"Come on, sing it with me, Woody. I know you’re not shy. I heard your track with Ziggy Marley."
-Barry White (left) laying it down for young Woody Harrelson (right). Both BADASS dogs who are available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting Barry or Woody, please visit our website and complete our online adoption application.
Brothers from another mother? The Earl of Grantham (left) may be old enough to be Ron Howard’s (right) father, but with their big, Badass grins and doppelganger good looks it’s hard to tell them apart. Oh, and they’re perfect! Both!
Earl of Grantham is an approximately 7 year old lab/collie mix that weighs right around 55 pounds. Though he may not come from an official aristocracy, we think he’s got something even better - Badass! As his face suggests, he’s a lover who adores attention and belly rubs. He loves each and every person he meets, as well as other canines. (His foster mom thinks he just wants to play, but he does like to chase the kitties). Earl likes a good romp but will settle down like a refined older gentleman when asked. He’d make a great walking or hiking buddy for someone: “When you first ask him if he wants to go out, he literally bounces on all four feet straight into the air to let you know, “YES” he’s ready. Earl is just a big baby!!”
Ron Howard is an approximately 1 year old collie mix from North Carolina, about 50 pounds. We rescued him from the needle at the last minute, and the volunteers down south helped choose a Badass name fitting of a nice, sweet, all-American boy type. Ron began melting NYC hearts the moment his paws hit the ground in Brooklyn. He’s a friendly, smiley, happy guy that picks up on training pretty quickly and knows his way around a leash. He’s getting along famously with his canine foster bro and human foster sibling; he seems like a friend to everybody. His foster mom says that Ron “loves him some belly rubs and gets along great so far with everyone he has met. And he is wonderfully soft and will let you stroke him for hours. He hangs out in his crate just fine and appears to be house trained. He’s a sweetheart.”
Both dogs are available for adoption. If you would like to adopt Earl or Ron, please visit our website and fill out an application. Photo by Hilary Benas.
Emma Thompson is an approximately 8 to 10 year old beagle mix from Florence, Alabama. We rescued her in memory of favorite senior Badass alum Steve McQueen who left a hole in our hearts when he passed away last November. Emma’s keeping up the tradition of sweet, mellow senior hounds, but she’s a little! And an adorable one at that!
Her Southern foster mom had some advance praise: “Emma has a tiny head & short little legs that might be thanks to some chihuahua. She has no problem jumping up onto a chair or the sofa, where she enjoys being a very laid back couch potato, content just sitting in your lap for as long as you can stand it. She walks well on a leash, seldom barks, and it’s a cute little hound bark. She loves to sleep in the bed & dives under the covers. She sleeps all night. Emma likes riding in the car & is very good.” Emma is housebroken and cratetrained and a very easy-going gal. Her NYC foster family joins in the ringing endorsement: “Emma is amazing! Such a puppy in an old lady’s body She is the biggest sweetheart and just wants to lay next to you where ever you are and cuddle. I can’t walk even to the kitchen without hearing her collar jingle as she follows me just to see where I’m going! She’s also taken to NYC so well! She is not fazed by the craziness of Flatbush Ave or even other dogs on the street. I feel like she has seen and done it all so that is why she is so chill!! There is not a negative thing I could say about this little one. She is the cutest and so well trained, I don’t know how anyone could have abandoned her!”
If you are interested in adopting this special lady, please visit our website and fill out an adoption application. Photo by Hilary Benas.
Popeye is an incredible dog and he looks great in a hoodie.
Popeye is an approximately 7-8 month old terrier mix from Alabama. Watch out for your hearts, people, because you’re going to fall in love! Popeye’s got one eye, a big heart, and a goofball grin all rolled into one irresistible pup package. Talking to his southern and northern foster moms, you can see some themes emerging. From the Alabama camp: “Popeye is absolutely precious. He actually smiles at you when he gets excited. It’s the CUTEST thing I’ve ever seen. About 35 lbs of love. He loves to give kisses and just sits by your side.” And in New York: “Everyone adores him. He is a charmer through and through, and just irresistibly adorable. He is good-natured and already a really well-behaved, low-maintenance pup, so we can’t imagine how wonderful he’ll be once he’s matured and fully trained. He is already a wonderful companion, and is just waiting to become someone’s best friend.” Popeye’s wild about other dogs. He loves to play, wrestle, chase and be chased when he has found a good canine match, but is always very appropriate no matter the pup. He’d LOVE a home with a canine companion and/or active doggie social calendar but is “definitely a calm boy, surprisingly chill for a dog his age. When he’s hanging out he tends to chew his toy (but generally sticks to the toys and not our belongings!) then next time we look over, he is passed out! Popeye is housebroken, cratetrained, and seems fine with cats and gets along with children with good dog etiquette once they’ve been properly introduced.
If you are interested in adopting Popeye, please visit our website to fill out an adoption application. To keep up with all of our adoptable dogs, you can follow Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue on Facebook.
Photo by Candace Brown
It’s time for a look at what I read, what I didn’t read, what I recommend and what I’m reading next. Bonus: my 2014 reading resolution.
In 2013, I read 66 books for a total of 21,552 pages. Actually, 19 of those were audiobooks, so I read or listened to 21,552 pages.
