Category Archives: Dog Friendly Brooklyn

Brooklyn Dog News Fall 2013

Did you know there was a recent string of robberies in Brooklyn committed by a dog walker? Have you heard about a new fitness program in Prospect Park for you and Fido? If this is news to you, it’s time to catch up on Brooklyn dog headlines. Keep reading for the scoop on recent dog news in Brooklyn.

 Fitness for Fido 

Go Fetch Run is a new fitness program created for you and Fido. It’s just like baby bootcamp but with your dog. People and their pets go to Prospect Park five days a week for a workout featuring cardio and strength training, which incorporates dogs. See these fit pets and people in action on Brooklyn News 12.

Photo by Chris Ozer

Dog Walker Busted for Burglary   

A Brooklyn dog walker was caught stealing from the homes of the dogs he walked. According to the New York Post, the walker stole nearly $190,000 worth of jewelry and trinkets from clients. The incidents were reported in five DUMBO condos. I wonder if this was the same dog walker busted for stealing in my building.

Cross Court and Pacific with Care

RIP Mambo, the poor puppy who was killed after being hit by a car while crossing Pacific Street at Court. The Brooklyn Eagle reports on this dangerous intersection that is subject to heavy traffic, poor sight lines and double-parked trucks. While the intersection does not meet federal guidelines for a traffic signal, Councilmember Steven Levin has created a petition to add one. Sign it today!  

Brooklyn Eagle photo by Trudy Whitman shows heavy traffic, poor sight lines and double-parked trucks at Court and Pacific.

Vinegar Hill Vets Expand to Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Group, a satellite clinic of Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group, is slated to open November 1st. The new clinic is located at 10 Columbia Place and will be available for scheduled and walk-in appointments Monday through Saturday.

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The Dogs of Atlantic Antic 2013

It was another great year at the Atlantic Antic. The Sixpoint Antic Ale flowed, Mile End’s poutine was on point, and there was no line for Steve’s Key Lime Pie when it was time for dessert. Along with the crowds of people, there were lots of dogs who happily helped clean the streets as they trolled for scraps.  Laly couldn’t wait to get out the door as she followed the smell of street meat. Here are our favorite dogs from this year’s Atlantic Antic.

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Dogs take over the streets before the big crowds appear.

Look closely and you'll see this pooch has a full-body mohawk.

Look closely and you’ll see this pooch sports a full-body mohawk.

This dog does the Antic in style.

This dog does the Antic in style.

Giant dogs getting Antic love.

Giant dogs getting Antic love.

This pup is helping spread the word about Positive Tails, a non-profit that helps pet owners pay for veterinary care.

This pup is helping spread the word about Positive Tails, a non-profit that helps pet owners pay for veterinary care.

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Celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn With Your Dog!

Halloween is one of our favorite times of year. It’s not just for the candy and license to be someone else for the day. It’s really about dogs in costume. If there’s ever going to be a time to dress up your dog without people thinking you’re crazy, this is it. Lucky for us, there are lots of dog-friendly Halloween activities taking place in Brooklyn this weekend.

The Great PupKin

Saturday, October 27th. Starts at 11am

Fort Greene Park.  Registration for PUPkin will be just below the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument (highest point in the park)

Head to Fort Greene Park for this annual dog costume party and contest hosted by Ft. Greene PUPS. It’s free to view and the entry fee is a $5 donation. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and Brooklyn Bark will be on site for you to spin their Pup Prize Wheel.

The Howl-o-ween & Muttscarade Parade

Sunday, October 28th. 1-3pm

Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Remsen Street Entrance

Come in costumes and colors bright and give the judges a fright! This annual Brooklyn Heights Promenade tradition is free to attend. The entry fee for the costume competition is $25 and can purchased at Perfect Paws (includes a  goodie bag). Proceeds go to the Friends of Hillside Dog Park and No Kill Pet Shelters. Winners are announced at the after party starting at 4:30pm hosted by Vinegar Hill Vet clinic in DUMBO.

Love Thy Pet’s Annual Halloween Party

Sunday, October 27th. 1-3pm

164 Union Street (b/w Hicks and Henry)

The Carroll Gardens pet store is throwing a Halloween party with cake for both humans and canines along with prizes, games and photos. Prizes will be award for best pet costume. Free to participate and enter.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue Howlloween Block Bark Party

Sunday, October 27th. 12-5pm

155 E. 3rd Street (b/w Ft. Hamilton Pkwy and Caton Ave.)

Sean Casey’s fifth annual Howlloween Block Bark will feature  animal adoptions, live music, pet costume contest, raffles and more!

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First Ever Canine Corner at Tastes of Brooklyn Food Festival

In case you haven’t noticed from the number of blog posts, we love Brooklyn food events. Especially the dog-friendly ones! We’re looking forward to Tastes of Brooklyn, taking place this Saturday, October 20.  The annual culinary festival, showcases the borough’s best eats and for the first time this year, Tastes of Brooklyn is featuring a Canine Corner.

