Friday, June 29, 2012

The Dog Park News June 29, 2012

New dog park opens today in Lynchburg VA (PHOTO).

Bark Free and Ride Motorcycle Poker Run dog park fundraiser - Hudson NH - June 30th at 9:45AM.

New dog parks proposed for Stratford CT; New Paltz NY; Vienna WV; Baldwin AL; and Bayport MN.

Shreveport LA delays moving forward with dog park unless Red River Water Commission agrees to fund other city projects first.

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New dog parks under construction in Daleville AL; Dallas TX; Kendall County TX.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Dog Park News June 28, 2012

Puppy love becomes wedded bliss at dog park in Wynnum West Australia (PHOTO). In attendance were 12 dogs and 30 humans at the by-invitation-only event on June 24th.

Dog parks open(ing) in: Modesto CA (June); Fortsyth County GA (June); Polk County OR (June); Lynchburg VA (June 29th); Midwest City OH (July); Osooyos BC Canada (June); Banff AB Canada (July).

Dog parks have been approved for: Denison IA; Dothan AL; Cromwell CT; Phoenix AZ; Fostoria OH; Broken Arrow OK; and Paxton IL.

Opening of new dog park in Palm City FL delayed by the discovery of an endangered species, 10 gopher tortoises, on the property.

New dog parks proposed for: Phillipsburg NJ; Playford SA Australia; Texarkana AR; Boston MA; Red Bluff CA; Pataskana OH; Ringwood NJ; and Arnprior ON Canada.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Dog Park News June 27, 2012

New dog parks open(ing) in Canyon TX (June); Alabaster AL (July 12th); Independence OR (June); Worthington OH (July 14th); Birmingham AL (August 1st -- PHOTO); and Over-the-Rhine OH (July 6th).

Dog park now under construction in Pittsburgh PA.

$15 off offer ends tomorrow, June 28th, on purchase of the number one dog park building book by DogParksUSA - - coupon INDEPEN60

Dog parks proposed for Salt Lake City UT; Lacey NJ; Rome GA; McPherson KS; and West Melbourne FL.

New dog parks have been approved for Lewes DE: Paramus NJ; Fort Lee NJ: Columbus NE; Davenport FL; Sparta NJ; South Daytona FL; Providence UT; Minneapolis MN; South Hadley MA; and Paducah KY. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Dog Park News June 25, 2012

NUTRO Company launches nationwide grant program to enhance dog parks through their third annual "Room to Run" grants program

New dog parks proposed for Funkstown MD; Hernando FL; Courtenay ON Canada; Auburn NY; Bloomington IN; Cherryland CA; Watertown MA.

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New dog parks approved for Hornellsville NY; Savannah GA; Anderson SC; Menifee NC.

Dog parks opened last week in Macon County TN and Rockport TX.

New dog parks now under construction in Fairfield County OH; Fremont NE; Carlsbad CA.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Dog Park News June 24, 2012

Conshohocken NJ may get its dog park built for free by Kynetic if the company can also build their helicopter pad next to it.

Dog parks open(ing) in Bullhead City AZ (July 28th) and Peoria IL (September).

Last day to get 35% off on the number one dog park building book by DogParksUSA coupon code FLOAT; starting tomorrow, you can get $15 off using coupon code INDEPEN60

Dog parks proposed for Vincennes IN; Twin Falls ID: Sault Ste Marie ON Canada; Randolph MA: Timuka and South Canterbury New Zealand; Attleboro MA: Los Alamos County NM: Brookfield CT: Woodbury IL: Frenchtown NJ: Pittsburgh PA: Covington LA: San Diego CA: New Paltz NY: Bellhaven MS: Ellisville MO: Batesville IN.

Lubbock TX withdraws from PetSafe dog park funding contest because it doesn't want PetSafe's name on their dog park if they win.

Dog parks approved for Toowoomba Queensland Australia; Evansville IN: Tiffin OH: Apex NC: York NC: Carroll County MD: Helena MT: Fuquay-Varina NC; Nagodoches TX; Collierville TN; Lynn MA.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Dog Park News (June 23, 2012)

Dog Discrimination Complaints in Long Island Dog Park: Huntington NY large dog park users (with dogs 25 pounds or larger, which are the majority of dogs) have to pay between $6 and $13 per day to park while small dog park users do not have to pay to park at all.

DogParksUSA's best seeling dog park development book is on sale through June 24th for 35% off - - coupon code FLOAT

New PetSafe dog park has opened in Huntington WV.

Dog parks have been approved in Marietta WA; Encinitas CA; Hume VIC Australia; Dyer IN; Diamond Bar CA: Melrose MA; Vermilion AB Canada; Canberra ACT Australia; Point Cook VIC Australia.

