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Win a Free Photoshoot!

Attention folks who live in the New York City area! Frequent Urban Dog collaborator and photographer extraordinaire, Natalie Siebers, is giving away a free photoshoot!

As a thank you to all of her loyal Instagram supporters (2,000 and counting!) Natalie’s offering Urban Dog readers a chance to win a photoshoot for you and your pet.

This includes a one-hour, on-location session and 20 to 30 high res digital images.

This giveaway is not just limited to dogs… cats, horses, rodents, birds, lizards, snakes … you name it … they are all welcome to enter!

Here are the rules:

  • Follow @natalie_siebers on Instagram
  • Search for and “like” the photo you see above
  • In the comments, tag a friend who owns a pet in the New York City area

For an extra chance to win repost this photo and tag Natalie in it.

This sweepstakes will end April 27, 2017 and the winner will be chosen at random.

Terms: Participants must live in or be able to travel within an hour of Manhattan. Locations of photoshoot will be decided in collaboration with the winner. Photos cannot be used for commercial purposes or resold without approval


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Whimsical Wednesday

Here are some whimsical pictures for a Wednesday.

Nea Savoca (my friend and neighbor from high school!) owns a store with her daughter in Boston called Ash & Rose.

She sent me some pics of a photo shoot they did. Her tri-pawd, Sunny, was a fixture at the shoot.

Sunny and Nea

Nea writes: “We decided to do an Alice and Wonderland shoot and we were doing test shots. Sunny was about 11.  She lost the leg to cancer at 10.  She could still run, dig, hunt etc.  She lived to be 18.”

And here’s a little more about Ash & Rose:
We’re inspired by three core values that guide us in everything we do.

1. SUSTAINABILITY. Every item in our collection is made with the planet in mind, through the use of organic and recycled materials, resource-conscious manufacturing practices, and minimal packaging. We believe that less is more, and we strive to offer high-quality, timeless styles that you’ll love for many seasons to come.

2. FAIR LABOR. We’ll always tell you the full story of where and how our products are made – check the “designer bio” tab on every product page for details. We guarantee that your purchase will never support forced or child labor. We’re proud to offer a wide array of made-in-USA and fair trade artisan goods.

3. EMPOWERING WOMEN. As a women-owned business, we have a special interest in working with designers who employ at-risk women in areas where few opportunities exist. We also care deeply about empowering you, our customer, to make informed decisions about how you shop, and choose products with values that align with your own.

Check it out!

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Apr 15 2017

Ode to Beau


Ode to Beau

Hello Urban Dog readers!

A short while ago I asked folks if they had any stories to share and Mary DeKlyn, a long-time reader of the site forwarded me the heartfelt letter she wrote you see below.

Beau’s pedigree on his Mom’s side is primarily Deewal and on his Dad’s side it’s primarily Du Clos Des Cerberes. His Dad and Mom both had great temperaments. His Dad was a blue ribbon therapy dog; he also had a heart condition at ten years old.

His Mom was a great Mom and Beau was the last of her litter to be adopted at three months old. (Beau died of a heart attack at 13+ years old; Dad’s genes.)


Beau loved to sleep in the closet on my shoes, just as his Mom did with her owner.

When Beau was seven months old, I obtained another Bouvier from good CA and CT stock. A female I named Bijou (from Kenjo’s Bijou Alitiste, Dec.12, 1991). Bijou was relentless with Beau, but he let her have the upper hand and took all of her abuse in stride. But a low, deep growl put Bijou in her place when Beau had enough.

Beau was intelligent, obedient, friendly, athletic (great at Frisbee), and a good watch- dog, but once he assessed any potential danger, if not threatening, he would walk away and relax. Bijou, on the other hand, would bark until the potential danger was no longer.

Beau’s intelligence was obvious in that he had a great attention span. His favorite TV programs were “Wishbone” and any National Geographic animal documentary. He would prop himself up on the love seat and watch intensely. Whenever there was a chase scene of lions after a kill, or bears after salmon, wildebeests migrating, etc. he would stand up on the love seat with his front paws on the arm and follow the scene with intense interest and a bark or two. He would sometimes get off the love seat, past the TV and out the door of the room to see where the lions etc had gone! (Returning with a questioned tilted head.) All I had to say was “Wishbone” is on, or “Want to watch TV?” and he would charge onto the love seat and wait for the program to start.

Beau’s herding instincts were on display whenever we were at the doggie park. Bijou was a socialite, off wandering and playing with other dogs. Beau would socialize when we first arrived at the park, then he would sit himself down and watch the “herd”.

Time to leave and I would call Beau and he would be at my side in a jiffy. I would call Bijou, who was like Alvin the Chipmunk; three calls, each one louder than the last, before she would even look in my direction. I would say, “Okay, Beau, we are leaving and Bijou can stay here.” Beau would look at me, motion his head in Bijou’s direction and I would say, “If you want to.” Beau would then take off and herd Bijou back to me so I could leash her and we all went home together. Must have been their little game.

