I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here – that’s what happens when renovating a house and simultaneously getting a promotion at work!
You all know how much I love pets — I felt compelled to share this message that just came in to the CHB inbox:
I lost my cat on St. James Place between Gates and Fulton. I fell on the snow and her carrier broke. I would so much like to post her lost flier to your site. I need people to look for her in their back yards and under their stoops.
Can you please help? I can’t attach the flier I made to this message.
Please ask people to look for a very scared solid black cat (with a tiny white spot on the chest.) She’s eartipped and very frightened (formerly feral). Please ask from them to call me if they see her so I can pick her up. They should not approach her. She is too scared. Just leave her food if possible, give me the exact location, and I will pick her up. Please help me find Safie, my cat. I am at 212-759-9890. I lost my cell phone while looking for my cat in the snow.
Hope all my old readers and neighbors are having a wonderful new year!
Received this email recently and had to post it. As someone with pets, I cannot imagine the worry the poor owner feels, knowing that his/her dog has not only been stolen but needs medication and medical attention. There’s also a $200 reward (suggestion: return the sick dog and use the $200 to go rescue a homeless dog from the pound).
Well known to any who frequent Ft Greene park’s off-leash hours, Basil, a 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier, has apparently been stolen. I spotted this poster on Greene Avenue (contains details) at Fulton, and learned a little bit more from the dog’s owner, who was at the park this morning. Apparently the Basil was tied up outside a deli on Greene Avenue, and when his owner came out of the store, he was gone. According to witnesses he was last seen headed east on Greene Ave, being lead by a young teenage girl.
October means Halloween time in the nabe, and it’s time to start prepping for one of my favorite events in the city: The Great PUPkin. This will be the 12th annual dog costume contest, hosted by Fort Greene PUPS.
The big event will be held October 30 from noon to 1pm, and I expect the competition to be fierce.
The official Westminster Dog Show photographers, Wild Coyote Studios, will be at the event to take dog portrait photography (in or out of costume). The suggested donation for a portrait is $25 (normally $475), and Wild Coyote Studios is donating all proceeds from donations to Fort Greene PUPS.
For more info on prizes, click here.
Start planning, now.
Also in Fort Greene Park that day, the 11th Annual Halloween Festival in Fort Greene Park will offer face painting, hay rides, sack races, entertainment, pumpkins, a costume parade and more, FREE from 12-3pm.
After NYC Pet on Myrtle and Washington opened back in 2008, we wondered who painted the beautiful mural on the exterior of the building. Now we know- it was Lisa K. Hokans, professional muralist and portrait painter.
Lisa was also the muralist at iStore Green, the green storage facility on Hall between Park and Flushing.
Where else could we use a mural in the neighborhood?
There’s been a lot of internet chatter both here and on the Local about how the neighborhood now has “too many pet stores.” I don’t disagree necessarily, but I don’t want to wish failure on the new guy just because I’d rather see something else in the space. Plus, as someone who often buys heavy pet care items (cat litter), and has both a cat and a dog, I’m all for competition if it means the prices, stock and service gets better. Not to mention an option close-by.
So which store is the best overall? I decided to stop at every local pet store (and a few grocery stores) to compare prices on some of the items I buy most to see which shop was Top Dog.
Here’s what I was looking for:
- Wellness dry food, small (47 oz) or medium (6lb)
- Feline Pine cat litter, 7lb bag
- Wee Wee Pads, 50-count
Neighbors with dogs have been interested in a full-time dog run for awhile now to cater to those who cannot make off-leash hours (or who have playful dogs who thrive with more exercise off-leash). It looks like the Myrtle Ave Brooklyn Partnership is organizing a community meeting around the idea of adding a dog run under the BQE. I’m in favor- the space there is underused, so why not be creative about its potential? Props to MARP for their forward thinking.
Here’s the info I have from the group:
Please forward this email to any dog owners in the area who might be interested in discussing this and sharing their ideas. This should be a quick meeting to gauge interest in this idea. If the community displays to MARP that we like this idea, they will likely back this plan and help it become a reality. So please spread the word and route your evening dog walk over to clinton ave & the BQE to find out what the buzz is about.
Community Meeting w/ Clinton Hill Dog Run & MARP
RE: Potential BQE ‘All-Weather Dog Run’
on Tuesday 4/27 7PM
@ Clinton Ave underneath the BQE
The fun hat store on DeKalb closed recently, and a pet store will open in its place. The merchandise has been loaded in over the last week. No idea yet what it will be like, but this past weekend I could see a whole selection of cat trees / scratching posts in the window.
Will this be an outpost of the ABC Pet Supply on PPW in Windsor Terrace? (I’ve never been there – just did a quick Google search).
Negative points for the unimaginative name; positive points for the hearty supply of scratching posts. What do you think?
(Aside – I remember when there was at most one pet store nearby. I think perhaps we’re reaching our saturation point of pet services.)
From the inbox, a cute pup abandoned at Ft. Greene Park needs a home:
Please see the attached photos of Lily. Lily is a one-year-old pit/boxer mix who was found tied up, starving, and abandoned in Fort Greene Park last Monday morning. She has been staying with me and Chad on a foster basis since then, and her sweet disposition completely belies her rough history: she is loving, curious, protective of those who love her, and incredibly intelligent. After mastering her housetraining in less than 48 hours, she amazes us daily with her sense of direction and squirrel hunting ability.
Lily is available for adoption to a loving home. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the greater New York area, please forward along this email. Lily was spayed and microchipped last week and is up to date on all her shots. We would love to keep her, but our space is just too small for another dog, and we don’t have enough time to give her all the love and attention she deserves.
Thank you so much.
This weekend: bring your dog to off leash, help clean up, and earn treats! This info just in from Fort Greene PUPS:
Every spring in Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene PUPS hosts our annual poop pick-up. We call it a treasure hunt, since it is sometimes difficult to find the offending substance. We realize that runs contrary to what some park users think, but all you have to do is look in one of the trash cans at Fort Greene Park to see that the majority of dog owners do indeed pick up after their dogs. Unfortunately, there are some renegades who are either unobservant or uncaring, so PUPS works to promote responsibility among local dog owners. And since us dog folks use the park 365 days a year, we are usually the ones who end up stepping in dog doo if it gets left behind. Not to mention the hardworking park staff, who get the unenviable task of cleaning up the mess when it’s not picked up by dog owners.
In the war against poo, PUPS knows that a once yearly clean-up is a drop in the bucket. We do our best, but as you can imagine, this “event” is a hard sell. To promote this unglamorous affair in the past, we’ve had a “Grand Poo-Bah” poop weighmaster come in and weigh the amounts picked up, with the winner walking away with a prize.
This year PUPS is trying something new for our annual spring cleaning. We’re giving away plastic Easter eggs stuffed with a free poop bag, dog ScooterSnack, and chocolate egg. We’ll be in the park during morning off-leash hours this Saturday and Sunday distributing the eggs. If you have a dog, and you use the park, consider it your doo-ty to clean up any leftovers from winter.