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.
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.
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.
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.
And 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
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!
Rules for Dog Run Contest
Submit your photos to email@example.com with the subject “Cutest Dog at the Dog Run”
- Entries will be accepted until January 22, 2013
- Only one submission per dog, per owner
- All submissions must be in .jpg format
- Photos must be taken AT one the dog runs to be considered
- 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)
- By submitting a photo, you agree to be entered into BBP’s email list
- Have fun!
- Wheaten greeting camouflage at the newly made over Pier 6 Dog Run.
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?
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.
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.
The Brooklyn Mutt Show- an 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
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!
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 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.
Laly and the pack from A Brooklyn Dog’s Life wish all our readers a happy holiday season! We hope you’re enjoying lots of snuggle time with your pup!
Every now and then we come across a project on Kickstarter that we get excited about. This is the case for Oh My Dog!, a documentary that explores the explosion of dog culture in New York City and what it reveals about the human condition. The film, which features a mix of live action and animation, is the brainchild of Rani Khanna, an established documentary filmmaker based in London. Dog lovers will want to see this film on the big screen and have until January 4th to help Kickstart it.
Oh My Dog! follows Ada Nieves, a pet fashion designer, entrenched in New York City’s pet scene as she deals with the stress of organizing the pet fashion show of the year. However, there’s more to the film than dogs in designer duds. Interwoven with Ada’s drama is the story of Gus, the film’s animated mutt narrator who falls for a pedigree pooch. Throughout the film, Gus explores the different themes related to the cultural dog phenomenon: money, science, relationships, love and the evolving role of dogs. He also introduces us to the film’s contributors, that include an Iraq War veteran and their service dog, an ethologist, pet intuitive; Denise Zak and pet journalist; Julia Szabo.
Ada Nieves and her pups.
Rani Khanna has always been intrigued by the relationship between man and dog and the recent explosion of dog culture. She says, “I want to find out why is this happening now and what does this reveal about Western society today. Dogs have become more important and meaningful in our lives and continue to help people and society in so many different ways – OMD! addresses this and celebrates the only animal with the privileged status of being man’s best friend.”
Visit Kickstarter to view the film’s trailer and support its completion. I know that we look forward to seeing Gus on the big screen.