Dog parks have been approved for New Braunfels TX; Syosset NY; Waterbury CT: Chadron NE: Dothan AL: Emmitsburg MD: Bay Minette AL: New Bedford MA: Andorver MA: Evansville IN.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Dog Park News June 21, 2012

New dog parks are open(ing) in Memphis TN (PHOTO); Lynchburg VA (June); St Paul MN (June); Pentiction BC Canada (June); Monroe County NY (June); Twin Falls ID (delayed); Frederick County MD (July or August); Holyoke MA (June 23rd).
Overton Park's Overton Bark
Lubbock TX's squabbles over location of new dog park may jeopardize $100K grant to fund it.

New dog parks approved for: South Gate CA; Brookfield CT: Casper WY: Canberra AUSTRALIA; Deland FL; Fletcher NC.

Still time to save $15 on the purchase of the number one selling dog park development book by DogParksUSA - Coupon code INDEPEN60

Dog parks proposed for: Anthem AZ; Charlestown RI; Bethel ME; Mountain House CA; Wakefield ON Canada; Elizabethtown KY; Woodstock GA; Bedford NH; Fairfax County VA; Johns Creek GA.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Dog Park News June 20, 2012

New dog parks open(ing) in St Catharines ON Canada (June); Farmington Hills MI (June); Port Angeles WA (June); New Haven CT (August 15th); Oceans Pines MD (delayed); Niagara Falls ON Canada (May) (PHOTO); Banff AB Canada (June); Oyster Bay NY (June).

Seattle WA's Belltown or Denny Regrade Dog Park reopens after renovations.

DogParksUSA's dog park development book on sale until midnight tonight - 30% off - - coupon code SEASTAR

Dog parks proposed for: Bayport MN; Phillipsburg PA; Palm Beach FL; Portage la Prairie MB Canada; El Paso TX; Collingwood ON Canada; Hutt New Zealand; Orangeville ON Canada; Clearlake CA: Riverhead NY: West Hartford CT; Bergen County NJ: Winnipeg MB Canada.

Dog parks have been approved for Bellevue WI; Mobile AL; Collierville TN.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Dog Park News June 19, 2012

Thank you to those who wondered if DogParksUSA actually made it back home safely at the conclusion of its WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 dog park assessments tour. Had to rest up after a total of 7,505.3 miles of driving in three weeks.

New dog parks have been proposed for Culpeper VA, Lubbock TX, Harrisonburg VA, Independence OR, Temukan New Zealand, Cheyenne WY, Mentor OH, Coralville IA, Long Beach CA, Brookfield CT, Canyon Lake CA, Austin MN, Cleveland OH, Winsted CT, Oklahoma City OK, West Roxbury MA, Fort Francis ON Canada, and Gardner MA.

Dog park openings: Manchester CT opened on June 3rd; Lynchburg VA opening in late June; Reedsburg WI opened in May; Paris ON Canada opening on June 24th; Radford VA opening in early July; Barrie ON Canada opening in late June; the country of Malta's first dog park opened in May; Jamestown ND opened in May.

Bowmanville ON Canada's new dog park is shocking its users feet when the grass is wet -- officials say "electrostatic induction" from the overhead transmission lines of the cause. Shock and paw (photo).

Dog parks have been approved for Cayuga County NY, Knightdale NC, Gloucester County VA, Mount Vernon VA, Calistoga CA, Shreveport LA, Burnaby BC Canada, Egg Harbor NJ, and Baton Rouge LA.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Dog Park News June 14, 2012

DogParksUSA finished assessing the NOLA (New Orleans Louisiana) dog parks; they have three, one each in their Central Business District, French Quarter and Garden District/Uptown neighborhoods. The City Bark dog park in NOLA's City Park is by far the best dog park in NOLA and one of the best in the country (and they purchased the DogParksUSA dog park development book before developing City Bark!).

The WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 assessments for this trip are complete, and DPU field reporter Shiloh took to Bourbon Street this evening (see photo). She earned a set of dog Mardi Gras beads at some point, has no idea what she bared to get them, but there they are!

DogParksUSA heads back to Florida tomorrow, driving for a few days, then will start updating PawedCastTV (http://www.PawedCast.TV) with assessment videos of all the dog parks visited.

Speaking of the dog park development book that NOLA City Bark purchased, it is still on sale for $15 off through June 16th - - coupon code ONEFIVE

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Dog Park News June 13, 2012

Cajun Country is now hosting a visit for two days from DogParksUSA as part of its final phase of WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012's dog park assessments. DPU's field reporter, Shiloh, has already found out about several dog-friendly places and dog parks from the locals in the French Quarter, and found a big friendly dog statue in front of Harrah's Casino (photo) to hang out with.
Dog park assessments will begin tomorrow in the Big Easy.

