From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Monkey Is Back


A friend and fellow cat lady named Lisa writes:

Meant to send you this sooner but I keep getting distracted. I’ve been told it’s a condition called “kittenhead” that afflicts people who care for bottle babies this time of year! Anyway, this really great couple stopped by our adoption event at Muddy Paws and brought the flyer attached. The cat looked familiar and the address was spot on. I pulled up my old flickr set and sure enough, IT’S MONKEY!

Monkey is NOT A STRAY!


You were able to draw attention to his living situation last time and probably were the reason his people responded in the flickr comments last time, maybe we can do the same this time. Their flickr accounts are stagnant and maybe they moved leaving Monkey behind? I’ll get some updated photos of the “Bloomblight” on my way to the new Indian restaurant tonight and send them, but the plywood with Monkey’s declaration is long gone as are the Enchanted Gardens as you know too well.

You can view a wonderful video of Monkey in “action” by clicking here. Otherwise, if anyone reading this knows to whom this winsome fellow belongs— or wants to provide him the loving permanent home he so richly deserves— please contact Kristen! Thanks— and spread the word!

Adoptable Cutie: Meet Papasito


Per the folks at Dog Habitat (where this handsome fellow presently hangs his hat— or would that be sombrero?):

This adorable boy is Papacito. Unfortunately he was another victim of irresponsible pet ownership. He was found by one of our staff members in a box in front of a dumpster next to Papacito’s in Greenpoint. There was a bag next to the carrier with cold cuts, some dry food, a rabies tag, a little money and a note describing his demeanor and health. This sweet cat deserved better than to be deposited on the street but now he’s safe here with us. Can you open your home to a poor, abandoned boy?

If anyone reading this wants to provide this fellow the loving forever home he richly deserves, please contact the folks at Dog Habitat via email at rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org.

Thanks— and spread the word!

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Meet Munchkin

September 29, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lass named Monika writes:

I know you posted a while ago about District Dog’s kitten adoption event. I wonder if you can give some publicity to a special needs District Dog resident in need of a foster or permanent home. Two weeks ago, people on a bench in McGolrick Park saw a young man dump a cat into some bushes there. The people intervened and caught the cat, who, it turns out, is blind. They brought him to the great folks at District Dog, who are now urgently looking for someone to adopt or even foster this big boy, whom they are now calling “Munchkin.” The vet checked him out and he is healthy, except for being overweight. Munchkin is estimated to be around 7 years old.

I am doing my best to get the word out about this handsome guy. I’ve been visiting him daily and he’s a sweetheart of a cat, likes to be petted, and from the shop owners’ accounts, he is eating, using the litterpan, and manages to get around the store okay when they let him out for a stretch…

Thanks for any PR you can give this guy!

Anyone interested in giving Munchkin the loving, permanent home home he deserves should contact the folks at District Dog via email, telephone— or simply swing by!

District Dog
142 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 290-7374
info (at) districtdog (dot) com

Urban Fur: Le Grenier

November 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This summer I learned the proprietress of Le Grenier, Maya, got an unexpected visitor in the way of the orange and white tabby you see at left. She wrote:

Hi — wondering if any of you North Brooklyners have seen signs for a missing orange cat?

One has just appeared in my garden and she’s definitely a lost family pet — very friendly, cuddly and charming, clean and seems to have been well fed / cared for.

I’m giving her food, water & friendly ministrations but am not sure how long she’ll stay back there (no clue how she even got in, it’s completely enclosed) and I can’t bring her inside (our Galileo is FeLV+) so I’m hoping to track down her owners quickly.

I helped to spread the word but, alas, no one came forward. No worries: yesterday, as I discovered, she has a new home— and a job! I wrote to Maya:

I got some lovely photos of her today. She pranced along the window mewing at me the whole time (didn’t capture that but I thought you’d like to know she is keeping a very watchful eye over your business!). Very cute. Plan on posting a few pix tomorrow!

To wit Maya replied:

After posting signs everywhere and calling local vets for many weeks, with no reply I of course decided to keep her (my friends have officially dubbed me The Crazy Cat Lady)…  Her name is AmiCat…

AmiCat watches.

And watches.

And when AmiCat deduced that yours truly was neither a threat nor a food giver she proceeded to ignore me. Such is the life of a pampered pussy— and quite frankly I am envious.

But when Maya is in the house, well, it’s another story altogether. READ: naptime!

Le Grenier (now presided over by AmiCat)
19 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Phone: (718) 569-0111

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: AmiCat napping is courtesy of Maya Marzolf.

Something Neat!

(Or: Miss Heather Gets A Present)

Last night I swung by Dan Witz’s book signing at Spoonbill & Sugartown and at long last got to meet a Flickr “friend” of mine in person: an incredibly talented chap named Drew.

And he came bearing gifts! For those of you who are wondering, the furkid depicted in these lovely paintings is none other than Jerzy! I showed them to him.

He did not seem terribly impressed.

Then again I was reminded this morning that Jerzy has, how shall we say, a rather discerning palate.

I can’t honestly say wadded up tissues, hair and used Q-Tips are my cup of tea— but to each their own. Here’s a slide show of Drew’s other work: a series of “Pickle Houses”. Enjoy!

Thanks again, Drew. The Mister and I love your thoughtful gift— even if it’s “subject” doesn’t!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Beast & Bling

March 20, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I receive a lot of emails about cats needing homes. Some of them strike me as being dubious, e.g.; the person is simply tired of taking care of them and for this reason seeks my assistance. I am not going to lie to you: this makes me angry. Owning a companion animal is a lifelong commitment. Pets are not something that can simply be thrown away when you no longer want them or prove to be tiresome. They are sentient beings, not chattel. I mention the previous because when I received the following solicitation I was, to be perfectly frank, a bit leery. After some online “discussion” my concerns were quickly assuaged. Not that this made me any happier: it didn’t. Read on and you’ll learn why. Laura writes:

I know you are dedicated to finding wayward kitties good homes. I was wondering if you could help put the word out about these two fine ladies. I took them in after they were abandoned by a evil roommate who took off to Kansas and now can’t be found. He went on a “hiatus” from NYC and I agreed to temporarily take care of the cats. I guess he decided to never come back… They are wonderful kitties, but they are having serious problems dealing with our new baby and my other cat. There has been some hissing at the baby and many fights with the other cat. I’m worried about what might happen (we live in a railroad, so there’s no way to separate). I really do not want to bring these cats to a shelter — they are really affectionate sweet kitties and deserve a good home.


Beast is a fluffy blackish grey approximately ten-year-old kitty, taken in at the same time as Bling. She is spayed, in excellent health and also may need some updates on her shots. Beast is a very small kitty and looks kind of like a mythical woodland creature. This cat will love you ’til you don’t know what to do. She loves to curl up on your lap  and purr (and you hardly notice because she’s so light). She has an extremely sweet disposition and tolerates children quite well, but not other cats (except for Bling.) She is litter box trained and also good about using the scratching post. She is playful and also an excellent flycatcher and mouser.


Bling is an approximately ten-year-old silver tabby. She has been spayed and is in excellent health. She may need some updates on her shots. Bling is a well behaved, playful and extremely loving cat. She loves to chase her laser toy, roll around on the floor purring and rest her head in your lap while you pet her. She is litter box trained and is very good about clawing the scratching post and not the furniture. Bling is not a fan of kids or other cats (except for Beast, her “sister” who she gets along with fine.)

Anyone interested in giving these two cuties the loving (and preferably child-free) home they so richly deserve should contact Laura via email at: elchipz (at) gmail (dot) com


Miss Heather

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