Sophie Nila was born on a warm afternoon in May off a country road in the Catskills. Being the pick of the litter of the females she earned the title of 'Gisele'. She now enjoys her central park west apartment and enjoys ball throwing, beef jerky & classical music. She does not appreciate rain but loves eating snow. A therapy dog who loves all who she meets.

**owned by Edith**



Dexter was born somewhere in NJ and was adopted by a family with 2 kids and 2 small dogs. At 6 months they decided to give him up with the excuse that they were moving. From what I can tell, they never moved and he probably got too big for them to manage. Oh, and his name was Snoopy. He then got picked up by a rescue and placed in a foster house, which turned out to be really full, do he then moved to another foster home in NJ. We read about him online and adopted him 3 weeks back. 

As you know, he's a really fun and goofy pup. We still have a ways to go with training him but I think this will be the first time that he's ever had any training. He's great with kids and loves a good belly rub anytime. 

**owned by Sho**



Kaya is a soon to be 13 year old lab with a severely distinguished white face.  She loves eating and sleeping (these days more than ever).  Like most older, big dogs her arthritis is pretty advanced, but she takes it all in stride.  She also still loves her romps in Central Park, camping, swimming and frequent trips back to her hometown of Philadelphia.  Kaya’s taken to eating massive amounts of Central Park dirt in her old age and her owner doesn’t mind as it seems to regulate the old lady/grandma (two of her least loved nicknames).  She can often be found begging for treats on the Great Hill and acquiring several fingers in the process.  She means no harm and likes to blame her owner (art teacher and artist)  for not training her properly. 

Alvie is a true New Yorker, named after Woody Allen’s character in Annie Hall.  Being that she’s female, the ‘y’ was changed to an ‘ie’ in an effort to fem it up a bit.  Alvie loves just about everything and everyone and could probably be considered one of the happiest dogs on the planet.  The two and a half year old sister to Kaya is known for her full body wiggle and cuteness.  Other than eating, her favorite pastime is getting attention.  Like Kaya, she also loves the park, camping, swimming and trips to Philly to visit her cousin, Haydn.  Although, she doesn’t love sleep quite as much as her older sister- Alvie’s been known to be awake and staring at her mom well before the weekday alarm goes off at 5:30am. 

Both beautiful dogs live with their mom, Sara, who besides being a dog mom is also an art teacher and artist.                 



Born a poor black dog in North Carolina; Buddy Wolfgang Sherman was scooped up by North Shore Animal League out on Long Island but knew the 'burbs just weren't his style. Being a keen negotiator, Buddy made the rounds at all of NYC's finest mobile adoption centers where he swiftly commanded the attention of the Sherman Family and worked out a deal at the ripe old age of 4 weeks. Love at first sight, Buddy hasn't looked back since. A stoop dog at heart when he's not on Central Park's Great Hill, Buddy gives great lessons on perspective, and shakes down anyone with a treat! If wealth were measured in love, devotion, and affection, Buddy surely would be rolling in more than nature's best, but alas... Love is what we've got to give to our poor black dog... Our Buddy.

**owned by Lily, Lisa and Michael**



Sparky may have been the runt of the litter but she's still a scrappy little Jack Russell at heart. She is a Harlem resident that moved from CT a year ago. You can see Sparky's odd little gait in Central Park and near Morningside Park. She is obsessed with carrying sticks that are three times her length and loves to play chew Porter's head on a daily basis. Her best trick is to ring a bell hanging from her apartment front door if she needs to go out. Although she is fearless with big dogs, she always pees all over herself when she sees her buddy Fred

**owned by Donna and Kelsey**



Shiva is also known as "Shiva-Diva", and "How Much Shit Can A Shitzu Shit?". She  can be seen prancing happily along the streets of the Upper West Side and in Central Park. She is the world's most frustrated squirrel hunter since she has never been able to chase one down successfully with her little tiny legs. However, during breakfast she never fails to get her owner to feed her off his plate when she looks at him with her big sad eyes. One out of two ain't bad. 

