Brooklyn Bark Talks

Beware of Grain-Free Diets for Pup & Kitty

Much like the myth that vaccination causes autism caught on in the human population, grain-free diets caught on for dogs and cats. Well, actually there was one case in 2007 when, according to the NYTimes there was a batch of tainted kibble from China and the misinformation exploded.

At one time grain-free foods were a rarity but now close to half the high end manufacturers produce one or more grain-free diets. Consumer demand.

 

However, in July 2019, the FDA issued a warning that feeding your dog a grain-free diet may lead to an irreversible condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM. And now, at Brooklyn Bark, we are seeing Barkers with DCM.

 

Think about it. For millennia dogs have eaten along side us humans. They have developed their guts to accommodate the scraps and leftovers that we gave to them. As we learned to

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Tags: what's in pet food, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), grain-free pet foods

Top 5 Valentines Day Gifts for your Dog

 Since chocolate-covered tennis balls aren't an option, here are our top 5 picks for a great valentine day surprise for your pup! We love some wordplay so we're dubbing this our 'Tail-entines' gift list! 

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Tags: Charlee Bear, gifts for dogs, List, Valentines Day, Bark Box, Whistle Go, Furbo, Treat Ball

Your Pup is Westminster Gorgeous. Now you can get the photos.

Every dog is gorgeous. We believe this and so does our friend James Morrissey who is the Westminster Dog Show portrait photographer. “Truthfully,” says James “all dogs are love and beauty wrapped in warm fur.   If people want to make a fuss about some dogs that’s fine.  I love them all!”

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Tags: dog photography, Westminster Dog Show, james morrissey

Sidewalks, Streets BEWARE for Pup.

Especially BEWARE in the winter with our freeze-thaw cycles and with salt added to the mix. Water conducts electricity and no matter what, there will be stray electricity.

We wear shoes and sneakers with soles of leather. Pups walk barefoot on the pavement, grids and manhole covers.

Con Edison, National Grid, City contractors, private contractors.

And nature.

This is a City of 8 million people and something is bound t

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Tags: dog walking safety, electrified subway grids, electrified manhole covers

Kids, Spread Kindness to Scared Pups & Kitties

You’ve been living on the streets, dodging humans and loud noises. Or you’ve been abused. Or you were brought into ACC (Animal Care and Control) by the family you lived with and loved and you have no idea why they left you here in this st\range place.

But however you got to your 2’ x 4’ cage you are terrified. You can’t run. You can’t hide. There is no one to assure you, play with or love you.

 

What often goes through the mind of a pup or a kitty brought into ACC must be one word, “Terror”. No matter how wonderful the staff and the volunteers at the shelters are, it’s a new, unfamiliar, scary and enclosed space for any new resident.

 

But there is a wonderful way we people, especially, young people can help. And our help means so much. Not only can we comfort a shy, scared furry one but a happy pup or kitty is a much better candidate for adoption.

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Tags: Books with Boroughbreds, ACC, Kids helping dogs and cats

How Did I Get this Wonderful Puppy?  Ask NUPRO

She gave me back my puppy. And Brooklyn Bark is naming her company, NUPRO, a 10th Anniversary Partner.

I had a very healthy 8-year-old German shepherd. Remy ate the best of the foods, exercised regularly, was up-to-date on her vaccines and had her yearly wellness check-ups. But she was naturally slowing down as her midlife was catching up.

 

Then I met Janis Giofiore who gave me a few samples of he

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Tags: dog nutrition, Pet nutrition

Celebrate with Us ~ a Decade of Trust & Joy (Clone)

Where do we begin?  We are giddy with the joy of a 10- year-old as we enter our anniversary year.  Brooklyn Bark ~ a decade of trust; a decade of community; a decade of innovation; a decade of joy; a decade of service; a decade of foundation for growth of the company we and so many Barkers and friends love.

For our Barkers, let's take a minute to be proud of being part of the company that innovates.  We may be 10 but we have lots of firsts here in Brooklyn. 

  1. First to have online booking
     Can you remember the days you left a note, called or sent an email to make an appointment for a dog walk?  
  2. First with GPS walker tracking
    Yes, 10 years ago some "walkers" notoriously took the
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Tags: 10th anniversary

Celebrate with Us ~ a Decade of Trust & Joy

Where do we begin?  We are giddy with the joy of a 10- year-old as we enter our anniversary year.  Brooklyn Bark ~ a decade of trust; a decade of community; a decade of innovation; a decade of joy; a decade of service; a decade of foundation for growth of the company we and so many Barkers and friends love.

For our Barkers, let's take a minute to be proud of being part of the company that innovates.  We may be 10 but we have lots of firsts here in Brooklyn. 

  1. First to have online booking
     Can you remember the days you left a note, called or sent an email to make an appointment for a dog walk?  
  2. First with GPS walker tracking
    Yes, 10 years ago some "walkers" notoriously took the
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Tags: 10th anniversary

Halloween's ONE Safety Tip for Your Pup

Simple.  Keep Halloween ON your pup and don't let it get INTO your pup.

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Tags: dog treat safety, poison control, Halloween safety

You and Pup can Fall in Love in Fall

Nothing smells as intoxicating as fresh fallen leaves on damp earth, especially in the fall sunlight.

And no music is more beautiful than the crunch of those leaves underfoot.

The leaves still on the trees are such pretty colors and they smile at you and pup, waving in the gentle breeze as you hike down the trail at Clarence Fahnestock State Park.   

Less than two hours north of Brooklyn, you can let your heart soar and your pup run, sniff and revel in being alive.   So get in your car or your zip car and head up the Taconic Parkway. You are a New Yorker. This is your park. And pup’s.

In over 14,000 acres, there are plenty of trails for you and pup to enjoy. Our super favorite is probably the easiest. Turn left at the first Fahnestock exit off the Taconic on to 301 Wes

t and then left again at the first parking lot where you can access a trail around a pond once used in mining iron ore. The trail is about a mile and a half long. Bring your lunch and marshmallows/chocolate bars/graham crackers and a few briquettes for there are plenty of picnic tables and grills for you to enjoy.

Print out a map of the park and find other trails and places

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Tags: hiking with a dog in New York, hiking with a dog