Category Archives: Dog Safety

Dog-Friendly Brooklyn Halloween Celebrations & Pet Safety (INFOGRAPHIC)

Halloween is just a few days away! Add some glitter to your dog’s costume and get a head start on the festivities with these events taking place over the weekend.

The 15th ANNUAL GREAT PUPKIN @ Fort Greene Park

Saturday, October 26th (rain date 10/27)

Registration at 11am, contest at 12pm

This 15th annual tradition in Fort Greene Park will have Photographer Christopher Franko, actress/activist Rosie Perez, and Gothamist Executive Editor Jen Chung as judges. Expect amazing costumes and equally great prizes.


Sunday, October 28th  1pm – 3pm
Brooklyn Heights Promenade Remsen Street entrance

It’s time for our favorite doggie costume parade and contest along the Promenade where each year the costumes get more creative. Entrants compete for glory and fabulous prizes – all for animal charity. The event brings a colorful assortment of neighborhood regulars, dog lovers, cross dressers and children of all ages. Register @ Perfect Paws Inc. 102 Hicks Street—All entries receive a fun filled goodie doggie bag!

Here’s a new event we just learned about in case you want to venture into Manhattan.


Saturday, October 26th at 2:00pm

South Street Seaport 

The South Street Seaport is hosting its first-ever Halloween Costume competition for dogs and their owners! People and pets have a chance to win great prizes from some of the contest sponsors, including BarkBox, The Salty Paw, Downtown Magazine, Paws on Pine and FiDi Families. Upload a picture of your furry companion to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SEEPAWS to be entered to participate.


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Prevent Dog Theft With The Safespot Locking Leash

SafeSpot Image

As a dog owner, one of the most frightening things that can happen is the disappearance of our furry friends. More dogs are stolen per year than bicycles (2 million dogs vs. 1.5 million bikes). We’ve even started to see headlines about Brooklyn dogs being held for ransom. To help keep our pets safe, Michael Friedland, a Brooklyn inventor has created the Safespot Locking Leash.

The steel cable reinforced leash was designed for pet owners who run errands with their dogs. I cringe each time I see dogs tied to poles while their humans run into stores. This may seem normal to some people but it’s when dogs are in most danger of being stolen.  While you can’t get people to change their ways, you can hopefully get them to use a theft-proof leash for those times Fido must remain outside.

The Safespot Locking Leash is a fully adjustable collar and lead with a steel cabled core. This gives pet owners peace-of-mind on those short occasions they need to leave their dog unattended. The patented design securely locks canines to an immovable object when necessary or can be used as a daily walking leash without using the lock feature. Check out this video to see the leash in action.


To learn more about the SafeSpot Locking Leash we spoke with Michael Friedland.

Q: What inspired you to create the SafeSpot Locking Leash? 

 A: We’ve been selling our popular Pawz dog boots now for 7 plus years. The success of our disposable, rubber dog boots inspired us to look for other innovative product ideas that would make a difference to dogs and their humans. All dogs need at least one leash. So we started thinking about leashes. Since we don’t do ‘me too’ products, retractable were out of the question and there are many leashes available for all types of dogs and people. We came upon the idea of a locking leash from simple observation of the need here in Brooklyn. We have seen other product offerings that were bulky, impractical and often unsafe. These products never gained any traction. 

 Q: Have you personally been affected by pet theft? 

A: I have personally never had a dog stolen but almost everyone I know has a connection to stolen dog story.

 Q: Are there similar products on the market? If so, what makes SafeSpot different?

A: As far as I know, there are not any locking leashes on the market. There was one that I am aware of but the collar needed to be removed from the dog during the locking process, which was a very inelegant design. The Safespot Locking Leash on the other hand never has to be removed to lock, is adjustable to all neck sizes, and has a steel security cable running from handle to collar, which are lockable.

Q: What has consumer response been like to the product?  

A: The consumer response has been extraordinary. The Safespot won’t be available in stores until next month but me and others in the office are getting stopped on street about the leash. The truth is our dogs are pretty cute. My short hair Border Collie recsue, Wyatt, is the friendliest dog so he is a natural model and sales dog. His favorite spot in Brooklyn is swimming spot known as the Peninsula in Prospect Park. To see him diving into the lake is a picture of pure joy.

 Q: What does it take to get a product on the market from concept to execution? 

A: The Safespot was definitely the most complex product I have ever done. Conceived in house and designed in collaboration with our friends at A2 Design here in New York.  The entire process always takes longer than you expect but the guys at A2 are real pros and worked with us to create the perfect blend of form and function. It was important to  us that the product didn’t just work well but also that it be a simple and elegant design that people would want to use.

Q: What Brooklyn retailers carry the Safespot locking leash?

 A: In Brooklyn the Safespot will be available September 1st at and many independent pet shops. 

