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Texarkana Arkansas Wins $100,000 Petsafe Dog Park Grant

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

"Petsafe Award to Texarkana Arkansas"


Texarkana, Ark., was named “top dog” today in the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest, beating out more than 1,000 nominated cities across the U.S. and winning a $100,000 PetSafe dog park.

Oak Forest, Ill., was the contest’s runner up, winning $25,000 to put toward building a local off-leash dog park. Derby, Vt., won the “Bark from Your Heart” award, earning the highest ratio of votes to population out of the contest’s 15 finalist cities and also winning $25,000.
“What began with a handful of passionate citizens has grown into a community project of love for our animals, and it has united both sides of our town,” said Wayne Smith, mayor of the Texarkana, Ark., side of the twin cities that span the Arkansas-Texas border. “And by working together, we have succeeded in winning the 2012 PetSafe ‘Bark for Your Park’ contest! Working together has included pet professionals, pet owners, shelters, welfare groups, local news and media outlets, local civic officials and many others – from Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas, as well as surrounding communities and family and friends across the U.S. Our community is overjoyed and grateful to everyone who helped us win the $100,000 grand prize so that Texarkana citizens – human and canine – can enjoy a safe place to play, exercise and socialize.”
With a total of 659,550 votes cast in the contest, competition was fierce among the 15 finalist cities, but Texarkana received the most votes at a total of 167,373. With its $100,000 grand prize, Texarkana plans to start construction on the PetSafe Jef-FUR-son Dog Park as part of the city’s Jefferson Park, but first Texarkana is celebrating how the community united to win the nationwide contest.

Oak Forest finished in second place with 123,417 votes, and Derby’s 31,105 votes earned the city the highest ratio of votes to population.

“Hundreds of dogs will enjoy having dog parks in Texarkana, Oak Forest and Derby,” said Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, the maker of the PetSafe brand. “But dogs can’t open the gate and let themselves in. Dog parks are just as much about the owners – people of all ages, genders and races, sitting on the same bench and finding common ground in their love of their pets. We’ve heard from several cities that the contest not only built awareness for a local dog park but unified neighbors across the community. That’s the magic of a dog park – and the aim of the ‘Bark for Your Park’ contest.”

“The Oak Forest community is beaming with pride to have won $25,000 in the ‘Bark for Your Park’ contest, competing with more than a thousand nominated cities and 14 other finalist cities across the U.S.,” said Hank Kuspa, mayor of Oak Forest, Ill. “Thank you and congratulations to all the friends, neighbors, dog owners, pet professionals and others who supported Oak Forest in earning this money to help us build our local dog park. Just as our community rallied together through this contest, our dog park will serve as a place where people can come together with their dogs for exercise and fun. It will be a great addition to our beautiful city.”

Both the second-place $25,000 prize and the “Bark from Your Heart” $25,000 prize are new awards added to this year’s “Bark for Your Park” contest. PetSafe added the additional prizes to help more U.S. cities kick-start or supplement their efforts to build local dog parks.

“Like some of our canine friends, Derby may be small, but we’ve got quite the powerful bark!” said Bob Kelley, zoning administrator for the Town of Derby, Vt., and chair of the Derby Dog Park Committee. “Derby’s passion for a local dog park spoke volumes – literally volumes in terms of the thousands of votes we cast in the PetSafe contest – and we’re very proud that our community barked the loudest in relation to our size, winning us the $25,000 ‘Bark from Your Heart’ award. We’ll use that toward construction of our local dog park, which Derby dogs and residents will enjoy for years to come.”
Thrilled with the positive impact “Bark for Your Park” continues to have both on the local level for participating communities and the pet community as a whole, PetSafe is excited to bark about the contest returning next year. The company plans to announce more details about the 2013 contest at a later date.

Top 200 Places: Fort Woof Dog Park in Fort Worth

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Fort Woof Off-Leash Dog Park
3500 Gateway Park Drive
Fort Worth,
Texas 76111
817-871-7638

Award winning Fort Woof, located at Gateway Park, is Fort Worth’s first fenced, off-leash dog park. There are 2 large fenced areas for dogs; one is for dogs over 40 pounds or more, and a separate area for the smaller dogs. Each area has picnic tables (but no food-please), park benches for human visitors, a watering station for both, and several clean-up stations. The park is open from 5 am to 11:30 pm daily, and the park is lighted at night. They also host Barktoberfest, an annual fall festival to help raise money for Fort Woof. Dogs must be at least 4 months old and have had their rabies shots. Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the park, and they must be cleaned up after at all times.


Top 200 Places

DogFriendly.com, 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 http://www.dogfriendly.com. Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at email@dogfriendly.com. 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.

The blog entries can be found at http://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?cat=243, our Facebook page, or Twitter.

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 www.petsafe.net 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.