Apr 302014
 

6 days ago

Please join us, along with the Greater South Loop Association and the Fred Anderson Park Advisory Council on Saturday morning at 10 AM and lend a hand to help clean up and beautify Fred Anderson Park and its surroundings. We will mostly be picking up trash (and any orphan poops), and will have bags and gloves available. Get involved and help take care of YOUR park! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

We received a message that there are no garbage cans at Grant Bark Park!

We’ve contacted the park supervisor and she says that they are on it.
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South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC)From our park district DFA liaison - "I forgot to tell you why there was no garbage carts at the Park. They removed it for the Shamrock shuffle event and will be put back on Monday." ???

4 weeks ago
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

A number of people have contacted us about a serious incident that occurred at Fred Anderson Park Dog Park yesterday (March 20th). Paraphrasing one account – A grey pitbull went after a 6 mo. GSD puppy and held on to the dog’s stomach area for ~45 seconds. There were over 10 witnesses. Another owner had to run in and kick the dog 3 times to get it off. The puppy’s owner was traumatized, but other persons tried to get the aggressive dog owner’s information. He walked away saying the dog was fine, did not apologize, and left. That owner has two dogs – the grey pitbull that attacked the GSD puppy, and a black lab mix.

Look, this is not acceptable. Bad things can happen between dogs. But it’s the dog owner's responsibility to intervene, and then to "man-up" when they do, and take responsibility. If your dog hurts someone else’s dog, or a person, it is your responsibility.

Not all dogs belong at a dog park – clearly a dog that can do this kind of damage does not. Sometimes an owner finds out the hard way that their dog is not appropriate for a dog park, and unfortunately, sometimes someone else's dog suffers dearly for it.

a) If you see a dog acting aggresively towards other dogs or humans, you have the right to speak up about it to the owner of that dog, and to ask them to leave. It is Chicago Park District and dog park policy that aggressive dogs are not allowed in the park! You have the right to call 911.

b) If you see another owner having a problem like this, lend a hand! Get involved, try to get contact information from the owner of the aggressive dog, if possible.

c) If your dog is acting aggresively or causing problems, you have to take a hard look at yourself and your dog – the dog park is probably not the place for you!
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I've never been so scared. I was screaming, crying, shaking. He would not let her go. When I entered the park he was holding his dogs back and I asked "are they not friendly with other dogs?" And he said "I don't trust them" so I called my dog over to leave and the pitbull darted for her and would not let go. Thank god for the man who hopped the fence to save her. I got bit as well, although no serious puncture wounds and mostly just bruised. I didn't even notice until afterwards. Didn't even feel it in the moment. I took Charlie to the vet and she thank god didn't have any puncture wounds, just scrapes from his teeth and horrible bruises. She's very sore but doing okay. But I want that coward to take responsibility. If he didn't trust his dogs, they should not have been in a public dog park.

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Here is a good tip a co-worker gave me. She is a volunteer at for a rescue shelter. Take the aggresive dogs hind legs and left them up in the air until he lets go.

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The sad thing is that pit bulls can be so loving and sweet. This man has not socialized his dog at all. It's not the pittie's fault. What a jerk.

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I remember this guy. Saw him a couple of months ago. He wasn't letting his pit off leash at first.... (also recall hearing him say that he couldn't totally trust him). Smething felt off so I took my pup over to the small dog area. Shortly after, he must have let his pit off leash as well because there was an incident with his pit and another smaller dog. The other dogs owner carried their pup out. Not sure if there was an injury and I wasn't immediately by them so not sure what happened, but I'm almost certain that it was the same guy and 2 dogs. He must live in the area....someone must have an idea of how to track him down.

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Thank you all for your concern. Charlie is doing well. Shes super sad that she can't go play. The good news is I've talked to multiple people who have seen the guy, and a few other people who have had problems with him before or their dogs have been attacked by his pit! One person who contacted me is a cop and has had problems with this guy before. The owner has threatened to let his dog off leash to attack other dogs before when people confront him.

