Sunday, July 1, 2018

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bowl)

Max is gone, but I have other friends who happen to be dogs, and I can bring them water on a hot day if I feel like it.  I went to the run this morning with a few bottles, only to find that the dog run water bowl had been stolen again.  No, I don't get it either.  Nobody gets it.  But it keeps happening.

Fortunately, other people brought some receptacles of various types with them, and my offering did not go to waste.  We'll replace the shared bowl, and maybe come up with a way to deter future thefts, but probably best, if you're bringing water, to bring a bowl tool.  There are all kinds of portable bowls.  Or you can just bring a nice stainless steel bowl, which doesn't weigh much compared to the water you're toting (it's really hard to bring too much water on a day like today).

Yes, we've looked into getting running water, and the city has told us it would cost a fortune to do that.  We're lucky to have our shade trees, even if we do have to watch out for falling branches sometimes (there's one just about ready to fall over by the north run entrance--authorities have been notified--just be aware).  The run feels maybe ten degrees cooler than the street.  But it's still a good idea to keep the dogs hydrated, and I'm just saying.  Until we figure out a more permanent solution--BYOB.

Friday, May 18, 2018


The Parks Dept. link says June 3rd, but Jerry Culligan says it's actually June 2nd, and he'd know. 

It's not so much that we'd be getting rained on as that the wet ground would make it too hard to bring the fresh wood chips into the run.  A little rain never hurt anybody, but we don't want a Parks vehicle stuck in the mud, halfway through the gate.   

Same schedule, different day.  See you then, hopefully. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Run Clean-up--Saturday, May 19th, 9:00am to 2:30pm

As per the Parks Dept. website.  And it's FREE!

(And maybe it won't even rain.  But unless it's biblical, we're probably going ahead with it.)

Dogs welcome, tools and refreshments provided, and you do not have to work for five and a half hours.  But you're certainly welcome to work longer, if you like.   We take all kinds.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Clean-Up this Saturday (and why this is necessary)

Since the Rocky Run's founding, by Bailea and Karen, our work to maintain the run has been strictly seasonal.  We had a spring clean-up and a fall clean-up.  Twice a year, we'd get rid of old wood chips, spread new ones, do some other bits of gardening and tidying up, and then go back to having fun with our dogs.

This fall, there was a glitch in the program.  The Parks Department did not provide us adequate wood chips in time, nor did they put them inside the run, nor did they provide tools.  There were communication problems, due to the promotion of our contact there, Danny Mercado, good luck to him, but he is sorely missed.  And resources were getting stretched pretty thin.  Possible they just didn't have enough chips to go around.

Over the past two weeks, some of us have done a bit of preliminary work, with regards to raking up the piles of leaves that were accumulating at the edge of the fence (making it very hard to pick up after dogs who defecated there).  Many bags of leaves were filled and left at curbside.  For this, we could  make do with the few tools we  have stored there for our own use.

There are now sufficient wood chips (barely) to get the job done.  They are inside the run.  The dogs are using them to play King & Queen of the Mountain.  This Saturday, starting at 10:AM, we're going to level the mountains.  Tools will be provided.  So will refreshments.  And yes, it's going to be cold. 

There's a reason we don't normally do winter clean-ups, and summer might be even worse.  Spring and Fall are the ideal times to get this done, and hopefully we can return to that routine next year.  But in the meantime, in-between time, ain't we got fun? 

As always, it's fine to bring the dogs.  They won't mind the cold at all.  And with so much preliminary work done already, it shouldn't take as long as usual.  But please, no summer clean-up next year, Parks Dept. 


Monday, October 16, 2017

Clean-up canceled for this weekend.

There are signs up at the run announcing the change, which say that they don't have the wood chips for us yet, and without those, clean-up doesn't make much sense.  The page on the Parks website has also been updated--

There have been a few times when we didn't get enough wood chips, and had to do more work later on, but I can't offhand recall anything like this happening before.   I'll be sure to post again when it's been rescheduled.