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Paw Prints July Edition

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Paw Prints July Edition
A Newsletter of Happenings at
Canine Corners Dog Park
July Edition
Aloha Night at Anthony’s Fish Grotto, La Mesa

Make sure you mark your calendars for Aloha Night, Saturday, August 17, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. On that date and time, Anthony’s Fish Grotto will set aside their outside eating / dog friendly area for Canine Corners Dog Park. Besides delicious food and treats for your dog, they have generously offered to donate 20% of the receipts received from those attending to our dog park. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by August 12. You can obtain your tickets on line at or mailing cash/check to Canine Corners Dog Park, P.O. Box 2192, La Mesa, CA. 91943.

Becky’s Project

The Canine Corners Dog Park Council has determined that the dog park’s renovation plan will be known as Becky’s Project. The name is in honor of Becky Rice, one of the founding pioneers of our dog park. Becky’s Project is being guided by a team made up of council members and dog park users.

Presently, the conceptual planning for Becky’s Project is complete. It entails resurfacing the dog park area to eliminate the dust problem, re-configuring the entry area to facilitate access and egress, building a walkway with a bridge to connect parking lot with the dog park entry, and providing additional seating designed for comfort and social interaction.

The Council is now in the process of raising funds to make this project a reality. The Becky’s Project account has about $3000 in it now. The project will need a minimum of $250,000 to complete. We are seeking grants, donations and other sources of income to help close the gap. A GoFundMe account was set up to help fund this project.  You can make your tax deductible donation by going to :  Any amount is appreciated.  We are also seeking volunteers to serve on the Becky’s Project fund raising committee.  Please contact us if you can help in any way.

Yappy Hour

Reggie Sampaga and Friends

By all accounts, the Yappy Hour fund raiser held June 22 was a great success. The camaraderie and “all you can eat taco cart” was enjoyed by all.

At this event, the Council introduced plans for Becky’s Project which is described above. They were able to provide an additional $805 to this cause from event’s receipts. Reggie Sampaga was the big winner for the night, splitting the 50/50 raffle and winning $590. The Council thanks all those who helped make Yappy Hour a success.

Fence Relocation

The relocation of the fence between the small dog area and the west section of the dog park is complete. GFC Fence Company of La Mesa tackled the job June 27th and 28th.This $2900 project makes the small dog area larger and more usable. Additional expansion for the center enclosure is planned in the future in the Becky’s Project remodel.

Tree Planting

Special thanks to the City of La Mesa Public Works and the Parks & Recreation Departments for providing and planting a tree in honor of Becky Rice, one of the founders of our dog park. The tree was planted July 19th alongside the pathway from the handicap parking to the dog park. Several of Becky’s friends along with those who helped Becky establish our dog park attended the ceremony. The City plans to plant additional trees along this pathway. This will be a pleasant and lovely addition to Harry Griffen Park when completed.

Canine Corners Dog Park Council
The operations of Canine Corners Dog Park are administered by a board of seven members known as the Council. These persons are volunteers who spend their time, money and effort helping make our dog park the great place it is. Their primary mission is to provide a clean and safe place for you to bring and enjoy your dog.

The Canine Corners Dog Park Council is organized as follows:

  • Kerry Rauch, Chairperson – Besides overseeing very focused council meetings, you will see Kerry at the park in the evenings with her dog Kono doing needed maintenance and cleanup. Kerry is a marketing representative for Paul Oil Company.
  • Bonnie Kenk, Treasurer – Bonnie brings needed financial expertise to the Council. She has served on several boards and with several organizations in this capacity. Bonnie has a penchant for accuracy and getting things right. She presently serves on the Community Review Board for the San Diego Police Department. Bonnie is a consultant for TurboTax and helps manage the books for her husband’s business.  Besides caring for four dogs at home (2 labs, a German Shepard and a golden retriever puppy), Bonnie also tends to several beautiful exotic birds. Bonnie is usually at the dog park in the mornings with her German Shepard Lily.
  • Karen Lynn, Secretary – Before retiring, Karen taught middle school for several years. This experience enabled Karen to develop the managerial skills needed to serve as Council secretary. Karen’s willingness to accept and resolve difficult tasks makes her an asset to the Council and our dog park. Karen is presently team leader for Becky’s Project. Karen comes to the park once or twice a week in the morning with her dogs Brandy and Benny.
  • Members at Large – The Council has four members at large. They are Janet Freeman, Ron McGill, and Bill and Dawn Mercado.  In addition to providing valuable input at Council meetings, all have assumed responsibilities that help keep our dog park the great place it is.

Additional descriptions of our dog park’s organization will be included in the coming additions of Paw Prints. Council member pictures are posted on the bulletin board in the dog park entry. When you see a council member please say thank you. They are working hard for you.

Summertime is generally a season enjoyed by most people. It is also time where the days can become very hot. You need to take steps to protect your dog from the summertime heat. The American Veterinary Medical provides these recommendations for protecting your dog during this time:

  • Never leave your dog in the car;
  • Make sure your dog has unlimited access to water;
  • Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  • Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  • When walking, try to stay off hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;
  • If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your dog – make sure you have a means of cooling him off;
  • Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heart worms. Consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  • Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk with you veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet) and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.

You should also know the signs your dog is suffering from heat stroke or exhaustion and the corrective measures that need to be taken. Information about this dangerous condition is readily available on the internet.

Lost Friend
If you know of a dog that has passed away and would like to add a note about him or her in this newsletter please let us know by emailing us at . Thanks.

Canine Corners Tee Shirts Available

Canine Corners Dog Park is now offering t-shirts with the Canine Corners logo for sale at a super reasonable price. These fashionable shirts are available in adult sizes for $10 or in youth sizes for $5. You have a choice of red or black for colors. You can order this beautiful addition to your wardrobe by calling or texting Bill Mercado at (619)249-3514.

Coming Events Calendar
Please mark your calendars for these coming events:

  • Aloha Night at Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Saturday, August 17, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest in Harry Griffen Park, October 19, Time TBD
  • Dog Park Holiday Party and Dinner at Mission Del Magnolia Club House, Santee, December 7, Time TBD

The next Council meeting is August 21, 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the La Mesa Parks and Recreation Center on Memorial Drive in La Mesa. All are welcome to attend.  Certified assistance dogs welcome.

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