Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 10:42 AM
To: Weiner, Robert S.
Subject: "Thank you Bob Weiner.....Ode
to Talley-Day Bark Park"
you Bob Weiner.....Ode to Talley-Day Bark Park"
|Thank you Bob Weiner...
For making it possible
For a special place for my dog and me...
To run and play in harmony.
They come in all different shapes,
Sizes, and colors too...
Yet we all get along...
It's amazing, yet true.
It's a happy place
for dogs and people to meet...
And step off that merry-go-round
we call "life"...
It's such a treat!
Thank you Bob Weiner...
For a place where there are no critics...
No stress, and no
one to impress....
Where there is no thought of war...
Or violence, or sadness...
|And for at least one hour out of the day....
I am that 9-year-old girl who's favorite pastime was to
be with her dog...and run....and play.
and my best friend, "George"
Tuesday, April 20 , 2004
A PLACE FOR DOGS, AND PEOPLE
NCCO OPENS A NEW, FENCED-IN 'BARK
PARK' IN BRANDYWINE HUNDRED
By MELISSA TYRRELL Bear Bureau reporter 04/20/2004
Buddy, a border collie, can't control his excitement when he hears
his owner sing, "Going to the Dog Park," to the tune
of Smokey Robinson's "Going to a Go Go." Buddy wags his
tail, scampers and may even drool. He knows that song means a good
car ride, the kind that doesn't end up at the groomer or vet but
at Talley-Day Park.
Karen Gallanaugh has found it easier to get her 4-month-old fluffy
show pup into the car since they started visiting the new fenced-in "bark
park" at the back of the Talley-Day grounds, off Foulk Road. "There
should be more of these," Gallanaugh said as Buddy let loose
Friday afternoon. New Castle County's Talley-Day dog park is the
first fenced-in area for dogs in the state. Carousel Park, off
Limestone Road, also has a bark park, but it is not fenced.
The park includes a small, gated entrance cage with water fountains
for people and dogs, and two large fenced areas for the dogs to
run free. One area to be restricted to small dogs only is not open
yet. Susan Amadio, spokeswoman for the county's special services
department, said a grand opening will be held at 11 a.m. May 20.
The only major rule is that dog owners must clean up after their
So far, there have been no aggressive fights, just playful teasings,
said Judy Freedman, who walks Colby, her Labrador-collie mix, to
the park from the nearby Chatham subdivision. She said she feels
safer letting Colby roam there rather than near a busy road or
parking lot. "It's perfect," she said. "It's important
for dogs to socialize."
New Castle County Councilman Robert Weiner, who said he pushed
the county to create the dog area, has visited the past three Saturdays
with his miniature pinscher, Morgan. Weiner said Morgan now runs
back and forth at the front door whenever Weiner puts on his "play
clothes." Weiner said he'd like the county to install benches
inside the park for people to sit down and chat. He has sometimes
stayed there several hours while Morgan socializes. Visitors are
starting to leave balls, Frisbees and plastic bags for other visitors,
Gallanaugh said the park has helped her get to know more neighbors.
While Buddy makes his own friends and works out his energy, she
trades tips on obedience classes and supply stores with other dog
lovers. "They're having a blast," she said Friday afternoon,
watching her dog run alongside a bustling bunch, including Colby,
a chocolate Labrador, a Jack Russell terrier and a brindled boxer.
Each time they come there from her home in Shipley Farms, she has
noticed Buddy gallop along the sidelines like a referee - his herding
instincts already emerging. "They're born in litters, and
they need this," she said.
Reach Melissa Tyrrell at 838-3189 or firstname.lastname@example.org