:

Trump’s pick for running mate, Pence was given a 0 percent approval rating in the 2012 HSLF scorecard for taking anti-animal stances on both the Hunting in National Parks vote and the Emotional Support Animals vote.

Though the Indiana Governor has three pets in total, a dog (named Maverick) and two cats (named Oreo and Pickle) and welcomed Blue Buffalo with open arms to his state, he has a 4 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservative Voters for environmental issues, including wildlife.

Whether or not animal rights will impact your vote on November 8, it’s always better to be informed on where politicians stand in regards to issues that are near and dear to you.

Categories: Florida, Miami, New York, New York City

Best Urban Areas for Dogs

New York Magazine did a story on the “Best and Worst Cities to be a Dog.”

Here are three of their findings:

  • Worst: Dog Parks Are Scarce in Seattle
  • Best: Dogs Can Get Weed in Los Angeles
  • Worst: Buying a Pet Dog Is Illegal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Miami and New York have their spots on the list:

Best: Poop Gets DNA-Tested in Miami

Innocent dogs (and their owners) can now breathe easy. The residents of Miami Beach’s Yacht Club at Portofino condo complex were getting fed up with its smelly, dog-poop-strewn hallways. “It was an embarrassment,” says Ron Ben-David, the complex’s general manager. So they teamed up with DNA pet-waste-management service PooPrints; dog owners must now hand over a sample of their dog’s DNA — usually just a cheek swab — to be sent off to PooPrints, which registers each pet. In the case of any unscooped mess, landlords can send the feces to the lab, which IDs the offender. The system has worked: “There is a greater awareness that Captain Ron — that’s what they call me — is here watching the ship,” says Ben-David. “We’re hoping that one day the City of Miami Beach mandates this.” But, he adds, “one dog owner has been caught six times. You would think after paying the $1,500 in fines they’re thinking, I better walk my dog a little more often.


Bodhi Better not Poop Near Portofino

And in New York:

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Go Off-Leash
The best dog park depending on whether your pup prefers … A super-squad

West Village D.O.G. is a members-only dog run on West 12th Street capped at about 300 dogs that attracts celebrities and often has a waiting list. Users enter with a key, and the run is stocked with squeaky toys, poop bags, hand sanitizer, and first-aid supplies.

Read the whole story here to see what’s good and bad in other cities.

Categories: Miami, Miami Beach, New York City

The Daily Dogs: Aquiles & Maximus

These two statuesque beauties are Aquiles and Maximus.

Aquiles and Maximus

Aquiles and Maximus

Aquiles is the beige one, he’s thirteen-years-old. Maximus is a baby! He’s only nine-months-old.

Their mom Bettina is another statuesque beauty! She’s a dancer and choreographer with the New Century Dance Company. You can learn more about the company here.

And just ’cause we can… here’s a baby pic of Maximus!

Baby Maximus

Baby Maximus

Categories: Miami, Miami Beach, The Daily Dog, The Daily Dog

The Daily Dog: Beau Handsome

Today’s Daily Dog is Beau Handsome.

Beau Handsome

Beau Handsome


Who does he look like?

The Urban Dog, of course!


Right down to the spots on the snout! The resemblance is uncanny!

Beau Handsome

Beau Handsome

His mom, Mandy, told us his story:

Beau Handsome Underwood Diaz was found in a parking garage by a dear friend on Ocean Drive with a badly burned back. We think he was around three-months-old when he was found. He had also contracted Parvo along the way but survived: a few weeks later we were chosen as the pawfect parents!  He came home and had a brother, grandparents, and a whole bunch of people to love him. Today we think he is a year-and-five-months old. He loves going to sound checks and event set-ups with his mom and dad. He goes to daycare to play and has a great social life as well. His name technically is Beau Handsome Underwood Diaz Bali Galindo (LOL) in honor of his uncles that found him.

Categories: Miami, Miami Beach, The Daily Dog, The Daily Dog