DogParksUSA's publisher is offering another discount on the dog park development book, $15 off through June 16th - coupon code ONEFIVE

DogParksUSA's Australian readers might be interested in applying for funding to upgrade their dog parks; up to three (3) communities in Australia might be selected for $20,000 in upgrades. Nestlé Purina PetCare - the company behind some of the best known dog foods and products in Australia is getting behind communities that want to upgrade their local dog parks. Nestlé Purina PetCare recognises that the family pet plays many roles in the lives of families. Unconditional love, support in times of distress, keeping people active and encouraging older people to maintain their independence are just a few of these. Dog owners across Australia are being encouraged to start their own local community campaigns to improve their local dog parks. Improvements may take the form of dog education equipment such as tunnels and bridges, or landscaping to make the dog park a more attractive an inviting place to be. Nestlé Purina PetCare will award $20,000 to the council responsible for the dog park nominated by each of the 3 winners and will work with each council to ensure that the winning dog parks are supported by council, with proposals that are consistent with council directions for these sites and the local community. Taking cues from dog parks in the USA, off leash play areas are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. They provide alternative recreation opportunities for residents and allow dog activities to occur alongside other park activities. Importantly, they become another social hub where people come together via a common interest, their pets. 
The $60,000 prize pool will be divided between three winning local dog parks. To put their dog park in the running to win, dog owners may enter online to pledge for their dog park each time they buy a PURINA dog product at a participating Woolworths supermarket. The Promotion closes on 14-August 2012. Communities wanting further information can contact: Purina Pet Care Advice Team Phone: 1800 738 238 or go to for more information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Dog Park News June 12, 2012

Austin Texas dog parks were all assessed today by DogParksUSA's WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012. Many of the dog "parks" were not dog parks, as in "fenced areas exclusively for the use of dogs", but rather parks that permitted dogs. A lot of them allowed dogs off-leash but were in open areas, not fenced, right next to busy roadways and in the way of bicyclists and joggers (many of whom had to avoid lunging dogs and being chased by dogs). DogParksUSA only found two true dog parks, fenced and for the exclusive use of dogs. Those reviews for the true dog parks will appear in future PawedCasts. The locals did tell me Austin is very dog-friendly in that many eating establishments offer outside dog-friendly dining areas -- nice!

One of the dog-friendly (but not dog park) along the Colorado River in downtown Austin was quite lovely for a stroll, and the DPU field reporter stopped for a view of the downtown skyline with the river in the background (photo).

DogParksUSA is done in Austin and heading to New Orleans Louisiana tomorrow for the final phase of WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Dog Park News June 11, 2012

DogParksUSA made it to Austin TX this evening after 10 hours of driving. Wish we'd gotten here earlier; Austin has lots of dog parks for us to assess, and we will need more time than we have to get them all in. Shiloh, the field reporter, is turning in early to get a very early start tomorrow. Stay tuned for the updates on Austin's dog parks tomorrow.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Dog Park News June 10, 2012

Dog parks in El Paso TX did not pass muster during DogParksUSA's WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 dog park assessments, sorry to say. Overall, they did not provide the dogs with any water (or with one spigot as far away from the dog park entrance as possible), no shade under the brutal desert sun, and only one waste station at the entrances, resulting in tons of poop far from the stations not getting scooped. Boo, El Paso!

Disgusted with the dog parks here, DogParksUSA's field reporter, Shiloh, chose instead to take an on-leash hike in Murchison Park and enjoyed one of the scenic overlooks (photo).

DogParksUSA is off to Austin TX tomorrow to continue its dog park assessments there.

Today is the last day to get the number one dog park development book for $25 off - - Coupon code ERNIE

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Dog Park News June 9, 2012

El Paso Texas dog parks are on the itinerary today and tomorrow for DogParksUSA's 2012 WESTWARD HOund Dog dog park assessments. Only two dog parks were assessed today -- sigh. Neither one provided sufficient water or shade for El Paso dogs where the summer temperatures average 91 degrees, or waste stations for their owners. But the dual doggie airlocks in one dog park were nice to see. Lack of waste stations (poop bag dispensers and trash barrels) result in poor poop pickup compliance by dog owners. And some dogs consider other dog's poop to be "Poop de Cologne", as you will see in this video ...

Let's hope tomorrow's collection of El Paso dog parks score better!

June 10th is the last day to get a whopping $25 off the purchase of the dog park development book. Use coupon code ERNIE

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Dog Park News June 8, 2012

DogParksUSA finished off visiting a total of 12 dog parks today in Albuquerque NM as part of this phase of the WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 dog park assessments. Found a few dog parks today that were actually decent, thank goodness! DPU field reporter Shiloh found a few friends (see video).

DogParksUSA heading to El Paso TX tomorrow for the next phase of dog park assessment.

