In the fall of 2009, while playing at Amazon Dog Park in Eugene, Oregon, Lola, an 11 pound dog (shown at right), was attacked from behind by a large dog. In front of Lola’s owner, her four year old daughter and many others, Lola was mauled to death.
For Lola's owner, the sorrow and loss were almost overwhelming. She wanted to make certain that no small dog ever suffered such a fate at a dog park again. She turned her grief into action by contacting the City's parks department, the Mayor, and the City Council asking if Eugene could have a dog park just for small dogs. Through her online petition, posters, flyers and the media, word spread. Countless stories came forward of small dogs injured by larger dogs. The City's Parks and Open Space Division listened, the Mayor took note, and the City Council heard. Eugene needed a small dog park.
Thanks to those who have given generously to create the small dog park:
Chuck Bailey, Architect
Forrest Castile, Castile Construction Inc.
Gibson Steel Fabrication Inc.
Lane Community College Construction Technology Program
City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grants
If you take the time to be an informed dog owner, you will be able to judge for yourself if the situation you and your dog are in is a good situation – so, have fun at the dog park - but keep an eye on your dog at all times.
Be sure to take your dog’s temperament into consideration and don’t assume s/he’s having a good time – watch your dog’s demeanor and make an informed judgment about how happy s/he is to be there.
Please remove your dog from the park if they become agressive towards the other dogs.
Carl Best started our facebook little dog corner facebook group last year for a place to post pics of our dogs at the dog park.
Please donate to our mowing fund here
If you are thinking about having a doggie birthday party- post on our google group- hopefully we can all bring our pooches down for a party!
You may want to consider the natural, holistic approach to real pet health care. Holistic health methods will enable you to maintain a much healthier pet, one that will allow you to have years of disease free enjoyment and love.
To err is human; to forgive, canine.
- Chomps McGee
Love is a four-legged word.
- Paws Woofland
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself
Thank you to Photographer: Carl Best
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