There are times when I think morning off-leash hours in Prospect Park might just be keeping my dog Phoebe and I sane living in New York City. Prospect Park is a yard and nature playground for those of us without yards. Fido Brooklyn is largely responsible for maintaining our off leash privileges in one of NYC’s most beautiful parks, which is why Susie’s Pet Care and Dogs of Brooklyn will be sponsoring their monthly Coffee Bark get together from 7-9am near the picnic house on April 14th 2012. Hope to see you there!
For more Dog Friendly hot spots in Brooklyn now that Spring is upon us please check out my Ultimate Dog Guide on Brooklyn Exposed!
I leave you with a spring poem from Dogs of Brooklyn (Pardon the line breaks WordPress is jackin’ my formatting!)
A THOUSAND SPARROWS
The snow has been replaced with white petals falling
from the apple blossom trees. Hard green buds
breaking out of thawing limbs extending to the sun.
A thousand sparrows scream, hatched and hungry,
soon to be kicked out of the nest. Some of them
won’t make it, the dogs sniff out their featherless,
naked pink bodies scattered on the sidewalk to eat.
I won’t allow it, make mulched tree stumps instant
cemeteries. The kids from Little League parade down
7th Avenue, hoodlums wielding bats in their matching
yellow caps while in the distance ritual drums beat.
In Prospect Park people start shedding coats and clothes,
lounging in lumps in the big field, pale skin blinding
everyone. While the apartment buildings peer down
from above at their shaded flowers fighting to bloom.
We all try to suck in the sun like oxygen after months
of cold gray hibernating. I claw at my eyes and sneeze,
my body fighting even the seasons changing. Rain relief,
pollen drowning, the dogs and I trudge through fat drops
falling. Sally shakes and sulks while Eva stink-eyes me
for making them walk wet. We’d all rather stay cozy
in our tiny apartments instead of be slicked shower sick.
We dance a duck and dodge beneath splintered old building
awnings and stare at the sky waiting for the rain to run out.