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Blissed Out Barklyn

pB: You just completed your certification program for Small Animal Massage. How rigorous was this program, and were there any particularly challenging aspects of the curriculum, for you? 

JM: Very rigorous! I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I was both surprised and pleased that our classes were so thorough and detailed. We learned about everything from Small Animal Anatomy, Behavior, Handling and Management, Massage Techniques, Passive Exercises, Species and Breeds, Business Practices/Ethics, Marketing, Internship, and more. I’d say the most challenging part was trying to memorize the names and locations of the muscles, including their points of origin and insertion. 

pB: Having just launched your new Animal Massage practise, have you gotten a flood of bookings yet? How has the initial response been?

JM: While I’m choosing to wait until the holiday craziness is over to “officially” launch, I did put a call out to the public in order to complete my 40 internship hours required to graduate. The response was huge and very exciting. Everyone I’ve had the pleasure of providing this service for has been extremely appreciative, thankful, encouraging, supportive and interested in experiencing the long term benefits for their furry loved ones. 

pB: Do you often face skeptics, who maybe think that you’re just doing some kind of expensive “petting”, or that anyone can do this, etc? What do you tell them? 

JM: Sure, I’ve encountered a doubtful person here and there, understandably so. Considering how long massage has been around, practicing on animals is still a relatively new modality. Massage is quite different from petting in that massage is the intentional manipulation of muscle and other soft tissue, by a certified animal massage therapist, to promote health and healing. (*Massage is meant to complement and support traditional veterinary care, not replace it.)

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pB: You work on cats as well as dogs. What, do you find, are the main differences between these animals when it comes to massaging them? Are there generalizations that hold true? What’s your favorite part about working on these furry critters?

JM: Overall, there’s really no difference. While their anatomies differ in some ways, both cats and dogs receive the same healing benefits. My favorite part about massaging animals is watching their transformation as they melt into a relaxed state. My second favorite part is the look on their humans’ faces as they observe the benefits for themselves. 

pB: What’s new for Blissed Out Barklyn? Anything for the animal loving holiday shoppers out there? 

JM: Come January 1, 2015 Blissed Out Barklyn will be in full swing and accepting new clients! I’m offering all the last-minute shoppers out there a PAWESOME GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE  for animal massage sessions! Stay tuned on the ProspectBArk facebook page for more details! 

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animalhaven

 This year marks our SIXTH holiday season, and we have so much to be grateful for. As one of the city’s largest and most dedicated pet care companies, we would like to help give back to the animals, this Christmas.

ON SUNDAY, Dec. 21st, our team of drivers will be collecting unused, discarded and unwanted pet supplies from any addresses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, to be dropped off at Animal Haven at 6pm. If you live in Brooklyn or Manhattan and have any of the following items to donate, please call Chun-Soon at 646-377-1575 or email us here at chunsoon@prospectbark.com. We’ll put you on our pickup map!

Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.  Founded in 1967, they operate an animal shelter in Manhattan. They also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.

Do you have any extra pet toys, treats or bedding, no longer needed? Any pet food or treats that are now just languishing, rejected and uneaten, in the cupboard? Now you can clear out, clean up, and donate this stuff to the stray cats and dogs at Animal Haven!

Here’s a list of items you can donate:

  • blankets
  • pet food
  • toys
  • treats
  • pet bedding
  • cleaning supplies (paper towels, bleach, sponges etc.)

Let’s help Animal Haven continue its good work! With over 67,000 fans on their facebook page, it’s clear that they are making an impact for homeless animals in our city!

THANK YOU so much for providing a wonderful home for your furry loved ones, and for helping us reach out to pets who aren’t as fortunate.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

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Our Interview with Thirsty Cat Fountains!

by Chun-Soon on December 12, 2014

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As professional Cat Lads & Ladies, we observe many hundreds of felines behaving in their natural environment – their homes. And when it comes to their drinking water, they can be, well, finicky. Cats prefer to drink from moving, fresh water. It’s their instinct to seek out fresh, moving streams over a standing pond or puddle. We have a seen many of our kitties drinking from the faucet, and a surprising number of clients even instruct us to leave the tap on a steady drip so that their cats can drink from it, instead of a bowl.

That’s where Thirsty Cat Fountains comes in. WINNER OF THE 2014 CAT FANCY EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARD and FEATURED IN MODERN CAT MAGAZINE, Thirsty Cat Fountains are beautiful, functional works of art. And pets LOVE them (our cats and dog certainly do). Here is our interview with Keith Davitt, one of the master potters:

pB: Tell us how Thirsty Cat Fountains began – what’s your story? 

KD: I have always loved moving water. As a landscape designer for twenty five years almost all the landscapes I designed had a water feature of some kind. (You can see these in the various books I’ve written.) Five years ago I had an idea for an indoor fountain I wanted. It was a thing of beauty.

