Happy solstice to all. We have some special pets to share with you. September 24-25

Happy solstice to all. We have some special pets to share with you. September 24-25

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The shedding does not stop. Sweeping, brushing, washing, it keeps coming! Not a problem when you think of the love you get in return. It’s worth it.

Some breeds with a double coat, like German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Akitas, Samoyeds, and Malamutes, experience “coat blow.” Coat blow is when dogs switch from their winter coats to their summer coats.

A grooming kit with three essential tools is good to keep handy.

  • Brushes: These come with rubber tines, synthetic or natural bristles, metal pins, or fine metal tines. Metal tines are often found on what are called “slicker” brushes. The Delomo Dog Grooming Glove is an eco-friendly tool that can give your cat or dog a massage while de-shedding and removing dander.
  • Blade-on-a-handle metal combs: These are de-shedding tools, like Furminator, Oster Shedmonster, or Paws and Pals.
  • Wide-toothed combs: They have widely separated teeth and come in plastic or metal. Shiny Pet offers a popular comb that removes knots and won’t hurt your pet.

While cats are generally low maintenance, experts say introducing your kitty to healthy grooming habits early on is your best option. Your dog or cat can use the brushes above.

On the other hand, cats are more self-sufficient when left with a clean litter box, food, and fresh water. Unlike dogs, they might not destroy things when dealing with separation anxiety. If you leave them with the necessities, they can be left alone for up to 24 hours.

If leaving your pet longer than the recommended time, it’s a good idea to have a dog walker or friend come and check on them to make sure they have what they need. And if they have a fur friend to keep them company, two heads are better than one.



Louie’s Legacy – 11:00am-2:00pm

Blessing of the Animals & Pet Adoption Event

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 347 Davis Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310

SICAW – SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 1:00 to 4 p.m.


Louie’s Legacy – 11:00am-7:00pm – Staten Island

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Fall Market & Adoption Event

Empire Outlets at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

(Located on the 2nd level across from the Old Navy Outlet)

SICAW: Bricktown Commons Petco, 165 Bricktown Way, Suite 1C, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Petzey had a special event last weekend, and it was a huge success.

Pawrents have access to many local pet-focused small businesses emphasizing wellness, like canine massages, a healthy treat bar, complimentary nail trimming, pup-yoga, local dog-sitting services, dog delivery services, and tons of more paw-some fun! Check them out.

Thank you to those that work so hard. We are always grateful to the volunteers who organize pet events every week in and around the borough, send out announcements, hold fundraisers, help with supplies, clean cages, feed animals, make sure the pet’s medical needs are attended to, and so much more. All of this is done without pay, all for love, and behind the scenes.


Stellar Villa is a New York City-based artist who recently raised over $11,500 for pet shelters after she single-handedly created 1,252 custom art pieces of pets over 21 days. Now, she is working to create ongoing partnerships with local animal shelters to continue raising money. If you’re looking for a gift for a dog lover, check out Stellar’s work.


Do you love dogs? Do you love beer? Then fetch a cold one at the Flagship Brewing Co.’s Dog Club. The club meets every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Flagship Brewery taproom, 40 Minthorne St., off Bay Street.

The Flagship’s Dog Club is for that special breed of dog and beer lovers who can bring their (well-behaved) pups to the meetings. Once a month, there will be a guest speaker to talk about their own specialty or knowledge regarding the welfare of their treasured, loyal friends.

For more information, visit https://www.restaurantji.com/ny/staten-island/the-flagship-brewing-company-/ or call 718-448-5284.


1. Low-cost or free spay and neuter: The ASPCA’s free and low-cost mobile spay and neuter van travels throughout the five boroughs in every neighborhood.

Low-income pet owners in the five boroughs with proof of public assistance, such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or public housing qualify for free spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. If you have a pit bull, pit-bull mix, or certain large breed dogs, it’s also free.

For exact times the van will be in your area, as well as pre-visit instructions, visit aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter, or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

2. Apply for a dog license. Save time and postage by applying online. For an application or more information, visit nyc.gov/doglicense. View the flyer in the gallery above.


· Angelina’s Ristorante, 339 Ellis St., Tottenville, 718-227-2900

· The Burrito Bar, 585 Forest Ave., West Brighton, 718-815-9200

· Ciro Pizza Café, 862 Huguenot Ave., Huguenot, 718-605-0620

· Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd., Charleston, 718-984-1202

· Shake Shack, Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville, 929-529-0513

· Silver Lake Golf Course, 915 Victory Blvd., Silver Lake, 718-442-4653

Call ahead for reservations. For more information, check out NYC Dogs in restaurant rules.


· Allison Park, off-leash area, the field at the end of the trail bordered by Prospect Avenue, Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery, and the pond

· Amundsen Trail, off-leash area, between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard

· Arthur Von Briesen Park, off-leash area, lawn area, mid-park on the right side

· Bloomingdale Park, dog run, Maguire Avenue behind athletic fields closer to Ramona Avenue

· Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, the open field above picnic area near Royal Oak Road and Rice Avenue

· Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court and Kingsley Avenue (lawn area)

· Clove’s Tail Park, off-leash area, lawn area, corner of Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road

· Conference House Park, dog run, Clermont Avenue and Massachusetts Street

· Cozzens Woods Park, off-leash area, Page Avenue between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road

· Crescent Beach Park, off-leash area, Tennyson Drive, and Glover Avenue. Located in the meadow area leading to the beach

· Evergreen Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street

· Father Macris Park, off-leash area, lawn beyond ball field

· Ida Court Playground, dog run, Ida Court between N. Railroad Street and Drumgoole Road East

· Lemon Creek Park, off-leash area, the bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace; just below playground

· Siedenburg Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue, and Evergreen Street

· Silver Lake Park, dog run, Victory Boulevard below the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments

· South Beach Park, off-leash area. Note: On sand only after Labor Day and before Memorial Day

· Willowbrook Park, off-leash area, Archery Range Field

· Wolfe’s Pond Park, dog run, to the left of Cornelia Avenue

For more information with rules and regulations, visit nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.

Dogs cannot enter any bathing facilities, including New York City beaches. However, from Oct. 1 through May 1, leashed dogs are allowed on the sand and boardwalk at Midland Beach and South Beach.

Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Midland Beach and South Beach.

For more information on rules and regulations, visit nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.


If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact the Pet Poison hotline at 855-764-7661 or petpoisonhelpline.com, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or aspca.org.

As the seasons change, keep in mind the plants that are poisonous to animals: https://www.rover.com/blog/poisonous-plants/


To report an incident of animal abuse, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


To contact an environmental conservation police officer or report suspected violations, contact the DEC Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at 844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) or dec.ny.gov/.