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.
The DOGPAW board has been busy in strategic planning sessions to help build a bigger and better organization. High priority items include: building volunteer base, building membership base, complete transition to new, improved website, development of ad hoc committees to address: park rules review, incident reporting, media, fundraising, advertising, events, community networking, etc.
Schedules have been set for 2014 events: ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING April 26 Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: (9:00-2:00) August 2 Ross MEMBERSHIP DRIVES at dog parks (10:00-2:00) March 22 Stevenson April 19 Lucky June 7 Dakota July 12 Kane LURE COURSE RUNS at dog parks (8:30-11:00) May 31 Stevenson June 28 Ross July 19 Lucky Sept 20 Dakota
We had a nice group of volunteers turn out at Lucky dog park (Brush Prairie) for our last work party. Up to fifteen volunteers helped spread bark and fill holes in the dog park. Thank you to ALL hard working volunteers who gave time on their Saturday to make our parks safer and more beautiful.
2013 DOGTOBERFEST SUCCESS!!Congratulations to everyone who supported, volunteered, and attended our 2013 Dogtoberfest event at Ross dog park on October 5th. DOGPAW raised over $2,000 at this fundraising event. This year’s event included the music of Don Campeau and some players of the Mother Joseph Academy Players band; a flyball demonstration; K9 Police demonstration; a great raffle; good food; an adoptable dog “strut”; a canine fashion pageant; and collection of a large barrel of food for Second Chance Companion’s AniMeals program for distribution to animals of Meals on Wheels recipients. We had over twenty vendors and a full day of sunshine. A great time was had by all.
DINGO RETIREMENT SUCCESS!!!Congratulations to all the supporters of DOGPAW’s campaign to raise money to replace Washougal’s K9 Officer Dingo. We successfully raised our goal of $15,000. A check was presented to the Washougal Chief of Police at the Saturday, October 19th Dingo wrap-up celebration. The celebration included recognition of three other K9 officers: Dash, Ory, and Haulf representing the City of Vancouver, City of Battle Ground, and Clark County Sheriff’s Office. As a special treat, the Washougal Chief of Police donned a “suit” for the first time ever and played “bad man” to a K9 recruit.
DOGPAW is a proud recipient of two local Eagle Scout projects. Eric Brown built a new kiosk with bench for our small dog area at the Ross off-leash dog park (see picture), and Brady Schnell built two new double waste containers for our Stevenson off-leash dog park in Washougal.
DOGPAW's Webpage has been updated and recreated to make it more user-friendly. We are very lucky and proud to work with David Bahena who is volunteering all of his time to work on this website for DOGPAW. We are still working out a few bugs but we are excited to have such a great new webpage. Please visit our webpage www.clarkdogpaw.org and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The new DOGPAW board members and volunteers have been busy since our last report.
Walk for the Animals: The DOGPAW pack walked again in the benefit three-mile Walk for the Animals for the Southwest Washington Humane Society and raised over $1,000. Our volunteers also garnered several new members at our booth at the event.
Hazel Dell Parade: DOGPAW walked over 2.5 miles again this year in our local parade of bands. Walkers and their dogs dressed in the parade theme of Super Heroes and passed out rolls of poop bags (donated by local vendor Canine Utopia) to dog owners along the parade route.
Events: We've continued to expose the orgaization through local dog events such as our monthly lure course runs at each of our parks and our recent Dog Days of Summer vendor fair. In May, we partnered with Canines for Clean Water to conduct an educational booth and poop cleanup/work party at our Dakota dog park.
Park Cleanups: We are lucky to have a wonderful new volunteer board member who is very proactive in conducting frequent cleanup parties at our dog parks and has partnered with several local businesses for free/discounts on bark/mulch and other maintenance resources.
Park Dedications: DOGPAW demonstrated our respect and appreciation for our local Canine police units by recently dedicating two of our dog parks after K9 officers killed in the line of duty. We dedicated our Hockinson dog park to K9 Officer Kane and our Brush Prairie dog park to K9 Officer Lucky. Many sheriff and police employees attended these two dedications and provided us with K9 demonstrations.
Agility Course: We were fortunate to have received a $2,000 grant from The Nutro Pet Company for installation of an agility course at our Brush Prairie (Lucky) park. The course was designed by a local volunteer and husband (Bob Weinkauf) of the founder of DOGPAW, Pat Weinkauf. They donated much time and most of the agilitly equipment for our park. A large handful of volunteers dedicated themselves to completely building this course in one weekend. It is a thing of beauty.
Current Fundraising Effort: DOGPAW is beginning an aggressive fundraising campaign to raise money for the replacement of Washougal, WA K9 Officer Dingo who is retiring after seven years of loyal service. We are proud and happy to raise money for the replacement of a retiring dog instead of a fallen hero. Our goal is to raise $12,000 by October 19, 2013.
Thank you for supporting local dogs and their humans to be mentally and physically active and happy!
DOGPAW has been undergoing a change in leadership and launched a preliminary volunteer campaign that has brought in many dedicated volunteers. Along with the addition of many new volunteers we are reviewing and updating our website. Included will be a permanent volunteer sign-up program to build a powerful volunteer database.
We have recently partnered with Canines for Clean Water for poop pickup parties and educational opportunities at our dog parks. We have also partnered with the Parks Foundation of Clark County to broaden our exposure through fundraising event opportunities.
Our Annual General Membership meeting on March 9th was well attended and netted DOGPAW ~$400 after expenses. We had many very generous donors of auction items that brought in over $1,000. Among the attendees at our meeting was the founder of "Clark Bark Park" which preceded DOGPAW. The meeting was spiced up with dinner catered by the Spaghetti Factory and by the musical stylings of Mike Propsom.
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