Park Slope’s next top dog model

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Calling all dogs to the catwalk!

Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope is hosting a doggie fashion show on July 18, where hip hounds will compete for prizes in a four-legged walk off. Canine clothing is encouraged but not mandatory, said the organizer.

“There’s going to be really blow-out costumes and maybe the occasional naked dog, strutting all sexy,” said Donald O’Finn, the bar’s owner.

O’Finn created the show in memory of his pit-bull mix Xena, who was as an institution at the watering hole.

“She was very much a part of the bar,” said O’Finn. “She’d sit on the bar stool and put her paws up — people would put sunglasses on her.”

The winner of the contest will receive a custom trophy named for Xena, and a gift card to Petland Discounts. All dogs that enter will leave with treats, such as bowls, flying discs, and chew toys.

The show is part of Summer Strolls — a series of six block parties in Park Slope — and will also feature karate demonstrations, vintage cars, crafts, and live performances. Before and after the doggie showdown, contortionists and fire performers from the Gowanus Circus will mingle with the crowd, while the Jug Addicts jug band plays live tunes.

“Taking It to the Streets” in front of Freddy’s Bar [627 Fifth Ave. near E. 50th Street in Park Slope, (718) 768–0131,] July 18 at 6:30 pm. Free. To register for the dog talent show, email

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow her
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

DC from Park Slop says:
Typical Yuppie/ Hipster thing lol cannot even get the face there is no E.50 th St and 5th Avenue in Park Slope Idiots
July 15, 2014, 12:31 pm
John from Williamsburg says:
I'll go, but I'll probably have to wear a ThunderShirt to avoid freaking.
July 17, 2014, 7:09 pm

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