The special publisher promotion continues until June 10th -- $25 off the purchase of the dog park building book use coupon code ERNIE.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Dog Park News June 7, 2012)

DogParksUSA's WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 dog park assessments has arrived in Albuquerque NM today, and already visited four dog parks. Three of the four dog parks do not have water for the dogs, which is a real shame in this brutally hot desert climate. Also, the signage directing people to the dog parks only faces the cars as they exit the park, not as they enter it -- what's up with that? Many more Albuquerque dog parks still to visit, though -- maybe the rest will have better directions and be equipped with water.

Found another car wash with a dog wash in it; southwesterners seem love to wash their dogs in car washes! Check out the picture!

DogParksUSA's publisher is offering a whopping $25 discount on the dog park manual until June 10th. Follow this link and use coupon code ERNIE before you cash out the shopping cart.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Dog Park News June 6, 2012)

DogParksUSA's WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 found all the dog-friendly places in Taos NMThe DPU field reporter surveyed the Rio Grande Gorge (picture). DPU met with the owners of 10,000 Wags to give them advice on establishing the first dog park in Taos. Anyone in Taos who is interested in supporting a dog park in Taos please contact Nick at 10,000 Wags.

The Earthship accommodations in Taos continues to amaze. Several future posts to will detail this residence that truly feels like it is living as it collects water, creates energy and processes waste.

DogParksUSA heads to Albuquerque NM tomorrow to assess more dog parks.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Dog Park News June 5, 2012)

DogParksUSA made the 10 hour drive from Scottsdale AZ to Taos NM and arrived at the dog-friendly Earthship world headquarters. Yes, sounds outer spacey, but Earthships are wonderful adobe structures in the Taos desert using Earthship Biotecture techniques to create sustainable living. Built with natural and recycled materials (including beer cans, wine bottles and old tires), Earthships are heated and cooled, and powered by solar/thermal heating and cooling and solar and wind electric power. Water is harvested, sewage is treated and food is produced by Earthships, too. DogParksUSA will be in Taos for two nights; and will report on dog-friendly Taos in tomorrow's post, and more on the Earthships in the next issue of The Trashy Wench: Queen of Creative Reuse. and

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Dog Park News June 4, 2012)

This is DogParksUSA's last day in Scottsdale/Phoenix Arizona. Tomrrow, DPU spends the entire day driving to Taos New Mexico for the next phase of WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012

This part of Arizona has some dog-friendly business, in addition to dog parks. A lot of the dining establishments permit dogs in their outdoor dining areas, and some, like Duke's Sports Bar & Grill love dogs so much they advertise it boldly like this:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Dog Park News June 3, 2012)

Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona have many dog parks, and DogParksUSA has one more day to finish assessing them. While at the PetsMart Dog Park in Phoenix today, a man called the police on DogParksUSA because DPU had the nerve to point out to him that he was ignoring that his dog had pooped and offered him a poop bag to pick it up with -- the Phoenix Police responded and thought the man was a nut -- DogParksUSA couldn't agree more! Scoop the poop, folks!

Taking a nice little break from non-scoopers-with-an-attitude, DogParksUSA went to Old Town Scottsdale - check out the short video clip.

The number one dog park manual can be purchased for two more days for 15% off using coupon code SHOPTY2.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Dog Park News June 2, 2012)

WESTWARD HOund Dog 2012 dog park assessments started in the Scottsdale Arizona area this afternoon after DogParksUSA drove 360 miles from San Diego. Dog parks in Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale were visited, with two more days of dog park assessments to follow.

DogParksUSA finally got to visit the infamous poo-powered lights dog park in Gilbert -- Cosmo Dog Park. This dog park has a dog poo digester that powers the street lights. A future PawedCast will go into more detail about the poo power. This dog park has so many charming aesthetic elements, too, besides poo power. Outside of the dog park, the water sports stadium has paw print elements added to the sides and the walkway to the stadium consists f giant prints (picture). Doggone cute!

Tomorrow, June 3rd, is the last day to get 30% off on the number one selling dog park development book -- - use coupon code BLOOM.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Dog Park News June 1, 2012)

DogParksUSA spent its last day in the San Diego area assessing more dog parks and finding a very dog-friendly shopping area -- the Seaport Village. Almost every store permits dogs except for the art galleries (whose fragile wares won't survive the madly wagging dog tail). DogParksUSA field reporter dog Shiloh found goodies in most shops and lots of butt scratches from store personnel everywhere. There is a paid parking lot, but if you buy anything from a Seaport shop, the store will validate your parking stub allowing you to park for two hours for just $1.00.  You might have enough time, like DogParksUSA did, to take your dog for a walk along the Embarcadero before leaving.

DogParksUSA met the pied piper of dogs at Fiesta Island today (check out this video clip) ...

DogParksUSA is heading to Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona tomorrow. Don't forget to take advantage of the 30% promotional discount still in effect for the best selling dog park development book -- visit and use coupon code BLOOM until the close of business on June 3rd.