Brooklyn Bark Talks

How to Say "I Love You"

Posted by Helen Bowers on Feb 12, 2016 10:53:43 AM

Valentine's Day is Sunday.


It's a beautiful time to express your love to your special someone - person, pup or kitty.


Chocolates?  Flowers? 


Those are great for the human love of your life.  But chocolate is toxic to dogs and of no interests to cats.  Flowers?  Your kitty might consider them the next best thing to Cesar salad but a few piec

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Viki Vayner:  Expert Dog Walker in Downtown Brooklyn and Ft. Greene

Posted by Helen Bowers on Feb 9, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Viki Vayner is our dog walking expert in the area between downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene.


An all-American girl, Viki came to the US with her parents at the age of 9 from her native Uzbekistan and couldn’t be happier that she did.   That explains her work as a translator at the Russian American Foundation and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.


Now Viki is an occupational therapy student, passionate about behavioral psychology.  In fact, she likes to practice her training techniques on her 4-legged best friend Ji-li.  About Ji-li, she says that "she was there for me thro

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Tags: Dog Walker Ft. Greene, Dog walking, Cat Sitter Brooklyn, Brooklyn Dog Walker, cat sitter Ft. Greene, cat sitter downtown brooklyn, dog walker downtown brooklyn

Warning from FDNY:  Manhole Fires

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jan 28, 2016 9:15:07 AM


Manhole fires          


We already have had three in Brooklyn since last weekend's blizzard.  They are a chronic problem in NYC, flaring up after a snowstorm or a rain.


What causes them and what are the warning signs?


You know all that salt that NYC and landlords throw down to make roads and sidewalks *safe*?  Well it mixes with the melting snow that frequently drains into manholes causing corrosion to the electrical components in the hole.


The elecrical wires get shorted out and a fire errupts. 


Not only is the manhole fire dangerous in itself, but the burning wires produce toxic fumes.  One of the most dangerous side effects is fro

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Tags: pet safety, dog safety, manhole fires, manhole fires warning signs

Kidney Disease in Older Cats: What Do I Need To Know?

Posted by Chris Gaylord, DVM on Jan 27, 2016 2:00:00 PM

At Brooklyn Bark we care for quite a few cats with kidney disease.  We wondered if this was because we are one of the few companies with staff trained to administer subcutaneous fluids or if this was true in the general cat population.

We checked in with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to find out more.


Brooklyn Bark:  We see a lot of kidney disease in older cats.  Is it very prevalent or do we just see a lot because we are one of the only cat sitters who all are trained to give subcutaneous fluid infusions? 

Dr. Chris: Yes, kidney disease is one of the most common illnesses in older cats.  Dogs get kidney disease too but at a much lower rate than cats. 

Kidney disease goes by many different names and abbreviations such as Acute/Chronic Renal Failure (ARF, CRF) and

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Snow Business:  Make it Joyous for Pup

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jan 22, 2016 4:08:15 PM

With blizzard predictions for this weekend, you may be sharpening your negotiating tactics to get pup out or you may be grinning about all the fun awaiting you and pup.


Fortunately, most Barkers and friends that we know are in that latter category.


With a few easy safety precautions pup should be in for the time of his life.


Paws:  Paw care is our first line of defense.   In litigous New York City, landlords as

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Tags: good dog snow play in Brooklyn, snow precautions, Dogs in snow

An Ode to Bullet

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jan 16, 2016 9:25:01 AM

Written by one of our Barkers.  Most of us have been there, done that.  We all cry together.

Bullet died yesterday. 


Only three days prior, she collapsed suddenly.  We were at the Grand Canyon.  The elevation, maybe, I thought.  We drove quickly to Flagstaff, where they found an aggressive tumor in her spleen, causing internal bleeding. 




Put her to sleep right there were the options.


The tumor too big, she too old, an operation only had a 50% chance of survival.  Letting her die immedi

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Therapy Dogs Make a Major Difference for Underserved Kids

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jan 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM

"Always, no matter what, show everything love because there is no worse feeling than feeling not loved.”

These were the words of 13-year old Brianna at the end of a 10-week program with A Fair Shake for Youth.   Led by a Fair Shake instructor, each week Brianna and her classmates worked hands-on with three therapy dogs and their guardians. 


They practiced giving commands, taught tricks and tried agility – encouraging a dog through a tunnel or over a jump.  They discussed animal shelters, rescue and

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Tags: therapy dogs, dogs reaching children, dogs helping children, Fair shake for youth, dogs helping kids, dogs helping the underserved

Hot Dog? No.  Warm Pup?  Absolutely!  A guide to selecting the best winter coat for your pup

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jan 5, 2016 1:42:00 PM

We never thought it would happen but it is getting chilly out there.  


Humans are not the only one feeling the cold.  Many beloved pups feel the chill, too.  Dogs that are particularly sensitive to cold include puppies and senior dogs, as well as dogs that are small, over weight or under weight, sick, or have especially thin or short coats.  Brachycephalic dogs with their adorable, smo

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Tags: winter wear for dogs, keeping dogs warm in winter, dog coats, winter coats for dogs

Doing Well by Doing Good - Gifts for Pups & Kitties

Posted by Helen Bowers on Dec 19, 2015 11:59:00 AM

Sometimes the words "OH MY GOSH" ring more often than "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" as we approach the end of the countdown to Christmas.


Let's make it easy for you if you have any of those OMG moments concerning gifts for your pup or kitty or for those at the home where you were suddenly invited to a party or dinner or to just sip the eggnog.


Hamilton Dog House has it all - right here in the 'hood - and every penny of profit goes to Sean Casey Animal Rescue which just happens to be next door.  At 155 East Third Street in Brooklyn 11218 they are

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Tags: Dog, gifts for pets, last minute christmas gifts, gifts for dogs

How to Thank a Military Dog for Your Freedom

Posted by Helen Bowers on Dec 11, 2015 3:28:38 PM

They say, "If you love your freedom, thank a vet."


We add, "And his dog."


There are 2,500 military dog/handler teams across all four branches of our military.  Since World War II every war that America has participated in has had highly trained dogs, with their extraordinary sense of hearing, smell and intuition as well as their amazing strength and endurance.  They sniff for IEDs & drugs, track, alert their handlers to enemy action, attack the enemy on command and save an average of 150 - 250 service members' lives each.  We certainly all remember Cairo

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