Coachella For Canines: Meet NYC’s Cutest Pups From Barkfest 2016

Talia Aroshas
Talia Aroshas is a Capricorn semi vegetarian who obtained her master’s degree in the art of coat checking after four years of intense study at NYC’s mostly highly regarded titty bar. Here, she double majored in high-brow sarcasm, and graduated with honors in pungent irony. As a result, she is fluent in both languages. All coats aside, after two years as Editor in Chief of one of NYC’s leading nightlife blogs, Talia realized her greatest passion to be music and is very excited to be heading 20something’s Create vertical, mostly for the free concert access it will get her. Follow her on Instagram on all her music adventures @gangsta_rap.

You know you’re living in the future when you’re spending your Sunday hangover at a music festival for dogs, and all of those dogs have social media accounts of their own.

Welcome to BarkFest 2016: The one place where you can find all of NYC’s most cherished pups gathered in close proximity, taking turns to jump in a ball pit or have their portrait drawn, as their proud, codependent owners patiently wait by their side, secretly wishing this will be the day someone will come along and make their dog Insta famous.


My sister and I arrived to this “Coachella for Canines” at approximately 3:30 PM. Not really sure what to expect, we held on to our hopes that, behind the check-in desk, we would find a world of devastating cuteness, as pups from all boroughs sat upon beautiful rolling hills, sported flower crowns, held paws and swayed to the music.


Okay so, reality didn’t exactly match the wonder of our magical canine dream, but to say we were anywhere near underwhelmed by BarkFest 2016 would be, well, a great understatement.

From being able to play dress up, to running obstacle courses, to drinking out of the many “vodka” bowls placed throughout the festival grounds, hundreds of adorable pooches were in verifiable doggie heaven, most likely not entirely sure what was going on and why there were so many other pups around them, but happy all the same. And the dog lovers that brought them there? Well, they were happy, of course, to schmooze with other like-minded humans and gain more followers for their pup’s Insta account.

And, yes, there was also live music (but it was kind of just a backdrop to the day’s events).


(Yes, this is an ongoing theme in this piece because I cannot believe how many NYC dogs have their own social media accounts. And how many of them are Corgis.)

But alas, you’re probably not reading this because you want to see words on a page, you’re reading because you want to see some cute doggies. And that’s exactly why I creepily stared down each and every canine present at BarkFest2016 in order to determine the creme de la creme, so that I could introduce them to the world and snap their picture.

Oh and yes, let you know where you can follow them online.



“Today I turn over a new leaf…jk guys I’m just gonna eat it!”

Name: Chaplin

Age: Three

Breed: Mutt/ Unknown/World’s biggest mystery

Occupation: Marathon Hallway Runner

Social Media: @Sir_Chaplin



“You”ll enjoy life most if you see with your heart and not your eyes.”

Name: Thai

Age: Nine and a Half Years

Breed: Boston Terrier

Occupation: Philosopher

Social Media: @btnnyc



“Eat first, ask later.”

Name: Mamba

Age: One and a Half Years

Breed: Pomeranian

Occupation: Explorer

Social Media: @mamba.roars



“Bigger is better.”

Name: Molly

Age: Six Years

Breed: Alaskan Malamute

Occupation: Big Sister/ Napper

Social Media: #Mollynyc



“This is how I roll.”

Name: Little Miss Lexi

Age: Three Years in August

Breed: Maltesse Pecanese

Occupation: Advocate for Special Need’s Pups

Social Media: Little Miss Lexi (On Facebook)



“Live life to the pawlest.”

Name: Peyton

Age: Nine Months

Breed: Toy Australian Sheppard

Occupation: Runner and Trainer

Social Media: @misspeyton_toyaussie

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