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Temporary Dog Park Opens In Twin Falls

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A temporary dog park just opened up at Harmon Park in Twin Falls. The city of Twin Falls is opening the dog park for this winter until a permanent one can open sometime late next year.

Bailey a three year old golden retriever/shepherd mix of some kind. His owner, Anne Hecht, says the temporary dog park at Harmon Park is the first dog park Bailey's been to in about a year.

Hecht says, “It's a great idea. I actually came from a city that had a dog park, and it was wonderful. People were out there every single day with their dogs. It's just a really good outlet for the people and for their dogs, as something they can do on a regular basis.”

It's common for dog parks to have plastic sacks and containers to dispose of your doggie's droppings. Hecht says it's going to be crucial that dog owners will need to pick up after their pets once the pooches "do their duty."

Hecht says, “There are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans that can be in the feces of dogs and cats. So when they're not picked up, those parasites can live in the soil and they can infect humans as well as other animals.”

Both the city of Twin Falls and dog owners have talked about the need for a dog park for years now. But this is the first time they've been able to move ahead on the project.

In the meantime, the Magic Valley Canine Social Club is raising funds for a permanent dog park. Dennis Bowyer with Twin Falls Parks and Recreation says there are fundraising events like “buying a brick” planned for the permanent dog park, as well as some grants being applied for.

Hecht says, “If your dog doesn't get along with other dogs, it's not the best place to take them. So work with a trainer, get them socialized before bringing them out to the dog park. But that being said, if you have a friendly dog that likes other dogs, it is an amazing place for them to go.

And Hecht's dog Bailey seems to agree.

Oct. 1, 2012.


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