ABOUT BROOKLYN BARK
DOG WALKING, PET SITTING & MORE FOR OVER 11 YEARS
Founded on Valentine's Day 2010 by Rachel Bowers, Brooklyn Bark has raised and continues to raise the bar on pet care from their in-house developed double collar safety system to every employee being Pet CPR/first aid certified with two in-house instructors, to their work with local shelters. Stay tuned for what comes next.
Rachel holds a NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation license and has worked with, of course, dogs and cats, and also parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, snakes and lizards.
Rachel shares that growing up with a rescue dog taught her the importance of animal trust and routine. She recalls the time the family went on vacation and boarded Angel at a well respected kennel. Suddenly the fear of being in a kennel, after being on death’s row from which she was rescued, came back and she bloodied her paws attempting to escape to what she thought was safety. This led to the way Brooklyn Bark handles kitties and pups - what does this look like through their eyes?
Each animal is unique. The memory of Angel’s bloody paws inspires Brooklyn Bark every day to understand each animal and do what is right for them.
Brooklyn Bark’s philosophy: Happy People = Happy Pets and Happy Pets = Happy People.
BEHIND THE PAW
The Background Behind our Paw
Brooklyn Bark was inspired by a pup named Hicks.
Hicks was the sweetest, doofiest hound you would ever meet. He had opinions about everything. And he had endless energy.
As he and Rachel walked around Brooklyn, Hicks greeted everyone with a joyful and very loud howl-bark. He became well known in the community and the Hicks stories are endless.
The Brooklyn Bark paw print is Hicks’s paw print in the snow.
The Brooklyn Bark color - burnt orange - is to honor the ASPCA and all they do for that is, famously, the color they chose to depict their work in rescue.
Your Care Associate becomes part of your dog’s family/pack. Dogs and other animals get to know and trust individual people. Each pup will have a primary caregiver who starts bonding with them the moment they first meet during your free in-house consultation.
As your pup’s bond to their walker deepens with care and shared time together we can truly personalize pup’s walk, their highlight of the day between your leaving and coming home. We never do pack walks, ever! We match pups based on size, energy, temperament and other needs. Goal: two to three doggie BFFs walking together regularly.
You have Peace of Mind - the pup’s walk is not only a potty break but it’s a fun, stimulating experience to anticipate and enjoy.
Open your account and you can see exactly when and where your pup walked. Know that when you receive the sign-in email our GPS tracker is activated and traces where pup and their Care Associate went until you receive your walk summary and photos when the walk is ended. Peace of Mind from the next best thing to being there.
NYers are always on the “go”. You can book your pets’ visit right from your phone. So you can book pet care as you are running to catch the subway.
You will get an email confirmation when the walk is assigned, when the walk starts, when it ends and all the information about this walk and all pet’s care history will go right into your account.
Now that’s Brooklyn Bark Peace of Mind!
FIRST AID & CPR CERTIFIED
Everything is fine with your pet. Until it isn’t.
Our Care Givers are trained to avoid situations like bites, fights and choking on a chicken bone. But what happens if one of those situations happens? We’re ready. Our Care Givers are Pet CPR/First Aid trained and certified and are ready to save life and limb in an emergency.
It’s like having a pet EMT on call - It is the Brooklyn Bark Peace of Mind, no matter what happens.
You want to be on pup’s walk but can’t be. So we give you the next best thing: a written report about the visit, including a pee & poo report and anything that happened. Care Associates are trained to note any change in behavior or health as well as appropriately socialize your pet.
You may not be able to be on the walk but our goal is to give you the Peace of Mind you’d have if you were.