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This is one of those times that video would help. The problem is not the dog. It is an irresponsible dog owner. Need to have video to help the law enforcement folks cite him. Poor puppy and puppy's owner. Our border collie was mauled by a chow and pitbull when he was a year old. The dogs owner ran off and we had to rush our puppy to surgery. We ended up with a dog with over 60 stiches and two drains in his stomach and thousands of dollars in vet bills. Video and report to animal control, law enforcement and local government. Bad dog owners are dangerous to public safety.

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It also needs to be said that the dog park are not places to socialize aggressive dogs. I was at the park a few weeks ago and there was a guy with a pitbull on a leash that was snapping at every dog that went buy him. It made me very uneasy, so I left. Leashed dogs do not do well at dog parks. I’m so sorry for this owner and her poor dog. There is no excuse for the ignorance of this dog owner!

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Saw this guy this morning. Was walking his dog in the alley directly behind the dog park at approximately 820am. He lives in the building at the corner of 16th and Wabash. Tall-ish Caucasian male, approximately mid-late 30s, buzzed haircut, wears a light blue coat and apple airpods.

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I’m so sorry to hear about this. We’ve had some very scary incidents at our dog park, (Norwood Park Dog Area) which included an attack on my 12 year old bichon. How is your puppy doing?

1 month ago
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I'm so sorry to hear that this happened! The other day in the small dog area, a boxer mix was nipping at my frenchie's ears and cheeks and the owner did nothing. We finally left. Also, I've been bitten (through my winter coat) by a St. Bernard and jumped on and shoved in the stomach (I'm 6 months pregnant) by multiple large dogs while their owners just yelled at them to stop. So frustrating. Please watch your dog and be responsible for them.

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I’m so sorry this happened and I hope the puppy heals well. I have stopped taking my dogs to our local dog parks because I don’t trust other dog owners to watch their dogs or be responsible if something happens. (Not ALL dog owners! But it’s hard to tell sometimes so it’s easier to avoid the dog parks!)

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This is definitely not the first time this unfriendly grey pit was at the dog park and attacked another dog - completely unprovoked. About a year ago this same dog (loose in the dog park with a older black lab) attacked my dog. The dog's walker (who was female, but I'm confident its the same 2 dogs) did not take any responsibility after we got them separated. I made a police report, but nothing came of it. I cannot believe they are still taking this dog to the dog park! My pup was okay, no deep wounds. I'm so glad your pup was okay too! These owner(s) are completely irresponsible. If it's not stopped the next dog won't be so lucky...

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I’m so sorry this happened. What a traumatic experience. Thank you for sharing this story and tips on how to intervene when this happens.

1 month ago
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Yes! This was my German shepherd puppy! Thank you for posting this!

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Are you sure it was a lab mix? There is a Grey Pitty and a black lab in my building ...

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So what does this guy look like? Tall/short? Heavy/skinny? Age? Skin color?

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I've seen the guy with those 2 dogs a few times on wabash near 16th st.

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Terrible Hope your adorable puppy is alright

1 month ago
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How about a can of made at the park just in case 2 stop a fight? Won't kill em

7 days ago
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Go file a complaint

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Thank you for posting!

1 month ago
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I carry mase

7 days ago
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2 months ago

Caution! Coliseum Park Dog Run is dangerously icy! Hopefully will be gone by tomorrow.

Filled the bag dispensers there anyway!

And adjusted the gate at the south end too, while we were at it.
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Caution!   Coliseum Park Dog Run is dangerously icy!  Hopefully will be gone by tomorrow. 

Filled the bag dispensers there anyway!

And adjusted the gate at the south end too, while we were at it.

3 months ago

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HEADS UP PUPS GET READY TO BARK & BITE PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: "Golf Course Design Update Presentations by CPD and TGR Design" Wednesday, January 31st @ 6pm South Shore Cultural Center 7059 South Shore Drive #SaveJacksonBark

3 months ago

Filled bags at FAN and CPDR today!

Please remember to text us when they’re out!!
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3 months ago

South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) shared McKinley Park Dog Park Committee's post.

McKinley Park Dog Park Committee in the Bridgeport News
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Check us out in page 5 of the Bridgeport News this week!

McKinley Park Dog Park Committee in the Bridgeport News

3 months ago

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4 months ago

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This party is pawpin! Vice District Brewing

5 months ago

More bags added at both GBP and Fred today. Wow! ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) shared MetroVet Center's photo.

