A ruff patch: Pups celebrate Brooklyn Dog Day in Prospect Park

A ruff patch: Pups celebrate Brooklyn Dog Day in Prospect Park
Photo by Jolene Siana

Every dog has its day — and in Kings County, that day is Aug. 21.

Local canines trotted into Prospect Park on Sunday for Brooklyn Dog Day, an event featuring treats for man’s best friend and a doggie fashion show for the amusement of their owners.

“It was really cute,” said Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident Vanessa Cajucom, who brought her 8-year-old chihuahua Roadie to the event.

The fair was a mishmash of frivolousness and practicality, according to attendees — several veterinary professionals came from Brooklyn Animal Hospital to provide their expertise free of charge, and there were also carnival games for canines, including a dog-friendly version of musical chairs.

In it, the masters led their dogs around a circle as music played, until it stopped, when they were commanded to sit — last pooch off his haunches was out.

It wasn’t for every dog, according to Cajucom.

“If I told Roadie to sit, she would just look at me,” she said.

Winners scored tasty treats, but no pooch left empty pawed — the event was well attended by pet organizations including Bark Slope Salon, Prospect Park dog group Fido, the Kensington Dog Run Association, and, naturally, the American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and they gave away treats, toys, and doggy bowls, along with a $25 coupon for a local pet hospital, according to a spokeswoman from the Borough President’s office, which organized the event.

At the fashion show, canines were decked out in costumes from massive retailer Pet Co, before they trotted down a runway, modeling the company’s wares.

In exchange, the dogs were allowed to take their new outfits home, McDonald said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
A day in the bark: Vanessa Cajucom brought her chihuahua Roadie for some dog-friendly fun at Brooklyn Dog Day in Prospect Park.
Photo by Jolene Siana