Brooklyn Bark Talks

Why pay $10.39 When You Can Get it for $6.27?

It's hardly a secret that the mark-up on pet treats, toys and accessories borders on the obscene.   Why else would PetSmart buy-out have fetched $8.7 billion (yes, with a B) less than a year ago?  Triple keystone, tripling the cost, is not uncommon.

 

But we New Yorkers believe in bargains.  Triple keystone is far from being a bargain, especially when you can easily find the idential products for much less.  Take Zuke's Beef and Potato Jerky.  You can pay $10.39 at PetSmart or you can get the identical package for $6.27.

 

Filling pup's or kitty's stocking at wholesale prices

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, dog treats, shopping for your dog

Social Networking is for the Dogs

At Brooklyn Bark, our dog walkers and pet sitters "are there when you can't be." But what about when you can be with your pup and you'd like to share some fun?

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Brooklyn Dog Walker

PB&DS 2012 - What a Blast!

It was a party like no other on earth....  50+ furry Barkers romping, chasing, playing, swimming, stopping for that occasional treat.  Their human Barkers were laughing, eating, throwing tennis balls, schmoozing and exaulting in the grand weather.

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Brooklyn Dogs, Brooklyn Dog Walker

Beware of Tainted Chicken Jerky Treats

Too, too regularly we read of FDA reports that dried chicken treats produced in China are causing sickness and even death in pups who eat them.  Today, msnbc reported:

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Brooklyn Dog Walker Tips, dog treats, Tainted chicken jerkey

Dog Walkers Warn: Watch out for Giardia Canis

We have been blessed with a proliferation of puppies at Brooklyn Bark.  Puppies are known for eating everything and drinking from puddles... as do many adult dogs.

Puddles and damp areas in NY are often swarming with Giardia, a protozoa that loves to colonize the intestines of dogs and also cats.

Once thought a disease of the third world Giardia has proliferated in NYC.  Puddles, wet leaves, improperly cleaned up poop all provide breeding ground for this single celled scurge.

When Giardia set up housekeeping in pup’s innards you will know:  tummy aches and diarrhea make the announcement.  Pup doesn't isn't too happy, either.

In an adult dog with a healthy immune system, this bout of nastiness is usually self-limiting, but in pups and senior dogs your vet might want to prescribe a course of antibiotics.

The best approach to Giardia is prevention.  Don’t let pup drink from puddles, play in damp leaves or investigate poop.   The second approach is that if pup’s diarrhea and discomfort last more than a couple of days, time to visit your vet.

Humans are also susceptible to Giardia, but scientists disagree if it is Giardia Canis or a different strain that infects humans.   Just in case, be extra careful when you scoop that poop.

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Dog Walkers Advisory, Brooklyn Dog Walker

Brooklyn Dogs Want to Travel

Every time we dog walk we are reminded:  pups love new experiences, home or away.

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Out of Brooklyn with your dog, Brooklyn Dog Walker

Brooklyn Dogs Go Camping

Camping can be a sweet escape from the urban life.  Dogs, owners and dog walkers can all benefit by touching nature.  Fortunately, most camp sites agree and welcome pups.

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Out of Brooklyn with your dog, Dogs Camping, trip with your dog