TOMORROW: The Don Project

July 16, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes from a chap named Vandal. He writes:

Hi, Heather.

I’m a friend of Jay Lombard and Rob Maher of Unleash/ Dog Habitat. They suggested to get in touch with you to possibly spread the word on our upcoming benefit concert for the film, “The Don Project”.

What is The Don Project, you ask? Well, you can follow their web site— or read their press release!

Emerging filmmakers Matthew Maguire, Dan Bowhers, and Vandal Truong team up for this powerful, intimate piece of cinema. the result is the short film, The Don Project- a little bit punk rock, and a little bit neo-realist. It is a “day in the life”, character study of Don, a dog walker and lingering skate punk scene-ster living in the current day of Brooklyn, New York.

The benefit fundraiser for the film is Saturday, July 17th at Coco 66 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The cover is a mere five dollars. The bands lending their support are Invisible Lines, The Amboys, Black Water, and Cecilia Celeste. Partnering with the non profit group Dog Habitat, all the film’s profits will be donated to help fund dog rescues and adoptions.

Recently wrapped principle photography, the film is now in post production and gearing up for film festivals throughout the country. The Don Project was shot in numerous Brooklyn neighborhoods including Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bay Ridge.

So there have you. Check it out!

The Don Project Benefit Concert
July 17, 2010 starting at 8:00 p.m.
66 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Adoptable Cuties: Meet Peggy Sue, Spider & Rocky

July 16, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I wind down for this upcoming (and purportedly HOT) weekend I thought it would be nice to feature some adoptable pups from Greenpoint’s very own Dog Habitat. To this end Rob Maher and a vollie were kind of enough to introduce me to three of their very cutest: Peggy Sue, Daisy and Rocky.

Here’s Spider (AKA: Daisy).

Here’s Peggy Sue.

And here’s Rob giving us the 411 on these two ladies.

Last up here’s my personal favorite: Rocky.

This volunteer, Laura, was kind enough to help coax a good photograph of this lively two year old Jack Russell Terrier. Rocky was recently surrendered by his owner because he could no longer afford to take care of him (this kind of thing is regrettably becoming more common given today’s economy). If exceptionally curious pups are your thing, this is your man. Follows is some footage of Rocky doing what he does best: frolic!

How much of a charmer is this guy, you ask? Enough so to make a Bull Terrier named Maggie jump for joy. Or something. In any case this is too funny not to post!

Anyone interested in giving any of these three cuties the loving home they so richly deserve should contact the folks at Dog Habitat via telephone at (347) 601-8678 or via email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org.


Miss Heather

Adoptable Cuties: Meet Stella & Chewy

June 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

When I saw the lovely photos Jay posted of these absolutely adorable Chihuahua/Yorkie mixes Dog Habitat recently rescued from a kill shelter I simply had to make their acquaintance. I am pleased to report that this not only came to pass earlier today— but Stella and Chewy are even more adorable in person! As you will see in the following video where Jay shares with us their story. Enjoy!

Chewy and Stella may be pint-sized pups— but they have a big dog appetite!

Anyone interested in giving either of these cuties the loving home they so richly deserve should contact Dog Habitat via telephone at (347) 601-8678 or via email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org.


Miss Heather

Two Fundraisers For Furkids

Both of these items come courtesy of the New York Shitty inbox.

First up, Empty Cages Collective will be having a rummage sale at The Gutter this upcoming Saturday, June 12, starting at 10:00 a.m. You buy, they thrive. Nothing more need be said!

Kickass Rummage Sale
June 12, 2010 starting at 10:00 a.m.
The Gutter
200 North 14 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

This next (and last) item comes courtesy of Jay Lombard of Dog Habitat. He writes:

Dog Habitat Rescue is so proud to join with 31 other animal charities nationwide to help launch New York Times bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron’s book  A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans. Because of the generosity of legendary independent booksellers all over the USA like our very own Word, each of these 31 charities will be getting a full 10% of the cover price for this book which is expected to be a big best seller, and is getting rave reviews from critics and animal advocates everywhere.  Just in this past week, these are the reviews that have come in.

“I loved this book and could not put it down.” –Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author Animals Make Us Human

“Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie” –Kirkus Reviews

As great as the book is, we at Dog Habitat Rescue are even more proud to join with so many amazing animal advocates in this unique nationwide fundraiser.  Among us people training guide and companion dogs, caring for retired K9 officers (yes, the dogs are called officers!) rescuing abandoned and abused animals, providing essential spaying and neutering services, helping financially troubled families obtain pet food in these tough times, providing pet bereavement counseling, and much more.

We hope that you will consider pre-ordering this book today to benefit Dog Habitat Rescue, which you can so easily do by phone (718-383-0096) or by using the store’s web site or, of course, by visiting the independent bookseller at:

Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Remember, this offer only lasts until July 1, when the book goes on sale everywhere.  Since world famous animal advocate Dr. Temple Grandin loved this book, and could not put it down, we’re guessing that you will love it too.  If you order today, you can also help us do our work, for no extra cost to you.

It’s a great book, from a great bookstore, for a great cause.  We’re proud to be part of it.

So there have you: two great ways to help our furry friends while keeping it “local”!

Miss Heather

One Of Those Days…

(Or, Meet Mimi)

I have often made mention on this web site that when I am left alone at the junk shop interesting things happen. Well, today was no exception. My boss and co-worker left me in charge so they could get a snack.

That’s when I made the acquaintance of Mimi, the cat you see above. Her two soon-to-be former owners wheeled her into the junk shop on a dolly in a cat box  and asked me if I needed a cat.

