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NYC Dog Runs Alert
New Yorkers need to take poisoning threat seriously
New York City dog guardians and their umbrella group NYCdog recently received an URGENT ALERT from Terese Flores, the district manager for New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Apparently someone posted a post on Craiglist, in which he/she which threatened to place poison in all the city’s dog runs. (There are dozens of runs, plus acres of park land on which dogs may run and romp...
Blog: Guest Posts
Canine Pride
Why dogs make a positive contribution to urban areas
[Editor’s note: We dog people are always jawing about what a welcome contribution dogs, their people and dog parks make to a community. We’re preaching to the choir, so it’s nice to see a shout-out in disinterested quarters—in this case, Richard Layman’s blog on urban communities.]   Recently on a DC e-list concerning public education/K-12 school issues, there has been spirited discussion about “...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Park News
Is your off-leash area one of the best in the country?
The new list of “Top Ten Dog Parks in the USA” from PetVR.com includes my local off-leash area at Warren G. Magnuson Dog Park in Seattle. Frankly, I was surprised. We are so frequently overshadowed by the much larger, more pastoral dog park at Marymoor across Lake Washington, I usually end up defensive when I read these lists. Now, I’m just curious. I love my park and feel pride about making the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Pay to Play
Once free, some dog parks now require a hefty fee.
When we lived in New Orleans, we regularly took our dogs to a fenced-in model airplane  field in the middle of City Park to play.  Friends who lived Uptown took their pups to a grassy levee area along the Mississippi River.  On especially hot days, we’d go to the lakefront, where Bayou St. John met Lake Pontchartrain, forming a perfectly shallow, sandy area for the dogs and their people. The good...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Oregon Garden Welcomes Dogs
Make a day of it and get great take-away ideas
How many public botanical gardens welcome both you and your dog? Not many, we’d wager. But the Oregon Garden, an 80-acre botanical sanctuary located about 45 miles south of Portland, takes another point of view. Among their more than 20 specialty assemblages is the appealingly named “Pet Friendly Garden.” Horticultural manager Jill Martini says that the purpose is to show visitors how to turn...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
The Politics of Creating a Dog Park
Round two in the urban debate
This is a follow-up article to our political primer on dog park campaigning. We hope that you found some of the information helpful and that you are now ready to sit down with town planners and design that perfect dog park. Let’s start by suggesting a different term for dog park. We know it’s an easy term to use, but it often evokes irate comments like: “What do you mean you want to spend my...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
How to Create a Dog Park in Your Neighborhood
An examination of the nation’s dog parks and gives tips on how to create a park of one’s own
In the beginning there was a dog, a ball and a piece of green… Many of you already come together at your favorite de facto dog park daily to do what every responsible dog person knows must be done—exercise and socialize your dogs. We all strive to give our dogs a happy life and enough stimulation so they poop out (in more ways than one). But strictly enforced leash laws can really zap the fun...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Seattle’s Innovative Marymoor Park Pet Garden
One of the nation’s finest dog parks
Marymoor Park east of Seattle, Wash., is a Disneyland for dogs, a place where people and their pooches can romp and run over 40 acres of off-leash play space. Now, Marymoor is also a place where people can celebrate and commemorate their beloved living, lost or deceased pets. “The Stephen King/Pet Sematary references were unavoidable, but this is not what this place is about,” says Jesse Israel,...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Water Collies
Lucky dogs frolic in a water wonderland designed just for them
It was June 1989, and we had found our dream home: one and a half acres of grass and woods for the dogs to enjoy and some potentially nice areas for my own gardening pleasure. Privacy, so we could have as many dogs as we liked. Perfect! Oh, and the house was nice, too, all on one level, no stairs—we could grow old there. But it included a swimming pool, something we weren’t terribly excited about...

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