Dog Park Finds Home at Tunnel Green Recreation Complex

The Wheeling Dog Park Association and the City of Wheeling are pleased to announce they have determined a location for the dog park. After many months of searching for a suitable site, Wheeling’s first dog park will be located at the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex.

The Tunnel Green Recreation Complex is an established City recreational area that offers sites for recreational baseball and roller hockey. The dog park will be developed on the wooded lot south of the existing ball field and roller hockey rink and will become part of the City of Wheeling’s park system. The site has vehicular access from 18th Street and pedestrian access from the trail, along with adequate parking.

“It has been a long process in locating a suitable site for the park, but we are thrilled with the location and the acreage available at Tunnel Green,” said Jeremy Morris, founder of the Dog Park Association.

Currently in the design phase, the dog park will use more than a two-acre portion of the Complex. A local engineer is donating time and expertise in the design of the park. An estimated cost for park construction will be determined during this phase.

The park will be fully fenced and include separate pens for small dogs (up to 30 lbs) and large dogs (more than 30 lbs), water, waste receptacles, and seating. The Wheeling Dog Park Association is in the process of developing rules and regulations for the park to ensure the safety of pets and owners.

“The City is excited about the future dog park, and we are committed to providing City resources to support the design, construction, and maintenance of the park,” confirmed Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron.

A year ago, Wheeling won $25,000 as a finalist in the Pet Safe Bark for Your Park competition. These funds remain unused and are available until 2016 for construction of Wheeling’s dog park.

The Wheeling Dog Park Association anticipates the grand opening of the park in Spring/Summer 2015. Opportunities to donate and volunteer will be announced soon.

Bark for Your Park

The Wheeling Dog Park Association continues to be overwhelmed by the support of our community.  We do want to note that though the 2014 Bark for Your Park has started, we are not eligible for the contest since we won the Medium City prize last year.

we wonThanks to your wonderful efforts, we were able to secure $25,000 toward the construction of the first dog park in the Ohio Valley.  And while we work out the logistics, we will continue to have dog park events and strengthen our pooch-loving community.  So, do not forget to join us May 31st at the Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay Park at 10 a.m. for a group dog walk sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services.

As always, we thank you for your support.  And yes, together, we can build it!

May Events Announced

The Wheeling Dog Park Association will be holding two events in May.

Thanks to the generosity of Wheeling Subaru, Wheeling Volkswagen in Elm Grove, we will be holding a dog wash on May 3 from 1-4 p.m. The event is free; we only ask that you bring a dirty pup and drying towes for your pooch.

May 31, we will gather at the Oglebay Schrader Environmental Educaation Center at 10 am for a friendly walk on the trails.

For more information on these and future events, please visit our Events page.

Important Notice

For both events, your dog MUST be up to date on vaccinations and be properlysocialized to get along with other dogs and people. This will be screened at the events.

 

Pucks and Pups Fundraiser

It’s back!! Pups and Pucks at the Wheeling Nailers!

Join the Wheeling Dog Park Association for a fundraiser with the Nailers. Bring your pup to the game, buy your tickets with the form attached or call the Nailers office and tell them you support the Dog Park and want to buy tickets for the Game.

A portion of the tickets we sell get donated to the Dog Park Fund. The more tickets sold the larger the donation per ticket!

March 30th, 3:00 pm vs the Elmira Jackals.

FAX or Mail the ticket form or call 304-234-GOAL Pucks n Pups

Winter and Your Dog

In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Extra precautions during winter months will make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm.

Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines:

Keep pets indoors and warm

Don’t leave dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature drops. Regardless of the season, short-haired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Dogs and cats are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.

No matter what the temperature is, wind chill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when they are outdoors during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.

Take precautions if your dog spends a lot of time outside

A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

Protect paws from salt

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

Avoid antifreeze poisoning

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife, and family. Read more about pets and antifreeze »

The best tip of all: keep your pets with you

Probably the best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but kept inside the rest of the time.

Taken from the Humane Society of the United States

Howl-o-ween Costume Contest and Doggie Parade

 

Trick-or-treat, smell my paws!  Does your pooch get decked out for Halloween?  Then join us November 2nd at 1 p.m. in Centre Market to show off Fido’s spooktactular costume.  4-halloween-dogs

The Wheeling Dog Park Association will be hosting a dog costume contest with prizes given for Best Costume, Scariest and Funniest!  A panel of celebrity judges will pick our winners!

We will gather outside of the Upper Market and do a parade lap around the entire market.  Then our judges will select the winners.  Before and after the parade, don’t forget to visit the shops of the market!  Some will be offering pawsitively good specials that day!

All dogs are eligible to participate.  Dogs must be leashed at all times and owners are responsible for your pet’s waste. The event is free to enter.

Our event is sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

 

Yappy Hour this Sunday!

The Wheeling Dog Park Association in conjunction with Quaker Steak and Lube will hold a Yappy Hour on September 8th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the restaurant’s Highlands location.  Special guest Hit Play will be providing entertainment!

The event is to celebrate the city’s recent victory in the PetSafe 2013 Bark for Your Park where the association was awarded $25,000 toward the construction of the area’s first dog park.

Quaker Steak and Lube will provide a percentage of the profits from all outdoor sales to the association.  As well, we will have raffle items, sell 50/50 tickets and t-shirts.   Don’t forget, canines are welcome to dine outside.  Due to the tremendous success of the last yappy hour, Quaker will extend service into part of the side parking lot to accommodate more diners who are bringing their four-legged friends.  The Marshall County Animal Shelter will be on hand with several dogs available for adoption.

Yappy Hour

Public Meeting Scheduled

It feels strange to be this quiet considering how active we were throughout the contest.  But do not despair.  Now that we can catch our breaths, we are getting our pups in a row, so to speak.

To start, we will hold a public meeting for all interested in the Wheeling Dog Park Association on Wednesday, August 28th, at 7 p.m. at the Artisan Center.  We will discuss our next steps and future goals.  We also want to learn more about how each of you want to help.

We also want to celebrate!  Join us for Yappy Hour at Quaker Steak & Lube Sunday, September 8th, from 4 – 7 p.m.  There will be great food and music.  Plus, we will hold a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese Auction and a t-shirts sale.  Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends, too!

We Did It!

That’s right Wheeling Dog Park Supporters…WE DID IT!!!  We won the medium city prize of $25,000 from PetSafe.  That’s a third of our funding goal, which means we are quickly on our way to having a dog park for the Ohio Valley.

THANK YOU!  It is truly due to your support that we were able to win. So congratulations to all of you!  Our four-legged friends are closer now to having a place to play.

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