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May 31, 2010

Don’t miss “Yappier Hour” at the Woodmark….Wednesday Nights

So, have you heard about one of the newest employees at Kirkland’s  Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club, & Spa? Woody, a labradoodle puppy…. and Woodmark Hotel house dog….celebrity mascot,  is quickly climbing up the career ladder here in Kirkland.  In April he began his employment as the Complaints Department Manager at The Woodmark.  Woody couldn’t believe his luck, with the  job perks being “eating biscuits, and lot of nap time.”  At the beginning of May, Woody received a job promotion, and is now the “Guest Experience Manager” at the Woodmark, with an office conveniently located in the main lobby.  He will be hosting a new weekly event the Woodmark launches this week, “Woody’s Yappier Hour.”  Woody invites all of you local canines and your owners to this fun weekly Wednesday night event:

What:    A dog friendly outdoor Happy Hour featuring the Beach Café happy hour menu, a “Dogtail,” complimentary doggie treats, and a copy of “City Dog Magazine”

When:    Starting Wednesday, June 2nd, 5pm-7pm/  These “Yappier Hours” will take place every Wednesday, weather permitting.

Where:   Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland/  Yappier Hour will take place at the Woodmark’s outdoor lakefront event space, featuring unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountains.

What else is on this busy labradoodle’s summer agenda? Woody is hosting his very own contest for his canine friends at the July 24th Go Dog, Go!  Kirkland Canine Festival.  Does your dog have a special talent or trick?  Don’t miss “Woody’s Friends Got Talent” at Crestwoods Park in Kirkland.

Event schedule,

Did I mention that Woody also has provided a fabulous raffle prize for the event?  Woody and the Woodmark Hotel are the “Best in Show Sponsors” of Go Dog, Go!  Kirkland Canine Festival.  KDOG is excited about Woody attending this event, and very much appreciates his support (or paws up) in favor of his Kirkland buddies’ quest for a local dog park.

Have family or friends visiting the area? Don’t forget that Woody is over at The Woodmark assuring their stay will be wonderful.   To keep up with Woody’s adventures at the Woodmark, check out his very own blog,  See you at Yappy Hour!

May 3, 2010

Donations and Volunteers Needed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 10:07 pm

KDOG is in need of donations to pay for the wetlands deliniation study that is required by the City of Kirkland given the location of the proposed off-leash area next to the Heronfield Wetlands.  If you’d like to make a donation, or you know of someone who wants to donate, please email Jean through the KDOG meetup page at  After the wetlands delineation study is completed, we expect to be moving along with the Kirkland City Planning Commission on other necessary requirements for the proposed space, and KDOG will be doing further fundraising and acquiring donations to create the dog park.  Also, if you know of an arborist that might donate ground cover (wood chips) or a company that might donate fencing, please contact Jean.   KDOG is always in need of volunteers too and if you’re inclined to donate time instead of money, all contributions will go a long way and be very much appreciated by fellow KDOG members.   To volunteer, please email Amy at

May 2, 2010

April 6 Park Board Meeting — Keep Us Moving Forward

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 8:48 pm

Some of the Park Board discussions that took place at the April 6th meeting seemed to be heading in a backward direction (and I felt like gnawing on my arm again), but overall the outcome was positive . . . I’ll stick to positive highlights for this blog.

We were introduced to three new Park Board members, Barbara Ramey, Ted Marx and Shawn Fenn.   Members Ramey and Marx are newly appointed to represent the annexation area.

One of the Park Board members reported that while on a recent trip to San Francisco, she came across designated unfenced off-leash areas in different neighborhoods and all seemed to be well in the dog-loving city of San Francisco (yes, this is what we’ve been telling the City of Kirkland for years . . . off-leash areas are a community need and a new concept only to Kirkland).

A big thank you to KDOG members who spoke to the Park Board about volunteer and fundraising efforts.  Diane Rich offered to provide educational support for responsible use of an off-leash area.  Chuck Bartlett spoke about fundraising efforts at Dooley’s Doghouse, a great example of how funds might be raised for off-leash area creation and maintenance.  Graham Comley also spoke about potential sponsorships and donation of materials.

We need to keep moving forward at full momentum, working in partnership with the Park Board, and KDOG is in need of volunteers to help with the Go, Dog, Go! fundraising event to be held in July – volunteer and help keep us moving forward!