March clean-up on Saturday

Saturday, March 23 is our monthly clean-up day in the park.

11am – noon

Please lend a hand and help us

  • pick up garbage
  • grade the surface (re-distribute the gravel)
  • fill holes

We’ll also work on tightening the gate latches in both the big and small park entrances.

Hope to see you there!

Lost Dog – Rio

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Please be on the lookout for Rio, missing from yard near 13th and U on March 19 around 1 p.m. She is black and white, 55 lbs, and wearing a red collar and a silver chain. She’s ten years old and very new to the area so she likely scared and disoriented and looking for something familiar. She’s a gentle dog, but fast and strong so hard to catch. Please contact Ryan – 562-650-7085.

 

Monthly Meeting – March 20

The monthly meeting of the Shaw Dog Park Association is tonight at 7:30pm at the Hotel Helix.

All are welcome to attend.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Replacing the shade sail in the small dog park
  • Replacing dead Hawthorne trees in big park
  • Fundraising

And much more!

Inquire at the front desk or bar for meeting room location.

Dog Park Tip – Watch your dog

Tip 3: Watch your dog

It can be tempting to lose yourself in conversation or your phone when your dog is contained in an off-leash park. Don’t.

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For the safety and well-being of your dog and others’, make sure you know what your dog is up to at all times.

Photographer’s note: all subjects featured in the dog park tips are willing volunteers.

Dog Park Best Practices

Tip 2: Unleash

Remove your dog’s leash–assuming it is safe* to do so–before entering the main park.

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A dog on a leash is disadvantaged when first meeting and greeting the unleashed park dogs.

*You should remove your dog’s leash in the front vestibule separating the street from the main park IF both gates are closed and there is no danger of your dog escaping.

Dog Park Best Practices

Tip 1: Don’t Crowd the Gate

Keep your dog from crowding the park entrance when new visitors are coming through the gate.

Gate Crowding

Dog park entrances can often be conflict zones. By preventing pack behavior at the gate, you can help to

  • Reduce territorial behavior (dog park dogs ‘protecting their turf’ from newcomers)
  • Reduce likelihood of the new dogs feeling threatened (some dogs behave more aggressively when they feel threatened)
  • Give incoming dogs room to get their bearings and meet the park dogs in a less confrontational way

2013 Board of Directors

The Shaw Dog Park Association board of directors for 2013

Stephanie Dahle
Lillian Iversen
Tyler Jug
Kate Kolstad
John McDermott
Steve Oatmeyer
Warren “Randy” Randolph
Brad Scarborough

Officers will be elected at the February meeting, Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Helix.

All are welcome to attend.

Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Please join the Shaw Dog Park Association for its Annual Meeting

Food, Beverages and Election of Board Members!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Shaw Dog Park Annual Meeting

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hotel Helix
1430 Rhode Island Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20005

Interested in serving on the Board? Contact committee@shawdogs.org for more info and to state your interest.

Sunday Clean-up

Just an hour of your time will help us straighten up the park for you and your pups.

Plus, we’ll be serving hot cider for the workers!

Sunday, Dec. 2

11-12 at the park

Ringing in Four Years

With a special message from SDPA President Brad Scarborough

I wanted to thank all who came out on Saturday to celebrate Shaw Dog Park’s 4th Anniversary Party! Our park visitors were very enthusiastic and really helped make Saturday a fun-filled day for everybody and every dog!

Shaw Dog Park was honored to have Councilmen Jack Evans and ANC 2-C Chair Alex Padro in attendance on Saturday. Their continued support has been key in making sure that Shaw Dog Park stays open in the Logan/Shaw Neighborhood for all of us to enjoy. As Councilmen Evans stated, ‘Shaw Dog Park is the model for other dog parks in Washington, DC.’ That is truly a testament to hard work of our dedicated volunteers and the support of our community.

Shaw Dog Park is truly grateful for our very valued Community Business Partners that helped to make Saturday’s 4th anniversary party a success.

With their very generous contributions, Shaw Dog Park was able to raise close to $2,800.00 through sale of raffle tickets, purchases of t-shirts and individual donations.

This money is used to finance maintenance and on-going improvements to the park. We encourage all of our park visitors to remember these businesses and show your appreciation and support for all that they do for Shaw Dog Park.

And lastly I would like to thank some of the most generous members of our community, *our volunteers*! Shaw Dog Park volunteers’ dedication and support help make Shaw Dog Park the best dog park in Washington, DC. Our volunteers endure late nights, early mornings, cold temperatures, rainy days, tangled water hoses and mounds of “poop” every day to keep the park safe and clean. We love our volunteers and we thank you for all that you do!  To become a Shaw Dog Park volunteer, please send an email to volunteer@shawdogs.org.

Personally I would like to say it is an honor to serve as President of the Shaw Dog Park Association. It is my hope that you and your dog(s) enjoy the park and come visit us every day!

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
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