Puppy party! Local dogs, owners celebrate at shelter’s street fair

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Looking for a friend: Adorable bulldog Betty Davis was looking for her forever home.
Dynamic duo: Lizzy Creason and her pup Graham enjoy the festivities.
New guy: Eric Banna was rescued from a shelter in Florida and arrived in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Celebrity: Instagram menswear star Bodhi flaunted his stylish sweater for the occasion.

It was a dog’s day out!

Hundreds of people flooded a Gowanus street with their four-legged friends on Sunday for a bash where pups mixed, mingled, and made kissy faces in a doggy smooching booth — marking a record crowd for the pooch block party, which offered Kings County canines a chance to play outside a dog park, according to humans who attended.

“Graham is super social so he got to see a bunch of other dogs,” said Gowanus resident Lizzy Creason, who brought her 1-year-old Chihuahua to Summerfest on President Street. “He was excited to make a bunch of friends his size.”

Pooches that sat and stayed at the bash posed for photos, splashed in pools, and slurped up poochtinis, specialty cocktails from hamburger joint Shake Shack made with milk-free custard and topped with bones. But not Graham, who found the frozen treat unpalatable.

“He didn’t like it,” Creason said. “I don’t know that he’s eaten anything cold before, so he wasn’t interested at all.”

The event was hosted by Brooklyn’s Badass Animal Rescue, which saves dogs like Graham — who Creason adopted last year — from high-kill, rural shelters in the southern U.S.

Eleven pooches found forever homes at the fifth annual party, with nearly a dozen more adoptions pending, according to the organizers.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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