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5 Safety Tips for a Dog Friendly Thanksgiving

Photo: The Doggy World

A Brooklyn Dog’s Life is headed to the city of brotherly love for Thanksgiving. That means it’s time to get out the dog seatbelt and pack toys for the furry and human babies. We love celebrating the holiday with our dog Laly, but it also means we have to be diligent to make sure she doesn’t steal the turkey and that kids don’t feed her anything harmful. As you get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, keep in mind a few safety tips from of the American Veterinary Medical Association to ensure you have a safe holiday.

Your Thanksgiving feast is for people – not pets.  Table scraps may seem like a fun way to include your pet in the holiday, but many foods are poisonous to pets, including onions, garlic, raisins and grapes. Most people understand that chocolate is poisonous to pets but aren’t aware of an artificial sweetener called Xylitol that has been shown to be just as deadly to dogs. Play it safe and don’t share your dessert with Fido or Fluffy.

Just because it’s dead, doesn’t mean it’s not deadly.  A turkey carcass left in an open trash container or one that’s easily opened could prove deadly if the family pet finds it.  A pet that “discovers” the carcass can quickly eat so much that it causes a dangerous condition called pancreatitis.  Dispose of turkey carcasses in a covered, tightly secured container along with anything used to wrap or tie the meat and any bones left on plates. These are also hazards and can be very tempting for your pets.

Photo: Find A Vet

Want to treat your pet on Thanksgiving?  Buy a treat that is made just for them.  Make sure the pet treat is not a part of any recall and/or doesn’t contain ingredients of questionable origin. Your pet will enjoy the treat just as much, and chances are you won’t spend the holiday at the emergency clinic.

For some pets, houseguests can be scary.  Some pets are shy or excitable around new people, and Thanksgiving often means new people will be visiting. If you know your dog can be overwhelmed when people come over, put them in another room or a crate so they’re out of the frenzy and feel safe. If they are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely — especially when your guests are entering or leaving your home. In the confusion, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost.

Photo: Lekki Frazier-Wood’s Blog

Decorations and fire can be dangerous. As you dress your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece and flowers, remember to keep them up and away from your pets.  Some decorations look good enough to eat, and pets may decide to have a taste. Pine cones and needles, if consumed by a pet, can cause an intestinal blockage or even perforate the animal’s intestine. Also beware of dinner by candlelight and your cozy fireplace. Where there’s a flame, there’s the opportunity for disaster.  Make sure you’re careful to keep children and pets away from any open flame or fire.

Photo: Canine Couch Potato Blog

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ASPCA Opens Brooklyn Emergency Boarding Facility for Hurricane Sandy Pets

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.


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Wishing You Calm After the Storm

This post is for all our friends in Brooklyn and beyond who braved the storm! We hope you are safe, dry and in good company with a roof over your head.  Hang in there if you don’t have power or running water.

Makeshift dog agility in Park Slope after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Iana Aranda

We’re fortunate to have power and are getting back into the routine. It was business as usual for the dogs at Pier 6 Dog Run today. The run is open and you should definitely get out there so your dog can burn some energy after being cooped up for a few days. Pier 6 is currently seeking volunteers for hurricane cleanup efforts tomorrow from 2-5pm. Their site is down but you can email them to RSVP.  Big thanks to all those who worked hard and continue doing so in every capacity to keep us safe and get us up and running!

Business as usual at Pier 6 Dog Run after Hurricane Sandy.

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Keep Your Dog Safe During Hurricane Sandy

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.

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Join the Train Humane Campaign

Every year millions of unsuspecting dogs and pups are choked, pinched, yanked and pulled on by their collars or training tools. To raise awareness and change dog owners’ behavior, Alecia Evans, a Holistic Dog Trainer and Animal Wellness Consultant, started the Train Humane Campaign, with September 27 as its official awareness day.

The mission of the Train Humane Campaign is to end the choking of dogs and pups  by evolving the tools people use to train them. In other words, lose the medieval choke collar and get with the humane harness. Alecia Evans is on a mission to educate dog owners about the benefits of proper fitting harnesses and the behavioral changes they lead to. The campaign’s goal is to be 3 million dogs strong by Sept 27, 2013.

We know the benefits, firsthand with Laly. As new dog owners we never used  a choke collar, but did use a standard neck collar. This was no fun for either of us since she yanked and tugged, choking herself and took us for a wild ride during each walk. The minute we started using a harness, our problem was solved.

According to the Train Humane Campaign,  dog owners are causing damage to their pets such as tracheal injuries, neck subluxations, spinal misalignments, tearing of retinal tissue in the eye, soft tissue damage in neck and esophageal damage.   Alecia Evans says, “the time has come to evolve the tools we use to train our dogs and pups to make them safer, pain and choke free, completely humane and respectful of our dog’s bodies.” Visit the campaign’s site to get the facts on neck collars vs. harnesses and join the Train Humane movement.


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