I think I’ve mentioned this before, but much of my thinking about what to blog about is done on our walks.
Not only do I depend upon the dogs to provide me entertainment and material, I often times am thinking of something one of you wrote about, whether it be in a post or a comment. If I’m not doing that, I’m daydreaming.
Here is my latest daydream, it’s for a dog park that is completely fenced in, so all dogs can be off-leash.
There would be a nice field, for fetching or playing games and a great big pond for swimming. There would also be wooded trails and picnic tables so a person or family could go and make a day of it.
There would always be someone on duty during hours of operation and you would check in at a little gate and get a wrist band for yourself and your dog would get a matching band that would attach to the collar. This would be designed along the lines of the bracelets used on maternity wards to prevent someone other than you leaving with your dog.
The park would offer classes, such as rally, agility, nosework, obedience, etc.
It would look something like this:
The blue circle indicates the pond, while the dark green circle is the playing/training field. The smaller squares of green are trees, while the brown squares would be the walking trails. The two gray lines in the front indicate the path in to the park and the large gray building to the right of the path is the guard shack. The red lines are picnic tables.
Of course this is just a quick sketch meant to give you a general idea. I forgot to add a large indoor ring that could be used to hold matches or indoor training when the weather is poor.
The park would definitely be a member’s only park. There would be specific rules and regulations and all dogs would need to be friendly and you would need to sign something saying you agreed to the rules.
Here’s the question, if something like this were available in your area would you pay to belong? How much would something like this be worth to a dog owner?
Would a park like this generate enough money to pay for the taxes and any upkeep as well as the security and trainers, or would it need to supplement by offering classes to the general public and reduced classes to members?
Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.