Local dog Gerry Junior first hit our radar at Brooklyn Pride, where he worked the crowds and proudly flaunted his rainbow scarf. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel comes to Park Slope by way of Ireland, where he was discovered by neighbor Wendy Hoey who had been staying with family. He charmed Wendy, who– luckily for us– took him back to the neighborhood, where he continues to charm the rest of us as a sort of local canine celebrity.
We asked “Gerry” (via Wendy) a few questions about life in the Slope, the importance of staying active, and the best spots to get a drink.
PSS: How’d you get your name? Is there a Gerry Senior?
GJ: I’m named after my wonderful granddad Gerry Senior, who I loved dearly. He was also a redhead, with fiery undertones of wit and honesty a love for walking and life.
Where are you from?
I’m from a beautiful small town in Ireland called Drogheda in county Louth. The town is situated on the east coast in an area with an abundance of luscious greenery, sea views, and archaeological monuments.
How’d you get to Park Slope?
Any special hobbies or skills?
Sleeping, eating, napping and long leisurely walks. Most recently I’ve taken to water sports, like kayaking and the occasional doggie paddle in Prospect Park’s dog beach.
I’ve also been known on the rare occasion to dress up for big events, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day being my all time favorite festivities. I volunteer daily as the local cat and squirrel repellant, and am proud to say I’ve reduced the related crime rate by half in the last two years on the job in the neighborhood. I love to go for long walks in Prospect Park, as there’s so much life and beauty there.
You seem to be quite the social butterfly, spotted at local events like Brooklyn Pride and charity walks. Any standout memories from these festivities?
I love Halloween; it’s the perfect time to go crazy and a great excuse to wear a dress. I had a lot of fun at last year’s Fort Greene Pupkin Festival, where I dressed up as Gerry Wayne, John Wayne’s sister. I wore a custom fitted toupee and handcrafted frock with toy horse prop.
I’m especially excited for this year’s festival. Without giving too much away, my costume is a heavenly swirl of pink madness and sparkly ruffles. I met Anthony Weiner while campaigning in the neighborhood. I was going to get his autograph but couldn’t get any decent pics of him online.
Brooklyn Pride and the Mermaid Parade are two other fun filled days with lots of feather boas, scales and great looking gals.
Walk us through your ideal day in the neighborhood.
I generally kick start the day with some downward dog yoga followed by meditative napping. Pre-lunch and weather prevailing, I go for a walk.
I like to show off my ball fetching skills at off-leash hours in Prospect Park. Occasionally I’ll hang out with my canine pals at local hot spot Paws in Paradise. It’s a great place to catch up on local news and socialize with the local canine talent. They provide two dog play areas with treadmills, heated floors for the cool winter months, endless belly rubs, unlimited human knees for cuddling and sitting on, plus strolls around the block. It’s like the one stop shop for pets.
On Friday, I normally celebrate and have a drink with the boys. It’s hard to find a place nowadays that’s dog-friendly, but I like The Gate. It’s low-key and has both in and outdoor seating. They also have a secret stash of treats behind the bar for their regular canine customers.
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All photos via Gerry Junior