KEVIN CRAFTS HAD A MILLION REASONS NOT TO HAVE A DOG

Ollie

Ollie

"Four years ago I had a million reasons why I shouldn’t have a dog; career change, apartment living, travel, etc. I started volunteering at a local dog shelter, why I’m not sure, but I had always volunteered and thought it might suppress my longing to have a dog and spare me the responsibility.

This is where I met Ollie. At the time he was less than a year old (we think), grossly underweight, stressed out, a little mangy, and not in great shape. At the shelter they told me that he was having a hard time living mostly in the crate. So I decided to foster him until an appropriate owner could be found.

About a week or so went by, Ollie was certainly unsure and very nervous. It was a slow adjustment. He wasn’t used to human contact or affection of any kind. One afternoon after an especially rigorous shoot I pretty much passed out on the couch. The phone rang, I reached over and it was the shelter saying a family wanted to come by and take a look. I held the phone and I looked at Ollie sleeping comfortably on the cedar filled Orvis dog bed I spent too much on, paused and said “I don’t think so". With that this little dog who had little interest in me so far, got up walked across the room, licked my face then went back to bed.  
I am a food photographer, and Ollie is great to have around the set.  The clients love him and he is a great distraction when the day is getting too long and nobody is speaking to one another.

We still have no information as to his origin, his pedigree, or age. He did come with some impeccable manners. He never went in the house, chewed furniture, or got into any trouble. He was happy to be here and that is obvious.
All in all, I can’t say enough about shelter adoption. In a great many ways this dog rescued me." 

RESTAURANTS ARE FOR DOGS TOO

Jahdai Kilkenny and Roxie

Jahdai Kilkenny and Roxie

The dog days are not over just yet! Rather than mope that summer is ending, I suggest eating away your feelings. I know, I know, emotional eating is wrong so why not bring your dog along? That way, after you enjoy stuffing your face, you and your four legged best friend can walk it all off! 

Here at Mrs. Sizzle, we compiled a list of awesome dog friendly NYC restaurants that you should visit before the summer is over!

Upper East Side

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Barking Dog (1678 3rd avenue at 94th Street): Tons of outdoor seating for you and your dog! Your dog is greeted with milk bones and its own water dish. The best part is that breakfast is served until 4pm, we suggest the eggs Florentine which is served with the crispiest shredded hash browns in town. You can also order grilled chicken breast for your dog which comes sliced and served in a stainless steel bowl.


wall o' dogs

wall o' dogs

Fetch Bar and Grill (1649 3rd avenue btw 92nd and 93rd): This family friendly, dog-themed restaurant is actually right down the street from the Barking Dog. Pictures of dogs cover the walls; even more line the hallways and these dogs are adoptable! Seating for you and your dog is right outside the storefront of the restaurant. We suggest the individual baked mac and cheese, cheesy deliciousness topped with ritz crackers, and for your dog, we suggest ordering a side of bacon! 


The Village

Bcup Cafe (212 avenue B on the corner of E.13th street): This cozy neighborhood cafe is located in the East Village. Not only does this place have great coffee, smoothies, and organic nosh, it also has fast and free wifi! We suggest ordering the chai latte or the strawberry mint lemonade smoothie, and the summer salad. For you furry companion, we suggest a order of roast beef!


Brooklyn

Habana Outpost (757 Fulton avenue): This brightly colored art infused restaurant is located in downtown Brooklyn. Walk in and order Cuban and Mexican cuisine and pick up your order when your number is up from the food truck outside! The outdoor seating is perfect for your dog. Another perk is the Sunday movie nights and the Tuesday Baby Breakfasts. We suggest their frozen spiked guava margarita, their traditional Mexican grilled corn with Cotija cheese, chili powder and lime, and their signature burritos! For your dog we suggest the "Roscoe on a Stick", fried chicken breasts and waffles with maple syrup on a stick (make sure you remove the stick before giving it to your dog!).

Edited by Jahdai Kilkenny

TOAST MEETS WORLD, JAGGER, AND RILEY ARE SUPERMODEL DOGS

Toast Meets World 

Toast Meets World 

Jagger and Riley 

Jagger and Riley 

Toast Meets World is a brave puppy mill survivor who is here to teach us that rescue dogs are as beautiful as our purebred supermodels, Jagger a Yorkie and Riley a Shih Tzu. We use the word survivor because most “breeding” dogs at mills meet and early and unpleasant end once their bodies can no longer produce.  Toast was photographed in a studio on August 7th in NYC by Tom Schirmacher and had her hair done by Gavin Harwin who had also previously worked on the shot of Jagger and Riley a few months back.

I am obsessed with this juxtaposition of perfection. Toast hails from a North Carolina puppy mill where she was rescued and sent to New York and adopted by a famous Dad and stage mom.

Please support raising puppy mill awareness and ADOPT instead of SHOP.  Survivors are Glamour girls too! Enjoy the Toast fest below.

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I am a Supermodel!

I am a Supermodel!

CLARA NEEDED ALOT BUT GAVE US A GREAT DEAL IN RETURNs

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While working at my grandfather's vineyard, Loughlin Vineyard, I met Kerri, Billy, and their adorable rescue dog, Clara. They shared their incredible adoption story of saving Clara and how she changed their life!

"Clara arrived to ARF in October of 2012 as one of a group of dogs rescued from kill shelters in Los Angeles. We met Clara as "Minnie." We decided to name change her name to Clara, after Martha Clara Vineyard where my husband and I had our wedding reception.  She was a small, sweet, adorable little girl but she was in poor health.  Clara had several masses on her mammary glands and severe dental disease.  She had a partial chain mastectomy on her right side and individual lumps removed from her left side (2 surgeries). Luckily after the biopsy, all tumors turned out benign!  She also had two separate dental surgeries and ended up losing a lot of her teeth, however ARF assured us she is now much more comfortable now.  Clara  also has a mid-grade heart murmur, early heart disease and is on heart medication for life.  
 

I never knew a dog would teach me so much about life. Despite her hardships, she is just so eager to please and provides not only us, but also our friends and family with unconditional love each day.  Clara is doing very well considering her journey and will be celebrating her 7th birthday this August!   She enjoys taking walks around the local lake, licking anyone she meets, preparing her bed for "bed-time", belly-rubs and healthy turkey meatballs.  Clara is very lucky to have been passed off to such amazing shelters who do beyond honorable work in reducing the number of animals killed in shelters in the United States.  Not only do they provide a loving atmosphere for these animals, but they also provide them with the services they need (such as Clara's many surgeries).  We feel thankful everyday that Clara is part of our lives!"

Sourced by Brittany Cutrone

Edited by Jahdai Kilkenny