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Maria's review on Aug 17, 2019
Jaidi took excellent care of our cat and home while we were away and will definitely reach out to her again
Ely's review on Aug 13, 2019
Steffon was great and such a gentleman he took great care of Ruby and Steffon was approachable and easy to communicate ,I'm looking forward to have Ruby in his care again my dog was pampered and well taken care of .
James's review on Jul 27, 2019
federico did a great job with jack. he sent pictures and kept us up to date on jacks progress. when i went to pick him up he went from me to federico so i know a bond was created. i would not hesitate to use federico again
Liza's review on Jul 22, 2019
Montie had a great time with Laura (and her pup)! Laura was extremely responsive and sent lots of pictures during Montie's stay. We'll definitely reach out to her the next time we have to go out of town!
Victoria's review on Jul 20, 2019
Kennedy was very attentive to Carino’s needs and understood how he’d react in the high temperatures. She was easy to get in contact with and extremely friendly!
Anna's review on Jul 10, 2019
Joanie stayed with Nina and Anny for 18 days while we were on our honeymoon, and what an amazing team they are! They cared for Joanie, send daily pictures and updates, and I knew she was in good hands with these two. She came home exhausted and happy!
Tanya's review on Jul 08, 2019
Marcel took wonderful care of our dog. She seemed happy and comfortable. He sent frequent photos. I felt very at ease knowing she was in his good care. And for us he was a pleasure too, friendly, warm, communicative. Nothing but the highest praise for Marcel and this experience!
Tabitha's review on Jul 08, 2019
Very accommodating and kept my dog happy. I'd highly recommend Chris for pet sitting.
Top Dog Parks in Brooklyn
The 52-acre Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same team behind Central Park. The park’s northernmost entrance is the imposing Grand Army Plaza, centered by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch. The park features Brooklyn’s only natural forest, complete with a ravine, a 120-year-old zoo, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Every summer, you can attend the concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell. It also has a carousel moved from Coney Island in 1952, and the Lefferts Historic House Museum, a house that was built by Dutch settlers and is now an educational center. For dog lovers, make sure to check out the “dog beach” or hang out on Long Meadow, one of the longest uninterrupted stretches of grass in any park in the country.
Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches 1.3 miles from Columbia Heights to the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. The waterfront park offers breathtaking views of Manhattan and the New York Harbor. Aside from the views, there are plenty of activities on each of the park’s six piers. Pier 1 and Pier 4 both have water features, with a salt marsh, water gardens, and the beach near Pier 4—no swimming, but plenty of sand to play on and tide pools to explore. Pier 2 and 5 have more sports-related activities, and Pier 6 has a large green oasis, a pirate ship playground, and a dog run that’s popular among local dog walkers, sitters, and boarders in Brooklyn.
Marine Park is Brooklyn’s largest park, with 530 acres of grassland and salt marsh. Formerly a fishing ground for the Native Americans in the area, the salt marsh is now protected as a Forever Wild Preserve. There are plenty of programs led by rangers each week, or you can wander along the nature trail to spy on wildlife and local plants. You can also check out the park on the water, with a launch site for canoes and kayaks at Gerritsen Inlet. For kid fun in the sun, check out the cutesy marine animals and yellow submarine that have sprinklers shooting out of them. It is also connected to the Marine Park Golf Course, a public 18-hole course open year round.
Fort Greene Park, like Prospect Park and Central Park, was designed by Olmsted and Vaux. It has the distinction of being Brooklyn’s first park. Although it was designated a park in 1847, it was first used as a fort during the Revolutionary War and then rebuilt and used again during the War of 1812. Its Revolutionary War history is evident in the playground, with the climbing equipment resembling fortresses, and thirteen stone pillars with bronze plaques inscribed with the state trees and animals of each of the original 13 colonies. The park has rolling hills, with tennis and basketball courts available to the public. Leave your dog with a trusted Brooklyn dog boarder and join a pick-up game!
Brooklyn's Bark Score
How Brooklyn got their Bark Score
We love crunching numbers almost as much as we love caring for dogs, which is why we came up with the Bark Score. It's all about how dog-friendly a city is, and is determined using census statistics, local business information, and our own data. Brooklyn received a 63 out of 100 in vet availability, which includes the number of emergency veterinarians, regular vets, specialists, and the average premium for pet insurance in the area. For pet services—like groomers available, number of dog trainers, and count of Rover sitters—this city earned a 88. For the parks and fun category, Brooklyn received a 87 for its number of dog parks, sunny days, and dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. And last but not least, for quality of dog life which includes overall dog population, average yard size, and number of dog-friendly property rentals, this city earned a 74.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Brooklyn
Park Slope is best known for stroller-pushing families, lines of gorgeous brownstones, and tree-lined streets. There are some excellent places to visit in this neighborhood, including High Dive, a bar with board games and pinball, The Rock Shop, with live music and a sports bar upstairs, and Union Hall, to see comedians in action. If you want to get a drink with your pup, check out Mission Dolores or The Gate. They have some great coffee shops, with locally roasted beans, like Gorilla Coffee or Cafe Grumpy. For food, you can check out Franny’s Pizza, Bagel Hole, or Chocolate Room, for dessert. Don’t forget to shop at Community Bookstore or Music Matters, which has store pets. If you have kids, try going to a puppet show at Puppetworks, or one of the playgrounds in Prospect Park. For some history, you can go to Old Stone House, a reconstruction of a 1699 Dutch farmhouse that has an exhibition of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn.
