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First Doggie Reality Show To Air on Animal Planet

It’s just another dog day afternoon in New York City.

At least that’s the premise of the new Animal Planet reality series Dog Days, where MTV’s The Real World meets a New York City dog park. As the first foray into reality programming for Animal Planet, this hip, edgy show follows a group of young, mostly single men and women, who, along with their beloved four-legged friends, all know each other from their time spent at Madison Square Park, a designated dog park in the city.

For a reality series, this one makes much more sense than some of the other ridiculous reality programming out there. We all know at least one person who is completely obsessed with their dog and has a tough time getting a date.

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Each episode focuses on six individuals as they go through their daily life, working at their jobs, looking for love–or finding the ultimate dog shampoo.

For example, in the first episode, one of the women believes her dog is a “man magnet,” while another says she’ll only date a guy who loves her dog. Later, a budding romance between two dogs doesn’t necessarily translate to a relationship between the owners.

Here’s a look at some of the participants, otherwise known as the “Park Posse”:

Anne and Paquita: Anne is a 27-year-old artist who lives in the East Village with her 3-year-old Pit Bull named Paquita. The rest of the cast thinks these two are eerily alike, but that’s just fine with Anna. Since Paquita climbed up her leg when she saw her in a litter, it was love at first sight. Now, Paquita is queen of the household.

Eddie and Joey: Eddie is a single fashion model (can you believe it?) living in Soho with his “girlfriend,” an American Staffordshire Terrier named Joey. Actually, Eddie just broke up with his long-time human girlfriend and is a little cynical about love, but with a dog like Joey to come home to, who cares?

Ajile and Prada: This free-spirited freelance publicist is a true New York City “It” girl–and she has a pampered Shih Tzu named Prada to prove it. In fact, Prada is so spoiled, he refuses to walk on the city’s dirty streets. Is he lazy or just a “troubled” teen? Might be tough to find this dog a date.

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Danielle and Cherry: Danielle is a successful dancer and choreographer who arranges the dance numbers on Saturday Night Live and MTV’s Video Music Awards. Even though she has a busy schedule, she still finds time for her puppy Cherry, a cute Jack Russell Terrier. But now she may have to share her affections–she and Cherry have just moved in with Danielle’s boyfriend, Chris. Can they make it work?

Lori, Stephan and Max: One of the only married couples on the show, Lori and Stephan both work in the entertainment biz–she as a writer and actress, he as a voiceover artist–and they just adore their “son” Max, a mixed breed mutt. They adopted him after the tragedy of Sept. 11 because they felt life was too short. Now, if they could only find the right dog “nanny.”

March and Dax: March is a wacky Soho artist whose dog Dax, a wire-haired Fox Terrier, helps him promote his art by wearing it on his collar (don’t worry, Dax is very patient with his owner). Currently single, March may have a romance blossoming with one of the other cast members, but you’ll have to watch to find out which one.

Jill and Oliver: Jill is a freelance producer who thinks a dog park is the perfect place to meet eligible men. Her partner in pickups is her mixed breed dog Oliver, the designated “guy magnet.” Yet, 30-year-old Jill may find that the only thing she has in common with the men she meets is their love for dogs. Time to branch out!

Scott and Atticus: Scott, a 30-year-old actor, pretends to be the New York tough guy, but his “gentle giant”–a Great Dane named Atticus-has softened him up on more than one occasion.

Gary and Astro: Talk about idolizing your dog. Gary is an unemployed grad student who loves his short-haired Collie/Great Pyrenees mix Astro so much that he’s had the 11-year-old dog’s DNA frozen. When Astro dies, Gary can create a clone. He is also in the process of having a hat made out of Astro’s hair. We aren’t kidding, folks.

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These are just some of the people who’ll meet on Dog Days. Make sure to catch the premiere Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet.

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