I was a potter and began making indoor fountains and placing them around my home and found our cat, Bijou, drinking from them all the time. I realized I had never seen him use his water bowl. I was watching him drink one day and a light bulb came on. I went to the computer and typed in ‘cat fountains’. Over 6 million entries came up and for the first time I became aware of the problem of feline hydration. I learned that cats prefer moving water and because many don’t get it, they don’t drink enough, causing a range of health problems. I also learned that there were many commercial cat fountains, most of which are made of plastic, which can scratch and harbor bacteria, causing chin acne. Clearly, there was a need for a high quality, attractive cat fountain. Thirstycat Fountains was born. I opened our Etsy shop on my birthday, Feb. 21, 2010.
pB: I used to have the Drinkwell cat water fountain – the plastic, commercially-made one you buy at Petco, and from the very first day I hated it. It was a weird globe-like thing and part of the assembly was using “the oils in my hands” to spread the water over the globe – it was strange and didn’t even work. In a week it puttered and stopped working. How do Thirsty Cat Fountains differ?
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KD:  We are a crew of artists of various kinds. My wife, Jackie makes jewelry, as does Joyce who also does splendid work in other media and is a wealth of creative ideas. Kylie is a professionally trained potter who also creates and sells her own work, and Lee is a bright, intelligent person who values quality work and shares with us lots of good ideas. Together we are continuously attempting to create ever new, innovative and attractive, high quality fountains.

Each week you are likely to see in our shop a design never offered before. And although we do offer ‘reduced’ fountains and occasionally, ‘seconds’ we often discard fountains. This is because not only do they need to be visually attractive, they need to work well and ceramics is notoriously variable. If, for example, a fountain splashes, it is tossed, and that after hours of work have gone into it. Essentially our fountains are simple, which is why so many reviews talk about how easy they are to clean. Our foam pre-filters increase the longevity of the pump and should last years (we’ve only been using them for about 8 months.) Our high density, activated carbon filters last from 6 months to a hear, depending on conditions.
 It is our dedication to quality and beauty, and our ability to deliver it, that sets us apart from all other pet fountain makers.
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pB: You’ve generously donated a $150 gift voucher to our current Holiday Kitty Photo Contest (on facebook). That’s so awesome! It’s still fairly early, and we haven’t seen all the entries yet. Have any of the photos so far stood out? We like the mischievous cats – Max Myslinky and Smitty. And of course everyone loves Blue Chip, Sydney, Diesel.
KD: When it comes to pictures of cats, how can anyone choose? They are so beautiful in so many ways. The ones you mention, certainly, but I wouldn’t take Nikko or Mimi or Bellatrix out of the running either. I wouldn’t take any out of the running.

 

 

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Announcing our first-ever Holiday Kitty Photo Contest!

November 19, 2014

  We do a lot of doggie-contests with doggie-prizes; this one’s for the Kitties. One thing we love at ProspectBArk is seeing our cats each holiday season. Many of them, we don’t see all year! But when October rolls around, the emails and calls starting coming in for holiday cat care, and we are ready. Let the Kitties […]

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Canine Massage with our All-Star walker, Jessica! (book a free session for your pup – limited spots available)

October 13, 2014

Canine Massage is gaining recognition, and why not? As any human who’s experienced the healing benefits of massage knows,  a good practitioner can reduce pain, discomfort and anxiety.  While our dogs don’t share the same worries we do (about climate change, for example) – they are still made of the same muscular/skeletal framework, and they […]

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ProspectBArk dog walkers raise $1,870.00 for Elephants at the 6th Annual WCS Run for the Wild!

April 30, 2014

WE DID IT! On Saturday, April 26th, our team of volunteer elephant-runners woke up at 5am and trekked to the Bronx Zoo for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 6th annual Run for the Wild. This year, funds raised from the run benefit the organization 96 Elephants, which is named after the number of African elephants poached […]

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ProspectBArk Dog Walkers RUN for the African Elephant!

April 6, 2014

On Saturday, Apr. 26th, a team of ProspectBArk dog walkers will be participating in the annual World Conservation Society’s “Run for the Wild” at the Bronx Zoo. This year’s theme is 96 Elephants, named after the number of African elephants poached per day.  If you would like to help us, you can sponsor our team […]

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Weekends are for Recharging.

February 23, 2014

Just a happy pic for y’all. This is Chewy of Crown Heights, with his buddy, Chewbacca.

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Snow Advisory for Friday, Jan 3rd!

January 1, 2014

WEATHER ADVISORY TOMORROW:  A word of appreciation to the Awesome Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters of ProspectBArk! out there in this freezing cold: We’ve added money to your payroll account for tomorrow, Friday Dec 3rd – GET A HOT CHOCOLATE ON US! Please remember to wear warm layers, wear plastic bags under your socks, and […]

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ProspectBArk is collecting donations for Break the Chain Program on Dec. 14th, 2013.

December 6, 2013

This year marks our fifth holiday season, and we have so much to be grateful for. As one of the city’s largest and most dedicated pet care companies, we would like to help give back to the animals, this Christmas. Break the Chain Program is an organisation in Long Island that provides blankets, pet supplies, food and support […]

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