Dog Days

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If you think you’re hot, imagine wearing a fur coat in this heat (ba-dum-chhh). Once the weather cools, these four-legged adventures will make up for the time your dog’s been slumped on the floor like a shag rug.

City Walks With Dogs
Nadia Zonis explored the five boroughs with her Shepherd mix, Masha, to write City Walks With Dogs: New York, a deck of 50 cards featuring the best “adventures on paw and foot.” Her favorite dog walk in Brooklyn is in Prospect Park — “the premiere park in the city for dogs” — where the group FIDO helped make off-leash hours in New York City Parks the law. The highlight, for her and for water-loving dogs, is the park’s Dog Beach. “It’s the city’s only sanctioned dog beach,” says Zonis, “which may be a little grandiose — it’s more like a swimming hole.” There are 11 more Brooklyn routes in City Walks With Dogs, which two lucky readers can win a copy of! Just email us with the subject “Pick Me!” (You need to be a subscriber though, which is easy to do if you’re not already.) Update: We chose the winners at random and announced them on Twitter!

Doggie Daytrips
Founded in June, ProspectBArk goes beyond just dog walking, and offers doggie getaways to places like Bear Mountain and the Palisades. (The cost is $50-$70, plus gas and tolls, depending on the length of the trip.) Says owner Chun-Soon Li, “Everyone is so full of excited anticipation on the drive up (you know, music in the car, dogs wide-eyed and shining)…We bring the doggie and human lunches, backpacks, and hit the trails.” Li returns your dog hosed and brushed, and sends some snapshots from his great adventure afterward (she’s also professional photographer!).

The Amazing NY Dog Race
This dog-friendly version of The Amazing NY Race, presented by FIDO and POGO Events, returns to Prospect Park September 13. For $35 — or $25 if you register in advance — you can test you and your dog’s mental and physical abilities through challenges like hula hoop jumping (for the dogs) and dog-breed guessing (for the owners). Rest stations are stocked with food, drinks and snacks, and an after party follows the two-hour long race.

Sent by Nicole. Photos by Alyson Monaghan (first two) and courtesy Mary Catanzaro.

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