DOGPAW's membership has grown considerably in the past few months after a concerted membership campaign. With this growth in membership we are hoping for an increase in the number of volunteers to help us expand our efforts in creating the best off-leash dog parks in Clark County, Washington.
Ryan Bittner, an Eagle Scout from Troop 320 completed his eagle scout project at our Ross Dog Park by furnishing and installing a real (non-working) fire hydrant for our dogs' enjoyment. He and his crew did an outstanding job on this project. Congratulations Ryan.
We are excited to report that we have finally brought water to our Ross Dog Park. Through generous sponsorship of a handful of local dog businesses and partners we have installed a dog water feature at the lower end of our Ross Dog Park. The water will be available seasonally from spring through fall as at our other parks.
Clark County has completed its expansion and upgrade to the parking lot at Lucky Dog Park but the park is not yet open for business until the newly planted grass has taken root. Stay tuned for notice of park opening sometime this spring.
DOGPAW has had a very busy summer with monthly membership drives and lure course runs at our parks. We have signed up another 60 members this summer.
Our big fundraising event this summer was Bark in the Park K9 Carnival at Ross Dog Park. The event included over 40 vendors, many showcasing carnival games in their spaces, food, live music by Mother Joseph Academy Players, a doggy pool area, our 2nd annual K9 Pageant, Police K9 demonstrations, doggie bowling and relay races, and more. A great time was had by all. Our attendees also donated over two 55 gallon drums of food to Second Chance Companions.
DOGPAW was recipient of a Doggie Wash fundraising event by New Seasons Market (partnered with Mud Bay). New Seasons' employees and DOGPAW volunteers washed over 40 dogs and two guinea pigs. New Seasons' employees also made plaster paw prints for a small donation. The proceeds donated to DOGPAW from this event equalled approximately $400.
DOGPAW seized another opportunity to assist our Police K9 by raising $5,732 from the community for Retired K9 Officer Dash's medical expenses. Dash underwent major emergency surgery to save his life. Upon retirement, K9 Officers' living and medical expenses are at the expense of their handlers and their families. Clark County residents stepped up big time in support of Dash.
DOGPAW has been busy preparing for another great dog park year. We had a great turnout out our annual general membership meeting at the Heathman Hotel in April. Special guests included Paul Scarpelli, Animal Control Manager and Kyle Day with his newly retired K9 Officer Dingo.
DOGPAW Board Members and a few volunteers have already participated in the 50th Annual Hazel Dell Parade; the Walk for the Animals in support of the Humane Society of Southwest Washington for which we raised over $1,400; some membership drives and lure courses at our local dog parks; we've participated in the Hike on the Dike fundraiser for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society; supported a Canines for Clean Water Pledge campaign at Dakota dog park; and are busy working on the planning of our new and improved annual fundraiser "Bark in the Park Canine Carnival" slated for August 2, 2014 at Ross Dog Park.
Our webpage has been revamped and is so much more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Check it out at: www.clarkdogpaw.org.
We are still looking for interested persons to volunteer to work with our group on maintaining and improving our organization and our community dog parks. Please consider donating some of your time to helping us. You can learn about opportunities for volunteering and complete our volunteer signup form on the webpage.