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.
Kudos to Lena Dunham, creator of “Girls” for adopting a dog from BARC! This month she became a proud dog mom to Lamby Dunham, a sweet, twelve pound pooch. We know she’ll take good care of Lamby because they were spotted at Vinegar Hill Vet for a wellness exam. Perhaps she’ll create a role for Lamby in Girls or enter him in the Brooklyn Mutt Show.
Photo Courtesy of Vinegar Hill Pet
Prospect Park’s legendary Ghost Dog is up for adoption at Sean Casey Animal Rescue. This feral pooch roamed the green space without an owner for years. We’re glad Ghost Dog was rescued and hope he finds the perfect forever home.
Photo courtesy of Stefano Giovannini/Brooklyn Daily
The Emergency Boarding Facility for Hurricane Sandy Pets created by the ASPCA is closing this month. As of the first week in January, 129 happy reunions between pets and loving owners have taken place.
And now for a bonus news tidbit with no connection to Brooklyn. French photographer Erwan Fichou has created a series of pictures showing “dogs and their masters wearing coats or sweaters carefully knitted from lovingly gathered dog hair”. I joke about making a sweater each time I brush my Wheaten but some crazy folks out there have actually done this!
Photo: Erwan Fichou
Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2013! In no particular order, here are a few of our favorite Brooklyn dog moments from this past year. What were your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments section.
DOG-FRIENDLY FOOD EVENTS
Smorgasburg DUMBO– we couldn’t get enough of this dog-friendly foodie wonderland, which set up shop for a few weeks at the Tabacco Warehouse.
Barney and Laly in front of Casa de la Camba, serving Bolivian food at Smorgasburg DUMBO.
The Brooklyn Mutt Show– an annual celebration of mutts competing in cool categories such as Star Trek vs. Star Wars dogs. We can’t wait for this year’s show!
James Tiberius Kirk courtesy of Brokelyn
PIER 6 DOG RUN MAKEOVER
The hard work of community minded dog owners made it possible to replace the pink stones in the park with spanking brand new, bleed-free ones.
Pier 6 Dog Run gets a makeover!
Brooklyn dogs and their humans really know how to celebrate Halloween. Luckily, the hurricane didn’t put a damper on the borough’s annual festivities including the Great Pupkin in Fort Greene Park.
Great Pupkin 2012 courtesy of Kate on Clinton
ALTRUISTIC DOG COMMUNITY
The Brooklyn dog community is made up of kind, quirky, and incredibly altruistic individuals and organizations. From the work of rescue groups to the volunteer powered ASPCA Boarding Facility for Hurricane Sandy pets and Brooklyn Bark’s food pantry, we definitely feel the love.
Every now and then we come across a project on Kickstarter that we get excited about. This is the case for Oh My Dog!, a documentary that explores the explosion of dog culture in New York City and what it reveals about the human condition. The film, which features a mix of live action and animation, is the brainchild of Rani Khanna, an established documentary filmmaker based in London. Dog lovers will want to see this film on the big screen and have until January 4th to help Kickstart it.
Oh My Dog! follows Ada Nieves, a pet fashion designer, entrenched in New York City’s pet scene as she deals with the stress of organizing the pet fashion show of the year. However, there’s more to the film than dogs in designer duds. Interwoven with Ada’s drama is the story of Gus, the film’s animated mutt narrator who falls for a pedigree pooch. Throughout the film, Gus explores the different themes related to the cultural dog phenomenon: money, science, relationships, love and the evolving role of dogs. He also introduces us to the film’s contributors, that include an Iraq War veteran and their service dog, an ethologist, pet intuitive; Denise Zak and pet journalist; Julia Szabo.
Ada Nieves and her pups.
Rani Khanna has always been intrigued by the relationship between man and dog and the recent explosion of dog culture. She says, “I want to find out why is this happening now and what does this reveal about Western society today. Dogs have become more important and meaningful in our lives and continue to help people and society in so many different ways – OMD! addresses this and celebrates the only animal with the privileged status of being man’s best friend.”
Visit Kickstarter to view the film’s trailer and support its completion. I know that we look forward to seeing Gus on the big screen.
