Ada and Margarita Ville


As many of you know, I’ve spent time down in Big Pine Key, FL, and while there, got to know some great volunteers who were working very hard to build an off-leash dog park on the key.  Sadly, one of them, Amy Bressem, has passed before seeing this dream realized.  Tomorrow, at 4:30, a Memorial Service will be held at the beautiful site of Bahia Honda Park.   I am aware that many have  visited my blog to keep posted about the park’s progress, and I wanted to share this news about the passing of a dedicated dog lover who died so young at the age of thirty-four.  My condolences go out to her friends and family at this difficult time.

Recently, my friend Bocker Labradoodle told me about an exciting event to be held on November 20th in mid-town Manhattan.  Christmas Feet and Family Day at Citi Pond at Bryant Park offers something for everyone, free skating and skate rentals for the little ones, performances by Broadway actors, ice-skating performances by the Haydenettes, the stars of Rescue Ink, and a pet fashion show directed by New York City “pawty” planner extraordinaire, Ada Nieves.

Christmas Feet is a children’s book written by Maureen Sullivan and illustrated by Alison Josephs,  both of whom will be appearing at this event.  Christmas Feet tells the story of Carlos, a French bulldog that finds the true spirit of the holiday while spending the day in Bryant Park, read more at  Once-upon-a-time, my office at Home Box Office overlooked Bryant Park, and as I taught ice-skating to kids for years, and of course love to write about dogs and kids, this was an event I wanted to know more about.  I thanked Bocker for the bark-out and contacted Ada Nieves.

A native of Puerto Rico, Ada is very active in the Latino community and is breaking new ground in the world’s dog community as the official “It Girl” for pet events in New York City.   Ada is a renowned Certified Pet Fashion Designer, gourmet treat baker and successful “pawty” planner.  She heads the largest Chihuahua group in the nation, hosts a Pet Life Radio Talk Show, Vida Doggie, writes for the and is a contributor to several pet magazines. She is the Vice-President of Special Events and Communications for Inky Blue Sea (, the President of a dog walking service, and runs a FREE pet pantry that provides pet food for pet owners with disabilities.

Ada explains that she “went to the dogs” as a way to boost her spirits when her husband was deployed to Iraq.  A children’s party planner at the time, Ada involved herself with all things dogs, transferring her business skills to a pet party planning business making dog cakes, treats and clothing allowing her to spend more time with her “Chichis,” her family of adorable Chihuahuas, which now numbers five.

And Ada’s Chichis are busy working dogs.  Cinnabon Bon, Vanilla Salt, Mojito Bandit, Margarita Ville and AKC CH Tabasco Chill Pepper (the only champion living in New York City) are joined by resident cat, Martini Beethoven.  Ada’s dogs have appeared in numerous television commercials.  A recent session had them filming segments for Animal Planet and National Geographic, and Ada recently worked on the set of 30 Rock as a dog stylist.  They have also appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, the Conan O’Brien Show and Sabado Gigante/Univision among others. To read more about Ada and her talented pooches, please go to

Ada is the Creative Director for the Fashion Show Event to be held at Christmas Feet.  Hosted by Harrison Forbes, noted Pet Behaviorist and host of Pet Talk, a nationally syndicated radio show, some adorable dogs will make their way down the “cat walk” modeling creations designed by Ada.  Among them, none other than Bocker Labradoodle sporting a red satin outfit with black trim and sunglasses.  Bocker will be escorted by actress Amanda Henderson, star of eat, pray, love!  Other lovely four-legged models include Rose Russo’s Penny Lane and Lilly Pads and Lola, Tuffy and Munchie, “owned” by Lourdes Lebron. 

Bocker and Amanda Henderson will light up the Cat Walk at Christmas Feet

On February 11th,  at 8:00pm for the sixth year, Ada will present the Pre-Westminster Fashion Show at the Pennsylvania Hotel in Manhattan, something I’ll share more about as the day nears. 

I sure wish I could attend this exciting event, but my work takes me elsewhere.  But since I’ve always wanted to attend a Westminster Event, I  may just accept Ada’s invitation and take in that fashion show for myself in February!  Perhaps Ada can help design some fun dogwear for an upcoming National Dog Week observance. 

 Thank you for taking the time to share  all your accomplishments with me, Ada.  For more information about Christmas Feet please call (212) 661-6640.

On a sad note, one of Ada’s beloved dogs,  Tequila Bon passed yesterday, making it a very difficult day at the Nieves household.  We are so sorry to hear about your loss, Ada.