St. Nicholas Park Woodchip Workday this Saturday June 30th
William from the Friends of St. Nicholas Park writes in to let us know that help is requested this Saturday for woodchip work on the park's dog run. As a veteran woodchip spreader, I can say these events are fun and a great way to meet people in the area.
Also, click thru for a note from Shawn and his pooch Axel on dog water in the run.
We are scheduling a woodchip workday this Saturday, June 30th from
10am to 2pm.
Our woodchips in the run are dirty and need replenishing for the
Summer. We will be transferring woodchips to the run and filling up
doggie dug holes.
Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.
If you have a pair of work gloves please bring them. We will have some
available to those who don't. Also, we will have bottled water and
coffee for everyone.
It is usually better to come to the workday after you walk your dog.
Dogs demand attention while in the dog run, and the workday will be
more enjoyable if you can leave your dog in the comfort of his home.
Of course, we understand if this is not possible and appreciate any
help you can lend.
Information on this woodchip workday is below:
St. Nick's Dog Park
Saturday, June 30th
At St. Nick's Dog Park
between 136th and 135th streets in the middle of the park
Fellow dog owners,
After hearing of dogs becoming sick, I wanted to get to the source of what is possibly causing this. After
consulting with several other dog parks who use wood chips, they are not the cause of the problem.
Unfortunately, the probable cause is the water container and standing water in it. Since we do not
have running water, the water bowl will be removed.
Please bring your own water receptacle as well as water. We are not scheduled to get a waterline until
2008...but with all parks projects, please don't hold me to it...we are at the mercy of the capital projects
of the Parks Department.
Also, another probable cause is dog waste.
Everyone has been doing a great job picking up their pets
waste, I hope garbage pick up will be a more constant thing. Please note that diseases like Coccidia and Giardia are commonly spread in the dog population like the flu virus. Younger dogs will tend to fight this off and build immunity to it. Older ones who have a stronger immune system fight it off naturally. It's commonly spread by fecal matter. Using lyme to sanitize the run really doesn't prevent this. Certain dog parks turn the soil on a yearly basis...the PH balance in the soil will naturally kill any bacteria. Since our
run is on a slope, we certainly don't need to worry about standing water.
Please continue to be diligent in picking up after your dogs and pointing out when others aren't paying
attention to pick up after their dogs. Please let's keep our dog park looking nice and try to do all we
can to help keep our pets safe and healthy.
Also, since I am on the subject of dog health...it is advised to wash and clean your dogs food and water
bowls at home as well...after all don't we all wash our dishes we eat off of?? I'm sure our pets deserve
the best treatment we can provide them.
Shawn & Axel