Hooray for the ASPCA and Rachael Ray! Thanks to a generous $500,000 grant from the television personality and animal advocate, the ASPCA has opened an emergency boarding facility in Brooklyn to help pet owners and animal victims of Hurricane Sandy. The facility located in Bedford–Stuyvesant opened on November 17 and will provide temporary sheltering for hundreds of displaced animals for 30 days.
“We recognize the great need to help pet owners during this difficult time by temporarily caring for their animals while they get back on their feet,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The ASPCA is working with local and national animal welfare agencies to assist animals affected by the storm, and we’re grateful to have these valued partners helping us manage the emergency boarding facility and provide relief for both people and pets alike.”
Families who need temporary pet boarding can visit the facility located at 1508 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn (open seven days a week, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.). They should also bring the following, along with their pet, to the emergency facility: One government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, military ID or non-driver ID) and proof of address (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license). Those with questions should call the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline (347-573-1561).
For pet owners who are unable to travel to the Brooklyn facility, the ASPCA will accept pets at several remote locations this week. These intake locations and dates include:
- Far Rockaway (Monday, November 19, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Waldbaum’s Lot, 112-15 Beach Channel Drive in Belle Harbor, Queens
- Rockapup (Tuesday, November 20, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
145 Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park, Queens
- Coney Island (Tuesday, November 20, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
MCU Parking Lot, Surf Avenue and 19th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn
- Staten Island (Wednesday, November 21, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue in Midland Beach, Staten Island
It’s been great to see the volunteer turnout on all fronts to help people and pets recover. Big thanks to the ASPCA, Rachael Ray’s Nutrish® pet food line, which made funds for the shelter possible and to the volunteers from the Animal Care & Control of NYC, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team.
Picture by Doxieone on Flickr.
Are you ready for Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm? While the media loves to hype up the weather, this time it looks like we’re really in for some crazy weather. Before the storm hits, take some time to develop an emergency evacuation plan to keep your family and pets safe.
We just received a press release from the ASPCA with tips to help keep your dog safe during Hurricane Sandy. They are reminding pet owners that all evacuation shelters are pet friendly. Several evacuation shelters have already opened their doors and pet owners should check the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder to locate the nearest evacuation zone and proper facility. The public can also obtain this information by calling 311.
“The best thing you can do for you and your pet is to plan ahead before Hurricane Sandy makes landfall,” said Dr. Dick Green, director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA. “Don’t wait until the last minute to see if the storm will affect your neighborhood. Act now, find your nearest evacuation shelter, and tune in to your local news to monitor the storm’s condition. And remember, all of the City’s evacuation shelters for humans are pet friendly, so please take your pets with you if you need to evacuate.”
The Animal Planning Task Force offers the following tips on disaster preparedness:
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. Micro-chip your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
- Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies. Take this with you if you evacuate.
- Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
- Choose a designated caregiver who can take care of your pet in the event you are unable.
Low-lying areas of the city that are most at risk for flooding and other damage and are designated as “Zone A” low-lying areas in the Coastal Storm Plan include: Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens; South Beach; Midland Beach; low-lying areas on Staten Island; and Battery Park City in Manhattan. For details and updates, please visit the OEM’s website or call 311 to find an evacuation center.
Also visit the ASPCA for more information on disaster preparedness and safety tips. as well as updates on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the animals in New York City.
While it seems that every day is National Dog Day at our place, the actual national holiday is on August 26. I was reminded about this by a press release from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It turns out the Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium is celebrating National Dog Day by opening its doors to canines for the first time this Sunday and offering free admission to dogs and their humans. Water bowls and doggy biscuits will be stationed throughout the Odditorium for visiting dogs to recharge while exploring 18,000 square feet of artifacts, oddities, and interactive exhibits.
While we couldn’t find any National Dog Day events taking place in Brooklyn, we’re excited about the release of The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed on the 26th. This smartphone game lets Seamus get revenge against his arch enemy, Mitt Romney. In case you haven’t heard, Seamus is the Irish Setter that Mitt Romney strapped to the roof of his car for 12 hours during a family road trip. Devo has joined efforts to back the game and is also releasing a song about poor Seamus this week titled, Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed) Take that Romney!