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So I was eating brunch on Wednesday with my friend and long-time show contributor Jordi Lippe at one of my favorite restaurants in the city, the West Village’s Monument Lane.

Sorry but I need to pause this story for a second: a colleague gave me grief when I was telling him this because apparently “brunch” is only a weekend thing. My definition of brunch is breakfast food between 11 am and 3 pm, regardless of the day. Monument Lane has excellent everything and their Breakfast Bowl with poached eggs, barley, squash, red onion, radish and parsley-garlic pesto hit the spot.

Anyways, I look up from my coffee and I see a familiar face strolling down the street, just kind of looking around and smiling; taking it all in.

It was Andy Cohen! He was walking his dog. We made eye-contact, offered a quick nod of the head, and continued about with our business.

What struck me the most about this “celebrity sighting” (which by the way, despite my profession, I am terrible at in the city), is just how happy Cohen looked. Granted it was a relatively nice day outside; I’ll take 40 degrees and clear any day of the week in January. But still, it was nice to see a public figure enjoying a rather normal activity with no one bugging him.

Of course, I took to Twitter after Jordi and I parted ways to post, “I want to feel as happy today as @Andy looked when I saw him walking his dog just now.”

Cohen responded: “my moment of zen!”

And if Cohen, who juggles his reality TV empire at Bravo, his talk show, his satellite radio station and numerous other ventures, can make time for that moment then so can we.

I am not a dog person. I never have been and up until two weeks ago I never thought I would be. There was never a specific incident; it was just a combination of never receiving a proper introduction to the pets and rarely being around one as a kid.

So, when I received a press invite from Madison Square Garden to cover a “Meet The Breeds” event for the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to figure out a couple things: could dogs sense that I wasn’t a dog-person and/or could I overcome my… dog-phobia?

The results surprised me. View for yourself below.

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Leave it to TMZ to scoop The Washington Post on the latest addition to The White House… a puppy named, “Bo”.


Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

Perhaps this is another reason to buy a puppy if you’re in college – the study is here.

Unbelievable.

meet charlie, or as i call him, charles.

if he wasn’t so adorable, i’d be very resentful of him for throwing a wrench in the plans i originally had this weekend to spend with my girlfriend. she just bought him, and there are no pets allowed in my apartment. she has to be with him these next few weeks, as they are just getting to know each other, and he relies on her for training.
this is why i’m waiting to have children.
meet charlie, or as i call him, charles.

if he wasn’t so adorable, i’d be very resentful of him for throwing a wrench in the plans i originally had this weekend to spend with my girlfriend. she just bought him, and there are no pets allowed in my apartment. she has to be with him these next few weeks, as they are just getting to know each other, and he relies on her for training.
this is why i’m waiting to have children.

Harrison Forbes, dog trainer and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television show “Pet Talk”, says that there are a few steps a woman and her prospective mate can take to help Fido accept that there is a new member in the pack.

~~ “The easiest route to a dog’s heart is through the belly”. He suggests the new boyfriend feed the dog for a few days. In fact, letting your boyfriend hand-feed your canine will be a bonding experience for both of them, an experience that will especially help your four-legged friend learn to trust and respect your new beau.

~~ Next, hand over the leash, Frisbee or ball. “It falls on the man to take time and effort to bond with the dog”. However, if your dog is really standoffish, go slowly. “…If a dog is fearful or suspicious, don’t try to shove your friendship on him. Dogs have a real antenna for somebody invading their personal space. They react better if you don’t get in their face and act smoochy-smoochy.”

~~ The trainers says you should always remember that dogs do not like to feel cornered, especially by strangers who are invading their territory. In fact, since the first meeting sets the tone, you may want to have the introduction between your dog and man to take place on neutral ground, like a park. “Just be calm, walk together, and have a couple of treats in your hand”.If a man is afraid of dogs, the woman should arrange for a first introduction that is focused on another activity (like watching a movie) to diffuse the nervous energy. Try to keep the conversation light, Forbes says, and have a handful of dog snacks nearby.

~~ Finally, that age-old question: Can a woman really share her bed with man and beast? Yes, but maybe not right away. “On the first night, take your dog to a boarding kennel or another part of the house”. Just make sure the dog knows he is not being punished. “Dogs are pretty willing followers. If it just becomes the norm and his scent is in the room, he’ll sense the change and not fight it so much.”

i despise dogs, and this post.

Harrison Forbes, dog trainer and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television show “Pet Talk”, says that there are a few steps a woman and her prospective mate can take to help Fido accept that there is a new member in the pack.

~~ “The easiest route to a dog’s heart is through the belly”. He suggests the new boyfriend feed the dog for a few days. In fact, letting your boyfriend hand-feed your canine will be a bonding experience for both of them, an experience that will especially help your four-legged friend learn to trust and respect your new beau.

~~ Next, hand over the leash, Frisbee or ball. “It falls on the man to take time and effort to bond with the dog”. However, if your dog is really standoffish, go slowly. “…If a dog is fearful or suspicious, don’t try to shove your friendship on him. Dogs have a real antenna for somebody invading their personal space. They react better if you don’t get in their face and act smoochy-smoochy.”

~~ The trainers says you should always remember that dogs do not like to feel cornered, especially by strangers who are invading their territory. In fact, since the first meeting sets the tone, you may want to have the introduction between your dog and man to take place on neutral ground, like a park. “Just be calm, walk together, and have a couple of treats in your hand”.If a man is afraid of dogs, the woman should arrange for a first introduction that is focused on another activity (like watching a movie) to diffuse the nervous energy. Try to keep the conversation light, Forbes says, and have a handful of dog snacks nearby.

~~ Finally, that age-old question: Can a woman really share her bed with man and beast? Yes, but maybe not right away. “On the first night, take your dog to a boarding kennel or another part of the house”. Just make sure the dog knows he is not being punished. “Dogs are pretty willing followers. If it just becomes the norm and his scent is in the room, he’ll sense the change and not fight it so much.”

i despise dogs, and this post.