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

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Dog Habitat Gets A Very Special Caller


I recently bumped into Rob Maher one of the minds behind Unleash Brooklyn and Dog Habitat. He told me about something really neat which happened recently. It involves the above lass. Her name is Spooky and this is her story:

Spooky found us. No, really! She walked up the stairs and sat on our front door just before the temperature dropped this fall. She is about six months old. She is extremely friendly, but in need of some personal attention and lots of love.

Anyone interested in learning more about this street smart Greenpoint girlie— or wants to make your home Spooky’s permanent haunt— please shoot the guys (and gals) of Dog Habitat an email at: rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org. They can also be reached via telephone at: (347) 601-8678.


Miss Heather

Quicklink: Shit My Dad Says


When I finally crawled out of bed this morning I was already in dire need of a good laugh. The Mister tossed and turned all night and the our little pride was more adamant than usual about getting their morning kibble. Thankfully Jay Lombard (of Unleash Brooklyn/Dog Habitat) brought the above to my attention: shitmydadsays. Here are some highlights:

October 8, 2009:

I wanted to see Detroit win. I’ve been there. It’s like God took a shit on a parking lot. They deserve some good news.

September 27, 2009:

Do these announcers ever shut the fuck up? Don’t ever say stuff just because you think you should. That’s the definition of an asshole.

September 24, 2009:

I’m sitting in one of those TGI Friday’s places, and everyone looks like they want to shove a shotgun in their mouth.

September 23, 2009:

You’re gonna run into jerk offs. But remember, it’s not the size of the asshole you worry about, it’s how much shit comes out of it.

September 19, 2009:

Sometimes life leaves a hundred dollar bill on your dresser, and you don’t realize until later that it’s because it fucked you.

Those of you who have a twitter account: click here and enjoy for yourself the many piquant musings of Justin’s dad. I command you. Those of you who do not have a twitter account: get one. This chap is a pisser!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: You can read a great interview with Justin, the progeny of this great man, by clicking here.

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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