Welcome back to our series on morning routines where we highlight women around the city and talk to them about what their morning routines look like with their dog. No two mornings are alike and they shouldn’t be! A lot of people hope that dogs will help to bring routine and structure into our lives, to bring joy into mornings, to get up early, to lounge a little longer - whatever it is, it’s your sacred ritual. It’s designed to fit your life and your dogs’s. We’re just here to show how many different faces it can take on.
This week, we chatted with Samantha who’s a New Yorker through and through. She got her first dog Juniper a.k.a. June back in April and as the founder of Brooklyn Base Camp, Samantha and Juniper are no strangers to weekend adventures out of the city. Here, Samantha talks to us about balancing her work life, social life, relationship and raising June in NYC.
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How long have you been in New York?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, but moved through the neighborhoods like Park Slope, Bay Ridge and Windsor Terrace.
What do you do for work and when did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
I’m currently a Brand Partnerships Consultant. I quit my regular day job to focus more on Brooklyn Base Camp.
When did you first decide to get June and how did you land on the name?
My boyfriend and I decided to get a pup back in April (2019). We started picking out names before we had picked out a dog, names like Juniper and Cedar. We’re both very outdoorsy, and wanted names that were Earthy. One day my boyfriend was scrolling through Social Tees available adoptions and sent me the tiniest and cutest little pup named Teddy. We arranged to meet him in May, and it was love at first sight. We named him Juniper, but call him June for short.
You and your boyfriend are raising June together and you’re co-founders - how do you balance the dynamic and split responsibilities?
Joe and I have very different personalities but love the same things. I think it balances us out. We had a big discussion about responsibilities, both in our professional and personal lives, and respect one another needs when it comes to what makes us feel comfortable and uncomfortable. It’s not to say that we don’t argue or come to disagreements, cause we do, but I think it’s helped to have the hard conversations first. It sets the right intentions and boundaries we need in our relationship.
What’s been the hardest part of raising June in New York?
Oh, I can send a list, but the top two have been finding accessible places for him to run and play and feeling unaccepted in public places
You guys love being outdoors and it feels like New Yorkers are searching for any greenery they can. Any hikes you can recommend to people outside of the city that are good for dogs as well?
There are actually a ton of dog-friendly hikes within the boroughs that you can hike with your dog! My favorite would have to be Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan. It’s known to have the oldest forest in NYC and also use to be the home of the Lenape people. It truly feels like you’re somewhere outside of the city.
How about things you can do in the city with your dog that are a little more active than the usual walk?
There are a few favorites I have that are especially good during the spring and summer months, like canoeing and kayaking. There are several piers that offer free kayaking, and have lifevests for you and your dog! You can also join communities that relate to your favorite sport or hobby and are welcoming to you and your dog, for example, the climbing community in NYC welcomes dogs in their spaces. We wrote a blog piece 10 Adventures to Do with Your Dog in NYC if you want to learn more!
What time do you and June wake up every morning?
Lately, he’s been waking me up at 8am if I’m trying to sleep in, on other days we’re up at 7am.
Are you guys early birds or night owls?
Early bird gets the worm!
Does he sleep in your bed?
When we’re getting ready to go to bed, June crawls under the bed to sleep, but I’ll wake up to him sleeping on my bed, usually towards my feet.
What's the first thing you do every day? And what's the first thing you two do together every day?
The first thing I do is make a cup of coffee, and then get June ready to go to the dog park as I sip on my cup of joe.
What's for breakfast?
Coffee and scrambled eggs!
Walk before or after breakfast?
I feed June, make myself a coffee to go and then we head out for a walk. I usually make breakfast for myself once I know June’s been exercised.
What do you listen to while getting ready for the day?
Spotify has a playlist called Lofi Hip Hop - beats to relax and listen to that sets a really good mood for my day
Healthiest morning habit:
Drinking a large mason jar of water and lemon
Worst morning habit:
Not brushing my teeth until after I drink coffee...
One word to describe your mornings:
I never leave home without…
My keys, cell phone, and a lipstick
If you had one extra hour in the morning, how would you use it?
To read or write
The best part of mornings with my dog is:
Being woken up by licks and our long walks or dog parks
Our morning routine series is designed to showcase the diversity of experiences that come with having a dog in the city in all the ups and all the downs.
If you and your dog would like to be featured, text ‘ritual’ to 29071