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Help! We need more off-Leash Dog Parks and Trails

Posted in Vision Vancouver Campaign on October 27, 2011 by Vancouver Dog Runner

The article written by Frances Bula for the Globe and Mail on the 12th August got me thinking about my previous life living in London, England a densely populated city.   My closest “park” I could take my dog too, was Wimbledon Common,  a large open space in Wimbledon south-west London, totalling 460 hectares (1140 acres) and out of the 1140 acres our dogs were allowed to run off-leash.  Iam not exactly sure how long Wimbledon Common has been popular with dogs but I am sure it was as far back as the 1700’s or probably even earlier.  The common is  managed by seven Mounted Keepers (who deal with public safety and security) and are fantastic with dog owners.

Richmond Park is a 2,360 acre (9.55 km2; 3.69 sq mi)park within London.  The park is double the size of Stanley Park, and once again you are allowed to exercise your dog without restrictions.  As the park is an area of special scientific interest and a Nature Reserve, all dog owners are required to keep their dogs under control while in the park and in some areas you are requested to keep your dog on a leash.

Now this leads me to the reason why I decided to write about these parks and commons.  Why the Parks Board won’t allow any off-leash trails in Stanley Park.  Stanley Park is a 404.9 hectare (1,001 acre) urban park, slightly smaller than Wimbledon Common.   Surely if the English can allow dogs off leash around Wimbledon common, we as the second largest country in the world, can allow a few off-leash trails in Stanley Park.

The concern is that the dogs will destroy the habitat.  Hasn’t the natural forces of mother nature done this for us already?  The first was a combination of an October windstorm in 1934 and a subsequent snowstorm the following January that felled thousands of trees, primarily between Beaver Lake and Prospect Point. Another storm in October 1962, the remnants of Typhoon Freda, cleared a 6-acre (24,000 m2) virgin tract behind the children’s zoo, which opened an area for a new miniature railway that replaced a smaller version built in the 1940s. In total, approximately 3,000 trees were lost in that storm. Another Storm ravaged the park on December 15, 2006 with 115 kilometres per hour (71 mph) winds. Over 60% of the western edge was damaged; the worst part was the area around Prospect Point. In total, about 40% of the forest was affected, with an estimated 3,000 trees damaged.

Living in an urban space with no off-leash area to exercise your dog will contribute to hyperactive dogs working off their pent-up energy.  Exercise is used to counteract stress put on our canine buddies and for the amelioration of a wide variety of behavior problems.  I understand not everyone loves dogs the way dog lovers do, but as dogs are becoming more and more like family members, surely we need to provide for them, the way we provide for our human families.   Help us create more off-leash parks near people’s homes in order to avoid having to use their cars to drive their dogs to the permitted off-leash areas.

Supporting Vision Vancouver

Posted in Vision Vancouver Campaign on October 25, 2011 by Vancouver Dog Runner

I have signed up to help volunteer with Vision Vancouver, working towards Election Day on the 19th November.   Had my orientation on Saturday and had the great pleasure of sitting next to Gregor Robertson’s Aunt and Uncle who are so delightful.   I decided to help out with delivering the signs to people’s homes who have requested them, so in between running dogs, I am zooting around delivering signs.  Today I finished up the Kits area, and then took on the Strathcona area.  It is not often one gets to spend time in the Strathcona area if you don’t live there, but I was pleasantly surprised at what a fantastic area it is.  A large amount of people have their own vegetables growing in their gardens and they make it look so easy.  I have tried to grow herbs in my garden, but I think I have the   black finger.  There is only 25 days left to the election and it has been a great pleasure to serve the Vision Vancouver campaign so far.  Especially meeting Gregor and his wife Amy.  What an amazing woman, she has been cycling around town delivering signs and on our orientation day she made yummy sandwiches and fabulous cookies.  Hmm need to find that recipe.  Plus I found out they are the founders of Happy Planet.  Who could not just love that juice with a name like Happy Planet.

During my travels I came across Woof Dog Shop.  Met the owner Yuki who was warm and welcoming.  They have a small store with loads of lovely goodies to buy for your dog, plus a groomer attached to the back of the store.  Great location, on West 1st Avenue close to the Starbucks on Cornwall Avenue.  Their web-site is www.woofdogshoppe.com .  They offer great dry food like Taste of the Wild and Raw food too, depending on what you have your dog eating.

This is Q, Yuki’s dog that hangs in the shoppe!  Very cute!