Tail of the tape: Dog festival vs. cat circus

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Houndstooth, anyone?: High-fashion hound Menswear Dog will be on hand (or paw) at BarkFest 2015.

This weekend is going to be off the chain!

Two pet parties are poised to unleash furry fury on Brooklyn — canine carnival BarkFest 2015 will overrun Williamsburg with dogs on the same weekend that cat circus Acro-Cats is set to purr-form in Bushwick. So for the harried pet owner with time to sink their teeth into only one animal bacchanalia, we present a very special tail of the tape.

BarkFest 2015 at 50 Kent (50 Kent Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, July 19 from 2–8 pm. Free.Acro-Catsvs.BarkFest 2015“A show that doesn’t fit into any other cat-egory”Tagline“The world’s biggest dog pawty”14 trick-performing catsNumber of animalsHundreds of pet dogsCat ladies, flea circus ringleaders looking for talentWho will show upPeople with strong opinions about dog runs and leash lawsNo food, but the Muse serves drinksChowFood trucks and a hotdog-eating contest (for dogs)Feline band the Rock Cats with guest tambourine-playing chicken Cluck NorrisGet a paw-tograph fromMenswear Dog, a shiba inu who thinks he’s people and wears human clothesAdopt a trained cat from Acro-Cats ringleader Samantha Martin (seriously, she has three up for grabs)For the pet-lessGive a home to a pooch from Foster Dogs NYCThe Rock Cats are the world’s only cat bandFun factThere will be “dog-friendly fireworks”

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Mews-ical number: The Acro-cats circus also stars a kitty who plays a toy piano.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Donnie from Williamsburg says:
Holly ——! it was 100 degrees with the heat index and I was stupid enough to bring my dog to what was basically a promotion for bark box, a subscription service that sends u a bunch of —— ur dog doesn't need. There was minimal shade, and to top it off it was held at the skatepark! Which is on white concrete! perfect for reflecting the Sahara like conditions. After realizing the nitwits around me had their dogs knocking on deaths door just so that they can post something on instagram to brag about, I got the heck out of there and back into the comfort of my apt with the ac on full blast.
July 20, 2015, 8:47 am

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