Name These Kittens: The Bed-Stuy Quartet

Yesterday I had the blues so I went for a walk. I’m glad I did. It was on Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg that I learned things could always be worse. For example, I could be this guy— or worse yet, his ex-girlfriend. So it goes. Today I met some little ones who had an even rougher life… and they’re only six weeks old!

When Jay of Dog Habitat told me last weekend that they just got in a litter of kittens rescued from Bed-Stuy naturally I had to make their acquaintance.

Here they are!

These two are definitely the more outgoing of the bunch. The “crouching tiger” is the solitary boy of the litter. I nicknamed him “Biggie Smalls” because he is the biggest of the “smalls”. His more defiant companion (who Jay has nicknamed “Smudgy”) appears to be the leader of this crew, as you will see.

These two are much more shy. Especially the one on the left.  The one on the right is the runt of the litter. Given she is little…

VERY LITTLE and hails from Bed-Stuy I nicknamed her L’il Kim. Not that these kittens have names per se: they don’t. But more about that later. Here’s Jay telling us how these Bed-Stuy beauties came to be (albeit temporarily) Greenpointers.

Then Jay left me alone to get acquainted with them. We started with an ice breaker I like to call “watch the hand”.

Then we upgraded to a cat toy.

Then we had a little lunch.

But back to the purpose of this post: these kittens do not have names! For this reason Jay and I decided a contest is in order. Do you have names for this winsome quartet of cuties? If so, please tender them via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Otherwise, you can see more pix and videos of these cuties by clicking here.

In closing, here a little something for the dog lovers out there. The above lovely lass, Abby, was recently found wandering around Jackie Robinson Parkway in Queens. Luckily a good Samaritan picked her up. And by the previous I mean lucky for her and us: she’s a sweet gentle thing!

As I have (often) written before: anyone who is interested in providing a loving home to any of these lovely (and loving) furkids should contact Dog Habitat via telephone at (347) 601-8678 or via email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org. Tell ’em I sent you.


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Videos Du Jour: Adoptable Cutie Cavalcade!

March 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I don’t know about you but the weather today is— to put it nicely— a bit rough. Instead of staying home with a case of the rainy day blues I decided to head over to Dog Habitat and meet a few of their newest adoptable cuties. They definitely made me smile and I am certain you will too. Without further ado here they are!

First up, we have Sasha. She is an eight month old Staffordshire Terrier mix rescued from the Center for Animal Care and Control. She’s a bit shy but nonetheless very sweet. I’ll let Jay take it from here.

Next up we have Monkey. Not only is he too is a Staffie mix rescued from the Center For Animal Care and Control but he lives up to his name! It was very difficult to shoot a photograph of Monkey because he was more interested in giving puppy love than aping for the camera— as you’ll see!

For those of you who fancy furkids of the more diminutive variety I present for your Saturday afternoon entertainment this sweet pair of Chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mixes: Milo (as seen above) and his more outgoing brother Hootie.

Last up, a little something for the cat lovers. A comely one year old chap named Westly. Not only is he very friendly, but he sports some, um, interesting assets.

Those of you who care to know more about the “markings” referenced in the previous video can click here for the reveal. Anyone who is interested in providing a loving home to any of these lovely (and loving) furkids should contact Dog Habitat via telephone at (347) 601-8678 or via email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org.

Miss Heather

Adoptable Cuties: Meet Annie, Oliver & Nicole

February 4, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today was a trying one for yours truly. The general pattern (if in fact there was one) seemed to be people trying to get on my nerves. A number of them succeeded in this endeavor beyond their wildest expectations. This is no small achievement. Inasmuch as I talk a good game the fact of the matter is I am a peace-loving individual. Life (READ: being a former civil servant) has taught me patience— even if it is derived from the “give them enough rope” school of thought— is a virtue. It is for the aforementioned reason that after receiving a salvo of abuse from a particularly nasty individual I was amused when she tried to storm out of the junk shop in a self-righteous huff —only to discover she couldn’t figure out how to open the door. It is such small vindications in life that make it worth living.

