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!”
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.”
Age: Nine and a Half Years
Breed: Boston Terrier
Social Media: @btnnyc
“Eat first, ask later.”
Age: One and a Half Years
Social Media: @mamba.roars
“Bigger is better.”
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.”
Age: Nine Months
Breed: Toy Australian Sheppard
Occupation: Runner and Trainer
Social Media: @misspeyton_toyaussie