Rocco and Jezebel and the Vinegar Hill Veterinary Clinic have been busy organizing the Canine Corner, which will feature gourmet pet treats from Polka Dog Bakery, Evermore Pet Food, Woodshire Farms and others.  A Brooklyn Dog’s Life is even going into baking mode and we’re making wheat-free pumpkin treats for the event. The best part is that Tastes of Brooklyn is for a good cause. The community event raises money for Seeds in the Middle, a Brooklyn non-profit that provides great opportunities for underprivileged kids.

While your dog enjoys yummy treats, you’ll be able get a taste of Brooklyn Farmacy, Saul, La Vara, Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, and Locanda Vini & Olli, along with other great Brooklyn eats. Visit Tastes of Brooklyn for tickets and more information.

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Smorgasburg DUMBO: A New Dog-Friendly Sunday Brunch Tradition

Barney and Laly in front of Casa de Camba, serving Bolivian food at Smorgasburg DUMBO.

UPDATE: Fall 2013 Smorgasburg moved to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. Same great dog-friendly event in a new space. Very close to the Pier 6 dog run. 

Kiss your diet goodbye and say hello to a new a dog-friendly Sunday brunch tradition at Smorgasburg DUMBO. The foodie wonderland has set up shop at the Tabacco Warehouse on Sundays and is calling this new spot home until November 18.

We took a field trip this past weekend and it was love at first bite. There must have been somewhere near 60+ vendors offering everything from artisanal s’mores and homemade pop tarts to build-your-own hash browns and beef jerky made in Brooklyn.

Similar to the Williamsburg location, dogs are allowed at Smorgasburg DUMBO. It seemed that one in every twenty people had a furry friend in tow and they were all behaved. This includes Laly, although she did try to sneak a bite of the Kings County Jerky samples and who can blame her.

Our “Sunday brunch” consisted of lobster rolls from the Red Hook Pound, followed by a glazed donut from Dough, salted caramel s’more torched to perfection before our very eyes, homemade pop tart, oysters from Brooklyn Oyster Party, maple glazed bacon on a stick, a pulled pork sandwich, cherry plum shaved ice from People’s Pops, watermelon lemonade and agua de panela from a Colombian food stand.

This guy has the best job. He gets to play with marshmallows and fire at S’more Bakery.

This sounds like a page from The Very Hungry Catepillar but most portions were tasting size. We also walked there and back from Cobble Hill with a built in calorie burning stop at Hillside Dog Run. Be sure to make this amazing dog run a stop on your excursion to Smorgasburg DUMBO.

The Fat Beagle, Southern inspired food from the Carolinas.Had to include this vendor since their logo has a dog.

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Pier 6 Dog Run Gets a Makeover

Say goodbye to dusty pink paws on your pooch and paw prints ruining your clothes and carpeting after a visit to the Pier 6 Dog Run. The Atlantic Avenue run now sports brand new dust-free, bleed-free gravel! During a recent makeover, the run’s pink stones were replaced with sand colored gravel and a concrete ledge was added to the dog fountain/shower area, to elevate it and prevent a mud pit each time it’s used.

Pier 6 Dog Run gets a makeover!

Thanks to Tyra Bombetto and everyone that helped make this happen. For the past year (if not longer), we’ve heard about Pink Dogs Unite, a group started by Bombetto to replace the notorious pink gravel. Tons of stones were tested and the runners-up were even displayed at the run for feedback from dog owners.

After a few visits to the run, the new stones passed the test. I happened to be wearing black from head to toe and didn’t leave covered in a dusty paste. More importantly, the dogs weren’t covered in any residue from the gravel. Given Laly’s wheaten coloring, she gets lost in a sea of beige. It took her a few visits to get used to the new gravel but she’s now a happy camper. We just have to wait for the thick layer of pebble to settle and disperse so it doesn’t feel like walking on quick sand for the humans and Laly can get her competitive edge back when chasing after other pups.

Wheaten greeting camouflage at the newly made over Pier 6 Dog Run.

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Shake Shack Brooklyn Dog Menu

After much anticipation, Shake Shack in Downtown Brooklyn is finally open. During our visit we were elated to spot a section for dogs on the menu. The next time you give into in a burger craving, make sure to pick up a treat for your pooch. The menu features the Pooch-ini, a custard treat for canines and Bag O’ Bones dog biscuits.  

 
Laly was even allowed to enter burger nirvana by an employee who assumed the place was dog friendly since they served dog treats. We thought it was weird but went along with it until we were told to wait outside by another staff member. Once home, Laly only had eyes for her Pooch-ini and actually let us eat our food in peace. I’m also happy to report that a big serving of custard didn’t make her sick. Tonight’s dinner was a win-win for all.  
 

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