Courage, Please

When you attend a professional conference and you don’t know anyone, it can take some effort to put on a friendly face and talk to complete strangers.

But as I found out yesterday, that’s nothing compared with stopping the perpetually-in-motion New Yorkers and their dogs to take photos for your blog . . . armed only with a measly iPhone.  It’s kind of embarrassing.

At least when I’m carrying a big camera, people assume I’m legit.

So besides the friendly bulldog puppy that I posted about yesterday, I was was starting to despair.  I even resorted to taking a photo of my $5.25 ice cream scoop, just in case I wouldn’t find any photo subjects for today’s post.

But as I was heading home, unexpected success!  I spotted a friendly Border Collie named Cosette, lounging outside a local restaurant.

This 13-year old pup was quite obliging about posing for photos, as long as she got in a few kisses in the bargain.  Cosette’s human and friend were also excited about her being featured on The Daily Toki.  She is apparently quite the metro dog – she lived in Chicago and New York, and even served as the unofficial college mascot of her people pals.  What a beautiful girl!  They always say the prettiest girls live in New York . . .

On my way home, I had another success with Shiro, who was sitting with his family outside of Peels (delicious breakfast by the way!!).

Shiro, you are too cute!!

Oh and my ice cream?  Overrated.  Try Il Laboratorio del Gelato, in the Lower East Side instead.

I luv New York!


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10 Responses to Courage, Please

  1. Anna says:

    I couldn’t do it… ask strangers to take pictures of their dogs, not in NY anyway. So Kudos to you for having the guts for that. That BC is quite the model, she does not look her age much at all. Yay for iPhones, they have saved me a couple times. I would love a purse that would hold my DSLR comfortably though, kinda don’t want to spend the money on one though, maybe I’ll have to make one instead.

  2. Benny & Lily says:

    Love taking pictures too. Is that our cousin? We will take the overrated overpriced ice cream any time
    Benny & Lily

  3. Whenever we’re on vacation, we’re kind of obsessed with the local dogs. It’s funny to come home and see half our photos are of other people’s pooches.
    P.S. I just discovered your blog and I think it’s so great! The photography is amazing and Toki is gorgeous! We’re always interested in seeing the highlights of everyone’s hometowns, and tips on how to ‘Be a Tourist in your own City’ with a dog. Your photos are so amazing, and it looks like Toki has so much fun, that we were wondering if you would like to do a guest post on how to be a Tourist in your City with a dog. We wrote our Chicago example here, with the complete details:
    You can contact us through the sidebar link in our blog, but we would really, really love if you and Toki could participate!

    • furfilled says:

      We’d love to participate! I’ll take a look at your post and contact you when I’m back home. That’s such a great concept – looking forward to brainstorming all the fun LA dog spots!

  4. Kas says:

    Mmmm that ice cream looks good! And love the pictures – that BC looks like such a good girl!

  5. Great job! It can be quite an intimidating challenge to approach a complete stranger on the street. I find, though, that strangers with a dog in tow are generally friendly people who can be quite chatty once you start inquiring about their four-legged friends 😉 *sigh* Your photos of NYC are urging me to visit the Big Apple one of these days!

    • furfilled says:

      You will love it – especially if you enjoy the urban energy of Singapore. Spring, autumn, and just before the holidays (Christmas/New Years) are my favorite times to visit. But summer is always great if you don’t mind the heat!

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