Grouphosts off-leash event

Published on Thu, May 24, 2007 by ack Kintner

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Group hosts off-leash event

By Jack Kintner

The Blaine chapter of Grateful Dogs, a non-profit organization that promotes public facilities for pets, hosted the first open house at the proposed off-leash exercise area at Skallman Park last weekend for about 40 humans and 20 canines.

Even though Lincoln Park also offers legal off-leash exercise, “this will be a fenced and confined area,” said the group’s leader, Terry Johnston, “a place where dogs can learn to socialize without the danger of them running away.”

Spokesperson Patricia Lulu said that the stagnant pool is currently “too yucky” to allow dogs to swim in it, but that it would make a good future project if it could be filtered, perhaps with a fountain.

Johnston pointed out that the park already has had a “Doggie Pot” donated. It’s a steel box on a post that dispenses biodegradable doggie do-do bags which he demonstrated on a nearby dog mine.

For more information contact Johnston at 371-7017.