Brooklyn Bark Talks

Immune System Booster - just in time for spring allergies

Posted by Jacques Duplantier on Apr 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

You may have a pet who struggles with spring allergies.

It breaks your heart - constant itching, wheezing, sneezing, and watering eyes as Mother Nature blesses us with spring pollen.  Benadryl may help but pup turns into Rip van Winkle.  Your vet may prescribe medications that work (or not) but you may prefer to examine a natural immune system boost before going the medicine route.

Here, our guest blogger, Jacques Duplantier, shares an herbal remedy that worked on his own pup.  It's not expensive, has no side effects so you may want to give it a try.

Aside from focusing on proteins that will not cause stress on the immune system, adding immune boosting supplements is one of the be

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Walk Your Dog Into Some Pet-Friendly Park Slope Shops

Posted by Helen Bowers on Apr 18, 2016 3:21:51 PM


Brooklyn Bark has a wonderful team of dog walkers in Park Slope.  They watch their Barkers closely but also look around for ideas to share with the human Barkers.   They've been happily making a list of some of the pet friendly shops in the 'hood and we share it here.


If you have any additions, please let us know.  Walking into a pet-friendly shop can be the highlight of any walk for you and pup both. 


Check out Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store at 232 Fifth Avenue. The owner, Ann Cantrel, offers modern and fun items in her bright and cheery shop. Dogs are warmly welcomed here! Your pet will be thrilled if you pick up a new heavy-duty dog toy or a scrumptious can of beef bourguignon dog treats while you shop.


Need to pick up a prescription? Stop by The

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Tags: Dog Walker South Park Slope, Brooklyn Dog Walker, pet care park slope, dog walking park slope

What Is A Raw Pet Food Diet & Why Would Anyone Choose It?

Posted by Jacques Duplantier on Mar 31, 2016 12:48:34 PM

This guest post is by Jacques Duplantier an advocate of raw food based on the positive changes that it produced in his own pup.  If you would like to experiment with feeding raw food, we urge you to keep your vet in the loop and please be sure to follow proper sanitation precautions since you will not be killing bacteria with the heat of cooking. 

What is a raw food diet?  Should I be interested?

A raw pet food diet is exactly what it sounds like.  The recipes consist of a large portion of human-grade raw meat, along with pet-friendly vegetables.  They are made in small batches to keep everything fresh.  You might be thinking, “Ew, I don’t want to grind up raw meat,” and I don’t blame you – but just think of how much joy your pets bring you.  They’re definitely worth it!


We were first introduced to raw food to help our lovable mutt, Corrina, who was diagnosed by her vet with a severe food all

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Tags: dog nutrition, raw dog food diet

Giardia - should I be worried?

Posted by Chris Gaylord, DVM on Mar 24, 2016 2:10:00 PM

Giardia are a scurge all year round.  But they are especially active in Spring and Fall when there are nice puddles to play in and drink and damp earth to roll on and enjoy.  We caught up with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to get some background on this parasite that loves to cause tummy aches and worse.


Brooklyn Bark: What is Giardia and how is it transmitted?

Dr. Chris:  Giardia (Giardia duodenalis) is a gastrointestinal parasite.  It is a type of single celled organism called a protozoa. Both dogs and cats are susceptible although we see it more in dogs, likely because they are inveterate poop sniffers and always out on the streets.

Infected dogs shed Giardia cysts, which are like eggs, in their feces and the cysts can live for many months in the environment and are often found in

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Emily Drum: A Dog Walker for All Neighborhoods

Posted by Helen Bowers on Mar 22, 2016 2:10:00 PM

Able to serve all of Brooklyn Bark's neighborhoods, Emily Drum is a Dog-Walker-to-All!  This travel-loving southern gal will happily explore your neighborhoods with your furry family members in tow.


You might have read seasoned editor and writer Emily's handiwork on countless book jacket covers for national and international bestsellers.  Her passion for writing has since segued into another passion

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Chris Jefferies: Passionate About Music & Dog Walking in Clinton Hill

Posted by Helen Bowers on Mar 15, 2016 2:08:00 PM

Chris Jefferies is passionate about two things these days: music and the dogs he walks in Clinton Hill. Well, there might be others, but we're not telling...


This accomplished young musician has a BFA in Jazz/Contemporary Music from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music here in New York and has performed throughout the world. Some o

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Mariya Mego Vela: Extraordinary Dog Walker in East Williamsburg

Posted by Helen Bowers on Mar 8, 2016 2:08:00 PM

Meet our extraordinary dog walker in East Williamsburg, Mariya Mego Vela!  Mariya loves animals so much, she would like to turn into a panther; either that or live somewhere between the ocean and the mountains with her partner and at least three dogs.


Besides animals, her other passions lie with movies, social issues, camping, hiking, travel, and rocks. Yes, that's right - rocks!

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Steph Carlos: a Dog Walker Dancing Her Way in the South Side of Clinton Hill

Posted by Helen Bowers on Feb 16, 2016 2:10:00 PM

Dance, dance, dance...        


Stephanie Carlos (or Steph, as she prefers to be called) has been dancing since before her mom enrolled her in classes at the age of five.  In fact, her mom enrolled her because she was dancing her way through the house - on her tiptoes!   Now this young woman has a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts and performs with her own dance company throughout the city. 


Even the dogs she walks can feel the joy and zest for life she brings while out

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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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