Archive for the ‘Dog Tails’ Category

In February 1966, the demolition of several old buildings on York Avenue between East 71st Street and East 72nd Street revealed a very tiny frame house where a dog once inspired author Margaret Wise Brown.

Comments Off on 1900: Major Van Buren Stephens, the Hero Dog of New York’s Chelsea

In July 1900, Mrs. John T. Stephens lost the canine love of her life. Having lost her young son just two years before, the death of her dog Major was more than she could bear.

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For the policemen of Manhattan’s Leonard Street Station, doing strike duty in Brooklyn meant spending a lot of time riding on the trolley cars looking for trouble. It was during this week that they “adopted” a big, brown, shaggy dog who would change their lives for the better. They named him Strike.

Comments Off on 1926: Grumpy, “Jes’ an Ordinary, Plain, Everyday Dog” of a New York Banker

For years, Grumpy Bizallion’s monument was the tallest at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York, standing just over six feet.

“The public clamored for news of this wealthy family—celebrated as much for its celibacy as its eccentricity—and the press obliged. Despite a fortune built on fur and real estate, the eight Wendel siblings shunned high society, ensconcing themselves in an antiquated house of mystery amid the cacophonous commerce of midtown Manhattan. There, starved of society […]

Comments Off on 1903: A Fine Funeral for Dane, the Beloved Irish Setter of Harlem

One day in September 1903, the Larsons took a trip to Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The weather was obviously pleasant, because they left a window open in their apartment at 246 West 114th Street in Harlem. This window led to a fire escape, which was a favorite sleeping spot for their Irish setter, Dane.

Comments Off on 1903: A Fine Funeral for Dane, the Beloved Irish Setter of Harlem

One day in September 1903, the Larsons took a trip to Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The weather was obviously pleasant, because they left a window open in their apartment at 246 West 114th Street in Harlem. This window led to a fire escape, which was a favorite sleeping spot for their Irish setter, Dane.

Comments Off on 1891: The Well-Bred Cats and Dogs of the Whitby Kennels in Flatbush, Brooklyn

In 1891, Hurlbut Chapman, a once prominent lawyer from Rye, New York, leased the old John C. Bergen homestead at 972 Flatbush Avenue, at the corner of Avenue A (today’s Albemarle Road). There, he opened the Whitby Kennels, where he boarded the dogs and cats of wealthy New Yorkers.

This is one of my longer stories — which is why it took me so long to post — but it’s chock full of New York City history. In July 2013, I wrote about the police dogs of Parkville Brooklyn, who came to America in 1907 and were the first canine police squad in New […]

“Her death last year was the hardest to bear of any – until his came. Somehow I like to think that her little soul was waiting to greet his, so that he mightn’t feel strange or alone in the great world above us. I can see her jumping and running for joy and licking his […]