New York named dog friendliest city

You know that old expression, “It’s a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there?” Well, it seems it may apply to dogs and New York City, which readers of Animal Fair magazine have just chosen as the most pet-friendly city in the United States.

The New York Times greeted the news somewhat quizzically:

Forget our odd tendency to keep big dogs in small apartments. Or the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ban on dogs on the subway unless they are “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers” (service animals and police dogs are excepted). Or the fact that taxi drivers aren’t required to allow dogs to ride along with their owners. Or the perennial brouhaha over off-leash rules governing when dogs can roam free in the parks.

Yet even the Times concedes that the if-you-can-make-it-there-you’ll-make-it-anywhere rule doesn’t necessarily apply to canine visitors to the big apple, and goes on to recommend all sorts of doggie activities:

If bringing a dog to New York City seems nuts, think again. Is your pet well-behaved and tolerant of crowds and loud noises? If not, O.K., it’s nuts. But otherwise, pack your most stylish leash and come to town. Much of Manhattan is dog friendly, with dog runs galore and many parks that allow dogs to be off-leash before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. (www.nycparks.org — search “dogs” — has detailed information on dog runs and off-leash policies). Your pooch may make more friends in a day than it has in a lifetime of chasing squirrels in the backyard.

Scottie News likes the sounds of the Bouchon Baker in the Time Warner Center which sells “foie gras–enriched dog biscuits.”