By Sharon Gomes Thomas
In a city that never sleeps with millions of people whizzing past each day, bumping into you on the street and on the subway, it is amazing how difficult it is to meet someone, let alone a group of people who share your interests. So I love the site Meetup.com. Aside from meeting folks in the tri-state area who love the same things you do, it’s also a great place to find doggie friends!
The NYC Dog Fun and Events Group (http://activedogs.meetup.com/53/) is for people interested in dog and cat events in NYC. These include breed & mix breed play dates, training seminars and classes, therapy dog and cat evaluations, Canine Good Citizen testing, and more. With 652 active members and close to 100 events so far, you are sure to find a friend who shares the same love for animals, or perhaps shares the same pet problems you do. In March, the group is planning a Shaping and Tricks Workshop on the 20th, as well as an Agility Workshop on the 27th.
If you have a specific breed like a pug example, you should join The New York City Pug Group (http://www.meetup.com/NYCPugs/) or The New York Pit Bull and Pit Mix Group (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Pitbull/) who meets every Saturday or Sunday throughout whole year at various parks and dog run or dog-friendly restaurants. A great opportunity to socialize your often- misunderstood dogs in a welcoming and helpful environment with over 830 members.
I love the description on the cat lovers site The New York City Cat Group (http://www.meetup.com/CrazyCatsNYC/). “Dogs have masters; cats have servants.” The site has 376 Cat Owners/Cats Who Own People! For all you cat servants, sign up to unite against your cat masters!