The Columbus Day Parade

Posted by Sharkey

Yesterday was Columbus Day and there was the annual Columbus Day Parade held in New York City.  We Frenchies didn't go to the parade, but, Luigi, one of our Italian dog friends did attend and was so excited to see some rare Italian dog breeds marching, and emailed these pictures to us.  Apparently, this was the first time ever that the parade included these dogs, recognizing Italy's great contributions to the dog world and celebrating the upcoming Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center on October 17th and 18th, where pet lovers can meet 200 breeds of dog and cat.  Maybe Martha will take us there.

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Just look at these Bergamasco - an ancient shepherding breed that kind of look like big floor mops!

1 Just look at these Bergamasco - an ancient shepherding breed that kind of look like big floor mops!

Lets hope that next year we, Frenchies, will be able to march in this parade.

2 Lets hope that next year we, Frenchies, will be able to march in this parade.

This is such an adorable Maltese.
Photo by Mary Bloom

3 This is such an adorable Maltese. Photo by Mary Bloom

We heard that the Spinone Italiano is a gun-breed dog. What do you suppose that means?
Photo By Mary Bloom

4 We heard that the Spinone Italiano is a gun-breed dog. What do you suppose that means? Photo By Mary Bloom

Another look at a Bergamasco.
Photo By Stephen DeFalcis

5 Another look at a Bergamasco. Photo By Stephen DeFalcis

This is a Cirneco dell'Etna - a famous rabbit hunting dog.
Photo By Jennifer Holzke

6 This is a Cirneco dell'Etna - a famous rabbit hunting dog. Photo By Jennifer Holzke

Lagotto Romagnolo - an ancient Italian breed with a really great hair-do.
Photo By Jerry Reed

7 Lagotto Romagnolo - an ancient Italian breed with a really great hair-do. Photo By Jerry Reed

A Neapolitan Mastiff (we saw him at Westminster) - look at all of his wrinkles!

8 A Neapolitan Mastiff (we saw him at Westminster) - look at all of his wrinkles!

Comments (11)

  • F & S
    I think next year at the parade you should organize a Frenchies Division, we could all march together. Maybe Uncle Carlos and Martha could carry the banner and we can all walk behind them, that would be cool.

    You sure are right about those Bergamasco's, they do look like the big mop we have in our garage. I bet they get pretty hot in the summer under all that hair.

    We'll it looks like winter around our house. The pool is closed and all the furniture is covered up and put away, makes me sad. I love to lay by the pool and watch the birds play in the water fountain. Now I just sit and watch the leaves fall and wait for a critter to stop by so I have something to chase.

    Have a good day.

    Zoe

  • Good morning Francesca and Sharkey: Just look at all those pups! Hey, they even have some that look like mops. It must be a real challenge to be their hair dressers. Imagine all those curls. What mom???? Uh oh! Momma said those curls grow naturally. How embarrassed am I. Not very, hahahahaha.

    It's going to rain all week. I'm kinda disappointed cause I wanted to run in my back yard. It can wait for a few more days. Well, better get back to guard duty in the house and stuff. Still watching out for my momma's unfriendly friend called Arthur Itis. I really have to watch her back. Back, get it???? HAHAHAHAHAHA. See ya later. Mom just gave me a nice snack. Love, Gracyn.

  • what lovely breeds of dogs! AHHHH Francesca and Sharkey maybe mommie Martha will take you to the event next year and you can represent your lovely breed...
    the photo of the Maltese reminds me of our beloved Contessa Noela that is now in doggy heaven.
    by the way Spinone Italiano means Italian Griffon...ciao!

  • Sharkey,
    Loved the Italian dogs. Did wonder why there were no Bolognese in the parade, nice Italian dog. Maybe next year I will take Emilio and Ceserina to this parade.

  • Hello Ladies,
    That must have been some parade!!! Those Bergamasco guys look like they might have back problems from the weight of their fur. And those Neapolitan Mastiffs look very, very big. I agree that the Frenchies should be represented. France and Italy are pretty close, right?? We good be in the parade and a banner be carried saying "FRENCHIES-FRIENDS OF ITALY." That would be really cool. Have a great Tuesday.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hey! Have you ever thought about making a deal with one of those Bergamasco dogs to come over and mop up your spills before Martha sees them? Or, you could invite one of them over to "play" and get it to roll around in something you've spilled...no more mess!
    Then, you could lead it outside and go swimming in the pond to clean it up! Efficient, or what? Hmmm, I wonder if Bergamasco dogs actually served a purpose somewhat related to floor clean-up in the ancient days? Why not? Frenchies know internal combustion engines, Bergamascos know efficient floor clean-up...so, what's my purpose? MOM!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It was raining yesterday and I didn’t get to go for my walk. Just got back and it was great today. I had a chance to say hello to all my furry friends out there. Most of them are behind fences and run wild when I walk by. It seems that everyone in the neighborhood has a dog of some kind. I guess you could say that I have my own parade each and every day I walk. Now my hair isn’t as long as some of those dogs in the pictures and I’m glad. I wouldn’t be able to sit long enough to get combed out after my bath, speaking of which is due any day now. Wait a minute. Mama is going to the store and it’s cool enough for me to ride along.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Sweeties,
    Thanks for sharing these pictures and especially of the Bergamasco with their amazing coat that really does look like a mop. Do you think their owner can even get a brush through all of that? I hope Martha takes you to the big event at the Javits center. It sounds like a fun time with all those other breeds that will be there, including cats. Well, let us know if you go and pictures would be nice too!

  • Hello Friends,

    As an Italian-American, I'm thrilled you have included these wonderful photos of the Columbus Day Parade. I think I will mark it on my calendar and attend next year! Maybe Martha will take you next year as well and we can have a big canine celebration!

    We have been out of town so I have missed lots of your adventures. I plan to spend the rest of the morning catching up with what everybody has been up to.

    Talk to you tomoorow.

    XO,
    Fisher Jimmy

  • Hi Girl Friends, These photos of the rare breeds of Italian dogs in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City were really fun to look at. I'm not sure if I have ever seen any of them, but I sure would love to meet all of them and play with them. They all look very friendly just like you two do and I just love to make new friends. I would love to meet their owners, because I love all people, too. Love, Dudley Do Right xoxoxo

  • Hi! Girls Iam the groomer of Greer, one of the Bergamasco pictured, she is one of the sweetest and layed back dogs Ive ever seen,her brother is a sweetheart also. My hat goes off to their mommy Cheryl she love her dogs and the breed with a passion. There is alot of hard work and love that goes into these dogs and she's there every step of the way. Thanks, Loretta H.

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