Our friends at MetroVet Center are hosting Santa this Saturday 12/2 from 1-5 PM, and giving you the chance to get a free lovely photo with him. Put on your holiday cheer and head over to the corner of Michigan Ave and 16th Street with your furry ones, and their favorite humans. There will be some yummy treats for all!
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Our annual photos with Santa will be December 2nd!! Bring the whole family for a free photo and some yummy treats for yourself and your pets!🎅🎄

Our friends at MetroVet Center are hosting Santa this Saturday 12/2 from 1-5 PM, and giving you the chance to get a free lovely photo with him.  Put on your holiday cheer and head over to the corner of Michigan Ave and 16th Street with your furry ones, and their favorite humans. There will be some yummy treats for all!

5 months ago

Surely, we have all longed for a Chicago Park District DFA iPhone cover as we played with our iPhones while watching our pups run about at the park!

Well the holiday season is here - and it turns out you can peruse the 'Dog Friendly Area Collection' at the Chicago Park District Store!

No, really.

chicagoparkstore.myshopify.com/pages/dog-friendly-areas

Pick up a mug with your favorite DFA sign! $12.50 cheap!

(Shhh... the black friday code is CPDSAVE10 for 10% off!)
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Surely, we have all longed for a Chicago Park District DFA iPhone cover as we played with our iPhones while watching our pups run about at the park! 

Well the holiday season is here - and it turns out you can peruse the Dog Friendly Area Collection at the Chicago Park District Store! 

No, really. 

https://chicagoparkstore.myshopify.com/pages/dog-friendly-areas 

Pick up a mug with your favorite DFA sign! $12.50 cheap! 

(Shhh... the black friday code is CPDSAVE10 for 10% off!)

I mean the “there is no poop fairy” tote bag is pretty legit 😂

5 months ago
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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Just a couple of days away, our biggest event of the year, it's the Fifth Annual Wiggles & Giggles Halloween Bash! The weather report says that the rain will end Wednesday, and there is a bit of a warm up predicted for Thursday. So glad !!!

We will have live entertainment this year by Radium Mando, a subgroup of the Radium Swing Band, who will be performing Gypsy Jazz, and Chicago KICS United FC will be on site providing a soccer activity for the kids, as the party is just getting underway. There will also be plenty of Trick-or-Treating and refreshments for all throughout the evening. The Costume Parades and Contests start ~7:00 PM.

Costume categories include Child, Dog, and Ensemble (a costume comprised of both humans and dogs). We will have two waves of Costume Parades and Contests, with the children’s category going first, in the interest of early bedtimes! Then it will be time for the dog's turn !!!

The party will be centered around the Performance Area at Fred Anderson Park, with the Costume Parades traversing the strolling pathways immediately surrounding it, culminating on the stage where the contestants will be able to be viewed and celebrated by everyone, including our distinguished judges!

Come on out and meet your South Loop neighbors, oooooooh and aaaaaaaaah over the cute costumes, do some Trick-or-Treating, and participate in fun Costume Parades and Contests for both the Kids and the Dogs!

We would like to thank our supporters for their financial contributions which are necessary to help make this event a success. Their contributions go toward decorations, refreshments, prizes, permits, and entertainment. Thank you so much MetroVet Center, South Loop Animal Hospital, JB Bruderlele DVM, Medical Director and founder of Burnham Park Animal Hospital, and Board Members of the Greater South Loop Association. Thank you to South Loop Kriser's Natural Pet for the doggy goodie bags, and to DoGone Fun! for the very large bags of top-of-the-line dog food for our Dog Costume Contest winners!

Always on the Thursday night before Halloween, please join the South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) and the Greater South Loop Association for this FREE party at Fred Anderson Park for families with dogs, families with kids, and of course families with both!
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Just a couple of days away, our biggest event of the year, its the Fifth Annual Wiggles & Giggles Halloween Bash!  The weather report says that the rain will end Wednesday, and there is a bit of a warm up predicted for Thursday.  So glad !!!

