Announcements


Special Notice - Ingrid's Park Closed 6/24, 10-11am

posted Jun 23, 2019, 6:48 AM by Larissa Pyer

Special Notice - On Monday, June 24 from 10-11am Ingrid's Park (the training park) will be closed to the public, as it has been reserved for a private event. The Large and Small Dog Parks will remain open for use during this time. If you would like to reserve Ingrid's park for a private training session or other event, email us at mascomavalleydogpark@gmail.com.

Dog Park Updates, Bake Sale Saturday 6/1

posted May 29, 2019, 9:26 AM by Larissa Pyer

Dear dog park friends, we have several important and exciting announcements to share!

First, we have had some changes to the Board in recent weeks, and are thrilled to welcome Deb Shope as our new President and Jillian Beasley as Vice President! Deb lives in Enfield with her dog, Tucker, and Jillian is from Grantham and is owned by her dog, Sammy. Along with this, we would like to wish our Co-Founder and inaugural President, Marcia Herrin, well as she embarks on her next adventure - politics! Marcia has stepped down to pursue election to the Enfield Selectboard in 2020. We wish her the best of luck and extend a huge thank you to both Marcia and her husband, Alan Strickland, for all their time, effort, and dedication to establishing the dog park over the last six years. We also thank Marcy Innes, former Vice President, and her husband, Dan Pontbriand, who have been involved both as volunteers and on the Board over the last few years and whose efforts are visible at the park in the form of beautiful information kiosks. THANK YOU Marcia, Alan, Marcy, and Dan for your contributions to the dog park!

Second, don't forget about the Benefit Bake Sale this Saturday, June 1, 10am-2pm at the Lebanon Co-op Food StoreYou can help the dog park by making homemade goodies for (or coming and purchasing said goodies at!) our bake sale. We need a variety of homemade items – from individual brownies to whole pies to bread to cookies to dog treats to... you get the idea. All donations are appreciated! Donations may be dropped off at 9:30am the morning of June 1 in front of Dunkin Donuts in Enfield, or anytime after 10am at the entrance of the Lebanon Co-op. Unsold items may be picked up from the Co-op at 2pm, or they will be donated to David's House. Park Update - Springfield Fence has completed the repairs to our entry gates, and they look amazing! They are incredibly smooth to work, and we are also excited that things are finally starting to dry out in the parks. There are a couple finishing touches needed, but we hope to be open by early next week. We will send an email announcement once that happens, and will also post to Facebook and update our website.

Once the park is open, please note that, per order of the Enfield Selectboard the Shaker Field Dog Park will conduct a one year trial of allowing unaltered dogs in all park areas. 
We recommend reviewing and referring to our Safety Protocol, which explains what types of occurrences should be reported, and what steps to follow in the event of an incident. Please be sure to use our incident report form (available in the park or online) or email us directly with any issues that you witness or are involved in. We also welcome feedback, questions, or comments regarding the trial, which we will aggregate and share with the Town Manager and Selectboard. You can contact us at mascomavalleydogpark@gmail.comTo ensure this trial goes as smoothly as possibly, once we open and the trial begins, we will be updating our community with suggested best practices and recommendations to help everyone adjust to this change.
Our 2019 Membership Drive is in full swing, and so far we have 49 members, putting us nearly halfway to our goal of 100! We are doing a raffle and will draw prize-winners when we reach 50, 75, and 100 members. Prizes include a dog hiking backpack, a small dog carrier backpack, and a set of Stephen Huneck Dog Prayer Flags. We need just 1 more member to reach the first goal of 50 memberships and draw for a prize!! All members are automatically entered to win, so what are you waiting for?! Sign up or renew your membership now: www.mascomavalleydogpark.com.

Best Regards,
MVDPS Board
Deb, Jillian, Jo, Larissa, and Paul


REMINDER

Benefit Yard Sale - Saturday, June 15 8am-3pm at Larissa's house in Lebanon
Get some great bargains and help support the dog park at our annual Benefit Yard Sale. We are now accepting donations of any and all items in good shape to sell at this event (no clothing, please, and electrical items must work). If you have items to donate, contact Larissa at larissa.pyer@gmail.com to make drop-off arrangements. Otherwise, donations will be accepted on the morning of the sale. If you have large items to donate, please deliver them the morning of the sale.

Play Date Today, Annual Meeting Info, Updates, and More!

posted May 4, 2019, 5:55 AM by Larissa Pyer

First, a quick reminder that today, Saturday, May 4 is PetSafe's National Dog Park Day, and we are having a play date at the park from 2-4pm to celebrate. We'll have treats for people and pets, MVDPS t-shirts for sale, and also be kicking off our 2019 membership drive with a raffle including great prizes donated by park members! Ingrid's Park and the Small park will be open during the event, but note that the park is still not open for the season, so we will be closing up again promptly at 4pm. Due to continued soggy conditions and necessary repairs to our entry gates in all three parks, we are hoping to be able to open fully in late May, possibly around Memorial Day weekend. We will of course communicate any updates concerning the park opening via email, our website, and Facebook page.

