Dogs kiss and smell in Gowanus

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YO QUIERO SHAKE SHACK: Caitlin Bumpus and Lauren Bentley of Flatbush feed their chihuahua Frida a treat from Shake Shack.
SAY “SLOBBER!”: Greta, a pit bull, gets some tender, loving care.
JUMP AROUND: Aria the Italian greyhound makes it look easy as she leaps through an obstacle course with owner Amy Sandell.
DELFIE-HELP: Khaleesi, a beagle from Williamsburg, takes a selfie with a little assistance.

Raise the woof!

The Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue Fall Festival drew dogs and their owners to Gowanus from around the city on Sunday. The activities on offer included a pit bull kissing booth, a dog selfie station, and a canine obstacle course. All that added up to a doggone good time, according to one two-legged attendee. “It was a nice way to interact with your dog,” said Amy Sandell of Carroll Gardens, who ran through the course with her two-year-old Italian greyhound Aria. “It’s fun for you to see them have fun.”

The festival took over a block of President Street between Nevins Street and Third Avenue, giving attendees the chance to browse local vendors’ wares and treat their dogs to games and snacks.

Sandell said she and her husband had been meaning to try something like the obstacle course with their two dogs and the festival gave them the opportunity. They also availed themselves of the festival’s doggie snacks, a paw-print-painting station, and raffle tickets to raise money for the cause that was the event’s raison d’etre.

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is a volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing abused dogs, training and fostering them, and finding them permanent homes. Funds raised at the bash went toward vaccinating, transporting, and training the dogs, according to an organizer.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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