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Paw Prints Newsletter, May 2017

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Paw Prints Newsletter, May 2017

Paw Prints
A Monthly Newsletter of
Happenings at
Canine Corners Dog Park

Hello Everyone.

This is the May 2017 edition of Paw Prints, our dog park newsletter. I hope it is informative and that you enjoy it.


Robin Bell will be stepping down from her position as Canine Corners Dog Park Treasurer. Bonnie Kenk has graciously volunteered to replace Robin. The Council welcomes Bonnie and thanks Robin for all she has done for Canine Corners.

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.

Magnetic Bumper Stickers

Canine Corners “Member Of The Pack” magnetic bumper stickers are available for purchase. They cost $5 each. If you would like to support your dog park by purchasing one, contact any of the following persons -Janet Freeman, John Palmer, Anna Brynjulson, Aly Fair, Stacey Dass or Kerry Rauch. You can also send us an e mail to and we can schedule to meet you at the park for the transaction. They’re going fast so hurry!

Rotary Club

A special thank you to the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club and Elly Dotson for giving up their Saturday to help make Canine Corners a better dog park. Each year the Rotary Clubs set aside a special day for community service. This year the LMSRC chose Canine Corners for their project and had a $2,000 budget for improvements to the park. They provided 2 new benches, 2 new picnic tables, stainless steel water buckets, 150’ water hose with an industrial hose reel, and a new storage box in the entry way. LMSRC provided steel roofing that Tony and Lewis installed on the pergolas. Volunteers washed all the chairs, pulled weeds, trimmed trees, installed water retention wells around our trees and installed safety bumpers on the pergola legs. All who helped were treated to Gaetanos’ pizza after the work was finished. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page Canine Corner’s Dog Park

Gate Repair

The large gate between small dog park and the east dog area will be repaired this month, May. The fence barrier to keep the small dogs from charging the entry area when the large dogs enter the dog park will be installed at the same time. We hope this will help reduce the ruckus and commotion that sometimes occurs here.

2018 calendar

The Calendar Team has begun work on the 2018 Canine Corners Dog Park Calendar. Rob and Stephanie Shipley have posted the dates on the gate entries as when they will be taking your dog’s picture. Make sure your dog has his/her picture taken so that they will be part of the dog park’s 2018 calendar.


The raffle was a great success. Special thanks to Aly Fair and Stacey Dass for their hard work. We were able to raise over $540 in donations for the park. The winners of the baskets full of dog and people goodies were Romina Pacheco and Cynthia Strickland. We’re sure Romina’s dog Luna and Cynthia’s dog Gizmo are enjoying themselves Congratulations Romina and Cynthia. Check out the fun on our Facebook page at Canine Corners Dog Park.

Amazon Smile

Just a reminder, you can now help support your dog park whenever you purchase an item online by using the Amazon Smile. Simply go to . Log into your Amazon account or register for an account if you don’t have one. Select Canine Corners Dog Park as the charity you wish to donate and make your purchase. You will receive a confirming email or text from Amazon Smile indicating your purchase and donation was successful. Canine Corners will receive 0.5% of the purchase value.

Flag Day Parade

Be sure to join us Saturday, June 3 when the dog park participates in the City of La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade. All dogs participating will be given a patriotic bandana to wear. We will meet at the corner of La Mesa Blvd and University (near the baseball fields and Senior Center) between 9:15 and 9:50 am. The parade starts at 10:00 am. The parade route is a little over .6 miles. The last couple years the temperature has been moderate. Water will be available for the dogs and people. We are looking for a great turnout of people and dogs. Hope all of you will join us with your dogs for the fun. We always have great turnout and lots of fun.

Agility Equipment

Thanks to Bill Pogue, the small dog park now has new agility equipment. The dogs can now demonstrate their doggy skills. Thanks Bill for helping make Canine Corners a great dog park.

Soil Erosion

Special thanks to the La Mesa Public Works Department for grading our dog park to remove the areas of soil erosion that occurred because of heavy rains.


The Council has approved a $100 donation to La Mesa Parks and Recreation Foundation. The LMPRF is a nonprofit organization that uses the money they receive to improve La Mesa’s parks.

Summer is Coming

Special thanks to Sharon Bennett Luna for posting this on her Facebook page:

The Police are now saying if you see a dog locked in a car in hot weather, take a picture of the dog and the car. If someone is with you, get them to bring up the weather for your area on their phone so you can screen shot the temp, then break the car window. This way, you will not be charged with criminal damage and it gives the police photo evidence to take the dog owners to court.
Can everyone please copy and paste this information to prevent this cruel act from happening?
Summer is coming!! 🐶 🐕
Please don’t just share this post. By copying and pasting all YOUR contacts will see it too. If you share someone’s status only your mutual friends will see it.
Don’t let animals suffer because of apathy.

The Importance of Mental and Physical Simulation

Sharmon Kinser, lead Trainer for Positive Paws, contributed the following from her newsletter. Thanks Sharmon

Lack of mental stimulation and physical exercise is crucial to your dog’s emotional and physical health. Sadly, many dogs are forced to live a very sedentary/couch potato life as their owners are at work all day and/or busy with their own activities. Dogs that don’t get enough physical and mental activity can suffer from depression, obesity, restlessness and hyperactivity. They often lack focus and engage in behaviors such as excessive chewing, barking, jumping and digging as an outlet for their pent-up energy. Lack of exercise and mental stimulation is extremely frustrating for dogs and can cause them to be reactive and sometimes even aggressive.

It is a common misconception that dogs who have a large backyard will exercise themselves or a 20-30 minute leisurely walk once or twice a day is enough exercise for a dog. Although daily walks are important for socialization and mental stimulation, they are usually not enough to tire a dog out, especially a young active dog.

When developing a daily exercise program for your dog, you need to keep your dog’s breed, age and physical limitations in mind. For example, a young Labrador Retriever will need a lot more physical exercise than a Pug. Find activities that your dog was bred for or enjoys. Hiking, fetching, jogging, swimming, play dates with other dogs, agility and flyball, and games such as hide and seek are all great forms of exercise that will provide your dog with a cardio workout.

In addition to physical exercise, your dog also needs daily mental stimulation to keep them happy and emotionally healthy. Daily sniff walks, trick training, nose work (find it games), and interactive and puzzle toys such as the Bob-A-Lot, Snuffle Mat, Brick, and Tornado are all great ways to provide your dog with needed mental stimulation.

We owe it to our dogs to provide them with what they need to be happy, healthy and well behaved. Make time everyday to give your dog the physical and mental stimulation they need to be the best dog they can be. I bet you’ll find you both will benefit.

The next Council meeting will be May 21 at 3:00 pm in the West Section of the dog park. All dog park users and your dogs are welcome. Thanks for helping make Canine Corners a great dog park

The Canine Corners Dog Park Council

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