Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall Clean-up, Saturday, October 15th, 10:00am to 2:00pm (and later)

I have never actually known Clean-up to fail to start before 9:00am, or to fail to run well after 2:00pm, and nobody has to be there the entire time.   Whatever your schedule is like next Saturday, feel free to show up and make a contribution, for one hour or six.  Dogs welcome as always.  Refreshments served as always.  Wood chips have not arrived yet (as usual) but they should be there by the time we need them.  And the dogs will decide they are special play mountains created especially for them, and get in our way, as is fitting.  See you then.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ribbon-cutting for new 142nd St. Dog Run

It opened in June, and the dogs have been enjoying it for weeks, but the ribbon-cutting is tomorrow.

It's at 142nd, and Riverside Drive, just a 23 block walk from us.  It's not nearly as big as the Rocky Run, and is similarly lacking in running water, or fancy amenities, but the site (which may or may not be temporary--reading different accounts--would they do a ribbon-cutting for a temporary dog run?) has four London Plane Trees, and four Locust Trees, providing lots of shade, and there was a lovely breeze coming from the south this morning, making it feel downright delicious on this hot day.

It also has a Facebook Page, which is something we really ought to have had by now.  Don't look at me, I'm so not a Facebook person.  But I'm a dog person, and I think this run is a great addition to the nabe.  If you haven't checked it out, do so sometime.  A lovely place to stop when taking a walk with your dog on what I always like to think of as Roverside Drive.  But if it's hot, you might want to bring water.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Clean-Up, May 21st, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Just confirmed with Jerry Culligan.   We'll probably be working as early as 9:00am, and perhaps as late as 4:00pm.  Refreshments and snacks will be available, as per usual.   Dogs welcome, as per always.  Come and pitch in, quite possibly with actual pitchforks. 

Something I want to mention--we've been talking for years about doing a Facebook page for the run.  Every clean-up, the subject gets raised, and people with mad web skills say they'll definitely do it, and somehow nothing ever comes of it.  We are, it must be said, a fairly anarchistic bunch, us Rocky Runners.  Must get that from the dogs. 

Let's definitely try to get that done.  I've been happy to do this blog, but have not had time to seriously update it, and it's been purely my thing--ideally, what we need is something we can all use and update--photos could potentially be posted right to the page from the run.   I'm not a Facebook person myself, and never will be (have a page, never update it, prefer to make friends the old-fashioned way), but I can see the potential here.  

So while we're doing the low-tech work that needs be done, let's maybe discuss doing some high-tech stuff too.  Not that the pooches care either way.  See you there. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Clean-up Day, Saturday, October 17th, 10:00am to 2:00pm (and beyond)

Last anyone checked, the chips had not yet been dropped off, but they should be soon.   There will be refreshments, and (we hope) all the needed tools to spread the chips around.  

Sorry to post this so late, but there have been some distractions.  It is my sad duty to report that Michel Pyles, Jack the boxer's person, has passed away.   Michel was long the most beloved visitor to the Rocky Run, and particularly by the dogs who came there, since she was invariably armed with large quantities of healthy dog treats.  The dogs would gather around her like she was Lady Bountiful.  And she was.

This clean-up is dedicated to her--not only for her generosity to the dogs of the Rocky Run, but also for her efforts in organizing a food drive at the run, the results of which were donated to Animal Haven.

I've got some rotator cuff issues I have to address, but I'll be there, doing what I can.  Hope to see all of you.  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Clean-up Day, Saturday, March 16th, 10:00am to 2:00pm--and a word about an attack at the run.

Sorry I haven't been updating for so long.  I got preoccupied with other matters.

Anyway, the signs are up, and the chips should be dropped off soon.   If anybody reading this happens to be there when the chips are delivered, try to get them to dump them directly over that muddy area over at the north end of the run, where the dogs keep eating dirt.  

We've been pretty lucky at the Rocky Run--we don't get a lot of fights, and most of the dogs who come here are friendly, and their people responsible.  Now and again, there's an exception to the rule.

Chucky, a friendly playful Shepherd Mix, getting on in years now, who has been coming to the run for about as long as there has been a run, was badly attacked in the last few days by a seemingly purebred German Shepherd named Pepper.   I just got the email this morning from his owner, Miyako.  He needed to go to the Animal Medical Center to get stitches--it was a serious attack.  

It's really important to remember that the owner of a dog who injures another dog is supposed to at least offer to pay the medical bills.  It's understandable that after such a traumatic incident, somebody might just want to get their dog home to calm down.   But it doesn't take long to give contact info, so you can talk later.  It's not enough to just say "Well, I won't bring my dog to the run anymore."   Somebody with a Shepherd is going to need to do offleash exercise somewhere.  The dog needs to be better socialized, and the owner needs to take responsibility for what happened.

If anybody knows anything about Pepper and his/her owner, please get in touch.   I'll be asking around at clean-up.