We will have live entertainment this year by Radium Mando, a subgroup of the Radium Swing Band, who will be performing Gypsy Jazz, and Chicago KICS United FC will be on site providing a soccer activity for the kids, as the party is just getting underway. There will also be plenty of Trick-or-Treating and refreshments for all throughout the evening. The Costume Parades and Contests start ~7:00 PM.

Costume categories include Child, Dog, and Ensemble (a costume comprised of both humans and dogs). We will have two waves of Costume Parades and Contests, with the children’s category going first, in the interest of early bedtimes! Then it will be time for the dogs turn !!!

The party will be centered around the Performance Area at Fred Anderson Park, with the Costume Parades traversing the strolling pathways immediately surrounding it, culminating on the stage where the contestants will be able to be viewed and celebrated by everyone, including our distinguished judges!

Come on out and meet your South Loop neighbors, oooooooh and aaaaaaaaah over the cute costumes, do some Trick-or-Treating, and participate in fun Costume Parades and Contests for both the Kids and the Dogs!  

We would like to thank our supporters for their financial contributions which are necessary to help make this event a success. Their contributions go toward decorations, refreshments, prizes, permits, and entertainment. Thank you so much MetroVet Center, South Loop Animal Hospital, JB Bruderlele DVM, Medical Director and founder of Burnham Park Animal Hospital, and Board Members of the Greater South Loop Association. Thank you to South Loop Krisers Natural Pet for the doggy goodie bags, and to DoGone Fun! for the very large bags of top-of-the-line dog food for our Dog Costume Contest winners!

Always on the Thursday night before Halloween, please join the South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) and the Greater South Loop Association for this FREE party at Fred Anderson Park for families with dogs, families with kids, and of course families with both!

6 months ago

South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) shared Life With Dogs's post.

This is funny.... but unfortunately true. Keep doing your best to pick up what your pups leave, and if you find another one, be a 'poo angel' and pick it up, too, so you or your dog doesn't step in in later 🙂
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Be careful out there, dog lovers! 😀

This is funny.... but unfortunately true.  Keep doing your best to pick up what your pups leave, and if you find another one, be a poo angel and pick it up, too, so you or your dog doesnt step in in later :)

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Oct 202016
 

The Chicago Park District recently tested for lead levels in its water fountains around the city.

Here are the results the Chicago Park District reported for the water fountains in our South Loop Dog Parks.  Numbers are in parts per billion.  ‘U‘ means “not detected at the laboratory reporting limit and/or method detection limit”

Grant

Fountain 33 High              <2.0 U

Fountain 33 Dog               <2.0 U

Coliseum

Fountain 1 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 1 Low                    2.1

Fountain 1 Dog                    <2.0 U

Anderson (Fred)

Fountain 1 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 1 Low                   <2.0 U

Fountain 2 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 2 Low                    <2.0 U

Fountain 3 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 3 Low                    <2.0 U

There’s no information about d’Angelo Park DFA – that park is still under the control of CDOT.

Source: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Water_Fountain_Testing_Final_Results.pdf

 

 Posted by on October 20, 2016
Aug 012015
 

Introducing the South Loop Dogs of the Week, Blu and Louis!

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Blu and Louie’s human, Deborah, says:

Blu and Louie love Fred Anderson Dog Park! Blu is quite the attraction as he is obsessed with the fountain, barking and trying to eat the water, while Louie loves to chase and be chased!

Blu is the newest addition to our family, having adopted him from a rescue in Yorkville in April, Louie and I are very lucky and grateful for Blu!

Louis is the white dog with the black face, in back, and Blu the smaller black dog, in front.

What a great pair!

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They sure have a lot of toys!!

Jun 182014
 

An email from a user of Grant Bark Park brought to our attention the need to talk about park safety!  We all want our local dog parks to be a safe, fun space for our dogs and ourselves, but what do you do when the worst happens and another dog attacks you or your dog?

The Short Answer: Call the police.

According to the Chicago Park District website, all owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.  If your dog is bitten or attacked, exchange information with the owner of the other dog.

Most owners in good faith will offer to pay for your vet bills.  If the other owner is unwilling to speak with you, call the police and report the incident.

