Brooklyn Bark Talks

Our Philosophical Dog Walker in Clinton Hill: Joe Lazarz

Posted by Helen Bowers on Oct 6, 2015 9:49:00 AM

Joe Lazarz walks dogs in Clinton Hill and thinks some deep thoughts while doing so: "Life, of course.  Personal growth is always a topic in my mind.  I daydream about how I can do more, how I can utilize the things in life that get me fired up to help other people."  He believes in building relationships on empathy, understanding and trust.  He also appreciates it when people recognize his talents and he loves to "recognize and appreciate theirs."  


When asked what kind of animal he would like to become, Joe said: "I can imagine being a dolphin, playing all day and to our best knowledge, leading emotional lives in a

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It's Fall, the Calendar is "Ticking" -  here's what you need to know about ticks and your dog

Posted by Chris Gaylord, DVM on Oct 1, 2015 11:08:00 AM

As the weather cools, many reinvigorated Barkers are heading to the hiking trails with their pups.  Disease bearing ticks have been there all summer - actually they have become year 'round scourges in the Northeast.


Brooklyn Bark caught up with Dr. Chris of North Slope Veterinary who shares that he gets questions from patients about ticks all year. 

Brooklyn Bark:  Are there ticks in Brooklyn? Do they spread disease?

Dr. Chris:  Yes, there are ticks in New York City and Brooklyn. The most common tick is the American Dog Tick.  These ticks

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Tags: Dog, Lyme disease in dogs, canine lyme disease, lyme disease prevention, Lyme vaccine, Ticks,

Dog Walking in Ft. Greene with a British Accent: Ryan Lovejoy

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 29, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Those who have lived in Fort Greene for a while probably know its Revolutionary War history but for those who are new here's a brief rundown.  After the American loss at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, General Nathanael Greene supervised the building of Fort Putnam and the fort was later renamed after this Revolutionary War hero from Rhode Island. 

What does this bit of American history have to do with dog walking in Fort Greene?  Well, the British have returned to this section of Brooklyn and this time they've got an army of dogs.  That's right - our dog walker in Ft. Greene is a Brit.

Ryan Lovejoy landed on American shores after meeting his future wife Kym online and proposing in front of her grade school class.  A cross-country stag trip

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What Can Be Better than Being a Brooklyn Dog at Halloween?

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 24, 2015 10:43:00 AM

Halloween in Brooklyn is one holiday that had gone to the dogs.


The season is bookended by two of the best events imaginable - the Sean Casey Animal Rescue's 8th Annual Howl-o-Ween Block Bark Party and Ft. Greene PUPS' PupKin.


Kick off the season with Howl-a-Ween on Sunday Oct 25 at noon as the City blocks off East Third Street between Caton and Ft. Hamilton Parkway (in front of the SCAR adoption shelter and pet store).  The entire block comes alive with pups proudl

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Nick Waldorf: Ready for Late Night TV as He Walks Dogs in Park Slope

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 22, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Nick Waldorf keeps his wits about him - so well, in fact, that the notes he writes of his daily experiences walking their dogs are the highlight of the pet owners' day.   Barkers have even been known to pass his notes around their offices so everyone can enjoy a good chuckle.   As examples of Nick's wit, consider his descriptions of some of the dogs he walks and what he thinks about while doing so:



"Stewie Jablonski will sometimes look up if someone says “Stewie” outside, but he’ll ALWAYS look up if they say “Awwww.”


"Sophie Risdon sometimes likes to do an impression of a coffee table in the middle of the walk, but if I do an impression of a

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Step by Step: How to Brush Your Pup's Teeth

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 17, 2015 11:30:00 AM

For some pups, chewing kibble, toys and treats keeps their mouths in fine shape.  In general, these are the larger dogs.  Veterinarians aren’t sure if it’s genetic or just that they have more powerful jaws and are able to give their periodontal muscles more of a workout. But for most – and there are certainly exceptions – large dogs regular chewing is sufficient for dental good health. At the risk of offending some veterinarians, I will share that I’ve had German shepherds all my life, all living between 12 and 18 years. Not a single one had a professional cleaning nor did I ever brush their teeth. I will certainly note that they all were great chewers.

Smaller pups tend to be a different story.   Some little guys produce so much tartar that they need a professional cleaning by

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Want Sweet Kisses?  Here's How to Help Pup or Kitty Maintain a Healthy Mouth

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 10, 2015 3:07:00 PM

Anyone who has, themself, survived dental work quickly understands why we want our pets to have good oral health.

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Tags: pet health

A Great Dog Walker in Bed Stuy:  Milton Barreto has a Song in his Heart when a Pup is on his Leash

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 8, 2015 1:13:42 PM

If you are a dog in Bedford Stuyvesant, looking for a good time and a great walk do we have just the guy for you!  Do you like your belly rubbed before a walk? Just lay down, and look Milton in the eye - he likes that, he told me so.  Milton Barreto is a dog walker, with an ear for a tenor sax, an eye for a waggin' tail, and a nose for chicken bones.   Yes, that’s the one thing he is very strict about. No eating chicken bones off the street.

What else is there in a dog's life better than

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Why Should You Brush Your Pet's Teeth?

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 3, 2015 11:09:00 AM

That is an excellent question, especially since dogs and cats do not get tooth decay the way we humans do. Then what’s all this commotion about tooth brushing?

Perhaps more than we humans, dogs and cats are subject to periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Infections build up between the tooth and the gum causing the gums to turn bright pink or red and even to bleed.


Since this is rarely a painful condition, why be concerned?

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A Great Dog Walker in DUMBO: Meet Matt O'Brien

Posted by Helen Bowers on Sep 1, 2015 2:13:00 PM

With a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Matt O’Brien used to be a Wall Street reporter.   While the money was great, the cost the job had on his fiction writing left him feeling frustrated and unfulfilled.


Happily, he is finding inspiration every day now, taking care of our beloved Barkers.


And what a perfect match it is between Matt and his furry Barkers!  An avid runner, Matt adores the exercise time he shares with his pups.  And they adore it – and

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