**owned by Ed and Susanna**



Warning: Don't let this dog's happy-go-lucky persona and liquid brown eyes fool you! He is a diabolical chocolate lab only pretending to be a goofy dog! Here is the evidence:

Fact: If marrying his Chuck-It wasn't illegal in 49 out of the 50 States, he wouldn't living in sin. However, he is seriously considering eloping to West Virginia so he and his ball thrower can live in legal wedded bliss.

Fact: He has trained his people to take him to Central Park EVERYDAY and throw balls for him with his beloved Chuck-It. He has also trained them to yell at him from far away while he chews branches and sticks he is saving to vomit up later.

Fact: Cooper has a secret stash of forbidden cats hidden behind his living room couch.

Fact: He speaks 9 languages, and likes to smoke Cuban cigars. 

Fact: Cooper is...the most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty my friends. 

So there you have it! If you see this dog on the street, DON'T LOOK HIM IN THE EYES.

**owned by Michelle and Francis**


Shadow: Salty Dog of the Seven Seas

Shadow was born aboard the S.S. Beagle a ship more famous for its scientist, Charles Darwin, than its dogs. It's a little known fact that Darwin's eight dogs helped him develop his theory of evolution. They are the unsung heroes of the S.S. Beagle. Shadow was not one of those heroes. 

A tiny puppy at the time, he accompanied Darwin to the Galapagos islands. All snips and snails and puppy dog tails, though, the young canine soon tired of simply watching the birds with Darwin, and quickly got into mischief trying to chase the blue-footed boobies. Darwin, though a kind man, was dedicated to his work above all else and was quick to reprimand little Shadow. Shadow found sitting still all day was just not in his puppy nature and one day he decided he had had enough. 

There had to be some more adventure out there! He packed up his knapsack and headed to the shore. He flagged down a ride from a passing pirate ship. The pirates, a friendly bunch, quickly welcomed him, adorned him with a black eye patch so he would fit in better on the ship, and fed him some nice deer jerky. He had a grand old time with the pirates, learning to carry a sword in his mouth to fight off rival pirates, honing his digging skills to find or bury treasure, and even taking the occasional swim just for fun. 

As luck would have it, one day the pirate ship disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle and the next thing he knew, Shadow was washed up on the coast of Manhattan in the year 2011. He was  then taken by a good Samaritan to Animal Care and Control in Harlem. A week later he was adopted by a loving family. Though he has adjusted to life of dry ground in Harlem, he still likes to wear his eye patch to remind him of his many adventures as a pirate dog. 

**owned by Manu, Joy, Neena, Nicholas**



Lucy is an East Harlem resident, living next door to the world famous Rao's restaurant. She is also known as LOOOOO-CEEEE and Lucifer. Lucy is a Bernese Mountain Dog who has a never ending sense of fun and loves to be naughty. Her favorite toys are underwear, other dogs and anything that is forbidden. She has fluffy ears the get frizzy when it rains and she just ate her mom's new glasses. When she grows up, she wants to be a dentist, just like her mom. Or a professional squirrel hunter. Whichever makes more money. 

**owned by Jillian**



Hi! I'm Tank Williams. I'm a three year old, Olde English Bulldog, originally from North Carolina. I miss the open spaces, but New York City has a lot of interesting things for me to smell. Plus, I love Central Park! When I'm not running and jumping at the park, I love to take long naps and eat meatballs.

**owned by Andrea and John**



Winston is a nearly two year old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. He moved to the Upper West Side when he was just 6 pounds and has grown to a whopping 110 pounds.  He loves the city but visits the country often to hike mountains, chase birds and run around on the beach.  Winston loves playing, chewing on flossies and eating snacks.  He does not like baths or doing tricks to get treats.  His favorite vacation spot is Bar Harbor, Maine because in this town, dogs are allowed to go  everywhere people go! He smiles a lot, poses for pictures and enjoys making messes.  He sleeps in many different positions, his favorite being flat on his back with his paws in the air. Although he is a big boy, Winston wants everyone to know he is a lover, not a fighter. He hopes to see you in the park soon!

**owned by Kimberly and Herbert**