Setting sail on the Circle Line puppy cruise

Last weekend I was a tourist in my own city. Taking a boat cruise around Manhattan would never normally be on my weekend plans. But it was a special occasion- the Circle Line puppy cruise.

The Pawsitively Perfect Puppy Cruise – a one hour boat ride around the West side of Manhattan – was the first time in the Circle Line’s history allowing pets on board.

27% of New York households own dogs. That number has only grown since the start of the pandemic. Over 100 of those lucky pooches and their owners spent Saturday morning on the water.

Dogs of all different shapes, sizes, and colors boarded the boat – including us – as we took to the high Hudson River seas. The hour included sightseeing gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade, Ellis Island, and the High Line. Tasty cookie treats and puppuccino whipped cream cups were also on hand.

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All proceeds from the Circle Line Puppy Cruise event went to the North Shore Animal League. In conjunction with the historic event, the organization was on hand for a simultaneous adoption event nearby on Pier 83.

We made a few friends, some who were even “insta famous.” Yet, Chief Brody actually seemed more interested in getting into the water and eating whipped cream than anything else.

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Sometimes I think it would be amazing to live just one day as a dog. Perpetually viewing life in such a positive and curious way. What would it be like to be so genuinely interested in everything around me. There’s something so whimsical and special about watching them experience life.

But watching them all congregate, and enjoy this New York City adventure together was an experience I highly recommend.

Whether or not the Circle Line puppy cruise becomes an annual tradition is yet to be seen. But if it does, we’ll definitely be setting sail again next year.

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