Brooklyn Bark Talks

Labor Day Weekend and Your Pup

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 2, 2016 2:07:16 PM

Labor Day weekend is here, summer's last hurrah with picnics, block parties, bargecues and final swims of the year.  Such fun for us and such fun for any pup who is invited.

But it is still summer, so here's a last heads up on summer safety.

If there is an Indian summer in the next few weeks, do not forget our 11 tips to beat the heat from protecting those paws to misting the air to sunscreening

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Tags: dog safety, labor day and dogs

Dog Walker Recommendations:  Dining With Your Dog in Park Slope

Posted by Helen Bowers on Aug 16, 2016 3:50:17 PM

Judging by the number of welcoming restaurants, dining with your dog in Park Slope is a very popular activity! Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the places that let you invite your dog to dinner.   We include the phone numbers so you may call ahead and reserve a table you can share with pup outside.    



(718) 965-4578
This family owned restaurant at 535 6th Ave. offers Mediterranean cuisine, including Greek classics as well as "Greek food with a twist".

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Tags: dining with your dog, dining with your dog in Park Slope, dining with your dog in Brooklyn

Four Great Brooklyn Bars that Welcome You and Your Pup

Posted by Helen Bowers on Aug 2, 2016 2:50:00 PM

Socializing over a drink is one of the things we Brooklynites do best.  And sometimes, socializing with your pup is the way to go.  Humans, dogs, all good in Brooklyn.

Here are four terrific watering holes that go out of their way to make pup feel as welcome as you.  Don't be surprised if the belly up to the bar next to yours has fur.

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Dining With Your Dog: Brooklyn Heights

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jul 27, 2016 3:48:00 PM

Did your dog just invite you out to dinner?   Now that New York State officially allows pets in outdoor dining areas you have a lot of choices.


If you live in or close to Brooklyn Heights, we've rounded up some of these eateri

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My Pup Swallowed What?!?!

Posted by Chris Gaylord, DVM on Jul 23, 2016 2:16:26 PM

At Brooklyn Bark we jokingly call it "zipper surgery."  But it is no joke.  Sometimes it is the only way to save a pup (or kitty's) life after a bout of "creative eating."  How to recognize?  What to do?  We turned to Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary for an expert's insight.

Brooklyn Bark: Sometimes Barkers chew up toys or eat things that they shouldn’t.  When do we need to worry?

Dr. Chris: Anytime you have reason to suspect that your dog or cat has swallowed something that is not digestible you need to be concerned. Some dogs have digestive systems like trash compactors and whatever the

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Tags: intestinal obstruction dogs, intestinal obstruction cats

Just When you Thought it Was Safe for Pup to go in the Water in Prospect Park Lake.....

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jul 13, 2016 8:30:00 PM

It's hardly a news flash that the last week or more has been very warm in Brooklyn, hitting in the 90s every single day.


We and our pups may not be crazy about the heat but those little blue-green algae in Prospect Park Lake just love it.  As the Biblical comm

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Tags: dog swimming in Prospect Park Lake, Dog Beach, Prospect Park,, algae bloom in Prospect Park Lake

The Dog Beach at Prospect Park Is Getting a Makeover!

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jul 11, 2016 2:58:00 PM

Does your pup love playing at Prospect Park's dog beach? Well, she'll have to wait awhile before she can play in the water there. The beach is closing from the middle of this July until next spring for a makeover. Fortunately for all water-loving dogs, they can still swim in the lake at the Peninsula off-leash area during regular off-leash hours (before 9am and after 9pm).


The Prospect Park Alliance plans to improve the health & safety of the lakeshore and make it more appealing to wildlife, as well as making it more b

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Tags: dog beach renovations, Dog Beach, Prospect Park,

11 Tips to Help Pup and You in the Heat

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jul 6, 2016 1:38:06 PM

We are at the height of summer with the heat it brings.  We want both you and your pup to enjoy these days.  This is an excerpt from the handouts we give our students when Brooklyn Bark teaches CPR/first aid.  All our walkers and many of our Barkers have taken this course so here is a refresher just when we all need it.

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog Walker Tips to Beat the Heat, dogs in hot weather, helping your pup deal with the heat

What to do if you see a dog trapped in a hot car

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jun 30, 2016 10:33:37 AM

Have you ever seen a dog trapped in a hot car and wanted to save it? 

This holiday weekend may of us will be traveling.  Matter of fact, all summer is travel time.  We all know that pets should never be left in a car unattended.  Think of getting into your car after it's been parked in the sun for a while.  Hot. Hot. Hot.  Most of us have seen the video of veterinarian Ernie Ward in a car with the windows cracked open where the temperature hits 115 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

According to PETA, "on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to be

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Fireworks, Your Dog, Your Cat  & Safety on the 4th of July!

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jun 23, 2016 2:09:37 PM

Some pets don't even seem to notice fireworks going off on the 4th of July and others freak out. With America's birthday just around the corner, now is the time to figure out how to help your dog have a safe and less stressful 4th of July.

Did you know that more pets go missing during the 4th of July holiday than at any other time of the year? Follow these tips to keep your dog safe this Independence Day.

If your pet isn't microchipped, do it now!

Any veterinarian can do this for you and the charge is nominal (less than $25 as part of a visit).  If the vet's office doesn't register the chip for you, be sure that you do.

According to PetLink, a national pet recovery s

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Tags: Fireworks and dogs, fireworks safety for pets, 4th of July pet safety