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Tree and Lawn Care Experts Since 1880
We Believe in the Best for your Pet!
Where Your Dog Feels At Home
Got some shade & higher fence
Reported by Lee Martin
Slate of Officers for next Term and Lots of Discussion
At the Byrd Park RoundHouse
Adding Tables and Benches in the Shade Structures
Chili Dog Cookout, Lots of Cleanup and Transplanting
www.zazzle.com/fobfswag* is our Sweatshirt & Hoodie Factory. Sally Brant, a founding mother of Barker Field, sketched the new 'two dogs chasing' logo and more than 30 other full and mixed breed dogs. Click Sally Brant Dog Sketches to see all these beautiful sketches. Buy your favorite on tee-shirts, hoodies, sweat-shirts, or aprons from FOBF Swag! The price includes a generous markup for FOBF, about $7 on a Hoodie, $5 on a Sweatshirt, $4 on a Tee.
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Friends of Barker Field is the organization that cares for the dog park, is responsible for most of what makes our fenced-in acre a dog park. FOBF gets the chips, keeps the drain clear in the watering area, posts rules to help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for your dogs, gets picnic tables, and otherwise cares and advocates for Barker Field.
Friends of Barker Field is organized as a partner of Enrichmond Foundation, a 501C3 fiduciary trust that holds our funds and pays our bills. Gifts to FOBF are tax-deductable.
Click Donate via PayPal to make a gift via PayPal from FOBF's page at enrichmond.org.
Barker Field heartily encourages dog rescue groups & folks who provide foster care and work hard to find forever homes for dogs. Adopt a dog, and help them however you can! Many, or most, of Barker Field's dogs were rescued and adopted, some of them from these Rescures:
Physical and mental exercise for dogs: Your dog can zoom around off-leash to their heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until they happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards.
Opportunities to maintain social skills: Dogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.
Fun for pet parents: Dogs aren't the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do, too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs.
When you take your dog to a dog park or any other setting where there are other dogs, you have a responsibility to make sure he or she practices acceptable social behavior, please practice being a responsible pet parent.
FOBF's '501C3 Umbrella' Enrichmond Foundation has sponsored Earth Day Festivals for 20 years. Put this year's Earth Day on your calendar. All brews tipped benefit Enrichmond's programs.
Barker Field was expanded about 30% by the recent fencing project, December of 2013, which also solved the problem where the fence was too low at the bottom of the hill and dogs could easily jump it to chase deer or joggers. Picnic tables found in the city's scrapheaps have been scrounged and been refurbished or replaced with recylced, municipal-grade tables by FOBF Board Members. Sheba planted big clumps of canna lilies along the fence and they are thriving, will be spendid next spring and summer. She also planted, and trans-planted, crape myrtles and other bushes along the fence. In a year or three we'll be a Wooded Dog Park.
Winter 2014, likely January or February, we'll get 10 trees by participating in the City's Plant-A-Tree project, where we transferred $500 from FOBF to the The City's Plant-a-Tree fund, and we will get several $1000 worth of young trees in return. The 'big old/ancient tree' across from the main entrance has it's root line protected by big stones, where we've lost a few close-by parking spaces, but will improve the tree's chances of getting another eon on it.
An Eagle Scout project will get us tables and benches built into two of our recently power-washed shade structures. The big benches with 'phone pole supports came from an Eagle Scout's project. The shade structures were built by High Schoolers as their community service project. We've been the beneficiary of young people's service before, and expect the best from Conner Murray and other scounts in his troop.
We always need labor, to spread chips or pick up poop, and donations are welcome. Some projects, like rerouting the swale or repairing gates or fences need funding, and we're always looking to improve Barker Field. Please volunteer to work and please, please, make a contribution!
Here's the link to donate to Barkerfield.org, through the Enrichmond site, via PayPal: Donate On-Line
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Peer pressure is the best way of enforcing Barker Field's rules. Nearly 100% of incidents involving injury or threats to persons and dogs at Barker Field would have been prevented if our rules had been followed.
Please speak up, politely, to violators of our rules, especially the top 3:
Click Barker Field's Rules to see the full list of rules.
It's better to prevent parasites than it is to kill them after a dog has been infected. Use a Heart Worm preventative that also protects for Whip, Hook, and Round Worms! Soil at Barker Field harbors larvae and eggs for these worms and giardia. Some Heart Worm preventatives do not protect against one or more of these common intestinal worms -- ask your Vet's advice about preventatives and de-worming. Flea control is the best preventative for tapeworms. Always take a stool sample when you take your dog to the Vet Let the Vet rule out worms, giardia, or coccidia if your dog develops loose or mucusy stools without a change in diet.