A Dog Park? What are these dogs dreaming about during these cold days and nights?
Let’s see, how about. . .
• An acre or so of secure, fenced area to roam.
• Separate areas for the big dogs and the small dogs.
• Benches for people to relax while dogs are free to enjoy themselves.
• Rules so that everyone is safe.
Sounds simple enough, but ask anyone involved in BARK – Brunswick Area Recreation for Kanines (http://www.barkmaine.org) - and you will learn that a dog park takes planning, dedication, a commitment from the Town and funding. Thankfully, the planning is nearly complete, the dedication unparalleled and the Town Council unanimously voted for construction to begin soon, anticipating a June 1st opening date.
Think of it from our dog’s perspective. A safe, secure area to meet other dogs without the constraints of a leash. A place to run free, feeling the wind in your face, chase a ball or just relax in the grass with your person. And best of all, this park is open to all dogs and responsible owners, so the opportunities to meet other dogs and people are endless, keeping your mind active and sharp.
The only drawback will be waiting until June!
Between now and then, there are opportunities to become involved. Take a moment to visit BARK’s website http://www.barkmaine.org and help close the funding gap. You can purchase a section of the fence, permanently engraved with your 40 character message. “Doberman’s Rule” is a personal favorite. If you don’t feel that is within your budget, you can sponsor a memorial granite paver to be placed at the entrance to the park. These pavers are 18 characters and spaces per line and you can purchase a one, two or three line inscription. How cool would it be for you and your dog to walk across that special paver every time you visit the park?
Dog parks serve not only the needs of dogs and their owners, but the larger community as well. Socialization is critical to the upbringing of a happy, well-adjusted pet. So is exercise and experiencing new and fun activities. A town that not only recognized the need, but is an active partner, is a place we can all feel good about calling home.