Major Biden is in the Dog House!
After two “biting incidents,” the younger of the two Biden dogs has been banished from the White House to undergo training.
According to First Lady Jill Biden office, Major will take off-site training in the Washington DC area. According to the New York Times:
“Major is about 3 years old and adopted from the Delaware Humane Association after Mr. Biden’s daughter sent him a Facebook post about a litter of puppies available for adoption. Once they moved to the White House shortly after Inauguration Day, Major, along with his older compatriot Champ, were given walk-in privileges in the Oval Office and free rein of the South Lawn.”
Unlike Champ, the Biden’s 12-year-old German Shepherd Dog, Major has had trouble adjusting to life in the White House. Major has been involved in at least two incidents where he bit people Neither biting was serious.
You can read more about the travails of one of the First Dogs here at the New York Times and here at Slate.
And here’s a secret confessional from a senior White House official who is part of the Biden Resistance.
Life Imitates Netflix
A robot police dog has caused quite a stir in New York City!
A $75,000 robot dog was recently deployed in a housing project in Manhattan, alarming residents and local politicians. Here’s a report from Fox 5 News:
The robot dog looks eerily like the villains from an episode of the Netflix show Black Mirror.
You can read more about this beast here at Gothamist and here at the New York Times.
Westminster Dog Show Set to Return to Manhattan
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is scheduled to return to Manhattan in 2021. The show will be held during at the piers along the Hudson River in midtown and at its usual night time home at Madison Square Garden. The show will take place a month earlier than it historically has done, on January 22nd and from the 24th to the 26th.
Due to the pandemic, this year Westminster wasn rescheduled to June and will take place at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown.
Here’s more from Pet Age.
Ten Best Hikes for You and Your Dog
Travel + Leisure magazine has selected the ten best hikes in the United State for you and your dog and one of them is within driving distance of New York City. The Arden Point and Glenclyffe Trail is located just south of Garrison, NY in the river-adjacent Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. The 3.8-mile, dog-friendly loop provides views over the Hudson and lots of swimming spots perfect for a mid-hike pup dip.
You can travel to Garrison on Metro North. Read Urban Dog’s post on travel in and around New York City with your dog to learn more.
And click here for more from Travel + Leisure.
Here are some Vizsla puppies making lots of noise and just generally acting cute!