There are many reasons, of course. But here’s an especially compelling one:
DON’T jump to conclusions now. Just because Wendy Bullard of Raleigh, N.C., isn’t allowed to walk her dog through the Streets at Southpoint, an outdoor mall in Durham, doesn’t mean that when she visits New York she can’t walk little Mick Dundee, an Australian silky terrier, down Fifth Avenue and strut right into Tiffany, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman.
“I can’t bring him anywhere in North Carolina,” said Ms. Bullard, who, by the way, didn’t go to all those stores. “I love coming up here.”
If bringing a dog to New York City seems nuts, think again. Is your pet well-behaved and tolerant of crowds and loud noises? If not, O.K., it’s nuts. But otherwise, pack your most stylish leash and come to town. Much of Manhattan is dog friendly, with dog runs galore and many parks that allow dogs to be off-leash before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. (www.nycparks.org – search “dogs” – has detailed information on dog runs and off-leash policies). Your pooch may make more friends in a day than it has in a lifetime of chasing squirrels in the backyard.