Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

It never fails to amaze me how much a tourist destination the city of New York can be. People all over the world descend upon it every day, no matter the time of year, or time of day. They want to discover what New York habitués know already, that there is always something new to be discovered – to dine at a trendy restaurant, an award winning performance to be seen, a chic store to find bargains, an upcoming neighborhood to explore – the list is endless. That may explain the multitude of different tours that New York offers, from the Seinfield or Sex And The City tours, to the ubiquitous double-decker buses.

A new addition to the tour offerings are the New York Dog Tours (www.doggietours.com) which are a natural extension for those traveling with their pooches and staying at one of NY’s pet friendly hotels (like any one of the W Hotels in Manhattan http://www.WHotels.com). Or if you live in New York anyway, this is a good way to entertain out-of-town guests while spending quality time with your own dog.

Each one of the three walking tours is specifically designed to entertain and educate, while visiting some dog-friendly places in Manhattan. You’ll visit famous landmarks, find hidden-treasure pet shops, and discover historical facts that the tours claim will surprise even the most seasoned New Yorker. That is no small thing to claim, as every Manhattanite prides his/herself of knowing the island inside out. Whether you want to meet other animal lovers, or do just plain and simple sight-seeing, then one of the New York Dog Tours is your option.

The Central Park Dog Tour is probably the best way to see New York City’s world-famous park. The licensed, experienced guide shows you Central Park’s most popular attractions while downloading facts about the buildings and monuments you pass along the way. Some of the things you’ll learn are where Bette Midler got her start, Bruce Willis’ old abode and stop by landmarks like Tavern On The Green and the Great Lawn.

The Midtown Manhattan Dog Tour is focused on landmark buildings like The Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, along with Bryant and Madison Square Parks. The latter’s dog run will make you pooch pant with delight. The Downtown Dog Tour is more historical, along the Hudson River and featuring the Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island and Ground Zero.

All tours last approximately two hours and take place in the afternoon. You’ll enjoy a hot dog (what else?), and your pet will also get a doggie treat. To buy tickets call 212-209-3370 or go online at http://www.zerve.com/NYDogTours.

Originally published September 2009
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