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Kirkland Off Leash Dog Group awarded $19,000 grant

Kirkland Off Leash Dog Group (KDOG) announced it was awarded a $19,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.

KDOG had requested the money to cover the expense of hog fuel for the base layer ground cover at the new dog park, planned for the City of Kirkland property located in the Totem Lake neighborhood.

“We have spent a lot of time talking with the other cities and other dog groups and have learned the best in class practices. Hog fuel, and a lot of it, is a key component to our park – this is a woodchip-type product that is high in absorbency, does not retain odor, stays in place and comes highly recommended to us by rescue groups, dog daycare facilities, and other dog parks such as Marymoor," said KDOG President Jean Guth. "We need a thick initial layer to keep down the blackberry re-growth. I think we made a compelling case to the Petco Foundation that Kirkland is going to build a great new dog park. This grant is a significant step towards our doing that."

She added KDOG volunteers are working hard to secure the remainder of the construction funds needed to begin construction of the site.

KDOG needs to secure donations or sponsorships for the expense of the fencing, entry way pavers, signage and contributions towards the ongoing park maintenance. Sponsorships of specific areas in the park such as the small dog area and the entry area are also still available. For further sponsorship details, visit www.kdog.org.

Approval of the site was secured in November 2010, but due to the city’s financial situation, the park must be built through donations and gifts in kind. KDOG had been instrumental in lobbying for the park and is leading the effort to get the funds and work in place to open the first legal off leash area for dogs in Kirkland.

Volunteers from KDOG wrote and submitted the proposal to Petco for KDOG for the hog fuel. KDOG welcomes all residents to help the organization build a great new amenity for Kirkland.

Join KDOG on www.meetup.com (search under “Kirkland” and “Dog”.) There is a great demand in Kirkland for a local legal place to socialize with our dogs off leash. Kirkland dog owners have waited more than 10 years for a dog park to open in the city.

With the new park site designated for the Totem Lake area, it will be a welcome asset to the local businesses in the area. For more information about KDOG and to donate to the project, go to www.kdog.org.

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