Looking for a Dog-Friendly Neighborhood? Try Harlem

Wendy Gallegos, 21, said she likes walking her Boxer, Wall-E, through St. Nicholas Park. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo)

By Jeff Mays
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — When Posh Paws, a pet store on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, opened five years ago, they sold the kind of low-end dog food normally found in supermarkets.

Today, the store sells holistic and organic dog foods — and starting this week, they’ll begin offering grooming.

“In just a couple of years I’ve seen a change,” said Katy Kishida, 34, manager of Posh Paws. “There’s definitely a different clientele. As the neighborhood changes, so have we.”

It’s just one of the ways dog owners say that Harlem is becoming more pooch-friendly. With expanded pet services, buildings that are dog-friendly, new dog runs and stores that now allow four-legged shoppers — as long as they’re on leashes — the neighborhood is becoming a haven for dog-lovers.

“I find Harlem to be very dog-friendly,” said Matthew Holmgren, 38, a real estate financier who brought his Cotton de Tulear named DeGaulle into Posh Paws to arrange a grooming.

But Holmgren said he can tell that Harlem is still a neighborhood in transition when it comes to dogs. He has a dog even though his building has a no-pet policy because of a misprint in the lease.

Read the full article from DNAinfo.

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