Brooklyn pet news, including an awesome new way for pooches to blow off steam
by Tia Kim
Late summer temps often mean that owners are in search of a less atmospherically intense way for their pets to enjoy being out of the apartment. Brooklyn Canine Club (BCC), “a modern doggie day care experience,” as its owners describe it, is here to solve this doggy dilema. Featuring an indoor play space and a backyard patio, it’s a fun and safe space, with an almost 900-square-foot indoor run outfitted with recycled rubber flooring and a backyard equipped with antimicrobial and non-toxic K9Grass, sprinklers, and a dog bone-shaped pool to splash around in. Organic baths, and “Tours of the Neighborhood” are among the additional services available.
Since safety and socialization considerations are of paramount owner interest, BCC administers a “temperament test” before a pet is allowed access. “We are all about positive energy at BCC, and our members understand that,” said Doreen Candia, one of its owneroperators. “And it pays off. Many of our parents tell us that their dogs are better adjusted at home as a result of the love and stimulation they receive here. We allow them the freedom to socialize with other dogs in a safe environment built just for them. Our members share a special bond.” 8209 5th Avenue.
Long city runs, jaunts on sandy beaches, and tree-lined mountaintop hikes enjoyed with a pet are experiences that can’t be easily valued, but they also bring potential problems for dogs. Despite national campaigns warning of the dangers of leaving a pet in a car or walking with them on hot surfaces, veterinarians are seeing increasing numbers of heatstroke and pad burn cases.
A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101°F to 102°F. If left in a car and its temperature rises to 105.8°F, he or she is at risk of heatstroke. When temperatures reach 111.2°F and above, a series of breakdowns occurs. Kidney failure, asphyxiation, and internal bleeding can all result from failed circulation, which can also lead to permanent brain damage, even if veterinarians are able to revive the animal.
Another potential danger is a walk on asphalt. Dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to burning as a human foot, and a beautiful 77°F day can raise pavement temperature to 125°F (an egg can fry on a surface that’s 131°F), which can easily burn pads. So, be mindful of your strolling time of day, and if high-noon has to be the time, consider paw wax, booties, or peel-and-stick protectors, and wash paws off after a walk. Lastly, even if out in the woods or on trails, make certain to stop for a water break with your pal every 15 minutes. He or she often won’t be able to let you know they’re dehydrated until already ill (check for reduced energy levels /lethargy, excessive panting, sunken, dry looking eyes, dry nose, and dry, sticky gums). Keep checking on ’em, even while having fun! Brooklyn Veterinary Group, 7624 New Utrecht Avenue, brooklynvetgroup.com
There are more than 150 pet-friendly restaurants and bars in Brooklyn—from Habana Outpost to Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Buttermilk Bar to High Dive—most of which welcome dogs and cats at their outdoor tables. But if you hunger for New York City’s “first dog friendly café,” jump the river to the East Village and Boris & Horton, which recently underwent a significant expansion. Its all-vegetarian menu features gluten-free and vegan options, from avocado and slow-roasted tomato toast to cheese plates and pastries from Balthazar, Bien Cuit, and Murray’s Cheese, and in the evening there’s craft beer and wine. Events are regular, and include a Hearts & Bones Adoption gathering on Saturday, August 3 and a Pug Meetup (hosted by @lennythepug) on Sunday, August 25. 195 Avenue A, borisandhorton.com