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McCarren Halloween Dog Costume Contest Next Saturday! (10/28)

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Photo: Marofoto

Costume Party and Fundraiser to support the McCarren Park Dog Run!
Saturday, October 28 at McCarren Dog Run (Driggs & N 12th)
12pm-3pm
Facebook invite

Bring your dog in costume, and enter the competition! More info to be announced, but save the date for some spooky hounds parading for a good cause! Continue reading

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Cutest Dog Contest (+ More From The GCEF) in McGolrick This Weekend! (10/14)

WHAT: OpenHouseGCEF!
WHERE: McGolrick/Winthrop Park, Russell St. and Driggs Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 11am-3pm (NOTE: If heavy rain the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be cancelled!)

If you haven’t heard about the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, it’s the silver lining resulting from our neighborhood’s heavily industrious past—the disastrous Exxon oil spill, which leaked between 17-30 million gallons of oil into Newtown Creek over the course of several decades. The state was awarded millions of dollars ($19.5 mill to be exact), to be earmarked toward grants for Greenpoint-based environmental organizations. Since the GCEF was established in 2011, 46 grants totaling $16.8 million have been awarded to 40 projects, and the fund has leveraged an additional $37.6 million in matching contributions from grantees.

McGolrick Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

This Saturday, the second annual OpenHouseGCEF, hosted by the GCEF and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, will be a fun-filled day at McGolrick for adults and kids alike, featuring: live music, flower planting, crafts, story time readings, a “cutest dog” contest and other activities. And you’ll get to pow-wow with many of the community organizations that have received GCEF grants, like the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, the Newtown Creek Alliance, the Greenpoint Library, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, NYC Audubon and others. Continue reading

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Ch-ch-changes (to the McGolrick Park Dog Run), Re-opening Soon!

The refurbished McGolrick Park dog run, almost ready to re-open. Photo: Stephanie Valente
The refurbished McGolrick Park dog run, almost ready to re-open. Photo: Stephanie Valente

A quick walk along the southwest corner of McGolrick Park in the last few weeks reveals it has been getting something of a facelift.

At some point in early July, a sign appeared on the fencing outside of the McGolrick Park dog run, announcing renovation and that the run would be closed from July 12th – Aug. 1st. It came as somewhat of a surprise to the dog owners who frequented the park. Soon, enough secondhand information (and in some cases third and fourth) began to filter its way down from parks department employees; there would be a transition from dirt to gravel, that the trees would be preserved, and there would be a pavilion to provide shade for owners.

The talk, coupled with the sign, elicited a chorus of mixed replies: some owners praised the idea of gravel, noting it would clean their dog’s paws and possibly help with the endless amounts of broken glass that seemed to rise, Poltergeist-like, out of the mud after every heavy rain. Others were more wary, saying the mulched and dirt-y run provided pets a little relief from the concrete of the city, and the switch to gravel would take that cushioning away. Also, there was speculation about dust—an oft-heard complaint about the newer dog runs in Cooper Park and Bushwick Inlet. Continue reading

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Adopt a Cat Sundays at Muddy Paws!


Muddy Paws hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Sunday!
Muddy Paws, a holistic pet supply store, hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Sunday from 2pm-6pm!

I should really get a pet. Surely the thought has crossed your mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to cuddle up and be lazy with? The dating scene in New York isn’t getting you anywhere. You’re tired of watching Stranger Things alone on the couch, curled up with a pint of Van Leeuwen. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone soft and furry to watch with you? Someone who returns your calls (meows)? Someone who doesn’t cancel dinner plans (the food dish is expected to be filled by 6pm sharp, or else)? Well, it’s time to give in to your urges and do some good. Consider adopting a kitty, many of whom have had rough starts in life and are all-too-ready to have a place to call home. Every Sunday from 2pm-6pm holistic pet store Muddy Paws (447 Graham Avenue) hosts a cat (and kitten!) adoption event.

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Halloween Parade at McGolrick Park This Saturday! (10/25)

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The District Dog Halloween Parade and Costume Contest hosted by World Famous *BOB* is happening this Saturday October 25th at 1pm at McGolrick Park. There will be prizes for the top 3 costumes and treat bags for all contestant from Stella & Chewy’s, Grandma Lucy’s, Empire of the Dog. Brooklyn Waggers will be on hand hooking up our four legged friends.

You have less than a week to come up with a killer dog costume! If you need a refresher on how awesome this event is – take a look at this video we made a few years back!

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UPDATE: Pitbull reunited with owner after running away

Photo credit: Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group

Well that’s a relief! When the Gothamist broke the story about a pitbull getting tossed from the BQE, the news quickly spread like wildfire. From the NY Post to our very own Greenpointers, we were all appalled at what we heard. But thanks to the power of media, the dog’s owner and Greenpoint resident, Oliver Rivera, was finally reunited with his pitbull Wookie (a.k.a Meeker) after he escaped from his leash on Tuesday at the corner of Bayard Street and Graham Avenue.

“He gave me this one last look and then just bolted,” Rivera told WABC News on Thursday. “I’m like, ‘maybe he was at the corner,’ I’m hoping, and then no signs of him anywhere.” Continue reading

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CHIHUAHUA FOUND IN GREENPOINT!

A reader found this adorable chihuahua and wrote:

“Me and my husband found a small chihuahua dog on Russell Street between Nassau and Norman. The dog is very sweet and is definitely a pet… We can’t hang on to her for long – we can’t have pets in our apartment (blah!) and we will probably need to bring her to a shelter soon. ”

Here is my contact info – Christine 646-206-9532

If anyone can foster this cute rescue (look at those ears!) so Christine can avoid taking her to a shelter that would rule!

Come on Greenpoint, let’s take care of our stray pups!

 

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10 TIPS FOR ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG + FREE Seminar Tomorrow! (4/23)

When you adopt a rescue pup you’re doing a good deed and saving a cherished life, but you may also be taking on some unforeseen problems. This makes your decisions before adopting and after you get him home very crucial to his peace of mind as well as your own.

Denise from Empire of the Dog has (in just one session) helped me out so much with my rescue dog named “D.” This woman is a serious miracle worker. She offers a FREE Rescue Dog Seminar at her business, too. The next one is tomorrow Wednesday April 23 at 7pm at Empire of the Dog (415 Grand St.)

Here she shares some helpful insights for before and after rescuing a dog.

 10 Tips for Adopting A Rescue Dog Continue reading

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