Wife thought it would be a great fun thing to take the dogs on a day trip the 26th. The kids love to ride in the car and a dog park is high on their list of fun things to do right behind eating, sleeping and counter surfing. She found a neat place to stop and eat and the dog park is close by as well as other things to do. If that is how she wants to spend our (wait while I do the math...) 19th wedding anniversary (Huh. thought it was more than that.), count me in. Sounds fun. Park rules vary from just close the gate behind you to buying a pass. After checking the internet I called to ask a couple of questions.
Depending on if the person in charge of big decisions is a dog lover or not, fostered dogs in search of their forever home must/don't need a gov'ment dog license to use their dog park. It is a gray area. Some people don't know what fostering is, or know that rescue organizations try to place dogs in temporary foster homes.
All computer hardware contain circuits and software capable of detecting critical need, short deadlines, and high stress and will perform counter to the need. With two hours until closed for the holiday, my computer and printer squabbled and the computer sent me a message it was not talking to the printer. Fine. Called back and got an email address and forwarded the information in an e-mail.
When sending critical information via e-mail, be sure to check the address is correct. Computers being what they are, do not tell you one has added in an extra ".".
It also will not tell you the jpegs will not make it through filters of gov'ment IT servers.
Since I had to cross the water to get to the city office that owned the dog park, I took the kids along so I had their tags. The last park we visited required dog tag number, rabies tag, and expiration date. Should be easy. Called the vet and they emailed the info to the city. Got to the city offices and looked at the collars for tags. Jack's were missing. Found them when we went to the usual dog park on the way home.
Having the dog tag is not necessarily enough. This park wants to see the receipt for the dog license. Call Wife who happened to have the renewal notice with her and faxes to the city office. Oh by the way. This documentation is not valid. The rabies tag has expired. Call vet who faxes the old fashion way the certificate of health record for both dogs.
Foster dog record does not show up. Had to get jpegs emailed one at a time. Clerk sifts through all of the documents and after an hour gladly takes my six dollars and gives me the gate code to the dog park.
Note to self. Be sure the dog tags are firmly attached to the collars. The numbers are written down and the back up documentation is readily available.
Next week Wife is going downtown to buy 2012 licenses for Jack and Buddy at the Treasurer's office then drive four blocks to city hall to purchase Bark Park memberships. Hopefully she will have everything she needs.
What a palaver. God bless the countryside.
Wow, I just thought all you would have to do is show up.
♣ Laura ♣
That is shocking, I also thought you just showed up!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Dog Parks and city rules are like snow flakes they are all different. The park in Andalusia IL was a just show up park open to the public. 8' chain link enclosure about a quarter acre, picnic tables and benches. The dog park where the 2003(?) Michigan Christmas time Lab Fest was held required a dog license, proof of vaccinations and a small fee. It may require a year's membership for frequent users. I remember it being quite large. Boone NC dog park is run by the Wautauga County Humane Society and charges a membership fee or purchase of a day pass. The park had an electronic gate requiring a code to get in. It is 3 acres and has 3 enclosures. Needed to have a dog license and proof of vaccinations. Wood County Ohio is run by the county and requires a membership with dog tag and proof of vaccinations. 10 years ago entry required a high security key to get in and the lock was changed yearly. It has three enclosures with one containing a "complete" agility course.
Here in Hampton the Bark parks are run by the City and require a year's membership with dog tag and proof of vaccinations. Anybody can walk into the dog park or even step over the 30" fence surrounding it. Rangers stop by rarely randomly to check tags. If dogs are not registered tickets are issued. People show up with dogs in heat then get angry the males are attracted to their dogs. Some people show up and refuse to let their dogs off the leash because they don't like other dogs and get in fights. Biggest bru-ha-ha this year was the family who brought a large unsocialized dog into the bark park then left the dog alone to eat at a picnic table near the enclosure and watch their kids play in the kiddie playground. Dog got into fights and a ranger was summoned and arrived 15 minutes later. Tickets were written for no license, no rabies tag, no bark park membership tag, leaving the dog unsupervised and having a vicious dog. They were escorted out of the park.
The Smithfield VA park is the first one that has required to see the receipt for the dog license. Day passes are $2.00 per dog.
Hampton charges $10 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog. Dogs must have a license and proof of rabies vaccination.The other parks we have visited or know about charge between $20 and $60 for a year's membership for the first dog and less for each additional dog.
Oh my! Wow!
Charlotte NC has several nice dog parks. No documentation required, no fees. But this also means that you don't know if the other dogs in the park really are vaccinated or not. We've been twice. First trip was son and I with Artemis midday on a weekday in summer. Not crowded, everyone was well behaved, no problems.
Next trip was early on a Saturday late summer. More crowded but initially all were well behaved and Artemis had a great time. Then this one lady showed up who appeared to be a regular and other regulars said 'oh no here comes ____ and ____". At first it seemed ok, her dogs were mid-sized mixed breeds, but then one got aggressive toward Artemis (she didn't do anything to him that we could see) and his brother ganged up on her with him. The lady's reaction was insane...DH was able to get Artemis out of the mix and held her aggressive dog down until I could get a leash on Artemis and move her away. The lady was upset because DH held her dog down!
We haven't been back since, mostly because we were so busy all fall...
Artemis (goddess of the hunt--for anything on the floor!) Feb 2011
Penny--rescue, died Dec 2010 of Lymphoma at age 7
Belle--April 1992-Sept 2005