Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat Wave (Infographic)

Today was another hot one and it’s not getting cooler with temperatures remaining in the 90s over the next few days. During our evening walk, Laly quickly took care of business and dragged me back home where she happily chewed on ice cubes. Dogs are especially prone to heat stroke since they don’t sweat the way humans do to keep cool. While they can sweat through their paw pads, our furry friends rely on panting to regulate their body temperature. Be sure to take extra care during walks in the heat and make sure your home is comfortable for Fido while you’re at work. The folks at The Uncommon Dog have shared a fun infographic with tips to help keep your dog cool this summer.

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Sean Casey Animal Rescue Benefit Dog Wash

If you’re looking for a fun way to beat the heat and volunteer for a good cause, sign up for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Benefit Dog Wash. Event organizer, Brooklyn Bark is looking for volunteers and dirty dogs on July 13th and August 3rd. Your dog may not be too pleased about getting a bath but it’s for the greater good.  Sign up to volunteer today!  The event will also feature:

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Off-Leash Hours: F to 7th’s Premiere Episode

Does your award-winning  dog go to an exclusive doggie day care? Are they half way through reading Harry Potter and learning sign language? This crazy world exists in comedian Ingrid Jungermann’s new web series, ‘F to 7th’.  We recently discovered the hilarious first episode  titled ‘Off-Leash Hours’. It’s a take on Prospect Park’s off-leash hours and Brooklyn’s dog obsessed residents.  The episode features Michael Showalter and Isaiah Stokes one-upping each other about being the better dog owner while Jungermann’s character worries that she emasculates her dog. You’ll just have to watch the episode for yourself to have a good laugh.

 

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Brooklyn Dog Headlines-January 2013

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.

Lamby at Vinegar Hill Vet

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.

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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.

010913_reunion_1And 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

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Is Your Dog The Cutest One at the Run?

Do you think your dog is the king or queen of the dog run? If so, Brooklyn Bridge Park invites you to enter their Cutest Dog at the Dog Run Photo Contest. According to the folks at BBP, the runs at Main Street and Pier 6 get a lot of love rain or shine and they want to meet the dogs that add to the park’s cute factor. There will be one winner at each dog run and they will receive a $50 gift certificate to Wag Club!

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Rules for Dog Run Contest

Submit your photos to info@brooklynbridgepark.org with the subject “Cutest Dog at the Dog Run”

  1. Entries will be accepted until January 22, 2013
  2. Only one submission per dog, per owner
  3. All submissions must be in .jpg format
  4. Photos must be taken AT one the dog runs to be considered
  5. Please include dog’s name and age in the body of the email, as well as which dog run the photo was taken at (Pier 6 Dog Run or Main Street Dog Run)
  6. By submitting a photo, you agree to be entered into BBP’s email list
  7. Have fun!

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

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Dedicated: Pet Insurance Across the Pond

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Pet insurance is a necessity for all pet owners who have access to it – this ensures that you can cover veterinary bills and associated costs should your pet ever become ill. Many policies will also help you with rewards if pets are lost. While these policies are clearly beneficial, they were not truly considered until around 1947, when the first pet insurance plan was sold in Britain.

The United States didn’t consider the idea until the early 1980s, when TV favorite Lassie was insured for a whopping $1 million. Today, Britain has the second-highest rate of pet insurance policies, while Sweden takes the number one spot – but what are the major differences between plans across the continent?

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How policies work: US and UK

UK policies are fairly simple, and will cover veterinary costs (and sometimes extra costs, like the policy offered by Pets at Home) either entirely or with an attached excess fee. US policies are a little more complicated, using a benefit schedule in which limitations and deductible costs are attributed to individual problems, meaning that different plans are available depending on the level of coverage you want for your pet. Lifetime coverage will protect you for repeated treatment for conditions over the pet’s lifetime, while limited coverage plans will stop providing coverage once that condition has been treated.

In both the UK and the US, pet owners must pay the vet directly and then submit a claim to the insurance company in order to receive reimbursement. Always ensure you fill out all forms correctly to avoid delays, and be sure to choose a policy which covers everything for your pet’s needs.

Sponsored post by Pets At Home. 

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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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