When Bianca Carosio moved to Park Slope with her French bulldog Luna this past January, she and her husband Uday were excited to join a new community of dogs and their owners. Seeing an opportunity to form a close-knit group specifically within the French Bulldog community, Bianca and Uday– professional retoucher and RN at New York Methodist Hospital, respectively– decided to organize Park Slope Frenchies as a way for locals and their dogs to meet-up and play. We asked Bianca to tell us a little more about the group.
PSS: What do you love about Frenchies?
BC: There’s just something very quirky and irresistible about them that I can’t ever get enough of. They have great qualities and are a really great companion.
Tell us about yours.
Our Frenchie, Luna, is beyond loving– it’s almost unreal. Just walking her around the neighborhood she’ll make eye contact with a near stranger, give a wiggle of her toosh, and the person totally lights up with laughter. She’s very entertaining to say the least.
How did you decide to put together the group?
My husband and I used to go to a French bulldog meet up when we lived in Los Angeles. 35+ French bulldogs would attend! When we moved to Park Slope we couldn’t find similar meet ups. We would often see Frenchies and their owners around the neighborhood, so we questioned why there wasn’t a group created yet. We flirted with the idea of creating it ourselves and here we are!
What are your plans for it?
To have a bi-weekly meet up at Prospect Park and bring the French Bulldog community together. Even though we’re based in Park Slope we welcome visitors from near areas to join in as well. We’d like to re-create a good atmosphere for the group as we’ve experienced in previous meet ups we’ve attended.
How did the first meet-up go?
Better than expected! It rained a bit as we were walking to Prospect Park so I was concerned people would cancel last minute, which would have been understandable. We had a turnout of approximately ten Frenchies, with owners, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
What are some of your favorite local dog-friendly spots?
I would definitely say Prospect Park all around.
If you’ve got a French bulldog and want to get in on the fun, join the Park Slope Frenchies community and find out about upcoming meetups here.