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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.

HOWL-O-WEEN & MUTTSQUERADE PARADE

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.

 SEE PAWS

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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Third Annual Brooklyn Basset Hound Meetup

Sunday October 27th marks the third annual meeting of the Basset Hounds in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. A couple of  years ago a few local basset hound owners decided to gather the hounds together and the North Park Slope Basset Association was formed. 

Higgins and Woodey

The first year, six Bassets attended. The following year it grew to 15 Bassets. Who knows how many will be there this year! Basset hounds are not they typical “city dog”- you don’t see many of them, so as an owner of  three year old Higgins, I get really excited when I see one in the area. The idea of seeing a group of them together is just pure silliness that must be experienced.

Basset Tongue

Bassets make people smile. I often think, “if I only had a dollar for every time someone smiles at Higgins as we’re walking”. There were lots of smiles last year and I’m sure there will be just as many this year. Come see the Bassets this Sunday! Visit the North Park Slope Basset Association Facebook page for more details.
Basset Stare Down
Guest Post by Kerry Geise, a basset lover for life who lives in Park Slope with husband Jim and dog Higgins. Follow Kerry on Twitter and Instagram @kerrygeise where you’ll be flooded with pictures of Higgins and other basset friends.
 

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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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Take Your Dog Hiking with Discover Outdoors

The dog days of summer are over but that doesn’t mean a pooch can’t have fun in the fall.  I’m looking forward to spending time outdoors in cooler weather and started researching dog-friendly ideas beyond a a day of apple picking.  I came across a company called Discover Outdoors that offers day trips from New York City. They have a few things I want to do that include a midnight hike and lake swim but what really caught my eye on their site was a series of dog-friendly hikes. That’s right, organized hiking for city dogs and their humans. Discover Outdoors currently offers three types of hiking trips for you and your pooch. There’s even a hike for people without furry friends that allows them hike with adoptable dogs.

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Beginner Hike and Hound and Hike and Hound Pine Meadow

A four-mile hike for beginners and a six mile option for fit folks and dogs around a beautiful lake. The day trip includes transportation from Manhattan, lakeside lunch and time for dogs to swim.  The tail wagging day is for both large and smaller dogs, allowing them to explore trails, branches, roots and leaves that are so different from the concrete sidewalks of New York City.

Hike with Adoptable Dogs

Don’t have a dog but want to hike with one?  You can hike with an adoptable dog from non-profit shelter, Animal Haven and give these animals some much needed fresh air, exercise and love. The day begins at Animal Haven in Soho, where you’ll get a private volunteer orientation that counts as the first of two for certification as an Animal Haven volunteer. Next you’ll meet your new best friend and enjoy a day of beauty of nature, fresh air, and good exercise.

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Happy New Year! & Top Brooklyn Dog Moments of 2012

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.

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

MUTT PRIDE

The Brooklyn Mutt Showan 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

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!

Pier 6 Dog Run gets a makeover!

HALLOWEEN 

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 courtesy of Kate on Clinton

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.

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Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

If you’re reading this blog, you probably know about the great work being done by Sean Casey Animal Rescue and Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition. But did you know about Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue?  It wasn’t until a recent trip down the rabbit hole on Twitter that I discovered this kickass organization with a great name and tag line- “saving badass dogs from idiot humans”.

Brooklyn Badass is made up of a committed network of fosters and volunteers that rescue sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high kill, rural shelters in the southern United States. Once pulled from  shelters, they provide dogs with  veterinary care and transport them north to foster and  forever homes. Since 2011, Badass has rescued over 600 dogs and placed them all in loving homes.

Betty, a 4-year old dachshund-chihuahua mix, is a Badass alum placed in a forever home in Park Slope.  From her Facebook page, you can tell that her new family is crazy about her and that she’s loving life as a Brooklyn dog.

Betty, the Badass alum, enjoying life in Park Slope.

Betty, the Badass alum, enjoying life in Park Slope.

Badass takes the adoption process seriously in order to place each dog in a home where they will thrive. They hold weekly events at NYC Pet in Williamsburg, where you can meet rescues. Visit their website and Tumblr page, The Daily Badass, to learn ab0ut upcoming events and ways you can get involved in this awesome group.

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Dog Fashion Shows at Wag Club and D Pet Hotels Chelsea

Now that winter is in full effect and you’ve dug out your hats and scarves from the closet, don’t forget to also keep your furry babies warm in style. In case you need  inspiration when it comes to outfitting Fido this winter, Wag Club and D Pet Hotels Chelsea are hosting dog fashion and trunk shows next week. Both events are dog-friendly and should be an evening of fun. See you there and don’t forget to RSVP!

Wag Club and Gooseneck Vineyards proudly present FASHION FOR PAWS on Tuesday, December 4th. The dog trunk and fashion show will feature designs by students and alumni of the FIT Pet Product Design & Marketing Program. Bring your dogs and enjoy a fun night out of fashion and entertainment! You’ll even be able to take pictures with Santa while there. Designs by: Sam & Tasha, American Dog Apparel, Turtlebacks by LMB Designs, Les Pets en Voyage, Naughty Pet, Luxury Pets and LIU LIU.

Tuesday, December 4th  8-10pm 

362 Furman Street

Hosted by: Jonathan Powley, Comedian, Storyteller & Writer  and spirits by Gooseneck Vineyards

RSVP: liu.irene@yahoo.com

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On December 5th, D Pet Hotels Chelsea is hosting the launch of the Icons Collection from Couture by Sophie.  Meet designer Jody Miller and check out her designs that pay homage to music fashion icons, from Elvis to Cher. Hope you can make it and enjoy a night of doggie fashion, shopping, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres!

Wednesday, December 5th   7-9pm

D Pet Hotels Chelsea

104 W. 27th Street 

RSVP: chelsea.nyc@dpethotels.com

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