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Dog park fundraiser lacks support of dog owners, not of businesses

Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The Bark for the Park event hopes to raise money to improve Sandy Bluff Dog Park.Some of Sandy’s dogs were spoiled this last weekend, getting to browse the park on a sunny day for homemade dog treats, custom-made beds and enjoy lots of attention.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the city of Sandy held its second Bark for the Park event, a fundraiser for Sandy’s current and future dog parks.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, business owners and city volunteers gathered in Sandy Bluff Park ready to cater to residents and their canine friends. Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Most of the events attendants donated $15 to receive a goodie bag.

However, at this year’s event, turnout was low; only four dogs participated in the event’s Fun Walk, with many more of the event’s supporters donating to receive a free goodie bag.

But City Recreation Manager Sarah Richardson isn’t calling the event a failure. The majority of the event’s support was from businesses.

“Because of their donations, we will have raised a good start to our goal,” Richardson said.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Low turnout didnt stop the dogs in attendance from enjoying their walk.

Donors included Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic, the event’s Top Dog sponsor; Clackamas County Bank and Burns Feed Store, Best Friend sponsors; and Sandy Animal Supply, Suburban Auto Group, Hayden Homes, Magic Bean Bistro and Dolly’s Pet Shoppe, Tail Wagging sponsors.

Good Dog Mattresses attended the event, showing off its foam dog mattresses for four-legged friends to test out. Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Jill shows off her skills during a pointing dog demonstration led by Police Chief Kim Yamashita and her husband.

Avamere at Sandy hosted a silent auction of baskets and goodies supplied by the area’s businesses as a way to raise some more money

“It was so much fun to see people out in the park enjoying it with their dogs and their kids,” Richardson said of those residents who did show up.

The first Bark for the Park event was held last year before Sandy Bluff Dog Park was completed as a way to gather community support, Richardson said. With the first event’s success, the city decided to continue providing Bark for the Park, as funding is needed to continue expanding Sandy’s dog-friendly areas.

With the fence now up at the new dog park, users of the park have been making requests for a permanent water source, shelter and more seating. Richardson also said a dog park in Meinig Memorial Park is also in the works should fundraising prove successful. Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - An event attendee waits patiently for a complimentary toy.

Richardson expressed her thanks to the community, which has supported the creation of Sandy’s dog park since the beginning.

“I think they can be proud and excited about the result,” she said. “We have such a beautiful dog park, and for a community our size, it’s really a wonderful amenity.”