The Daily Spike: Puppies have a ball in Times Square for New Year’s Eve

Spike, along with his friends Mario, Swain, Hadwin and Maddie, should go behind the scenes and see the ball that drops on New Year’s Eve.
(Jennifer Williams)

Spike had a ball the other night with some of his fellow Dog (literally).

He may be together with his friends Mario, Swain, Hadwin and Maddie ─ got to go behind the scenes and see the ball that drops on New Year’s Eve in Times Square up close and personal.

It is truly spectacular, also. The ball is 12 feet in diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds, and is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystals. It changes color and dazzles like nothing you’ve ever seen. And for millions of watch fall on New Year’s Eve, it’s the 25 stories on a roof of 1 Times Square, waiting for his moment to shine.


My friend John Trowbridge is the production manager for the ball drop, and he host of the pups ─ and a group of CCI volunteer puppy breeders including Kim Furino, Caryl Swain, Anthony Kozberg, and also Ivan, Mary and Matthew Arguello ─ for this unique adventure.

It was a great training for the pups. We collect at my office and let them off their leashes so that they can get out their zoomies. Then we walked to six through the streets of Times Square at the height of the tourist season ─ the sidewalks and the streets are full with human and vehicles ─ but by the enormous droves, the dogs remained calm and walked with confidence.

When we got to 1 of Times Square, we climbed into a lift / elevator: all 5 dogs and all 10 man. Needless to say that it is a tight fit, but the pups sat quietly by our sides.


Then came the hard part. The roof is a few steps higher through industrial diffusers; there is no solid ground to speak of, and all the pups were reluctant to move to the surface. (It was also confusing for the man.) Spike, a total city dog and used to the city to grate, quite quickly jumped on the deck. The others followed shortly thereafter, all lured in with sweets.

The puppies were a little hesitant to step into the industrial diffusers at the roof of 1 Times Square, but soon found their niche.
(Jennifer Williams)

The puppies then had a staircase made of grating that leads to the roof, which is in the possession of the ball. They soon got used to it, and didn’t even seem to notice the huge, sparkly ball of light at the top, too focused on the humans and the other pups to notice. Our people definitely noticed, though, as it is quite a sight to see up close and personal.

We spent the next half hour or so try to take all the pups to sit next to each other and not so we could get the perfect photo. Spike was always the first to pop out of his sit (we have more training), but they did great there.

As if they were posing for the world’s greatest album cover.
(Jennifer Williams)


New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration, reflection, and maybe some good intentions. And in this time next year, all five of these pups will be to the next stage of their lives. Spike and his brother Swain will probably be in the advanced training. Mario, Hadwin and Maddie are older, and can be finished with doggy college and hopefully working.

Everywhere where they come from, we miss our respective puppies. But we will also sleep peacefully, knowing that, in 2019, these pups are doing their part to make the world a better place.

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