Archive for July, 2013

Comments Off on 1901: The Greenpoint Cow That Hailed a Cab at the Waldorf-Astoria

Part I of a Brooklyn Cow Tale Some suggest that animals have a greater sense of imminent danger than people do. Did the cow in this true New York story have a sixth sense that allowed her to predict her sorrowful future, and thus, take action to try to prevent the final outcome? The story […]

Part I of a Parkville Precinct Puppy Tale In 1907 the Police Department of the City of New York, under the command of Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham, sent Inspector George R. Wakefield to Paris and Ghent, Belgium, to look into acquiring some police dogs. Police dogs had been gaining popularity in Europe since their first […]

Comments Off on 1899: The City-Bred Cats and Dogs of the New Utrecht Kennels

Once upon a time, there was a cat and dog boarding house nestled in the thick woods near 49th Street and 10th Avenue, in what was then the town of New Utrecht, Brooklyn, in Kings County, New York. The kennels, advertised as the Chelmsford Stock Farm, were just a stone’s throw from Fort Hamilton Avenue […]