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Brooklyn Heights Association Dog Show returns in all its glory

Montague BID Open Streets brings out the dogs

May 20, 2024 Mary Frost
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — In the words of the immortal Dr. Seuss: Big dogs, small dogs, old dogs, new dogs.

Montague Street was one giant dog party on Sunday, with the return of one of the most popular events ever sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Association — the BHA Dog Show.

The show  — on hiatus for almost ten years — made its brilliant return as part of the Montague Street BID’s Open Streets’ Dog Day event. In addition to the friendly and often-hilarious competition, Montague Open Streets included doggie pools, a dog portrait artist, a dog psychic, training and agility experts, treats from local businesses, crafts with the Women’s Exchange and much more. 

BHA Dog Show judges, from left: Andrea Demetropoulos, Jordan Tamagni, Eric Slovin, with calligrapher Valentina Santiago. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Serving as BHA Dog Show judges were Andrea Demetropoulos, Jordan Tamagni and Eric Slovin. Valentina Santiago volunteered as calligrapher. Grace Flintermann served as Dog Show Master of Ceremonies, with backup from BHA’s Executive Director Lara Birnback, BHA’s Kim Glickman, the BID’s Kate Chura and many volunteers. 

There were six categories of competition: Best Trick; Best Tail; Best Ears; Looks Most like Owner; Most Adorable (up to 50 pounds); and Most Adorable (over 50 pounds). (Best tail was the most popular category by far.)

Dog Show Master of Ceremonies Grace Flintermann, left, with BHA Executive Director Lara Birnback. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

After the show, Canon John Denaro of St. Ann’s & the Holy Trinity led a non-denominational Blessing of the Dogs.

“This was an incredible community event,” Birnback told the Brooklyn Eagle. “We’re so thrilled to bring the Dog Show back to Brooklyn Heights. We hope everyone had an amazing time. There are a lot of things BHA does to support an engaged community, and we hope that neighbors will continue to be supportive of BHA in return.”

Tony Soll with Bonnie. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

More than $1,200 was raised for donation to the nonprofit PAWS NY, said Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Lara Birnback. PAWS NY provides services to vulnerable New Yorkers who need support caring for their pets due to physical and financial obstacles. 

First Place Winners:

Best Tail 

  1. Archie, Labradoodle – owner Jana Orenstein
Archie, Labradoodle with owner Jana Orenstein. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Best Ears

  1. Baker, French bulldog – owner Jason Roth
Baker, a French bulldog, took first place in the “best ears” category. With him is his owner Jason Roth. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Best Trick

  1. Fannie – owner Ellen Korner 
Fannie took home the prize for “Best Trick.” She is seen here with owner owner Ellen Korner. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Looks Most Like Owner

  1. Nellie, Cavashon – Julianne Helinek
Nelly, a Cavashon, with Julianne Helinek. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Most Adorable Under 50 pounds

  1. Smores – English Bulldog puppy
Smores, an English Bulldog puppy, took home first place as “most adorable” under 50 lbs. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Most Adorable Over 50 pounds

  1. Luca – Pitlab, owner William Shelfman
Luca the Pitlab, won “Most adorable over 50 lbs.” Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

 

Beatrice won third prize for “most adorable” under 50 lbs. At the BHA Dog show on Sunday, May 19. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Kate Chura, Executive Director of the Montague Street BID. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Dog Show Master of Ceremonies Grace Flintermann, left, with BHA Executive Director Lara Birnback. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Lola jumps right in, while her friend is a bit hesitant. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
After the dog show, Canon John Denaro of St. Ann’s & the Holy Trinity led a non-denominational Blessing of the Dogs. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
BHA’s Kim Glickman. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Franny, a striking greyhound. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
A wee chihuahua. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
From left: Alex Silver, Dir. Of the Mayor’s Office for Animal Welfare, with Hillside volunteers Andy McNeil, aka “Dog Guru,” and Alexis McNeil, aka “Dog Whisperer.” Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Kids at the dog show went wild over Bonnie. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
This good dog chased the ball into the pool. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Former BHA Executive Direct (and dog lover) Judy Stanton. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
The kids erupted into giggles when this pup obeyed the call of nature during her big moment. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Quite the crowd collected outside L’Appartement 4F, which was having a special tuna event. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Children became hands-on-participants at the show. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
She’s a veritable dog magnet. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Dogboy trainers taught dogs some new tricks. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
One of the favorites in the “Looks Like Master’ category. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Two strangers meet on a street. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Kids pet this fluffy Samoyed. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
The Women’s Exchange set up a popular sewing craft table. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
“Bear.” Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Smores owner shows the English Bulldog puppy to the judges. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Cathy Clarke’s dog named “Too” (as in “Too much,” she said), had a psychic reading at the dog event on Sunday. The psychic told her Too needed more intellectual stimulation. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle


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