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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!

September 15, 2013

Jasper’s Dog Park receives ROOM TO RUN Dog Park Appreciation Grant from The Nutro Company

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 5:42 pm

The Nutro Company Announces Local Recipient of ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Grant

Kirkland’s Jasper’s Dog Park to receive $2,000 for park enhancements

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2013 – The Nutro Company, a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products, announced today that Jasper’s Dog Park in Kirkland, WA has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant on behalf of the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Appreciation Project.

ROOM TO RUN™ is a community program designed to support public, non-profit dog parks and off-leash areas. The grant provided to Jasper’s Dog Park will be used to help make improvements that will provide local dogs and their owners with an enhanced interaction space.

Kirkland resident Amy Introligator submitted the winning application on behalf of Jasper’s Dog Park.

“Kirkland Off-Leash Dog Group (KDOG), is pawsitively delighted by The Nutro Company’s announcement that Jasper’s Dog Park has been chosen as a 2013 grant recipient of its ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project,” said Introligator. “As the all-volunteer organization that has worked with the City of Kirkland, Washington to build, fund, and now maintain Kirkland’s first dog park, KDOG recognizes how important a designated safe, legal off-leash recreation space is for dog owners and their dogs.  Jasper’s Dog Park has become a very popular amenity in our community, and KDOG is thrilled to add a dog agility play area that will encourage movement and attract visitors to explore various areas of our dog park.  With this wonderful grant, KDOG will be able to implement the first phase of an agility play area.  KDOG is very grateful to The Nutro Company for providing this support that will fund a park enhancement to increase fitness and intellectual stimulation for dogs and strengthen the dog-human bond.”

Since the program’s inception in 2010, ROOM TO RUN™ has committed more than 3,000 man hours to enhance 90 dog parks across North America. Additionally, as an extension of ROOM TO RUN™, The Nutro Company provides ongoing support to its own local dog parks through sponsorships of three parks in the Nashville area, where the company is headquartered.

“Enhancing dog parks is a natural fit for The Nutro Company, as we have a longstanding commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for pets by providing them with natural pet food for more than 80 years,” said Monica Glass, senior corporate affairs manager, The Nutro Company. “Many of us use our own local dog parks as a place to interact and bond with our dogs, so we are excited to give community members the opportunity to take action and apply for grant support to help enhance their own local parks.”

To learn more about the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project, visit The Nutro Company’s Community Initiatives page at www.nutro.com/about-us/community-initiatives.aspx or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NutroProducts (and click the ROOM TO RUN™ tab).

About The Nutro Company

The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores. The company has been making “The World’s Best Pet Food” for more than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet’s life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands includes NUTRO® MAX®, NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® and NUTRO® ULTRA™ pet food brands in addition to the GREENIES® brands which include the U.S. leader in pet specialty dental chews and GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® treats. For more information, please visit www.nutro.com and www.greenies.com.

April 28, 2013

It’s Easy to be Green & Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:02 pm

These bottles/slings are sold out…thank you to everyone that purchased them in support of Jasper’s Dog Park maintenance!

 

April 2, 2013

Pet License Amnesty until April 30th (License Required at Jasper’s Dog Park)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:01 pm

March 5, 2013

Join KDOG at the American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE on May 5th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:27 pm

Stop by the KDOG Booth, and join us for a lot of fun at this event!  Register by clicking HERE.

February 22, 2013

Park Volunteers Needed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:26 pm

Becoming a park steward is a great way to volunteer while visiting the park with your dog.  No other time commitment is necessary.  KDOG has an agreement with the City of Kirkland, noting that we will provide park volunteers to assist with education and maintenance.  Here’s a link to the City’s ongoing volunteer application.  Just let them know you’re ready to get started as a volunteer.  Your dog will thank you for helping, as this off-leash area is possible because of volunteers.  Help us make sure off-leash opportunities continue in Kirkland.

Come meet our Park Steward Chairs, Ann and Megen on March 2nd at Jasper’s Dog Park.  They’ll be at our free Park Safety Workshop (a great workshop for those interested in volunteering at the park).

