Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: And The Winners Are!

October 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 



Air Conditioning Unit

Three Legged Squirrel


The G, L & Z Train


Popeye, Olive Oyl & Bluto


Slutty Pirate



I suspect fellow judge Joe Lentol would agree with me that selecting this year’s winners of the District Dog Halloween Costume Contest was very tough indeed! There were so many great entries. I would like to thank everyone who came out today. I hope you had as much as I had! Now, if you do not mind dear readers I am off to enjoy my evening for a bit. You can look forward to a slide show tomorrow!

Miss Heather

Mark Your Calendars: District Dog Halloween Parade & Costume Contest

October 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11232, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Anyone who has attended this event in the past (as I have) can attest it is a lot of fun. I have no doubt this year will be no different. You have two weeks (left) to get your costumes ready Greenpoint dog lovers. Do not disappoint me!

District Dog Halloween Parade & Costume Contest
October 31, 2010 starting at 1:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Oh yeah, this year a new category has been added: Best Duo/Pack. I have been assured inter-species participants are allowed!

Miss Heather

Urban Fur: Tongue

October 4, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

This lovely lass (dressed up as a liver fluke) was an honorable mention at last year’s District Dog’s Halloween Costume Contest! I mention this because:

  1. When I inquired her person she assured me that she plans to enter again this year!
  2. I have been asked by the folks at District Dog to be a judge again this year!

Yours truly loves furkids. Now pair that with my favorite day of the year: Halloween. Suffice it to say I am VERY excited!

Miss Heather

P.S.: You can see photographs of last year’s contestants by clicking here.

THIS WEEKEND: Dog Habitat Adoption Event

September 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of the fine folks of Dog Habitat. This upcoming Saturday they will be having an adoption event at their sister store, District Dog. Why not swing by and say “Hi” to some of Greenpoint’s most eligible furkids (I have been told kittens will be in the offing)? Who knows, you might come away with a friend for life!

Dog Habitat Adoption Event
September 4, 2010 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
District Dog
142 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Toby Project Update

December 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

tobythumbYesterday I wrote a post announcing that the Toby Project Spay and neuter van will be paying a visit to Dog Habitat this Thursday, December 10. Well, I have just received word from Jay Lombard that all the slots are taken! He writes:

Thank you for being such a great friend to dog habitat. Just got off the phone… and all the slots for tomorrow are now full. Please let your readers know we won’t be able to accommodate any walk-ins.

Those of you who are interested in spaying or neutering you dog or cat but did not get a slot in time, don’t despair! You can click here for a calendar of where their spay and neuter vans will be for the remainder of this month. It looks like the closest location to Greenpoint/Williamsburg will be Bedford Stuyvesant. Their van will be 1216 Fulton Street December 23rd.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Videos du Jour: Dog Parade Redux

November 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Here it is: highlights from yesterday’s dog parade from McGolrick Park. Nothing fancy (try filming dogs— they’re harder than cats. Felines don’t give a damn about attention; canines care a lot.). Noetheless you’ll see a couple prize winners and many other winsome pups in the following footage!

Part I

Part II: Featuring Eeyore

Part III: Featuring Amelia Earhart

Over and out!

Miss Heather

And the winners are…

October 31, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

There ended up being so many great contestants at the District Dog Halloween Parade today my fellow judges and I had a very hard time deciding picking a winner! In fact, we decided to hand out six instead of three honorable mention awards just to give recognition where we felt it was due. On that note— and without the further ado— here are the best dressed dogs in Greenpoint!


Frida KahloNYS

Frida Kahlo

Liver Flukenys

Liver Fluke


Major Wonder

Amelia EarhartNYS

Amelia Earhart


Log of Fire



Eyeore BackNYS



3 HeadsNYS






I want to give props to all the folks (and their pups) who participated in today’s parade. You’re all winners as far as I’m concerned. This evening I will not only post a slide show from today’s festivities but also (paws crossed) some video footage as well. So stay tuned!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, November 2, 2009: You can read a fellow judge’s take of the 3rd Annual District Dog Halloween parade and costume contest by clicking here.

P.S.: As you have probably noticed I have only listed five out of the six Honorable Mention winners. This is because I have forgotten who the sixth winner was! Any and all help jogging my memory (via email or comments) would be most appreciated. Thanks!

New York Shitty Day Ender: Free Willy!

October 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 



Jay Lombard (who forwarded me the above photographs of a very happy and lucky lad named Willy) writes:

Heather – At last! Dog Habitat Rescue has a dog available for adoption! Meet Willy – he was stray who was taken to the Brooklyn animal care & control shelter and was within hours of being euthanized. He’ll be staying at Unleash: Brooklyn until we find him a permanent home. Look for Willy at the front of the parade at tomorrow’s Halloween party in McGolrick park.

Thanks for sharing the good news with us, Jay! As he indicates in the above email anyone interested in meeting Willy and giving him the loving home which has so eluded him can make his acquaintance at District Dog’s Halloween Parade tomorrow at McGolrick Park. Here’s the 411 for those of who are not in the know:


3rd Annual District Dog Halloween Parade
October 31, 2009 starting at 1:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

And on that note, dear readers, I am calling it a day. Have a wonderful pre-Halloween evening!

Miss Heather

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 3rd Annual District Dog Halloween Parade

October 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Yes, I realize this isn’t until the end of the month but I wanted all you dog owners to have ample time to get a costume prepared for your pups! Some of you might recall that last year’s winner was canine dressed up as our very own and beloved Crosstown Local.


Victoria writes:

The G Train Dog won! And in keeping with tradition, when called upon, the G Train (dog) would not move. He had to be coaxed from his spot by his owner. Hilarious!

3rd Annual District Dog Halloween Parade
October 31, 2009 starting at 1:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

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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