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Brooklyn Heights Blog has an amazing (and amazingly long) post about how new shop NYC Pet will affect the other pet stores in the neighborhood. "The business of pets – and especially of dogs, the most public of pets – is very small, very internecine – and extremely passionate. NYC Pets has big footprints to fill and some people might stop for kibble on their way home from work, but I wonder where they’ll go when Bowser eats too many rawhide curlies or the Big Red Puppy is so hyper that his humans can’t read the morning paper...I already know where I can find I.D. and Kongs: they’re just the excuses. NYCPets is two half-blocks away from my apartment. Sure, I can whip in to buy a bag of kibble, but I’m a lot more mindful that in doing so, I’ll be selling out the neighborhood." [Brooklyn Heights Blog]