17 February 2009 | lsiegel-4
"Puppy Love" is quirky, cute, and not only New Yorkers but any city or dog lover can relate!
When the "Sex and the City" series ended it was nearly impossible to imagine another show with the same level of originality and spunk. The same creators, writers, directors, and producers have once again triumphed with a new series called "Puppy Love," and yes it takes place in the big apple. Amy Harris, along with her fellow writers of the web series, Cindy Chupack, Julie Rottenberg, Liz Tuccillo, and Elisa Zuritsky, have created a novel take on city people and their love for their dogs, the responsibility, presence, and even luck that they bring into a home. Jendra Jarnagin, who is director of photography for the series, manages to capture the beauty of New York City along with all of its hidden niches. The cast is strong, each short covering a different dog scenario. In the short Puppy Love, Maya (Famke Janssen) reluctantly learns that her dog is getting in the way of her love life, but maybe sacrificing the love she has for her dog isn't quite worth the guy she's after. She learns that both she and her dog will simply have to find someone together. On the contrary, the single and career driven Emma (Sarah Paulson) reluctantly takes her younger and pregnant sister's dog. Her sister promises her that the dog will be a lucky charm. Unfortunately the dog just isn't a charm for her, but rather her twenty-five year old assistant who manages to pick up a hot architect while walking Emma's dog. The dog and the architect's dog make a love connection as do the assistant and the architect. While slightly bitter at first about her own lack of luck, Emma grows to love the dog and it serves not only as a comfort, but eventually happiness in her single life. In another short, Andy (Jason Gray Stanford) finds that his dog is more of an attention stealer than a good luck charm, but by being so, he meets a girl who has the exact same problem and they fall in love. For the characters in "Puppy Love" whose dogs do not bring them immediate love in Manhattan, they prosper in other ways. Some find happiness from the relationship that they have with their dogs, while also falling in love with the city of New York. The show is quirky, cute, and very relatable to not only New Yorkers, but any city or dog lover.