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March 13, 2012

Off-Leash Fun for Kirkland’s Pint Sized Dogs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:14 pm

On Saturday, March 10th, the 1st Meetup of Kirkland’s pint-sized dogs took place at Jasper’s Dog Park.  The Meetup was launched with the help of event sponsors, True Treat’s Pet Bakery and DMarie’s Doggie Boutique.  Fresh baked, healthy dog treats were served, drawings were held for prizes that included private Doggie Pawties at DMarie’s Indoor Playroom for small dogs, and all the dogs left with Wag Bags.  Huge thanks to these 2 businesses for their support with the event and to all who attended!

This event was planned with safety in mind, as KDOG’s Education Committee Dog Trainer, Sandy Dain, has stated (as have numerous pet behaviorists and trainers through articles and books),  it can be very dangerous for small dogs and large dogs to play together at a dog park.  Still, we know that it’s more fun when Kirkland’s little dogs have playmates in the Small Dog Area.  Some KDOG Meetup Members have shared that they think 11 am on Saturdays is a great time for the small dog owners and their dogs to meetup at the park.  We hope that will end up being a fun time for regular meetups for those park visitors, and that soon there will be more small dogs enjoying this area together every day.   We understand that some dog owners prefer to let their small dogs play in the main off-leash area with the larger dogs.  KDOG does not recommend that.  We have set aside space for small dogs at the park so that they can avoid injury that can be a result of colliding with a larger dog, predatory drift, etc.  We want everyone to have fun and safe visit to our park:)

 

 

March 9, 2012

Who was Jasper?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:48 pm

Jasper’s Dog Park was named in memory of Jasper Guth.  Jasper was the beloved dog of Jean Guth, President of Kirkland Off-Leash Dog Group.  As most Jack Russell Terriers do, Jasper loved to fetch – balls, sticks, toys…..you name it.  His need for a good tiring fetch session inspired Jean to establish KDOG in 2007.  With off-leash areas in other cities, Jean did not see any reason Kirkland should not have its own off-leash park.

 

Jasper became Jean’s buddy when she had the opportunity to choose him from a friend’s litter of three puppies in 1994.  He was an adorable strong-willed puppy.  He enjoyed many hikes and camping adventures with Jean, and even survived being bitten by a rattlesnake in North Dakota in 1996 on a road trip out West with her.  Jasper loved children, and he could alternate between two children when fetching for them – no matter the skill of the thrower, while still managing to take breaks, lying in the sun.  Jasper passed away in March 2010, but his legacy is quite special – a park for all of the dogs in Kirkland to run and play fetch at as often as they like.