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October 21, 2014

Howl-O-Wine on Oct 25 from 2-6pm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 12:31 pm

Join us for food and music (provided by Marilyn & the G Strings). Cost is $15 online so sign up at http://www.northwestcellars.com/events/event-sign-up.html or $20 at the door. A percentage of the proceeds go to support KDOG and Jasper’s Park.
Come and buy a bottle of wine, or two.  Well behaved furry friends are invited too.  There will also be a costume contest.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!!

October 15, 2014

Howl-O-Wine Fundraiser on Oct 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 10:17 am

Join us on Oct 25 from 2-6pm at NorthWest Cellars for our annual Howl-O-Wine event to support Jasper’s Park and KDOG.
There will be food, music provided by Marilyn & the G Strings, puppetizers and a costume contest. Please bring your well behaved furry friends.
Cost is $15 online, $20 at the door.
Online registration: http://www.northwestcellars.com/events/event-sign-up.html

Hope to see you there!

September 15, 2014

Park Closure on Friday – 9/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 11:19 am

The park will be closed from 7-3 on Friday. We are partnering with United Way’s Day of Caring to clean up the park and the overgrowth.

Thank you.

Park Closure Wednesday (9/17)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 11:18 am

The park will be closed from 7-3pm. We are bringing in more materials for our upcoming work party.

Thank you.

August 4, 2014

Are those dogs playing or fighting?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 9:49 am

By: Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB

Lip raised and teeth bared, the Rottweiler refused to give up even though she was helplessly pinned on her back, held down by the Boxer’s strong body and jaws at her throat. The Rottie thrashed and pushed with her hind legs, struggling to break free. Just then a familiar voice chimed, “Lena, let’s go!” Both dogs popped up wiggly and wagging, and the Rottie bounded off to greet her owner.

Wrestling and running are great ways for dogs to burn off extra energy, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if dogs are being friendly or fierce because chasing, growling, tackling, bite-holds and mounting are part of both play and conflict. Here are some tips for recognizing acceptable and risky play.

Look for playful body language. Playful dogs have a loose curvy body posture and they give signals that are incongruent, like growling and play bowing at the same time. In contrast, dogs with aggressive intentions have a rigid, upright posture, and their body language signals are congruent, like growling quietly with a direct stare and tail held up stiffly.

Find a compatible playmate. Each dog has a preferred play style. Some go for extreme contact like wrestling, boxing, pinning, and body-slamming, others favor no-contact chase and tag games, and a few “spectator” dogs seem content to watch. Your dog will have a better park experience if he plays with dogs that have a matching style. Your dog might take offense if he invites another dog to play chase but gets body-slammed instead! Having a playmate matched in body size and strength is also important. Small dogs are particularly vulnerable if the play turns rough or—worse yet—into a hunt.

Know when to stop. Squabbles can suddenly erupt when dogs are tired, overly excited, or accidentally hurt during rough play. If you notice excessive barking, bullying, failing to take turns, prolonged pinning and rolling, or ganging up, these are signs that your dog needs a break or that it’s time leave the park.

Leash free parks are a sanctuary for dogs to socialize through play. Following these simple tips will help keep our park safe and create a more positive experience for everyone.

June 12, 2014

Is your dog ready for the dog park?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 11:17 am

Here is a great article:  http://yourdogsfriend.org/life-with-dogs/should-i-take-my-dog-to-the-dog-park/    This article helps let dog owners know if their dogs are dog park friendly.  It also explains a little about different play styles and what to look for in their dog while at the park.

It helps make sure that everyone and their dogs are happy, having fun and staying safe while at a park.  A quick and interesting read for sure.  Highly recommend it.

June 3, 2014

Yappy Hour at Dooley’s Dog House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 10:21 am

Join us on Friday, June 20th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Dooley’s Dog House for a night of fun, food, drinks and a raffle.  Feel free to bring your well behaved furry friends.  This will be a fun night for all.  Come and show your support for Dooley’s Dog House and KDOG.

May 6, 2014

June Spruce-Up Work Party

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 9:50 am

On June 7 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, we’ll be having a spruce-up work party.  We’ll be covering the bare spots, figuring out how to fill/prevent digging of large holes in the large dog area, and removing invasive plants that are returning.

Please consider volunteering part of your morning to help us keep the park looking spiffy.  You can RSVP on the Meetup site or just show up at the park.

Also, the park will still be open during this time.

Thank you.

April 11, 2014

New Agility Equipment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 4:06 pm

A big Thank You to Nutro for the grant to acquire Agility Equipment.  Another big Thank You to Dog-On-It-Parks for building the equipment.

There is equipment in both the small dog and big dog area.  We had a nice turn out for opening day.  I highly recommend checking it out.

September 22, 2013

Day of Caring 2013 — THANK YOU!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 4:27 pm

 

Microsoft Online Services Division Volunteers
#volunteerspecialforces

If you’ve been to Jasper’s Park in the past few days, you’ve noticed that our fall spruce up was done and there’s fresh ground cover to keep our park from becoming muddy as the rainy season starts. We owe huge thanks to over 100 amazing volunteers from Microsoft Online Services Division (#volunteerspecialforces) who rocked our park on Friday. They worked VERY HARD to dig out invasive plant growth in the off-leash areas and wetland buffer and spread 276 yards (!) of cedar ground cover (known as “hog fuel”) in the off-leash areas. They showed up earlier than their start time, went right to work and kept at it all day long – seeing them transform our park so quickly was like witnessing a miracle, and we are so lucky for that miracle because it would take KDOG volunteers several Saturdays to complete that much work!

Speaking of rocking our park, special thanks also to KDOG’s wonderful crew Jean Guth, Joy Aurand and Megen Opsahl, for helping with event organization and supervising work that was done in the off-leash areas, MK Gaebel and Nani Hixenbaugh for helping with donations and to Judy & Jim Trockel/Serve Our Dog Areas (SODA), stewardship organization for Marymoor Dog Park, for a loan of many tools and wheelbarrows to us. As always, we thank our friends from Kirkland Parks and Green Kirkland Partnership for using their heavy machinery to get the hog fuel into the park, hauling tools for us, supervising work in the wetland buffer, and installing a new bench (Casey’s Bench!) in the large dog area. It takes a huge collaborative effort to accomplish that much work in just one day!

Once again, we received very generous donations of food and beverages from Fred Meyer and Metropolitan Market to keep our hard-working volunteers fed and hydrated. We are so fortunate to have these two great businesses in Kirkland and their generous support of our community!

Our dog park and our community is made significantly better because of these individuals and businesses!

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