This article is just a taste of Beau. He was an amazing dog and an amazing Bouvier. I have had three other Bouviers and Beau still has the biggest part of my heart. He was almost human and really my best friend. I swear he understood everything I told him.

I loved him and every one of my Bouviers, and I miss them all, each personality.


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500 Instagram Followers!

Woo hoo! We hit 500 followers on Instagram this week!

Now I know it’s going to drop back down again (people are always dropping off) so help me keep above the magic number and grow to my next milestone: 1,000 followers!

Follow us at @urbandognyc or click here.


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Jun 22 2016

RIP: Sam


RIP: Sam

My parents’ dog Sam died recently. It’s been a sad time here are Urban Dog. Here’s a picture of Sam with his brother Dexter (on the right.)

The Daily Dogs: Dexter and Sam

Sam and Dexter


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Feline Ambassador: Slippers

Urban Dog’s second Feline Ambassador is this gorgeous baby: Slippers.



Slippers’ parents told us: “Slippers was posted on Petfinder in 2002 by her foster mother, Alice, who had rescued Slippers, her sister, and her mom from the local kill shelter. They all had colds and Alice nursed them back to health and posted them for adoption on the site. I made an appointment with Alice and was interviewed to be Slippers’ new mom. I had previously adopted Flip in 1999 from the Connecticut Humane Society and Flip and she welcomed Slippers into our home.  They spent twelve years together until Flip died and we both miss her terribly.”



She continued: “Slippers is eager, curious, loyal, adorable, bold and always hungry. She is always looking for something to “get into” or go under like a blanket or her heated pet bed. Naps are her favorite past time. Slippers’ most quirky characteristic is that she likes to chew on my hair. If we are watching TV on the couch together, she always gets behind me and starts licking and chewing on my hair.  Slippers also has the best whiskers of any cat I know.”
Slippers 2

When asked about the importance of rescuing, Slippers’ mom told us “Rescue was the only way to go for me. I especially wanted to look for a cat or kitten who came from a kill shelter and give her a new lease on life.”  Well, it looks to us like Slippers has landed on her feet!

Slippers 1

Today’s Feline Ambassador is one of the winners of the “Onpets Giveaway.”

Onpets is a one-stop resource for caring humans who treat their companion animals like family members and want reliable, science-based, product-neutral information on cutting edge pet-related topics like aqua therapy, holistic allergy treatments, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology and whether you should give your dog milk, marijuana, or turmeric.  Click here to learn more about Onpets.

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Feline Ambassador: Dharma

Urban Dog is presenting its first ever Feline Ambassador!

In lieu of a Daily Dog, today we introduce you to Dharma, a 15-year-young cat who loves to snuggle with her 3-year-old human brother.

Dharma 5

Dharma’s kittie mom had her third litter while surviving on the streets of Miami when she and all her progeny were rescued and spayed. The young adults found homes and the kittens, including Dharma, all went home together with Dharma’s pet parent until they were old enough to be spayed or neutered and find families of their own. Dharma was re-homed to what was supposed to be her forever home but she was returned to her rescue mom when her adoptive parents got divorced. This time, her rescue mom became her forever mom and Dharma was finally home.



By then, Dharma’s mom had rescued another cat, Damien, who has been Dharma’s loyal companion since 2001. Dharma was a very curious and mischievous kitten, but grew into a calm, cool and collected beauty.  Her favorite pastime is to find cozy and sunny places around the house to nap. She always manages to find the best spots in the house to meditate, coming back to her humans for cuddles and bedtime stories.  She keeps Damien company and makes sure they are within touching distance of each other at all times.  You never know when a good grooming is necessary after a long siesta.

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When asked if Dharma has any quirky characteristics, Dharma’s mom told us “At first, I thought she had a shoe and bag obsession, since she chewed them, but then I realized it wasn’t just about fashion but rather anything leather, vinyl or rubber. We’ve learned to keep all cords away from her if we want to recharge our phones. And kids – Watch those Crocks because she will puncture them for additional ventilation!”

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Dharma has two feline and two human siblings who adore her, including a little boy who serenades her with his guitar and some rough love. Her extra pounds have been very useful as a pillow for her human sibling who thinks she is the best crib accessory. Dharma has been a big sister to dozens of rescues, both dogs and cats, and has managed to keep her matriarchal status through the years, even to two large shepherd mixes.  Now she keeps busy camouflaging herself among stuffed animals or serving as a companion to children who learn about peace and respect from this regal kitty.

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Dharma’s mom told us “I believe in helping those in need and changing the world for one pet at a time. It focuses your energy through positive actions leading to emotional growth, mental stability and a sense of belonging in this world. There is a special connection and bonding that’s created when a pet and human rescue each other, which heals the pet and your mind.  It can be challenging yet very rewarding.”

Today’s Feline Ambassador is one of the winners of the “Onpets Giveaway.”

Onpets is a one-stop resource for caring humans who treat their companion animals like family members and want reliable, science-based, product-neutral information on cutting edge pet-related topics like aqua therapy, holistic allergy treatments, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology and whether you should give your dog milk, marijuana, or turmeric.  Click here to learn more about Onpets.

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