FIX THE FENCE UPDATE

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our fix the fence campaign thus far! We’re excited to update everyone on our current progress as of October 22. We’re halfway there! Remember, every donation made to the park will go directly to fixing our fences and gates until we’ve reached the amount required for the project (approx. $3,000). If you haven’t donated yet and would like to help support your park, please click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation now.SDP_FixTheFence_102215Web

 

HOWL-O-WEEN IS HERE!

There’s been a lot of recent buzz about our upcoming Howl-O-Ween celebration, and we couldn’t be more excited that the festivities are now just a couple days away! As if the image of a park full of costumed dogs isn’t enough to get you out this Saturday, we’ll also have an amazing assortment of drool-worthy raffle items up for grabs. Items have been graciously donated by area supporters including The Pig, Vinoteca, BakeHouse, City Paws, Nellie’s, Avenue Jacks, Wagtime, Brand Dave, Trader Joe’s, National Geographic Museum, Chaplin’s, Anytime K9, Verandah, & more!! Don’t miss out on the most fun event of the year at SDP!

Howl-O-Ween – Saturday, Oct. 24th from 11am-1pm

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Fix the Fence

The Shaw Dog Park Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, needs to raise $3,000 to repair the fence and entrance gates that keep the park secure for the pups to run off-leash.

Help by making a secure, tax-deductible donation here!

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Shaw Dog Park Turns Six

Shaw Dog Park celebrates its sixth anniversary on Saturday, November 15, from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Come join the fun and show your support DC’s first official public dog park!

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Howl-o-ween at Shaw Dog Park

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Join us for a not-so-spooky celebration and costume contest. We’ll be joined by local celebrity judges as your pups compete for: Best Small Dog Costume, Best Big Dog Costume, and best Couple Costume (human/dog).

Judging will take place at approximately 11:30a.m. NOON

October 25 – start working on your costume now!

Visitor Spotlight – Jack

An occasional series profiling Shaw Dog Park visitors.

Meet Jack, a two-year old mixed breed (likely African Basenji and possibly Australian Shepard). Jack’s guardian, Sarah, explains what makes Jack tick.

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HOW DID YOU AND JACK MEET?

In 2011, I was living in Sierra Leone in a house with a gated courtyard. On Christmas Eve, I woke up and found that my courtyard had been broken into and my generator was stolen.

The next morning, I found a 3 week old puppy, Jack, outside my door. My landlord didn’t allow dogs inside the house, so she lived outside until she was injured at 4 months old. Her shoulder and leg were so badly broken, she was unable to move. There’s only one vet in the country, and he has no ability to treat injuries of this type. So, I snuck her into my home and that was the end of that – she was my baby.

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DOES JACK HAVE ANY ANIMAL SIBLINGS OR FRIENDS?

She loves cats, especially Skylar, a friend’s cat I’ve taken care of in the past. But if you asked her, I’m sure she would want to be the only animal around.

FAVORITE TOY

Any stuffed animal that sounds like prey.

BIGGEST PET PEEVE

Other dogs congregating at entrance to the dog park makes her nervous, as does being sniffed before she’s settled in.

FAVORITE SLEEP SPOT

She spends all day sleeping in the sun on my bed, watching squirrels out the window.

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FAVORITE SHAW DOG PARK ACTIVITY
When she was younger, she loved to be chased around the park by other dogs. Now, she spends most of her time watching other dogs or visiting with the their owners.

A GIRL NAMED JACK?

When Jack was left with me, I was told she was a male puppy. Despite having had several dogs when I was younger, I simply accepted that Jack was male until the vet managed to convince me otherwise. I liked the name, so I modified it to Miss Jack.

THE JOURNEY FROM AFRICA
Flying her in from Sierra Leone was surprisingly easy. All you need to enter the US is certification of rabies vaccination or signing an agreement that you will vaccinate within 10 days of arrival. The difficult part is finding the right combination of flights – there are restrictions on flying with a dog when it’s above 80 degrees (every day in Sierra Leone), and bringing dogs on flights longer than 6-8 hours. Royal Air Maroc came to the rescue and got us back to the US safely. The best part? It only cost $150!