January 10, 2013

Seeking a Donation for a New Park Bench at Jasper’s Dog Park

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 2:19 pm

Would you like to honor a loved one (pet or person) or their memory with a park bench donation for Jasper’s Dog Park?  A park bench donation is an opportunity to enhance our dog park, making it more enjoyable to visit for all.  Installation, maintenance, repairs, and plaque are provided by the CIty of Kirkland.   A single bronze plaque, measuring 2″ in height by 7″ in length, will be personalized per the donor’s request, with up to five lines of text.  With this bench donation you will also receive a personalized plaque installed on the park sponsor donation board and you will be listed as a Dog Park Sponsor on KDOG’s website.  This donation is tax-deductible, but it must be a new donation.  The bench will be installed in the main off-leash area.

Please contact KDOG at kdog@kdog.org if you are interested in becoming a park bench donor.  The price for this bench is $1600.

 

January 7, 2013

Thank You 2012! Hello 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary-Kelly @ 6:52 pm

Happy New Year! KDOG is looking forward to another great year with more off-leash adventures and fun for you and your pup.  We ended 2012 with our grand opening of the new path way at Jasper’s Dog Park on December 8th; made possible by a generous donation from our “Platinum Paw” sponsor Weidner Apartment Homes and the support of KDOG volunteers and the City of Kirkland.  It’s going to be another great and exciting year. We hope to see you out at the park and at upcoming meetings, work parties and fundraisers. A very big and heartfelt thank you goes out to the countless volunteers, sponsors and donations that made 2012 a great success and a lot of fun.

If you’re eager to help KDOG start the year off strong then please consider becoming a Personal Dog Park Sponsor. Your financial support will help provide wood chip to keep the ground dry at the park, making the park usable all winter and spring, and  will help with other park improvements. Learn more – http://www.kdog.org/Donate/PersonalSponsor.

Photos from the Grand Opening of the new path and entrance.  Thank you Weidner Apartment Homes!

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December 10, 2012

Parvovirus Information – Make Sure Your Dog Is Vaccinated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:13 am

Here is the Dec. 5th Parvovirus update from Dr. Beth Davidow of ACCESS, (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services):

By Beth Davidow, DVM DACVECC
ACCES Medical Director
A week ago, we alerted referring veterinarians in the area to an uptick in the number of parvovirus cases we were seeing at ACCES’ two referral hospitals (Seattle and Renton). Word quickly spread to the greater community setting off an unexpected scare.
Parvovirus is a virus that causes vomiting and severe diarrhea. In addition, it can suppress the immune system and put animals at risk for secondary infections. It mainly affects puppies and can cause death if not treated appropriately. With treatment, which includes intravenous fluids, anti-nausea medication, antibiotics and plasma in severe cases, survival is 90%. Adults dogs can get the infection as well but often are less sick or may shed virus and not have clinical signs.
The virus is shed in stool and can live in the environment for weeks to months. It is extremely hardy and not killed by standard disinfectants – bleach is most effective. The virus can be passed from an animal shedding the virus, picked up on clothes, shoes, and other objects, and then carried to another animal.
Parvovirus is not a new infection. It is a virus we have known about for a long time and one of the first diseases for which we developed a vaccine for dogs. The vaccine is extremely effective when administered properly. Puppies need to receive vaccines every three to four weeks from eight weeks of age until they are over 16 weeks of age, again at one year and then every three years thereafter.
The difficulty with this disease is that puppies often get sick in the window after they have had one vaccine but not the full series. If puppies are in environments where the virus has been shed by asymptomatic carriers, they can pick up the virus. Health for the dog population relies on compliance by everyone – a concept known as “herd immunity”.
This year we have seen an uptick in the number of parvo cases. We see an average of 16 cases a year and have diagnosed 28 this year, eight in the last three weeks. The virus does ebb and flow so this may just be a high year. Cases have been from a number of locations and have been mostly young, incompletely vaccinated dogs. However, it is also possible that the move away from vaccines has led to less herd immunity and more shedding of virus. Speaking to other hospitals in the area, some are also seeing more cases but other clinics north of us are not.
Our recommendations are:
1)     VACCINATE – make sure your puppy gets the full SERIES of vaccines up to at least 16 weeks of year. Make sure the vaccine is boostered one year later and then every three years after that.
2)     Do not take incompletely vaccinated puppies to dog parks or other high traffic areas. Dog parks are great places to socialize but only after the full series of puppy shots have been given.
3)     If you have a dog with vomiting and diarrhea, have them seen promptly. Early diagnosis and proper treatment does lead to a good long term outcome.
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