Woofs and Wags from NOLA City Barkinvite-b
1 Palm Drive, NOLA 70124
September 2, 2010

Due to the many days of constant rain, it has not been possible for the contractor to complete the work in the dog park. Work has been at a standstill since Friday August 27. Not only is the ground too wet to allow the construction equipment to proceed without damaging the park, but it has also rained so much that they cannot harvest the Bermuda sod at the farm to bring it to the dog park. We have 2 more areas to plant and some more white sand to deliver and spread.

The small dog park is draining very well since the installation of the new drain and sod.
The area behind the hill in the large dog park is also greatly improved with fill and sod. The area around the "pit" and the cypress tree in the large yard need a little more work, but the drain, fill and most of the sod has been installed. The area along Magnolia has an additional drain and has been filled.

We visit the dog park and are in touch with the contractor daily. At this point, he plans to complete the work on Friday September 3. Weather permitting, we should be able to reopen on Saturday September 11, only 5 days later than originally planned. If it is possible to reopen earlier, we will let you know. We and our dogs are as eager to get back out there as you are. Please bear with the delay as we work to maintain the grass in the park.

WORKING DOGS: To commemorate the upcoming Labor Day Holiday, this issue of Bark Bits set out to honor the Working Dog, one of the seven main groups of dogs recognized by the AKC. According to World Book Encyclopedia, working dogs were bred for guarding and hauling, and include: Alaskan malamutes, Samoyeds, huskies, St. Bernards, and Newfoundlands. However, a look at the other six categories proves that just about every breed of dog was developed to make their human companions' lives better in some way. Herding dogs, classified in the working dog group until 1983, were developed to keep cattle and sheep from straying and to protect livestock from predators. Collies, German shepherds, Welsh corgis, sheepdogs and cattle dogs are included in this group. Sporting dogs, pointers, setters and spaniels, assist hunters by retrieving, pointing, or flushing game. Hounds were also developed for the hunt. Dachshunds, beagles, basset hounds, and bloodhounds hunt by scent, while greyhounds, whippets, and Salukis hunt by sight. Terrier is derived from the Latin word "terra" meaning "earth," and terriers were so named because they were developed to chase game from holes in the ground. Airedales, miniature schnauzers, and most of the dogs with the word "terrier" in their name are a part of this group. Non-sporting dogs are companion dogs that were originally developed for sport or work. Bulldogs, poodles, and Dalmatians are included in this group. Even the toy dogs, while not technically workers, were bred for the benefit of their human companions; many were lap dogs of royalty. Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, pugs, Pekingese, Maltese, and Brussels griffon are included in this group. So give your hard working dog a break on September 6; it's a dog's life, and we all deserve a little rest from our labors.
Woof! Woof!
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Mookie, Jockamo & Coco Cardinale wondering when they can go to the dog park-unleash us!
New drain in small dog park
PERMITS: We continue to sell permits to the dog park M-F, from 10am-2pm, even while the park is temporarily closed.
If you mailed your application, your permit will be available the day after it is received between 9 & 5. Call 483-9377 to confirm. If you cannot pick it up, you can have it mailed for a $5 additional charge.
GOOD SAMARITAN: Simonne, a chocolate standard poodle, and her mom Joanne would like to thank the "very nice gentleman" who carried Simonne (all 70 pounds of her!) to Joanne's car after Simonne tore her ACL while playing at the dog park on Tuesday evening August 10. Simonne has had reconstructive surgery by an orthopedist and is on six weeks of bed rest now. She will return to the dog park in about 3 months and hopes to give her rescuer a big, wet kiss, or at least a "thank you" woof.
Nellie in the tub

The New Pit
The old mud hole - no more!