This comes up more frequently than we would like in Chicago dog parks – we hear it from our colleagues across the city – and we’re still trying to come up with a way  to improve the information provided to dog park users and to clueless owners. This is a long term project we’ve been trying to get off the ground; we will update you later in the summer as we make progress.

Things to Look For – From PetBehaviorHelp.com 

Understand what to do when corrections, squabbles and fights happen:
  • Sudden, quick disagreements with lots of noise that end in a matter of seconds are normal and it is probably safe to allow the dogs to remain in the park if neither shows any inclination to continue the argument.
  • Interrupt any situation that seems to be escalating.
  • Use your voice in a calm, commanding way to stop the fight.  Screaming simply increases the arousal of the dogs involved.
  • Do NOT stick your hands into the middle of a dog fight to separate dogs. If physical intervention is needed, try to grab the back legs of your dog and “wheel-barrow” it until it calms down. Fighting dogs will often strike at anything that moves near their face and human hands are far more delicate than most areas where one dog will bite another.
  • Do not allow additional dogs to jump into the fight. If you see or hear a squabble between other dogs, get your dog immediately and take it away from the area.
  • Do not panic. It will not help the dogs. Remember that as a general rule, the louder the fight, the more bluff and bluster is involved and the less damage. Most dog fights between similar size dogs do not result in serious injury.
  • Once a fight occurs, the adrenaline levels of the dogs involved, and many of those who witnessed the fight, will be raised for several hours. It is wise to take these dogs out of the park and exercise them elsewhere to avoid the potential of another fight.

If you have any advice or opinions, please feel free to leave a comment for discussion.

This is an update of  Dog Park Safety: What to do when your dog is attacked posted 8.13.12 on the 16thWabashDogPark blog

Jun 162014
 

When the weather gets warmer…more dogs come out to play!  So now is a good time to review the rules and etiquette for taking Fido to the park.  Most important of course is to make sure your dog is properly vaccinated and socialized.  Puppies under 4 months, dogs without all their shots, and aggressive or extremely timid dogs are best to avoid the dog park.

The best way to insure a good time for all, be respectful of your park (clean up after your dog) and always watch your dog.  Make sure your pooch isn’t playing too rough or cowering in fear under the park bench.  Always be there to protect your dog.

That said, here are the official rules for Chicago’s dog parks – click on the link for more information from the MonDog Website:

  1. Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.
  2. Owners must remain with and watch their dogs at all times.
  3. Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA.
  4. Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs.
  5. Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behavior are prohibited.
  6. Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, dewormed, and licensed.
  7. No dog will be allowed in a DFA unless it has a current rabies vaccination.
  8. Dog owners are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the DFA.
  9. Owners or other responsible persons must have a DFA permit with them for each dog visiting the DFA.
  10. Each dog visiting a DFA must display a current Chicago Park District DFA tag.
  11. DFA permits expire on December 31 of the year that it is issued.
  12. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; younger children must be closely supervised.
  13. Only three dogs per person allowed.
  14. Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  15. Failure to comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs can result in a fine.
Onto Etiquette…our dog parks will only continue to thrive if we are compassionate and considerate of our dog park neighbors.
  • Clean up after your dog
  • Don’t bring people food into the park
  • Always ask before feeding another dog a treat
  • Don’t discipline another person’s dog, but do remove your dog from an aggressive or inappropriate situation.
  • Play with your dog and pay attention to him, but don’t forget to let him socialize with the other dogs.
  • If you see another dog and their parent about to leave, call your dog over so they can leave easily.
  • Always shut the gate behind you.
  • Talk to people – chat about your puppies and give other dog parents a heads up if you’ve been there for a while and noticed anything unusual or a dog that could be potentially aggressive.
  • Fill the water bowl, take the time to rinse out the bowl and fill it with fresh water if it’s been sitting there for a while.

Did we forget anything?  What other tips can you think of for making our dog parks a better place?

This is an updated version of Dog Parks Rules & Etiquette posted 5/7/12 on the 16thWabashDogPark blog.

Mar 292014
 

Introducing South Loop Dog of the Week, Bijvoet!

