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.
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.
Swifto, the Manhattan-based, tech savvy dog walking company has expanded its service area to include Brooklyn. Among the neighborhoods covered are DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, BoCoCa and Williamsburg (see map below for complete list). While there are plenty of dog walkers in the borough we think Swifto has what it takes to claim a stake in Brooklyn. Here’s what we’re excited about:
GPS tracking app—Swifto has a GPS tracking system that sends you a message when your walk begins. Go online in real time and track your dog’s walk, see where they did their business and for how long they were out. Each walk ends with a picture of your pooch to put a smile on your face while you’re stuck in the office.
24/7 Walks—need a walker on a Sunday at 6am? No problem. They prefer 24 hour scheduling notice but it’s good to know there’s an around-the-clock walker when something comes up.
Private Dog Walks—it’s just your dog and their walker (screened, bonded and insured). You won’t find a pack of rowdy dogs here.
We haven’t needed a walk just yet but we did schedule a meet and greet to get to know one of Swifto’s walkers. We met with Emily, a dog-loving actress from California who recently moved to Brooklyn. She was friendly and asked all the right questions about Laly’s habits, behavior, preferences and best places for walks in the neighborhood. I also learned they will take your pooch to nearby dog runs.
In case you’re thinking about using Swifto, here’s how they compare to one of BoCoCa’s popular dog walking services. The BoCoCa service charges $19 for solo weekday walks and $26 on weekends. However, they currently aren’t accepting new dogs for solo walks. Swifto’s 30-minute walks cost $20, any time and day of the week and you can save a few bucks by purchasing packages. Convenience factor aside, we can’t wait to check out the GPS feature when we schedule our first walk. Let us know what you think when you sign up your pooch.
Swifto available in green areas of map.
PetSmart on Atlantic Avenue officially opened this week and is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, November 12. The first 50 people to visit the store starting at 9:00am will receive gift cards containing mystery amounts. You can also enter your dog in the “Hottest Dog” contest sponsored by the on-site Banfield Pet Hospital. Joey Chesnut will serve as a contest judge and hot dogs are on the house. The winning pooch will receive a year’s worth of vet care at Banfield.
Curious to see what PetSmart had in store, we took a field trip to the retail giant. Just before noon on a weekday, the store had a decent number of human and canine customers. I was surprised by the number of people making grooming appointments. It made sense after learning their prices, which are considerably less than the going rate in the neighborhood. PetSmart even has a “Look Great Guarantee” providing free grooming if you’re not happy with their service.
Pet Smart also features an adoption center that was made up of all cats from what we could tell and a training center. The location boasts a Banfield Pet Hospital that bases care around health plans starting at $299 a year and include routine vaccines and unlimited office visits. Going to a chain store for training, grooming, and veterinary care seems rather impersonal to us. I worry we’d run the risk of a revolving door of personnel making it difficult to develop relationships and become a regular. When I brought this up to a technician at Banfield, she assured me the hospital had two permanent vets on staff. We weren’t able to learn if this was the case for training and grooming.
As for the shopping experience, it’s all about convenience and some savings. PetSmart carries most brands and allows you to save money by signing up for their rewards card. That said, it’s a rather bland retail experience. The location lacked quirky and innovative pet gear. The closest we came to this was the line of Martha Stewart pet products and Rock n Retro doggie tees.
238 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wag your tail for Wag Club, the new doggie boutique and day care located across from the Pier 6 Dog Run in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Wag Club fills a void for dog services in this part of the neighborhood offering day care, grooming, training, play groups, and overnight stays. Founded by John Squires and his Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy, Wag Club strives to be a home away from home for Brooklyn dogs and a place where their humans can interact.
We recently scoped out the spot during their open house and liked what we saw. Upon walking into Wag Club expect to be greeted by friendly staff at the storefront which carries gear and specialty items such as Isle of Dog toiletries and fashionable Harry Barker pooch wear. Behind the retail space is the play/day care area outfitted with non porous rubber flooring that’s easy on the paws. The loft like area felt big enough for small to medium sized breeds to have adequate play. The space also houses a grooming station and kennels for boarding.
Here’s a few things we like about Wag Club:
They offer a walking pick-up and drop-off service in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill to and from their location. For an extra $3-$5, this is a nice perk. Taxi service is coming soon according to their website.
They host events ranging from a weekly puppy playgroups to workshops on doggie dinner etiquette and leash aggression led by DogBoy Robert Haussmann.
They foster a sense of community by supporting animal charities such as Best Friends and Waggy Tail Rescue. Stay tuned for a charity calendar featuring local dogs.
We’ll let you know about Laly’s upcoming spa day at Wag Club for grooming. In the meantime feel free to share your Wag Club experience in the comments section.
What do you get when you put Brooklyn’s best dog trainers under one roof? The new Brooklyn Dog Training Center. Earlier this month, the facility opened its doors in Park Slope and features classes by different trainers with individual styles and specialties. The training center offers the Brooklyn dog community more options than any other single location.
Classes cover a wide variety of topics such as puppies, manners, competition obedience and agility as well as seminars in leash aggression, dogs & babies, tricks and much more. Rest assured your dog will receive individual attention with small class sizes. Brooklyn Dog Training center also features special anti-fatigue rubber flooring that prevents slipping and fatigue to protect both human and canine students.
The training center brings together the dog savvy of Sarah Westcott of Doggie Academy, Renee Payne of Walk This Way, Dani Santanella of Urban K-9, and hopes to grow its roster of trainers. The space held an open house the first week in July and classes kicked-off July 16. Visit the site’s calendar for a complete list of classes that runs through December.
Here’s a double dose of cuteness from Jenna Giannasio, co-owner of School of Walk, a downtown Brooklyn-based dog walking and pet sitting service. School of Walk prides itself on walking no more than three dogs at a time and providing reinforcement and training on basic commands during walks. Jenna is mom to rescues, Avery and Nola.
Breed: Pit Bull
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Personality: Loves people and is especially fond of little kids. A big snuggler with loads of playful energy. Also a little anxious about other dogs,but loves her adopted sister, Nola!
Hobbies: Napping, eating peanut butter out of her Kong, playing with her sister, licking faces and racing up and down the hall and the stairs.
Vocabulary: Sit, down, look, touch, stay and let’s go for a walk!
Favorite spot for walks: Beautiful green blocks in Boerum Hill.
Favorite Toy: Busy Buddy-what’s better than a toy that gives you treats when you play with it?
Pet Peeve: Cats!
Hidden Talent: Sleeping sprawled out on the bed on her back, taking up all the room!
Breed: Cane Corso
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Personality: Really excited about everything. Having been found wandering in Prospect Park, we think she’s just thrilled about having a regular home and routine and her sister Avery to play with.
Hobbies: Snoring, playing with her sister, poking around in the cat box, chewing on bones.
Vocabulary: Sit, touch, wait, out, look…her vocabulary is still developing!
Favorite spot for walks: Wherever Avery goes and is also a big fan of the Hillside dog run
Favorite Toy: Anything she can chew on!
Pet Peeve: Being prevented from eating her sister’s dinner when she’s finished with her own.
Best Feature: World’s cutest underbite