Archive for June, 2012

15 Cities will Compete for $100,000 PetSafe Dog Park

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Representing pet-passionate communities across the U.S., 15 cities have been named finalists in the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest. PetSafe, a leading brand in pet behavior and lifestyle products, created the national contest to award $100,000 to one U.S. community and $25,000 each to two additional cities toward building local dog parks.

“With more than 1,000 cities nominated, we are elated with this showing of the nation’s passion for pet-friendly initiatives like dog parks,” said Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, maker of the PetSafe brand. “We’re very excited for our 15 finalist cities, but we loved hearing the ‘barks’ from all the city supporters across the U.S. No matter the outcome of this year’s contest, we hope you’ll continue to ‘bark’ for your park.”

The 15 finalists:
Allentown, Pa.
Auburn, N.Y.
Bloomington, Ind.
Bluffton, S.C.
Derby, Vt.
Essex, Vt.
Hernando, Miss.
Lynchburg, Va.
Mountain House, Calif.
Oak Forest, Ill.
Orland Park, Ill.
Oxford, Miss.
Temple, Texas
Texarkana, Ark.
Westfield, Ind.

Since the second-annual contest launched on May 1, at least one city from each of the 48 eligible states was nominated. To qualify for a finalist slot, the nominated cities had to verify land availability, exhibit documented support from a civic leader and demonstrate community support through online votes. The cities that met these requirements were grouped according to relative population size, and the 15 finalists represent the top five small, medium and large size cities that received the most votes, thus ensuring that communities of all sizes had an equal opportunity to compete in the contest.

Now it’s up to the public to “bark for your park.” City supporters and dog park enthusiasts across the U.S. are encouraged to vote for their favorite community to win a dog park. From June 15-Aug. 1, each person can vote twice daily: once per day at and once per day on the PetSafe Facebook page.

The city with the most votes will be named “Top Dog” and win the $100,000 grand prize. The runner-up city and the city with the highest percentage of votes to its population each will be awarded $25,000. PetSafe will announce the winners in August.

Dog Run at the I-95 Roanoke Rapids Visitors Center

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

We just opened a visitors center dog run for both small and large dogs here at our Halifax County NC visitors center in Roanoke Rapids. We are right off of Interstate 95.

Top 200 Places: Huntington Dog Beach

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Huntington Dog Beach
Pacific Coast Hwy (Hwy 1)
Huntington Beach,
California 92647

This beautiful beach is about a mile long and allows dogs from 5 am to 10 pm. Dogs must be under control but may be off leash and owners must pick up after them. Dogs are only allowed on the beach between Golden West Street and Seapoint Ave. Please adhere to these rules as there are only a couple of dog-friendly beaches left in the entire Los Angeles area. The beach is located off the Pacific Coast Hwy (Hwy 1) at Golden West Street. Please remember to pick up after your dog… the city wanted to prohibit dogs in 1997 because of the dog waste left on the beach. But thanks to The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach (, it continues to be dog-friendly. City ordinances require owners to pick up after their dogs. It is suggested that you bring plenty of quarters in order to feed the parking meters near the beach.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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