Australian Shepherd Bijvoet (‘bye-foot’) is a bossy, fun, happy dog who loves to play agility, but loves her frisbee and soccer ball even more. This week she’s at the AKC National Agility Championship, appearing for the second time, and she’s doing great! She’s not the fastest dog, but she’s very consistent over the jumps, weaves and obstacles, and she’s now in 71st place out of over 400 dogs!

Bijvoet is named after a famous Dutch chemist, Johannes Martin Bijvoet, who worked on the foundations of X-ray Crystallography in the mid-20th Century. Her dog mom Pam is an X-ray Crystallographer!

What a good dog!

Mar 012014
 

Introducing Lucky and Rita, South Loop Dogs of the Week!

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Give Me A Cookie, Mom!

Nicole writes:

Lucky likes to visit her brick in the Grant Bark Park and play racquet ball chase, and Rita loves to torment her big sister and play chase, too!  Both girls live to cuddle and generally clown around.

You can find these girls playing in Coliseum Dog Park on a regular basis!

Love that smile!

Feb 222014
 

Introducing Tequila, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Kelsey writes –

Meet Tequila! Our two year old, fun, loving, snuggle monster!

We got Tequila from PAWS about a year and a half ago. She came into PAWS as a stray from another shelter, as she was next on their list to be euthanized. Thank God PAWS got to her just in time, because this amazing pup has changed our lives!

When my boyfriend, Patrick, and I first met Tequila, she was a confused, sad-faced, underweight pup. She was hesitant to trust anyone or anything she came into contact with. As for Patrick and I, we had just moved to Chicago and we are both huge animal lovers. Not to mention our new neighborhood in the south loop was ideal for dogs with the numerous dog parks, playgroups, and pups everywhere!

After having been through so much in her past, Tequila made a drastic transformation into the happiest, most perfect dog. She brings smiles to our faces each and every day and we absolutely love coming home to our loyal family member. Tequila has such an amazing personality. We often refer to her as being half human but, she loves to go to the dog park and socialize with the other neighborhood pups, too!

Tequila made our new surroundings in this city, home. We cannot imagine life without her peppy, uplifting, loving personality.

Wow, what a good (and photogenic!) girl!

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Feb 152014
 

Introducing Ada, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Ada’s a shepherd mix originally from Oklahoma. She’s almost one year old and she is super energetic. Ada loves all kinds of chewy toys, especially antlers! She can run super fast and loves to do laps around the dog park with all the dogs chasing her! She tumbles and plays and keeps up with all the dogs, even the big ones.  Her owner, Hilary, also takes her running around the South Loop and along the lake.

Ada is a regular at the D’Angelo DFA.

What a great pup!

 Posted by on February 15, 2014
Feb 082014
 

Introducing Dupree, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Dupree is an American Bulldog. He’s almost 12 years old and has lived in the South Loop all his life. Dupree’s a favorite at many South Loop parks, and a favorite in his building!

He is definitely a gentle giant!

 Posted by on February 8, 2014
Feb 012014
 

Introducing Merlin, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Merlin is a 9 year old Great Dane.

His pet parent Suzanne writes “he’s getting ready to do minutes on the underwater treadmill at Integrative Pet Care!”

What a good dog!

 

 Posted by on February 1, 2014
Jan 252014
 

Introducing Daisy, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Daisy was adopted from PAWS Chicago almost a year ago, and she brings her pet parents nothing but joy!

Lisa and Justin write “Daisy enjoys long walks through the streets of Bridgeport, (we really need a dog park in Bridgeport),  playing in the South Loop dog parks, lovingly chasing our cat, endless games of indoor fetch, and hiding her favorite bones in our couch! Daisy has never met a siren that she hasn’t stopped to howl at,  is a world class cuddler, and her favorite place in our neighborhood is Bark N Bite, where she can stop to get treats from Laura and Kim.”

“We are so lucky to have had Daisy come into our lives!!”

What a good girl!

 Posted by on January 25, 2014
Jan 182014
 

Is your pup a star? Of course she is!

We want to see your dog star as the South Loop Dog of the Week!

Just tell us about your pup and email a pic to ‘dotw@southloopdogpac.org‘.

South Loop Dog of the Week appears every Saturday at 11AM.

Who’ll be the next DOTW!