Thank you to those of you that attended our Annual Meeting last Sunday. We enjoyed sharing our plans for the coming year with you, as well as hearing your suggestions and input. For those that were unable to attend, we have attached the presentation slide deck here. Of note, during the meeting the membership voted on and approved the following new/returning Board members: Marcy Innes, Vice President; Jo Shelnutt, Secretary; Larissa Pyer, Treasurer.

We also would like to give an update on the one year trial of allowing unaltered dogs in Ingrid's Park. The Board is pleased to report that the trial resulted in fewer complaints received regarding unaltered dogs in the Large and Small park areas. We also received no reports of incidents in Ingrid's Park during the trial period. As such, the Board recommended to the Enfield Selectboard that the rule be made permanent. On February 19th the Selectboard agreed to a permanent rule change which will allow unaltered dogs to use Ingrid's Park.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • PetSafe National Dog Park Day - Saturday, May 4th, 2-4pm (TODAY!)
    Join us this Saturday, May 4th from 2-4pm for a play date at the park in celebration of National Dog Park Day! 

  • Spring Work Day - Saturday, May 18th, 9-11am (rain date Sunday 5/19)
    We have a laundry list of things that need to get done before the park can be opened for the season, and many hands make light work. The work day is a people-only event; we will have the service gates open in the parks for easy access, so leave your pups at home. Bring a shovel if you have one, work gloves, seed spreaders, rakes, and any other hand tools that you think might be useful.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support of the dog park!

Please don't leave things at the dog park!

posted Apr 10, 2019, 4:05 AM by Larissa Pyer

Please do NOT leave things at the dog park! Someone left an old (broken?) soft-sided crate near the Casella bin in the parking lot just before the park closed. Casella will not pick it up, and now we will have to pay to dispose of it. This is not the first time this has happened. If you have something in GOOD used condition that you would like to donate, please contact us first, don't just drop it off.

Dog Park Annual Meeting April 28th

posted Apr 10, 2019, 4:01 AM by Larissa Pyer

Mark your calendars for the Mascoma Valley Dog Park Supporters Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 28th at 1:00pm at the Enfield Department of Public Works building. We will come together to update you on the status of park operations and talk about plans for the coming year. Topics for discussion include planning work days, volunteer and fundraising opportunities, and voting in new Board members. Below are the Board positions up for election and their incumbents/nominees:

  • Vice President - Marcy Innes
  • Secretary - Melanie Ossman (not seeking re-election)
  • Treasurer - Larissa Pyer

Any member who wishes to be considered for a Board position is asked to notify us via email in advance of the meeting (by April 19th is appreciated) so that your name can be added to the agenda. Please refer to the attached document for full descriptions and responsibilities of each Board position. Note that this is a working board; while in-person meetings occur quarterly (or more often as needed), Board members are in regular contact via email on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis, as necessitated by the ongoing nature of park operations. 


As a reminder, the meeting is open to all, but only MVDPS members who have paid their dues for 2019 are eligible to vote, so please be sure to sign up for or renew your membership! You can do so in advance (see our website for details: www.mascomavalleydogpark.com) or at the start of the meeting. If you signed up between October - December 2018, your membership counts for 2019 as well. If you're unsure of your membership status, reply to this email and we'll be happy to check for you.



MVDPS Board Responsibilities


Doggie Costume Contest Voting, Work Day, and more!

posted Oct 24, 2018, 4:03 AM by Larissa Pyer

Thank you to all that came to Howl-oween at the dog park! It was a chilly, blustery afternoon, but we had fun seeing all your cute puppers in their costumes. Don't forget to cast your vote in the costume contest on Facebook by liking/reacting to your favorites! Voting will stay open through 12pm this Friday, October 26th with prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place as determined by the most likes/reactions.

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, November 3rd from 2-4pm for a Work Day at the dog park! (Note that in case the weather is more favorable on Sunday 11/4 we will move the workday to then). We have a laundry list of tasks to complete to get the park ready for winter, and many hands make light work. The work day is a people-only event; we will have the service gates open in the parks for easy access, so leave your pups at home. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves, wheelbarrows, rakes, and any other hand tools that you think might be useful, or just bring yourself - we will have some tools to share. Tasks include spreading fertilizer and grass seed, spreading gravel, and buttoning up the water and poop stations.

Please note that during the work day the Large and Small parks will be CLOSED for safety reasons. Ingrid's park will remain open for use, but visitors are reminded to use caution, especially when large and small dogs are playing together.

Membership Raffle Update
We need just 11 more members to reach our goal of 100 and draw for the winner of the CleverPet doggie game system! Sign up for membership today. If you visit the park regularly, please help us keep the park open by becoming a member. Your $25 annual dues go directly to supporting the park's ongoing maintenance costs like poop bags, waste pick-up from Casella, mowing and plowing, etc. 

Dog Park Updates - Volunteers Needed, Exclusive Raffle for Members

posted Aug 28, 2018, 10:32 AM by Larissa Pyer

Thank you to everyone that came to Paws in the Pool this past weekend! We had SO much fun and raised over $800 for the dog park and the Lebanon Recreation Department scholarship fund. Photos from the event will be posted on the Mel Tata Photography Facebook page.

