Little dogs bark for own park

KinDOG wants park for small dogs

This year is the fifth anniversary of Kincardine’s dog park and the project has been a successful one, says councillor Jacqueline Faubert.


The KinDOG Off-Leash Dog Park is a happy topic, she told council Wednesday and she added that the park is good for tourism as people bring their pets in from neighbouring communities.


KinDOG is composed of individuals who are committed to the maintenance of a recreational area where dogs and people can interact in a clean, safe and pleasant environment.


Faubert, a founding member of KinDOG, said an off-leash dog park forum was held Feb. 24. From the meeting and from an internet survey, Faubert said people want a park for small dogs and that some are committed to raising money for one. It could be adjacent to the current park.


People also want to set up a committee to start other projects and to fundraise. The committee would also: look at ways to enforce the rules at the park and put composters in the park.


Faubert said she was just keeping council informed of what the volunteer group had planned.


Deputy mayor Anne Eadie said to just continue with her group.


KinDOG members also volunteer on “poop” patrol in the downtown area and the beach in the spring, said Faubert.


The survey that KinDOG undertook listed the top three reasons to visit the park: socialize with other dogs (90%); daily exercise for dogs (40%); socialize with people (40%).


Sixty-seven per cent who responded to the survey said the enforcement of rules and general conformity to dog park etiquette was adequate at the park. Nineteen per cent felt enforcement was inadequate and 15 per cent were unsure.


There are an estimated 5.9 million dogs in Canada and an estimated 1986 in Kincardine. Of those, only 968 currently have licences.