WAG YOUR TAIL IF YOU WANT A DOG PARK IN NORTH ASHEVILLE!
A small group of dog owners met recently to explore options for creating an off-leash park in North Asheville and wants you to join the effort! The next meeting will be in the Education Room at Animal Hospital of North Asheville at 7:00 PM on Monday, February 4th, 2013. The North side lags behind the East and West parts of town, which have welcoming, safe, spacious dog parks. The “Friends for a North Asheville Dog Park” hopes to catch up, with the support and involvement of other AHNA dog lovers.
WHY CREATE A DOG PARK?
- A well-socialized dog is less likely to develop behavior problems such as aggression and excessive barking. An outdoor "club for canines" may help reduce associated neighborhood conflicts. Puppies and dogs that get enough exercise by playing are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, destroy property, jump on passers-by, etc.
- A valuable benefit of a dog park is what is does for the dogs themselves. It gives them the space and freedom to run off-leash with other members of their species, all while being safely supervised. In order for dogs to be healthy and well socialized, they need off-leash time to exercise and play with other dogs. A well-exercised (a.k.a. tired) dog is a happy, healthy, quiet dog and a better neighbor.
- For many people (particularly the elderly, singles, and those with disabilities), the dogs really are their only companions. If they can go to a dog park, it gives them a reason to get dressed, go out, socialize, play with their dog, and strengthen that bond between them and their community. Dog parks provide the elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions or get their animal fix.
- A dog park would provide opportunities for people to socialize and share valuable, responsible pet ownership information because of the common bond shared by dog owners. Dog parks can bring people together and create a greater sense of community. Dogs help shy people "break the ice".
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
- Follow us on Facebook: “Friends for a North Asheville Dog Park”
- Contact our neighborhood group: Julie Maccarin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plan to attend the next organizational meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Animal Hospital of North Asheville to find out more about our goals and partners, what progress is being made, and how you can help fulfill this dream!