Nearly 100 Boston Terriers and their owners met up in Washington Square Park’s dog run on Sunday to celebrate National Boston Terrier Day.
The holiday, held each year on Feb. 19, honors the doggo nicknamed “the American Gentleman.”
Sunday’s meetup was the sixth organized by NYC Boston Terriers, a group that brings together Boston terriers and their owners for days of fun.
Jeffrey Klein of NYC Boston Terriers and his 18th-month-old dog, Moe, had a great time at Sunday’s gathering.
“I’m pretty excited, I like seeing all the dogs,” he said. “They all play so similarly so it’s kind of cool to see them, they all interact in the same way, very mouthy and they play tug together.”
Klein said NYC Boston Terriers started in September after another Boston terrier group stopped having meetings. To help gather the Big Apple’s Boston terriers, organizers post polls on Instagram each month, in which owners can vote on where and when to meet.
More than 100 people voted for Sunday’s holiday meetup.
When asked how important it is to have a group like NYC Boston Terriers, Klein said it has to do a lot with the owners, who all share a common love for their puppers.
“Boston terrier owners are so passionate about the breed,” he said. “They ask questions, they have similar issues. It’s just cool to talk to people that are as passionate about the dog as you are.”
Before going into the dog run, the terriers lined up for a complimentary photo from photographer Jen Hillenga.