2008-06-27 / Letters

Howling Praise For It's My Bark Day

Dear Editor:

The third annual "It's My Bark Day," held this past Saturday, June 21, 2008, was a glorious day for all the dogs and their human companions at Rockaway Park's Freeway Dog Park. The sun was shining, the birds and squirrels were hiding and the temperature was mild. The ASPCA was on hand, as was the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, not to mention the North Shore Animal League.

The event began at the crack of dawn as people started arriving with their furry friends to have them spayed or neutered. The ASPCA Mobile Clinic Van arrived at about 7 a.m. and by 9 a.m. the van was full of patients. Although the patients didn't get to enjoy the rest of the day, they did get the very best of care from the ASPCA staff on hand.

At about 11 a.m. the Mayor's Alliance arrived to offer low cost micro-chipping. All human companions are strongly encouraged to have their furry friends micro-chipped in the event they get lost.

The event began at 12 p.m. and North Shore arrived soon thereafter in their Mobile Adoption Van. They came with lots of furry friends looking for their new forever home. There was at least five of them that found just that.

There were dogs of every size, color and breed represented at the park. People came from far and wide to enjoy the festivities. There was a couple there from a distant part of Queens, who had heard about the event through the grapevine. Upon seeing the dog park, among all the other amenities Rockaway has to offer, they are now seriously considering a move to here.

Lisa Long, a certified dog trainer, was there as well. She was offering tips to human companions on how best to make sure their furry children stay well behaved. More than a few dogs took part in the Stupid Pet Tricks contest. There was also the raffle with lots of prize baskets donated by a number of local area merchants.

Also on hand was a group of Park Rangers from the Department of Parks and Recreation. They were there to make sure everything ran smoothly and safely, which of course everything did. A very big thank you to them and, of course, to Jill Weber, Parks Administrator for the Rockaways.

Of course, this entire event could not have taken place without the efforts of ARF-ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation). Extra-special thanks should go to Peggy Press, Keren Feuer, Susan Jasper and Valerie McClean. Without their hard work, not only would there have not been an "It's My Bark Day," but there would also probably not even be a dog park at all here in Rockaway.

Please, lets all continue to show our support for the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park. Sign up and become a member of ARF ARF. To join, just go to the group's website at www.arfarfrockawaybeach. org or pick up an application at the park.

For photos of the day, click here: http://photobucket.com/Itsmybarkda y6-21-2008.

BILLY MOLLOY

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