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HOW TO SLAY AN INVISIBLE DANGER IN BROOKLYN.
Blair Sorrel, Founder
Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.
Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.
Dog Walking in Prospect Park
Prospect Park is a dog’s paradise, with wide-open spaces to roam. There's even a place for dogs to swim: the Long Meadow Dog Beach at the Pools. Off-leash hours are now established, and to preserve this privilege we ask that you keep dogs leashed at all other times. Dogs should not be off-leash during off-leash hours if they are not responsive to voice command. During regular hours and in non-off-leash locations, please be aware that there is a $100 fine for an unleashed dog summons.
Only dogs are allowed to swim at Dog Beach, and they must be leashed except at off-leash hours. The Dog Beach is located near the Long Meadow ballfields, most easily accessible from the 9th Street entrance to the Park. Caution: the water at Dog Beach becomes deep very fast.
Dog Walking Guidelines
- NYC law requires dogs to be on a leash 6 feet or shorter at all times, except during designated off-leash hours in designated areas.
- Owners must be in control of their dogs at all times.
- Please dispose of dog waste properly.
- Dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, on bridle paths, on ballfields, or other designated sports areas.
- There are no off-leash areas at the Parade Ground.
- Do not allow dogs to dig - holes create trip hazards.
- To protect wildlife habitats, dogs must always be leashed and on stay on paths when in wooded areas.
- Dogs are allowed in the water at the Lake adjacent to the Peninsula meadow during off-leash hours.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 5 to 9 a.m. daily in these areas:
In Prospect Park, dogs are required to be on leash in all other areas.
Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners (FIDO): (888) 604-3422
Dog Runs in Brooklyn
Asser Levy Park
Address: Surf Avenue, Sea Breeze Avenue, West 5th Street, Ocean Parkway
Address: All areas excluding the playground and ballfields
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Address: Adams Street and N/S Plymouth Street
Brooklyn War Memorial
Address: Cadman Plaza Park, Cadman Plaza West & East & Prospect Street
Address: All areas excluding the playground, ballfields, and Natural Areas.
Address: King Street, Richards Street, and Verona Street at Dwight and Pioneer Streets
Address: Olive Street and Maspeth Avenue
Address: Hicks & Woodhull streets
Dyker Beach Park
Address: 7th Avenue and 86th Street
Dyker Beach Park
Address: Cropsey Avenue, Bay 8th Street, and Poly Place
Fort Greene Park
Address: DeKalb Avenue & Washington Park
Friends Field Park
Address: East 4th Street, Avenue L, and McDonald Avenue
Herbert Von King Park
Address: Marcy Avenue & Lafayette Avenue
Herbert Von King Park
Address: Marcy Avenue & Lafayette Avenue
Address: Columbia Heights & Middagh Street
J.J. Byrne Memorial Park
Address: 3rd to 4th streets, 4th to 5th avenues
John Paul Jones Park
Address: 4th Avenue and 101st Street
Address: Neptune Avenue between West 24th Street & Bayview Avenue, Coney Island Creek
Leif Ericson Park
Address: 67th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Lincoln Terrace Park
Address: Eastern Parkway between Buffalo and Rochester avenues
Macri Square Park
Address: Union Turnpike and Metropolitan Avenue
Notes: Off-leash dogs are permitted throughout this small park.
Address: East of Ocean Avenue, North Shore Rockaway inlet
Address: All areas excluding the playgrounds, ballfields, and Natural Areas.
Address: North 12th Street, Driggs Avenue and Union Avenue
Address: North Henry Street and Driggs Avenue
Address: Fort Hamilton Parkway, 7th Avenue, 73rd Street to 75th Street
Mount Prospect Park
Address: Eastern Parkway between Washington and Underhill avenues
Owls Head Park
Address: 68th Street and Shore Road
Address: Columbia Place & State Street
Address: Middle & Upper Long Meadow (excludes ballfield area in the Lower Long Meadow), Nethermead, Peninsula.
Shore Road Park
Address: Shore Road, 4th Avenue to 69th Street
Address: Sunset Park Oval lawn area only, center of park 44th Street, 41st Street, 6th Avenue
Get The Facts:
What’s Really in Pet Food
Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of
beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition
your dog or cat will ever need.
These are the images pet food manufacturers
promulgate through the media and advertising. This
is what the $11 billion per year U.S. pet food industry
wants consumers to believe they are buying when they
purchase their products.
This report explores the differences between what consumers think they
are buying and what they are actually getting. It focuses in very general
terms on the most visible name brands — the pet food labels that
are mass-distributed to supermarkets and discount stores — but
there are many highly respected brands that may be guilty of the same
What most consumers don’t know
is that the pet food industry is an extension of the
human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides
a market for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered “unfit
for human consumption,” and similar waste products
to be turned into profit. This waste includes intestines,
udders, esophagi, and possibly diseased and cancerous
Three of the five major pet food companies
in the United States are subsidiaries of major multinational
companies: Nestlé (Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies,
Mighty Dog, and Ralston Purina products such as Dog
Chow, ProPlan, and Purina One), Heinz (9 Lives, Amore,
Gravy Train, Kibbles-n-Bits, Nature’s Recipe),
Colgate-Palmolive (Hill’s Science Diet Pet Food).
Other leading companies include Procter & Gamble
(Eukanuba and Iams), Mars (Kal Kan, Mealtime, Pedigree,
Sheba, Waltham’s), and Nutro. From a business
standpoint, multinational companies owning pet food
manufacturing companies is an ideal relationship. The
multinationals have increased bulk-purchasing power;
those that make human food products have a captive
market in which to capitalize on their waste products,
and pet food divisions have a more reliable capital
base and, in many cases, a convenient source of ingredients.
There are hundreds of different pet
foods available in this country. And while many of
the foods on the market are similar, not all of the
pet food manufacturing companies use poor quality or
potentially dangerous ingredients.
Although the purchase price of pet food
does not always determine whether a pet food is good
or bad, the price is often a good indicator of quality.
It would be impossible for a company that sells a generic
brand of dog food at $9.95 for a 40-lb. bag to use
quality protein and grain in its food. The cost of
purchasing quality ingredients would be much higher
than the selling price. The protein used in pet food
comes from a variety of sources. When cattle, swine,
chickens, lambs, or other animals are slaughtered,
the choice cuts such as lean muscle tissue are trimmed
away from the carcass for human consumption. However,
about 50% of every food-producing animal does not get
used in human foods. Whatever remains of the carcass — bones,
blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, and almost all
the other parts not generally consumed by humans — is
used in pet food, animal feed, and other products.
These “other parts” are known as “by-products,” “meat-and-bone-meal,” or
similar names on pet food labels.
What Consumers Can Do
* Write or call pet food companies and
the Pet Food Institute and express your concerns about
commercial pet foods. Demand that manufacturers improve
the quality of ingredients in their products.
* Print out a copy of this report for
your veterinarian to further his or her knowledge about
commercial pet food.
* Stop buying commercial pet food. Or
if that is not possible, reduce the quantity of commercial
pet food and supplement with fresh foods. Purchase
one or more of the many books available on pet nutrition
and make your own food. Be sure that a veterinarian
or a nutritionist has checked the recipes to ensure
that they are balanced and complete.
Who to Write
AAFCO Pet Food Committee
Dr. Rodney Noel — Chair
Office of Indiana State Chemist
1154 Biochemistry Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1154
FDA — Center for Veterinary Medicine
7500 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855
Pet Food Institute
2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036