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Jasmine takes a sniff, approves

Friday, May 30, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

Work has begun on a leash-free dog park along 2nd Line, immediately next door to the Humane Society.

The LOL Off-Leash Dog Park was tasked by the city with finding $25,000 to put toward construction of the park, which will include two fenced in runs a total of about three acres, said LOL (Legal Off-Leash) director Beverly Dupuis.

One run will be utilized by small dogs, while the larger run is intended for large dogs.

The final $5000 was handed to the LOL Off-Leash Dog Park by Dr. Gary Palmer, who represents Algoma Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

The academy had made an agreement to provide $5000 if the group could raise the first $20,000 on its own.

“It’s taken them a while, but they’ve done it. We’re happy to contribute,” says Palmer.

One preventable problem that Palmer would like to see avoided is obesity in dogs and their owners.

“Obesity is such a tremendous problem with dogs these days, if the owners can get them out and give them a safe environment to exercise in it will go a long ways,” said Palmer.

Construction has begun already, with deliveries of dirt to be used to fill holes and level the property for the runs and a parking lot.

The plan is to keep the existing trees within the runs to create shade and maintain the natural environment.

The project has been a long time coming for Dupuis, who actually had a different dog when the project was first considered over eight years ago.

“This will be a safe haven, we have quite a bit of land. They can run, they can play, they can socialize,"said Dupuis.

Owners will be expected to follow the rules and pick up after their own dogs.

Palmer, who is a dog owner himself, is looking forward to bringing his family back to the park once completed, timeline for construction will be under two months.

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(PHOTO: Jasmine the dog sniffs at the site of the furure LOL Off-Leash Dog Park May 29, 2014. Armstrong)

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freeatlast45 5/30/2014 8:36:55 PM Report

Woo hoo! We (my dogs and I) can hardly wait till this is finished!! So excited!
AlwaysAWinner 5/30/2014 9:16:28 PM Report

to those excited about a dog park, remember a dog park isn't a replacement for giving it a walk or giving it exercise

dog parks are for socializing, the idea is to take them after you walk with them and exercise with them. lots of fights happen at dog parks because the owners think of the dog park as a replacement as a walk. the truth is, the dog has a ton of energy to exert and it can't because it's on a social setting. this is when dogs are aggressive because they need that physical exertion

please think of the dog park as a coffee shop for your dog and not a gym. your dog is there to talk with other dogs, not try to run its daily five miles or whatever you do with it.

I sincerely doubt people will pick up after their dogs though, knowing this town that will be a huge problem.

The amount of untrained dogs too is staggering. I imagine that will be a massive problem for people there, but bad dog owners are bad dog owners, not much you can do about it
saultbie25 5/30/2014 9:50:03 PM Report

Yep I can so see the future. I bet within the first week an irresponsible owner will bring their in trained mean dog and it bites another dog or human.

I absolutely won't bring my dog there. I prefer the rest of the great outdoors for my boy.
saultbie25 5/30/2014 9:51:14 PM Report

Un trained..... Sorry
AlwaysAWinner 5/30/2014 9:54:26 PM Report

I'd be worried of that too. This town is HORRIBLE for dog owners, no way would I ever bring my dog their either. Owners here barely train, have awful dog knowledge, feed their dogs Purina and other horrible brand name dog foods, and also walk UNLEASHED.

I've never seen so many stupid dog owners walking their dog unleashed. What happens when its instincts kick in and it takes off and gets hit by a car? Why would anyone ever feel bad? Leash your dog...

Best bet is to find another responsible dog owner and do play dates. That dog park will be a nightmare for responsible dog owners.

I think there should be a fee, that might keep some of the riff raff out. Maybe 10$/month or something. Just enough to keep the lazy/dumb/bad/ignorant dog owners away from that place
dadal 5/31/2014 6:56:20 AM Report

...and as I have stated over and over, this place is TOO CLOSE to the shelter. Our shelter has numerous issues with Parvo infected dogs. Parvo is airborn meaning it will infect any and all properties close by. And knowing this city, the dog park will be visited by un vaccinated dogs/puppies. I won't risk my dogs coming into contact with the Parvo virus and bringing the virus to my home, even though my dogs are fully vaccinated. Once on MY property, if I was to bring a young puppy into my home I run the risk of that puppy being infected.

Also the planned enclosure for small dogs is TINY! So small if you have 4 or 5 small dogs at once it will be TOO crowded.

Finally the "security" will not always be someone who is familiar in how to break up a dog fight. We all know there WILL be irrisponsible owners that will simply dump their dogs into the run and either leave of just sit in their vehicle. Seen that many times at Fort Creek.

I applaude the effort as we need a dog run. However the Island at Bellevue Park was the superior choice for this. There are more negatives than positives for the new dog park and I too expect issues within the first month.
MYPOINT 5/31/2014 7:06:40 AM Report

WOW I am glad that this city is finally getting an actual 'OFF LEASH DOG PARK'. Ok now that I have said that, here are some things that WILL most likely occur in same.

Those who have taken the time to actually train their dogs will be astonished by the number of dog owners who simply did not even 'try' to learn how to train their dog. The latter will end up bringing their dog to this OLDP and there will be fights with other dogs or someone WILL get bit. It might even be a child that is bit. What will happen to the OLDP then?