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 Posted by on January 18, 2014
Jan 112014
 

Introducing South Loop Dog of the Week: Bruno!

Bruno is one year old. His favorite toys are his stuffed fox and any and all Nylabones and chewy ropes.

His favorite dog park is the d’Angelo DFA.
What a good boy!

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 Posted by on January 11, 2014

Proposed Fred Anderson Park – an update!

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Apr 102013
 

[Archived from Proposed Fred Anderson Dog Park 16thwabashdogpark.blogspot.com]

We’ve gotten an update about the design of Fred Anderson Park from Michael Lange, the project manager at the Chicago Park District.

The design drawings are almost complete, and we are privileged to be able share the latest with you.  The overall design is very similar to what we’ve presented previously. But as they say, the devil is in the details!  Here are some highlights:

  • The small dog area has been expanded a bit. Good news for all the ‘small fluffies’ in the neighborhood! (a.)
  • There is now one entrance gate, at the southwest corner, shared between the small- and large-dog parks. (b.)
  • A bulletin board will be installed at the entrance area. (c.)
  • There will be mounting posts for informational signs at the overlook in the center of the park. South Loop Dog PAC will be assembling material to post there in order to educate kids about dogs and about how to approach them. (d.)
  • An expanded area is now to be covered by dog-friendly artificial grass! This is great news for fetch-driven dogs that might want to play here. The perimeter of the park remains concrete. (e.)
  • There will be an access gate at the east of the park for maintenance, and a second double entry to the dog area. (f.)
  • A space has been designed for a lockbox to store park maintenance materials. (g.)
  • Shade sails will be place throughout the park (light blue triangles in the picture above), including over the performance stage!  There will be benches and tables distributed throughout. (h.)
  • In order to unify the whole area, even the sidewalk along S. Wabash will be integrated as part of the design into the rest of the park. (i.)
  • The water runnels have been reconfigured somewhat; there will be two separate features, one in the small dog area, and one in the large dog area. (j.)

Construction is expected to start by summer, but we don’t really have hard information about the schedule. The park presumably will be completed early next year (2014). It’s going to be a substantial project, involving some remediation of the lot, and the construction of berms and other topological features will take some time.

We have raised one issue with the CPD: According to current plans the dog park will be surrounded by a 6′ high ‘Omega‘ fence.  This is the type of fencing used at the Bartelme Park DFA. We think that a fence this high in a park this small will create the feeling of being in a cage or a prison, and have suggested that the fence height be 5′ – still a substantial barrier. It’s important to us to maintain a relationship between the dog owners in the DFA and the non-dog owning community that may be on the surrounding path or in adjacent park areas.

The board of the South Loop Dog PAC has been in ongoing communication with the CPD about this park since March of 2010. We thank Michael Lange for being willing to listen to us and to incorporate ideas from our dog-friendly perspective. We have to admit – it’s pretty gratifying to see many of our suggestions now implemented. We hope that this experience bodes well for future collaboration between the dog community and the CPD as new Chicago dog parks are designed and built.

As an aside, we’ll also be updating you soon about two other dog friendly area projects in the South Loop that we’re involved with:

  • d’Angelo Park DFA – The story of our efforts to remediate problems introduced from the beginning by the design of this ersatz dog park.
  • Coliseum Park Dog Run – An update on plans for improvements of the playground and DFA that were recently announced. SLDogPAC will be meeting with CPD representatives next week.

Finally, we invite any reader to please join South Loop Dog PAC – not just as a contributing ‘member’ but as an involved dog owner. We welcome your ideas, and your thoughts about and support for these projects!

Nov 262012
 

A final design proposal for the Fred Anderson Park was presented at a community meeting on November 20th. What follows is a brief description to highlight how the proposed dog friendly area compares to other Chicago dog parks, and to point out some interesting design features.

Here’s an overall picture of the proposal:

The site is situated between 16th & 18th St, between Wabash Ave and the alley to the east. Right now, this area is just a vacant field and the small asphalt parking lot to the north:

The park will encompass about 1.1 acres.  Now, Chicago dog ‘friendly’ areas are small, and this park will be no exception.  Frisbee dogs and dogs running free – you will have to go elsewhere.

