The dogs are friends and playmates, brought together by their owners, Angie Fredericks and Liz Brown. Both women are dog owners for the first time and have done plenty of reading and research on their pets. This interest has led them, along with fellow dog owner Jolanda Wezelenburg, to seek out a permanent location for a dog park in Liverpool.
The first doggie-date is for Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-8 p.m. at the lower ball field, Old Port Mouton Rd, Liverpool, to see if there is interest and discuss how it could be done. The Facebook page “Digs for Dogs” has details and any rain-dates will be posted there. Dog owners are welcome to bring their dogs, ideas, and questions.
Dog parks are common in many towns and cities although their purpose is not always understood by the public at large. A dog park is meant to be a gathering place for owners and dogs to allow off-leash interaction between the animals. Dogs are social creatures that crave the attention of humans and companionship with other dogs. The park gives owners and dogs alike a chance to socialize and play.
Dog parks come with a list of rules for use and the responsibility is on the owners to know whether their dog is socialized enough and therefore safe to use the park. It is not a place to take the dog for bathroom purposes, or excessive exercising. It is best to walk a dog and bring them after so they are not “hyper-active” but rather, calm and ready to play and visit with other dogs.
The group, spear-headed by Angie Fredericks, is called “Digs for Dogs” and is hosting some dog park meet-and-greets to provide some information, guidelines, and most importantly, some play-time for dogs. The group is looking for interest from the community and dog-owners to get involved and help establish a permanent location for a park.