Brooklyn, our dogs, our dog owners and walkers were undaunted. Many had been looking forward to PUPkin, Ft. Greene PUPS' annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest for the whole year.
First it snowed. Then the wind whirrled. The temperature fell along with large branches and whole trees.
NYC Parks Department closed Ft. Greene Park.
PUPkin was cancelled. PUPkin was on. Rumors, emails and text messages flew.
The next morning, through sub-freezing temperatures and too much wind, the sun shone brightly, lifting spirits and bringing out, yes, a crowd. There were easily 200 people and over 100 dogs, 60 of whom were costumed and eager to compete.
Over in a corner, also undaunted, was the Brooklyn Bark staff. We handed out some amazing goodies in our Doggie Bags - samples from Zukes, Dave's Pet Food, Halo, PetFresh, Earthbath, Earth Friendly and a minuture Kong on a key chain. And an invitation to download our free eGuid to Dog Friendly Parks in Brooklyn.
We were joined at our table by Anthony Newman of Calm Energy Dog Training who offered off-the-cuff dog behavior tips, Sophie Gamand of Striking Paws Pet Photography who offered professional portraits of pups, Doggie Mom Erika Searle and two representatives from the Wild Bird Fund - a human volunteer and a flightless rehabilitated pigeon who amused dogs and people walking very politely on a leash.
With a crowd of animal lovers to buy raffle tickets, an iPod donated by Brooklyn Bark and generous gift certificates donated by local businesses, we were delighted to raise $140 for wild animal rehabilitation which we split evenly between the Wild Bird Fund and Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
A good time, yea a GREAT time, was had by all, and especially the first prize winner, "Jumping the Shark."
One of the gifts, the invitation to download our FREE eGuide to Dog Friendly Parks in Brooklyn, well, you can have it, too, by clicking on this link.