I have had a number of people enter the junk shop trying to sell me one thing or another over the years— electronics usually— and I refuse to purchase them. This is store policy because more often than not these items are, how should we say— hot? The same could be said for Mimi: after being carted down Manhattan Avenue door to door in a cat box sans air conditioning this pussy was rather warm. When I asked why they were getting rid of her I was told her owner was pregnant and couldn’t be around cat boxes. Uh-huh.

Stupefied, appalled and suspecting there is probably not a black market for tabbies I made some phone calls. I am pleased to announce that the guys at Dog Habitat have stepped up to the plate! Mimi now resides in air-conditioned comfort in one of their delightfully appointed kitty condos. It goes without saying that this is a temporary situation. Mimi is a very friendly (and furry) eight month old Maine Coon mix who would make a great companion for that purrfect person. Maybe you? If you would like to make the acquaintance of Miss Mimi and give her the loving home she so richly deserves please contact the folks at Dog Habitat via email or telephone at:

  • rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org
  • (347) 689 – 4000

You can also make a donation to Dog Habitat to help pay for Mimi’s medical expenses/upkeep by clicking here. In closing I want to thank Jay Lombard (again) for taking this lovely lass in on a dime. It is greatly appreciated.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Other niceties from my day (and it ain’t over yet) include (but are not limited to):

  1. Being given a one cent “tip” from a particularly annoying customer (who tried to talk me down to 49 cents on a 50 cent postcard) and
  2. a 50-60 something chap informing me that the blue umbrella he was carrying on his shoulder was a M-14 which he picked up in Vietnam. I apologize that I have no photograph of this gent to share with you, dear readers. Not being an expert in fire arms I couldn’t tell if it was loaded.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Kika Goes Home!

June 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Some of you might remember this lovely lass. I posted her photograph last week here on New York Shitty. She was found at the corner of Dupont Street and Manhattan Avenue and the guys (and gals) of Dog Habitat were desperately trying to locate her rightful owner. Well today I received some very good news! Jay writes:

I know Rob told you the great news yesterday but I wanted to thank you for helping to reunite a lost dog with her owner. One of your readers (who lives in Manhattan) called late Sunday night and said ‘I was just looking at a photo on newyorkshitty and I think you have my brother’s dog’ It was true! Thanks to your blog, Kika, is safely back home!

We are so thrilled that this story has a happy ending. All too often a lost or stray animal ends up in the shelter system and the odds are stacked against them (especially pit bulls like, Kika). Please help encourage your readers to microchip their cats and dogs!

That’s very good advice Jay— and I am glad I could help Kika find her way back home!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Found On Dupont Street

May 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Jay Lombard (who sent me the above photo) of Dog Habitat writes:

Heather- please post this photo. This dog was found as a stray (with choke collar) near manhattan ave and dupont a few days ago and we’ve been trying to find the owner. We heard that there was a man driving around the area looking for a lost dog, but we have no other leads or contact info. We’re hoping one of your readers will recognize this pretty, brindle female pit mix.

If you know who this handsome pup belongs to please contact the folks at Dog Habitat at 347-601-8678 asap. Thanks!

Miss Heather

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

An Update On The Huron Street Kittens & A Contest

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

Although I have amended my earlier post regarding the four kittens that were found dumped like so much trash in front of a parking lot on Huron Street this morning I am going to write this follow-up post— and ask for your help.

First off, here’s a general run-down of what happened:

  1. I am emailed by a reader that four kittens were abandoned at Huron Street.
  2. I called PJ of Empty Cages Collective to give him a heads-up and head over to the scene.
  3. Upon finding no kittens I swung by Dog Habitat and told Jay what’s up. He told me he had received a call from someone who had found and taken home kittens from Huron Street. He referred her to Empty Cages Collective.
  4. I call PJ back and, lo, this woman had in fact contacted him. He followed up.
  5. A good friend of mine, Lisa, has taken these kittens under her care. Alas, one of them did not make it but the other three are doing alright (all things considered).
  6. A particularly disturbing thing she told me is these kittens were not from the same litter: two were one week old, two were four weeks old. This begs the question as to what happened to their litter mates. I imagine they were not so “lucky”.

In other words I had very little to do with these kittens being rescued— but I want to help them and I imagine a number of you do too. Here’s how:

  1. Lisa has made me aware that she is in need of a number of items on her Amazon Wish List. Foremost among them KMR (kitty formula). You can view and make donations to her wish list by clicking here.
  2. Secondly, those of you who prefer to make monetary donations (for veterinarian care, etc.) can do so via PayPal at: lisavallez (at) gmail (dot) com

Lastly I have spoken to Lisa and we agreed to let my readers (YOU) name these cuties. Without further ado here they are (again):

A one week old tiger boy.

A four week old tortie tigress.

And her four week old cream-colored brother.

You can tender your submissions via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. I’ll set the deadline at midnight Monday, April 19, 2010. Judges and prizes have yet to be determined. Good luck and I look forward to your submissions!

Miss Heather

Found On Huron Street: A Kitty

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

G (who sent me the above photograph) writes:

We found this guy wondering around our back yard here at 149 Huron. We thought he might be a neighborhood cat, but, he was there for two days (we fed him of course). Anyway, one of our neighbors took finally talked the guys at Brooklyn Unleashed into keeping him. He is really really sweet, not an ounce of aggression. If we didn’t have two already we would have adopted him. Anyway, if anyone is missing this little guy, that is where he is or if you want to give him a good home!

If you know who this fella belongs to or if you would like give him the loving home he deserves please contact Dog Habitat via email at:

rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org


Miss Heather

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