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Help! – There was an Abandoned Doberman at the Dog Park

The message below was forwarded from the Morris County Park Commission regarding an apparent abandoned Doberman left at the Central Park Dog Park likely on the evening of Saturday, October 8, 2011.  Please Help! if you have any information.

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I have received a call from the Parsippany Animal Control office that a Doberman was abandoned at the Central Park dog park this weekend – likely sometime in the evening on Saturday, and was discovered on Sunday. Can you please check with your members to see if anyone saw anything suspicious? Also, although this is our first situation like this, they reported that this is a common occurrence at dog parks so please be on the lookout for unaccompanied dogs. The Doberman was taken to the Parsippany shelter and inquiries for her adoption have already been made. Thanks.

One-Year Anniversary of the Dog Park at Morris County Central Park

Central Dog Park on August 14, 2010 - Opening Day

August 14, 2010 is when the dog park at Morris County’s Central Park officially opened for business and today we recognize this  special one-year anniversary.  Let’s take this opportunity to relive the year at the dog park through some of the pictures that were taken.  Click here to go back and read about the grand-opening of the dog park.

Scraps and Rags enjoying the foliage, Oct. 23, 2010

The dog park survived a brilliant opening end of summer and beautiful fall with all its foliage.   The winter was filled with large snow falls that never really melted throughout the season.   The snowfall and subsequent mud-basin left the large dog park scarred and missing a huge portion of its once original lush grass.  The Park Commission closed the entire park for most of March and April enabling repairs to the parking lot.  It was a very difficult winter.   When the dog park reopened the front half of the large dog park was closed and grass seeds were planted and the grass came back surprising well.  The back half of the park was then closed letting it rest its weary blades. This pattern seemed to have worked for this year but only time will tell how the dog park will survive under the heavy use it experiences.  The real bummer about this pattern is that it closes the perimeter path off to walk laps.  That was one of the great features of this dog park that we lost.  It would be great if they were able to figure out a way to cordon off the grass areas to lay fallow while they leave the perimeter path open for use all year ’round.

Short of providing more garbage pails inside the dog parks themselves, the dog park has been a real treat for Scraps and Rags during the past 12 months and we look forward to many additional years.  I have taken thousands of pictures and you can look at them all as described below.

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To Support the Dog Park – To view a slide show of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug link (http://fidogenci.SmugMug.com). Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated back to the dog park, so get great photos of your dog and support our dog park.

2011-05-26 Central Dog Park and Memorial Day Parade News

With a freshly cut lawn, the dog park should have attracted more dogs tonight than it did but it is what it was.  When Scraps and Rags arrived around 5:30 Sebastian was pacing by his lonesome in the small dog park and his mom was so excited to see Scraps and Rags for him.  Not that my dogs did anything in the small dog park but their own personal business.  They paid no attention to Sebastian.  All they seemed to care about was that I was going to have to give them baths tonight, if you know what I mean.

We went into the large dog park which was like yesterday, only a handful of dogs, but today not as much playing.  It was hotter and no one wanted to come into the setting sun where I sat with Scraps and Rags and took whatever phot0s I could get.

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To Support the Dog Park – To view a slide show of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug link below. Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated back to the dog park, so get great photos of your dog and support our dog park.
http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Dog-Park/Morris-County-Dog-Park/2011-05-26-Central-Dog-Park/17243731_qcQ6wr

Regarding this Saturday’s Memorial Day Parade in Morris Plains, the following message was sent by TopDog  about walking in it with your dog to show support for the dog park.  Scraps and Rags won’t be walking but will be there observing, like the photo from 2009 above, and cheering you all on.

Hellloooo, MCDOG:

THIS SATURDAY, May 28, 2011, join in with your pack mates marching in the Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade.  Meet us in Roberts Garden Park on Mountain Way.  Dress festively and attire your four legged friends the same.

Shape up starts at 8:30 at which time there is a Memorial service.  The parade itself starts at 9:00.  We will likely step off at about 10:00 if we have the same positioning as the last few years.  HOWEVER, getting to the muster site in a motor vehicle will be difficult, if not impossible, once the police start closing down the roads.  Therefore, Top Dog recommends that you get there early and have some fun interacting with the pack.

We’ll have some extra dogs if you have friends who want to come.  We also need a few dogless people to carry our banner.

This is big fun.  We join the parade heading south on Mountain Way, left on Rosedale, left again on 202, through town and past the cheering hordes.  The reviewing stand is in front of the Train Station, then under the railroad trestle and left onto Route 53 to the VFW Hall for some end of parade refreshment and fellowship.

If I’ve left out important detains, please let me know at topdog@mdcog.org and I’ll send out the missing information to everyone.

Top Dog

 

Dog Park to Reopen on Saturday April 30, 2011

According to an email from “Top Dog,”

the Central Park Morris Dog Park will reopen on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  Let the fun rebegin.  I hope it’s true.

See ya soon,  Scraps and Rags compete at St Huberts all weekend in the season’s first agility trial.  Maybe they will make it to the dog park before it closes.  Nevertheless, great news.