The proposed small-dog area is an oval about 67’ by 94’, and is surfaced primarily (80%) with concrete.  About 18% of the surface will comprise an ‘artificial grass’ feature, a central raised planting, and a water runnel flowing from the planted area towards the center of the dog park.

The proposed large-dog area includes an entry space ~20’ wide by 70’ long and a larger ‘fetch’ area running north-south that is ~35’ wide by 226’ long. This fetch area will include two raised plantings (see the cross-section diagram, below), a strip of artificial grass and a water runnel flowing through it.

Overall, the small-dog area will comprise ~5200 sq ft (0.12 acre).

The large-dog area will comprise ~13700 sq ft (0.32 acre).

For comparison, Grant Bark Park is ~18000 sq ft (0.4 acre), and the average size of a Chicago DFA is ~0.18 acre.  The Fred Anderson Dog Park now proposed occupies only  about 45% of the ~1.1 acre site.  This is less than the original design proposal presented two years ago, but is certainly an improvement over the revision that was presented last year.

However, it’s instructive to compare the 35’ x 226’ size of the ‘fetch’ area in the proposed design to what exists at Grant Bark Park – for perspective, it’s about the same size as just the gravel area of Grant Bark Park:

And, as designed, there’s no escaping that the dog park surface will be largely concrete, hard, and somewhat reminiscent of the Mary Bartelme Park DFA:

Thus, the proposed Fred Anderson Park dog ‘friendly’ area will be ~three quarters concrete, with only one-quarter of the area as artificial grass or elevated planted features.

There will be one double-gated entrance to the small-dog DFA. The large-dog DFA will have two double-gated entrances on opposite sides, one of which will provide access from the alleyway to the east.

There are some nice features to the design –

  • An overlook – the center of the park will be elevated to create an ‘overlook’ over the dog friendly area. This might be a site for future sculpture [a statue dedicated to jazz legend Fred Anderson has been discussed], and should provide a space for informational graphics to bring the dog-owning and non-dog-owning communities together.
  • Dog water fountains – there will be at least three different water fountains with dog-bowls and hose connections (for dog water play and maintenance).
  • Equipment gates – an access gate from the east side of the park will allow access for large equipment, and there will be an access gate between the large- and small-dog areas.
  • Surrounding path – a 7.5’ wide perimeter path will surround the dog-friendly area and connect the various parts of the park together.
  • Shade structures – there will be shade sails installed around the dog park to provide protection from the sun and from the weather.  South Loop Dog PAC has suggested a shade sail over the stage area, as well, in order to provide protection for performers and to reflect its use elsewhere in the park.
  • Performance area – there will be an ~1000 sq ft performance stage anchoring a ~4500 sq ft  ‘performance area’ at the northwest corner of the park. There will be seating and, we hope (per comments made at the community meeting!), some kind of performance lighting provided.
  • Water features – the water feature seems particularly novel, as park users will press a switch to turn the flow of water on and off. Water will flow through a ‘concrete runnel a few inches deep with small stones and boulders embedded’.

Overall, it seems like an exciting plan!  We are particularly interested in what you think about this proposal, and we welcome your comments below or by email. We expect to continue discussion with the Chicago Park District about this park, and will be sure to communicate your comments and concerns to them.

Cross section of the park, illustrating elevation changes:

 Posted by on November 26, 2012
Nov 232012
 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I trust that you all enjoyed your family gatherings and gluttonous feasts. I probably should have posted this prior to Turkey Day instead of the day after, but we can use the Thanksgiving hindsight to better prepare for the remaining holidays of 2012.

What can your dogs eat from your holiday table?

• Turkey, ham, roast beef. Lean proteins are okay to share with your dogs in moderation. The meats themselves should not pose a problem to your dog’s system, unless you are already aware of a poultry allergy, which is common in some breeds. The problem to watch for is the seasoning. Too much salt can cause them some distress. Same as in people, too much salt can make dogs bloated and distended, and it can make them drink more water than usual. This could wreak havoc on your walk schedule and your sleep schedule (urgent need for an unscheduled middle of the night walk).

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 Posted by on November 23, 2012