I am in agreement that a 'nominal' fee should be charged upon entrance to this OLDP because if someone really cares about their dog, they will not 'bark' at this tiny fee. This fee would also help to offset any future improvements or repairs that will be required from time to time.

I am also in agreement that there are numerous dog owners who should not be dog owners simply because they do not seem to have a clue as to how to take care of a dog. And of course, they absolutely refuse to pick up after their dog, regardless of where the dog decides to drop his or her waste.

All in all, this is a good idea but in order for it to work, there has to be some sort of penalties instituted if some ignorant dog owner decides to let his dog crap all over the place and not pick up after his dog. Of course, he or she has to be caught in the act and it is unlikely that they would get caught if nobody else was around at the time.

All I can is that I hope the responsible dog owners do not hesitate to complain about those dog owners who are described in the preceding paragraph.

The above is MY opinion only:)
MYPOINT 5/31/2014 7:10:06 AM Report

I forgot to say that my prefered choice would have been the Island at Bellevue Park because it would be a more natural place for such a thing as an OLDP.

That is all I have to say on this matter.

The is MY opinion only :)
rockbanger 5/31/2014 7:32:00 AM Report

The Island at Bellevue park is a on leash and off leash island, with many delinquents using the area.
The ground is littered in dog feces so watch your step and don't let your kids play out there.

Delinquent dog owners will not go away. They can now go up beside the humane society and let there dogs run wild and crap everywhere.

Nothing will change..
Frio 5/31/2014 8:06:43 AM Report

It would be great if city dog owners knew the bylaws and actually had respect for themselves, their dogs, and all citizens and followed them.. It would make a profitable summer job for a couple of enterprizing students to make an agreement with the city to enforce the excretment cleanup on a fine sharing basis. People who have neighbours with a yard full of dog crap could call and get some action too.

(1) A person is required to immediately clean up any excrement deposited by his or her dog on any property, including their own, subject to a maximum fine of $1,000.00 (By-law 87-125); and

(2) No person shall permit a dog to run at large anywhere within the City, other than on property owned by that person. Any dog that is off of the owner's property must be on a leash that is not more than 6 feet long (By-law 98-211).
mjmssm 5/31/2014 8:41:17 AM Report

Perfect place for a bylaw officer to check for dog licences
ThinkAgain 5/31/2014 8:46:28 AM Report

Nobody follows city by-laws so what makes this any different
chantelle7 5/31/2014 9:02:22 AM Report

Dadal - Parvo is not an airborne virus, that is a myth. A dog needs to come in contact with the virus to be infected by it. Contact could be from infected dogs feces or vomit, or infected soil or things of that nature. Please look it up if you think I am wrong.

I do agree with you about the dog park being located on Top Sail island. As a parent of both dogs and children I think Top Sail would have been the perfect place for a dog park. It would be easily enclosed and big enough for many dogs to run around with access to water for a nice swim on hot days.

I am just grateful for the fact that we are now getting an off leash park now, regardless of the location. I gurantee you I will go there with my dogs so they can run around with some new friends and have a good time
basty nitch 5/31/2014 11:44:02 AM Report

The Humane Society/OSPCA will be stocking up on their books for fines. Beware people if your dog is too fat or too skinny-in their opinion-, has flees or ear mites(because they can spot them a mile away)! toe nails might need to be trimmed, or nothing at all wrong, they will make up an excuse to charge you with animal cruelty and you will lose your dog and pay ridiculous amounts to get it back if they don't adopt him/her out first.
AlwaysAWinner 5/31/2014 2:31:12 PM Report

>"(2) No person shall permit a dog to run at large anywhere within the City, other than on property owned by that person. Any dog that is off of the owner's property must be on a leash that is not more than 6 feet long (By-law 98-211)."

I didn't know this was a by-law. I see so many unleashed dogs around, people take their asshole dogs to Fort Creek and the Hub trail and walk them unleashed. These owners should be fined or charged or something, 90% of the time the dog isn't trained but the dummy owners say something like "but he would never hurt a fly!"

sportsfan17 6/1/2014 7:52:14 AM Report

You guys are all paranoid, pessimistic nuts. Kudos to those who finally got this done and let's enjoy the wonderful dog park for what it is.

If you don't want to use it, don't use it.
Blind Voltage 6/2/2014 5:55:12 PM Report

nobody is ever happy with results. can do 100 things right an hear nothing.. do one thing wrong an BOOM everybody has something to say.. yes there are idiots that don't train their dogs. an there are many that don't pick up after them either.. can't get em all.. so put the park up an put signs up.. pick up after your dog or get a fine.. if its a leash off park then can't get dinged for no leash on the property an yes a monthly fee woulod help. keep some of the riff raff outta there! an of course, a use at own risk sign! whether it be for the parvo or mess or leash factor.. can only do so much tho right!?? finally got the city fixin potholes around here, bout time.. now the water sitch!! what next? the crime rate! haaaa just as well to BEAT the crap out off ppl that break in or don't pick up or train their dogs.. the law is the law an yet NOTHING gets done! keeps on goin.. no use complaining cause there ain't nobody there to listen!! nuff said...
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