Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dog Runs are for Dogs: Keeping Dogs & Kids Safe

Several members have noted and expressed concern about an increase in parents who bring young children into both runs. The Rules of the Runs sign at the gate of the large run states that children must be accompanied by adults. The identical sign that used to hang on the gate of the small run has disappeared...a new one is forthcoming.

In the interest of the safety of children and dogs, I wanted to remind everyone:

-the dog run is designated for dogs and their adult caretakers.

-the dog run is not a petting zoo

-the dog run is not a playground (there is a playground at Driggs & Lorimer)

-the dog run is not a picnic area (there are tables and benches right outside the run).

-many dogs (especially smaller breeds) are afraid of children

-dogs may bite out of fear

-dogs relieve themselves in the run

-the run, therefore, can be a source of parasites like Giardia (to which humans and animals are susceptible)

-therefore, a child who plays in the run like it is a sandbox, or who eats while playing in the run might get ill.

If you are a parent who wants to enter a run with your young child, please ask those in the dog run if their dogs are okay with small children before bringing her/him in.

As a small dog owner, I want my dog run to be as safe and healthy an environment as possible (for dogs and humans of all ages). If you are a dog owner who witnesses some behavior that you know to be potentially dangerous, say something. Say something to the adult in charge and to others in the run. If the behavior continues, work as a group or leave the run.


McCarren Dog Run User & Small Dog Owner

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This Weekend - April 25 & 26

THIS SATURDAY, 4/25, NY Cares is hosting a volunteering event at McCarren Park. OSA (Open Space Alliance) has organized an activity for volunteers to help dig out both dog runs. If you can pitch in, please stop by to help anytime from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Given that this activity is happening, please be sensitive to the level activity in the runs as it may not be conducive for normal dog run play.

Other local dog runs:
* McGorlick Dog Park
Located on Driggs between Russell and N. Henry in McGorlick Park in Greenpoint

* Cooper Park Dog Run Located at Maspeth Avenue & Olive Street in Cooper Park in East Williamsburg Visit website for map of park and directions.

* Hillside Dog Run Located two blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, bounded by Middagh St, Vine Street and Columbia Heights in Dumbo. Visit website for map of park and directions.

On SUNDAY 4/26, BARC/ASPCA will be giving out doggie treats & human cookies to raise funds for both organization. Please be generous.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Dog Park Roundtable - May 9

Want to learn more about getting a dog park renovated? Want to see what other dog runs are doing? Want meet with other dog run users to see how to improve McCarren Dog Run? Please to attend the Dog Park Roundtable on Saturday, May 9th, meet at Tompkins Square Dog Park (the first official dog run in NYC) at 10 am.