Another thing that makes yours truly’s life tolerable on days such as this are fur kids. Now that I think about it I have one that has mastered the art of opening doors. Perhaps he could give the aforementioned person some pointers? But I digress. Needless to say after the previous fiasco  I was very excited to swing by Dog Habitat and make the acquaintance of some lovely adoptable cuties in need of loving, permanent homes. Who cannot help but smile when meeting Annie, Oliver and Nicole? As you will see!


These two 17 weeks old Shih Tzus were recently turned over to Dog Habitat because their owner lost his job and experienced a family emergency. In other words, he was not in a position to take care of them and elected to do the right— if emotionally painful— thing: place them for adoption. It was “nap time” when I swung by today so Annie and Oliver were in rather subdued (but very cute) form. Here’s a video of them in (in)action while Jay tells us their story.


Conversely, this young (1 year old-ish) lass was very eager to get out of her (admittedly luxe) accommodations and get some lovins! I’ll let Jay take it from here.

Anyone interested in making the acquaintance of Annie, Oliver, Nicole or any of the other lovely, loving companions* Dog Habitat has for adoption should contact them via telephone at (347) 601-8678 or via email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org. In closing, I’d like to mention that next week the guys (and ladies) of Dog Habitat/Unleash Brooklyn will be having a fundraiser with a distinctly Valentine’s Day twist:

Check it out!

Speed Dating For Pet Lovers
February 10, 2010 starting at 8:30 p.m.
Price of admission: $15.00
Dog Habitat/Unleash Brooklyn
216 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*Who were too pooped to be filmed this afternoon!

Some Sunshine On a Crappy Day: Emi

November 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today after having my umbrella rent asunder no less than FIVE TIMES by the wind while taking a walk I realized I was going to have to find another means of entertaining myself. The interwebs were out— I spend enough time on them already. So I swung by Dog Habitat to see how their newest rescue, Emi, was faring. She had just completed her final round of medications, was one day of out quarantine and, as you will see, was rearing to go!

Per Rob Maher (who was kind enough to let me shoot the above footage and give a general run-down about Emi), she has a basic knowledge of commands such as sit, stay, and so forth. Emi wasn’t very interested in displaying her new-found knowledge when I visited her— but can you blame her? After being isolated which would you choose: obeying commands or playing with a nifty squeak toy in Unleash Brooklyn’s rumpus room?

The answer (if you are Emi, anyway) is obvious!

Anyone who is interested in meeting Miss Emi and giving her a forever home should contact the guys (and gals) of Dog Habitat via email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) com.

Miss Heather

Meet Petal


This lovely lass not only needs a loving home, but has seen a lot in her 1-2 years. I will let her foster “mom” Rebecca, tell her story:

Petal, the small dog that I have been fostering & rehabilitating in my home for almost 6 weeks, is ready for adoption.  She was one of 53 dogs living in a basement in Texas.  Here’s the story about the mill raid at the end of May that yielded her.

She would do best in a quieter environment with sensitive and thoughtful people who will be patient and help her continue to work through her shyness and fear issues.  When she first arrived, she reminded me of Emily Dickinson in a 10-pound dog’s body.  But Petal has come a great distance in 5 weeks (there is a scamp in her that is slowly emerging!) and is going to make a wonderful, loving companion.

  • She has had all of her shots, has been de-wormed, has tested negative for heart-worm, and has been spayed.
  • Good with cats and non-pushy dogs.  Tends to be more fearful of men than women. She would not do well in a home with small children.
  • Loves to give kisses, to cuddle in your lap, and to sleep in the “big bed” with the rest of my menagerie. She is VERY excited when I come home.
  • Petal uses wee-pads consistently and is learning to go to the bathroom outside.