I started three books that I did not finish, two because I did not like them:
One, I will probably return to later:
Four of these books were collections of short stories:
Six of the books I read in 2013 were set in New York City, in some meaningful way:
SIXTEEN of the books I read in 2013 featured a detective. Those detectives are:
Two of the books I read focused on real crimes; both involved sons looking for answers to family mysteries:
I gave a five star rating to 12 books, or about 20% of the books I read. Here are my five star reviews; I mostly stand by this list. With more distance, I would probably rate Treasure Island!!!, Big Machine and the Wallander books four stars. Of m top 12 books, 5 of them were written by women.
I’m currently reading four books that I started in 2013, and will finish in 2014:
In 2014, I’ve got some big tomes to tackle, including The Goldfinch (771 pages) and The Luminaries (834 pages). My reading resolution for 2014 is to read more small press books. I’ve got three sitting on my nightstand right now:
Christmas came early for Badass this weekend with some big, big news.
First, we just received word that Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is now officially a 501c3 charitable organization. We’ve been working hard to secure this designation for a long time and didn’t expect to hear until next spring, so we were pleasantly surprised by this December news! This official IRS status means that all donations made to Badass after December 15, 2013 are tax-deductible charitable donations. So please consider making a tax-deductible donation in our holiday fundraising appeal - we’re more than halfway to our goal!we got our 501c3 status approved as of Dec 15, 2013! It has been a long, hard road and we are over the moon that the 501c3 finally came though, just in time for Christmas and end of year donations. - See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/badass-holiday-fundraiser/110638#sthash.J03KEHNr.dpuf
Secondly, we were thrilled to be featured in the NY Times Sunday Style section about how we name our dogs and find that sometimes a sexy celebrity name helps a dog get the attention that will lead to his forever home. If you’ve ever wondered who names the Badass dogs, most get their new names from Sara (Badass Founder), Candace (Photographer and Facebook Master) and Hilary (Photographer.) The names serve a practical purpose too - with so many shelter dogs named Buddy and Max and Luna and Stella it would be impossible for us to keep them all straight, so we give them a unique name for our system.
But sometimes, no fancy name is needed. The dog in the photo above was found homeless on the streets of Alabama and taken in by animal control where he was branded as “wild” by the shelter and not given much of a chance. Luckily, Badass committed to rescue him and he went into a foster home down South thanks to the folks at Wannabe Rescued. He was known by his shelter name, “Poco,” and his new foster mom reported that he was far from wild - a real sweet boy who just seemed so grateful to see grass and trees again and play with other dogs. Soon Poco was Brooklyn-bound to find his forever family, arriving one Saturday morning as a snowstorm blew through town. His Badass name was “Lee Pace” after one of the actors in The Hobbit movie. “You can call him anything you want as long as you promise me he’ll get an awesome home,” said his foster mom, “But I have to admit, he’ll always be Poco to me!”
A wonderful couple who had their eye on Lee was there to meet him off transport and they all fell in love. Lee Pace became the first adoption that snowy Saturday. Now he lives a happy, comfortable life in Jersey City, NJ and is taking everything in stride. To honor his story and the wonderful people who helped him on his road to adoption, they chose a new, old name for the dog - Poco. Congratulations Poco and Family! Everyone at Badass is so grateful for all of our adopters and the dedicated Southern volunteers and fosters who make our mission possible.
So proud, y’all.
"Oh giiirl, this is no time for jokes. I’m trying to concentrate on thinking warm, beachy thoughts here." Tanya Tucker is an approximately 1 year old mixed breed from Alabama, about 35 pounds. She’s friendly and sweet and made it from the top of the euthanasia list to the top of the Badass list in a matter of minutes when we met her down South.
If you are interested in adopting Tanya, please visit our website to fill out our adoption application. (PS That’s our incredible Foster coordinator Whitney holding Tanya. We love this photo!)
Photo by Candace Brown
Y’all must be crazy to live in this weather.
The handsome ones are always trouble.
Nacho, Nacho Man!
Nacho Libre is an approximately 4 year old cocker spaniel mix that weighs around 30 pounds. Originally from Mexico, he came to us at Badass directly from a NY home. He’s a very affectionate pup who will welcome you home with a whole body wag and a smart dude who’s eager to polish his family manners. Nacho loves to shake your hand, will do anything for a treat, is - foster mom’s words, “super FLUFFY AND SOFT” and adores his crate. He will stay in there all day with the door open if you let him.
Nacho will need an experienced adopter or one who is committed to working on training with him. If you are interested in bringing Nacho home, please visit our website and fill out an adoption application. You can also meet Nacho at our next adoption event - SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH — 1:00PM to 3:00 at Eva’s Play Pups.
Two awesome ways to get your Badass fix this weekend! Join us tomorrow, Sunday, December 8th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at My Two Dogs in Williamsburg. Meet great dogs like Pepe and Memphis, two brothers from another Mother who are looking for homes (or maybe on home together!) Think you can handle this much cuteness on the regular? Visit our website to fill out an adoption application.
And tonight: go to the Gotham City Beard Alliance 4th Annual Beard & Moustache Competition! All proceeds from this amazing night will benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue! Bring your fake or real beard to Irving Plaza tonight; doors open at 6pm and the competition begins promptly at 7pm. Tickets available online or at the door. Enjoy a memorable night surrounded by Gotham’s most impressive beards and support Badass at the same time!
Pepe and Memphis. Pepe and Memphis. Pepe and Memphis!