WILL THE DOG PARK CLOSE IN SEPTEMBER?
We didn't want to have to resort to click-bait to get your attention, but the truth is, if we don't have volunteers to help with these tasks, we can't keep the park open. We need volunteers to cover the month of September (and beyond!). If you visit the park once a week (or more!), please sign up for a shift using the links below. You can also email us directly to sign up or for more information about volunteering. Please help us keep the park open!

Sign up here: Ball Patrol


MEMBER EXCLUSIVE RAFFLE We need just 19 more members in order to reach our goal of 100 for the 2018 season! Can you help us get there?

When we reach 100 members, we will do a random drawing from the MVDPS membership list for an AWESOME prize of a CleverPet gaming system. Yes, you read that right - this is essentially a game console FOR YOUR DOG! Check it out on the CleverPet website. The systems use positive reinforcement training techniques to play "games" with your dog. This prize is valued at $250 and we were fortunate to have one donated by a loyal dog-park member and constant supporter, Bill Stearns. Thank you, Bill!


Not sure of your membership status? Send us an email and we'll be happy to check for you.

Dog Park Yard Sale - Volunteers Needed!

posted Jun 7, 2018, 8:55 AM by Larissa Pyer   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 8:57 AM ]

First, thank you to everyone that helped with our Bake Sale last weekend, whether you donated baked goods, staffed the sale, or purchased treats! We raised $280 for the dog park, which will help cover the cost of keeping the grass mowed this month. Now, as you're doing your spring cleaning, don't forget to set aside some items to donate to the dog park yard sale! 

Our annual Benefit Yard Sale is coming right up on Saturday, June 16 from 8am-3pm at 22 Dulac Street in Lebanon. We are still accepting donations of any and all items in good shape to sell at this event (no clothing, please, and electrical items must work). If you have items to donate, you can drop them off at the sale site any time before the sale. Items may be left in the driveway. If you have large or heavy items like furniture we ask that you drop them off on the morning of the sale. 

We are also looking for assistance with staffing the yard sale. Please sign up for a shift here (or email us your availability) if you can help. Thank you in advance! 

Dog Park is Open - Volunteers Needed!

posted May 22, 2018, 4:15 AM by Larissa Pyer

First, a big thank you to all the volunteers that came to the work day on Sunday. We got a ton accomplished and couldn't have done it without your help. All three parks are now open for the season! A couple things to note:
  • There is a big area in the Large Dog park that is fenced off. The turf really took a beating here and didn't come back this spring as we'd hoped, so we're re-seeding it and hoping to have the grass reestablished there sometime later in the summer.
  • For the coming year, Ingrid's Park (the training park) will be open to both spayed/neutered and unaltered dogs of all ages. Please note that all other park rules still apply, and that unaltered dogs over 1 year of age are not permitted in the Large or Small dog park areas. The full text (and context) of this one year trial is below.
Now that the park is open, in order to STAY open we need volunteers to cover poop duty and water patrol through the summer, and beyond. These volunteer tasks are essential to keeping the dog park open, so we need you!

Poop Duty involves emptying the waste bins inside each park and refilling the bag dispensers. Water Patrollers rinse out the water coolers and dishes and wipe them down with disinfectant. These jobs are quick and easy, and can be done during one of your regular dog park visits! Sign up for a once-a-week shift for one month at a time (i.e. every Wednesday in June). If you can help, please email us at mascomavalleydogpark@gmail.com or sign up here! We will provide training if you have not already helped us in the past.



NEW - Unaltered dogs Welcome in Ingrid's Park

The issue regarding the park rule around unaltered dogs has been heard and addressed by the MVDPS Board. In partnership with the Town of Enfield (Town Manager and Town Counsel) an amendment to our original rule was presented to the Board of Selectmen. On April 2nd the Enfield Selectboard agreed to a one year trial in which unaltered dogs will be allowed to use Ingrid's Park (aka the training park). The full text of the approved, amended rule is below. We will revisit this with the Selectboard, and at our annual meeting next year, following the one year trial.

All dogs over one year of age must be spayed/neutered to use the Small or Large Dog Parks. Unaltered dogs of either sex are prohibited from using the Small or Large Dog Parks, but may use Ingrid’s Park. Handlers of unaltered dogs must alert other users of Ingrid’s Park to the unaltered state of their dog(s). Female dogs of any age, while in heat, are not permitted in any of the Parks (Small Dog, Large Dog, and Ingrid’s Park), in accordance with RSA 466:31.

2018 Annual Meeting - Minutes & Slide Deck

posted Apr 30, 2018, 1:11 PM by Larissa Pyer

The Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, April 29 at 1pm at the Enfield Community building. See the attached files for the meeting minutes and presentation slide deck. Of note, during the meeting the membership voted on and approved the following:

Updated/expanded set of organizational bylaws (see attached).
 
New slate of Board members: Marcia Herrin, President; Marcy Innes, Vice President; Melanie Ossman, Secretary; Larissa Pyer, Treasurer; Paul Osgood, Member at Large

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