I am also building her leash-walking skills (she had never been outside of that house in San Angelo – imagine how overwhelming the stimuli of Greenpoint sounds & sights & smells must be).  Three weeks ago, “outside” was overwhelming for her, even with high value treats and my own dog as an example.  She would freeze and shake uncontrollably or try to hide under parked cars.  So I began taking her out with us in a travel bag slung over my chest – she could feel my warmth & breath, and heart, and she could hide in the bag if she wanted.  When she stopped shaking, I’d put her on the ground, and we’d get as far as we could that day.  One day at a time.  Last week she was able to walk to & from McCarren Park on leash & without bag time!!  That is 40 minutes!

Anyone interested in learning more about this beautiful lass— or better yet: wants to give her the loving home she so richly deserves— should contact Rebecca at:

rebecca11222 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Prospective “parents”should be advised that there is an application process in order to adopt Petal. You can learn more about what this entails by clicking here. Otherwise you can see more lovely photographs of Petal here.

Miss Heather

Meet Slumdog Jack

April 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 


This adoptable pup is not only a real cutie, but he also has an amazing story. I’ll let my friend over at District Dog, Rob Maher, fill you in:

…I wanted to thank you for all for the love that you have graced Jack with over the past few months. When I made the decision to pick up a weak, hungry, emaciated street dog with injuries, I never imagined that his story would touch so many of you. I must admit that his will to overcome his situation and the sheer good fortune that he would make so many friends around the world (in person and over facebook) continue to bring tears to my eyes. He is a special pup — and he has some very special friends.

There are two very important things to remember about Jack’s journey to America. First, he endured a grueling 30+ hour journey, spending most of that time in a cage, sitting at customs warehouses in Mumbai and Newark, NJ and locked into the noisy and dark cargo hold of a 777 aircraft (that for the longest period, nearly 18 hours). Jack had never been in a cage before and certainly had never flown or traveled very far from the streets of Mumbai. When Kristen and her parents picked Jack up at the Continental Airlines cargo center, they found a scared but brave and grateful pup who had patiently waited to be reunited with his foster family.

The second and perhaps most important part of the story to remember is that Jack is still not home and still needs one. We and he desperately need your help to get him there. When he was adopted a few months ago, the couple who offered to take him were very excited by the prospect of a new dog into their home. Of course, getting Jack to the US from India presented a whole host of challenges, including potential trauma to the animal, logistics of the actual transport, and cost of the whole process. In my analysis at the time, I decided that the best thing I could do for Jack would be to send him to the US to his new adoptive parents. Though several friends of mine in India had openly requested that they be allowed to adopt Jack.

To cut a long story short, Jack’s adoptive parents have rejected him. They believe now that because Jack is an alpha dog, he will be unable to co-exist in harmony with another alpha in their household. Though evidence suggests that a puppy’s manifestation of alpha tendencies are altered when they are spayed and neutered and that obedience training can also resolve most lingering issues between alpha dogs, the adoptive family is not inclined to try to make this work.

So what did Jack do wrong? Well, not much. Adjusting into a new home — especially one with existing dogs, can be difficult. Jack co-existed well with the female dog in the house but did not get along with the male one. While many argue that that behavior is temporary and subject to comfort and training of the dog, that is not the interpretation that Jack’s erstwhile adoptive parents have taken.

Here is where I need your help. PLEASE read about Jack and his journey and help get Jack settled into a new and loving home. For all of you who don’t know Jack, he is a nearly six month old mixed-breed puppy from near Bandra (W), Mumbai, India. He loves human interaction, is largely house-trained, and has all of his vaccinations in place. More importantly, Jack is a survivor who will make a loving and protective dog if you allow him to.

We don’t know yet if Jack is good around children, so we would need to figure that portion of his personality. We have been asked why we simply don’t bring him back to India, where several families have offered to adopt him. Simply put, the option remains on the table but given the cost, the trauma, and the energy required, I’m hesitant to pursue it .

Anyone interested in giving this amazing lad a new leash on life (Yeah, it’s a bad pun— sue me) should contact Rob at rob (at) doghabitat (dot) org. Be advised that all potential adoptees will be screened by the staff at Dog Habitat.

Miss Heather

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