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September 22, 2013

Day of Caring 2013 — THANK YOU!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 4:27 pm


Microsoft Online Services Division Volunteers

If you’ve been to Jasper’s Park in the past few days, you’ve noticed that our fall spruce up was done and there’s fresh ground cover to keep our park from becoming muddy as the rainy season starts. We owe huge thanks to over 100 amazing volunteers from Microsoft Online Services Division (#volunteerspecialforces) who rocked our park on Friday. They worked VERY HARD to dig out invasive plant growth in the off-leash areas and wetland buffer and spread 276 yards (!) of cedar ground cover (known as “hog fuel”) in the off-leash areas. They showed up earlier than their start time, went right to work and kept at it all day long – seeing them transform our park so quickly was like witnessing a miracle, and we are so lucky for that miracle because it would take KDOG volunteers several Saturdays to complete that much work!

Speaking of rocking our park, special thanks also to KDOG’s wonderful crew Jean Guth, Joy Aurand and Megen Opsahl, for helping with event organization and supervising work that was done in the off-leash areas, MK Gaebel and Nani Hixenbaugh for helping with donations and to Judy & Jim Trockel/Serve Our Dog Areas (SODA), stewardship organization for Marymoor Dog Park, for a loan of many tools and wheelbarrows to us. As always, we thank our friends from Kirkland Parks and Green Kirkland Partnership for using their heavy machinery to get the hog fuel into the park, hauling tools for us, supervising work in the wetland buffer, and installing a new bench (Casey’s Bench!) in the large dog area. It takes a huge collaborative effort to accomplish that much work in just one day!

Once again, we received very generous donations of food and beverages from Fred Meyer and Metropolitan Market to keep our hard-working volunteers fed and hydrated. We are so fortunate to have these two great businesses in Kirkland and their generous support of our community!

Our dog park and our community is made significantly better because of these individuals and businesses!

September 15, 2013

Jasper’s Dog Park receives ROOM TO RUN Dog Park Appreciation Grant from The Nutro Company

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 5:42 pm

The Nutro Company Announces Local Recipient of ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Grant

Kirkland’s Jasper’s Dog Park to receive $2,000 for park enhancements

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2013 – The Nutro Company, a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products, announced today that Jasper’s Dog Park in Kirkland, WA has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant on behalf of the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Appreciation Project.

ROOM TO RUN™ is a community program designed to support public, non-profit dog parks and off-leash areas. The grant provided to Jasper’s Dog Park will be used to help make improvements that will provide local dogs and their owners with an enhanced interaction space.

Kirkland resident Amy Introligator submitted the winning application on behalf of Jasper’s Dog Park.

“Kirkland Off-Leash Dog Group (KDOG), is pawsitively delighted by The Nutro Company’s announcement that Jasper’s Dog Park has been chosen as a 2013 grant recipient of its ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project,” said Introligator. “As the all-volunteer organization that has worked with the City of Kirkland, Washington to build, fund, and now maintain Kirkland’s first dog park, KDOG recognizes how important a designated safe, legal off-leash recreation space is for dog owners and their dogs.  Jasper’s Dog Park has become a very popular amenity in our community, and KDOG is thrilled to add a dog agility play area that will encourage movement and attract visitors to explore various areas of our dog park.  With this wonderful grant, KDOG will be able to implement the first phase of an agility play area.  KDOG is very grateful to The Nutro Company for providing this support that will fund a park enhancement to increase fitness and intellectual stimulation for dogs and strengthen the dog-human bond.”

Since the program’s inception in 2010, ROOM TO RUN™ has committed more than 3,000 man hours to enhance 90 dog parks across North America. Additionally, as an extension of ROOM TO RUN™, The Nutro Company provides ongoing support to its own local dog parks through sponsorships of three parks in the Nashville area, where the company is headquartered.

“Enhancing dog parks is a natural fit for The Nutro Company, as we have a longstanding commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for pets by providing them with natural pet food for more than 80 years,” said Monica Glass, senior corporate affairs manager, The Nutro Company. “Many of us use our own local dog parks as a place to interact and bond with our dogs, so we are excited to give community members the opportunity to take action and apply for grant support to help enhance their own local parks.”

To learn more about the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project, visit The Nutro Company’s Community Initiatives page at or find us on Facebook at (and click the ROOM TO RUN™ tab).

About The Nutro Company

The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores. The company has been making “The World’s Best Pet Food” for more than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet’s life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands includes NUTRO® MAX®, NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® and NUTRO® ULTRA™ pet food brands in addition to the GREENIES® brands which include the U.S. leader in pet specialty dental chews and GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® treats. For more information, please visit and