Williamsburg is a lively arts and music area, with a lot of young creative residents, as well as a large Hasidic community. The neighborhood has plenty of hip, quirky offerings, such as the City Reliquary Museum, which showcases offbeat New York City artifacts and has some fun events, or Museum of Food and Drink, with tasty exhibits. The Brooklyn Brewery revitalized the beer industry in Brooklyn, and is worth a stop. You can eat out at Marlow & Sons or the Peter Luger Steakhouse. When you are ready for the outdoors, head to the dog run area at McCarren Park or walk around the East River State Park with great views of Manhattan. At night, make sure to schedule time for live music at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, poetry readings at Pete’s Candy Store, or catch a movie with cocktail service at Nitehawk Cinema.
Known as “America’s first suburb,” Brooklyn Heights is just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, but feels worlds apart with its quiet, tree-lined residential streets. Brooklyn Bridge Park has amazing views of the Manhattan skyline, and offers plenty of outdoor activities for residents and the many visitors to the area. There is also Hillside Dog Park, which is fenced in and on a hill, so it’s a great place for city dogs to get out their cooped-up energy. Brooklyn Heights is also home to the New York Transit Museum and Brooklyn Historical Society. There are a good number of places to eat and drink, including Grimaldi’s, Noodle Pudding (Italian), Henry’s End, and The Binc, known for their creative mixology.
Red Hook has a laid back, village vibe with quirky bars, art galleries, and boutiques set among a background of shipping yards and warehouses. The neighborhood offers a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty from the pier next to the Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier, which also has a kayak and canoe launch. Red Hook is reachable by New York Water Taxi and Ferry, and used to be a busy shipping center. To learn more about that heritage, you can visit the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge. Red Hook has some great restaurants, including Good Fork, Fort Defiance, and Hope & Anchor. For dessert, check out Baked or the amazing Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. And if you need to stock up on furniture, Red Hook is home to Ikea, which many people get to from Manhattan by water taxi.
Why do dog owners love Brooklyn?
In 1636, the Dutch founded five villages across the river from the original settlement, Manhattan. Brooklyn, which now occupies 81 square miles to the east of Manhattan, was one of the five villages. In 1776, during the Battle of Brooklyn, British troops nearly decimated George Washington and his army, who retreated across the East River to Manhattan one foggy night. Brooklyn became an official borough of New York CIty in 1898. It is connected to Manhattan by three bridges. If you have some extra time, stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge for excellent views of Manhattan, and then hang out in Brooklyn Heights for the afternoon, where you’ll find an excellent park and options for restaurants. Brooklyn is well known for its art, culture, and educational institutes, including Pratt Institute, City University of New York, New York State University and Long Island University. It is also home to Coney Island, an amusement park and fun outdoor space, the Brooklyn Museum, with many famous and inspiring art pieces, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Arboretum, with native plants and trees. Dog walkers will find that Brooklyn’s different neighborhoods are especially fun to walk around, as each has its own unique and often quirky personalities. Many past and present American celebrities were born in Brooklyn, including George Gershwin, Woody Allen, Adam Sandler, and Jerry Seinfeld. Brooklyn has excellent restaurant choices for foodies and drinkers alike. With local breweries, pizza places, and diverse food, you can luckily find more than 150 dog-friendly restaurants. Some choices include the French restaurant Provence en Boite, delicious American comfort food at Buttermilk Channel, Southern cuisine at Enid’s, or a drink at Luckydog in Williamsburg. Brooklyn also has many excellent dog parks. During the summer months, you can get in some fun sand and water time at the Dog-Friendly Beach on Gerritsen Avenue or Dyker Beach Dog Park. You can also let your dog stretch its four legs at the Prospect Park Dog Field, McCarren Park, or Fort Greene Park. If you are looking for a place to stay, you can go to any Holiday Inn Express, McCarren Hotel & Pool, or Hotel Indigo Brooklyn. When it’s time to shop for your pup, The Diamond Collar Dog Boutique offers designer collars, dog costumes, clothes, and healthy dog food. If your pooch needs a bath after all the fun at the area’s dog parks, you can head over to Muddy Paws, a self-serve dog wash and health food dog supply store.