The recently completed murals on the shelters at the Barkyard are featured in a Buffalo Rising post about Community Canvases. We are proud to have these fine works on our shelters, and look forward to them being on display for years to come.
October 11, 2013
MURAL TO BE PAINTED IN THE LASALLE OFF-LEASH DOG PARK THIS WEEKEND
The Barkyard is sponsoring the mural to be done in the style of Franz Marc.
Buffalo, N.Y. – This Saturday, October 12th, Community Canvases artists and board members, Jim Montour and Elaine O’Toole, will begin work on a new mural in The Barkyard, coordinated by Joseph Lonzi and Jay McCarthy.
Done in the style of German Expressionist, Franz Marc, the mural will incorporate a variety of breeds of dog. The project is funded by The Barkyard and has the full support of its president, Josephy Lonzi.
Buffalo School Board member, Jay McCarthy (North District) helped coordinate the event and shared his excitement over its commencement, “I am excited, as vice president of the Barkyard and a board member of Community Canvases, to see this project, which will improve upon the existing structure with an exciting artistic element.”
A table with art supplies will be set up to encourage children of all ages to come down to The Barkyard on Saturday and draw a picture of their own dog. Their artwork will even be hung up at the park.
Community Canvases Vice President, Jim Montour, can’t wait to bring two of his passions together with the piece, stating, “I live for art and for animals, so this is a dream project for me. Partnering Community Canvases with The Barkyard is an exciting prospect for us, so we hope it sparks more conversation and even more public art!”
On Sunday, May 19th, we celebrated our 3rd annual Mitzvah Day at the Barkyard. Eager volunteers from Temple Beth Zion and Westminster Presbyterian Church joined Barkyard Board Members in refurbishing our information kiosks. We had a terrific turnout, and a few park users even lent their hands to the project. Our thanks to all who participated in making this our biggest Mitzvah Day ever!
On Sunday, April 21st at 10am, The Barkyard will undergo its annual spring cleanup.
We are often asked “how can I help?” While it’s not the most glamorous event to volunteer for, this is one of the most basic ways to volunteer for The Barkyard and get involved. It’s not nearly as gross as you might expect, and you’re bound to meet some friendly folks—as well as the ever-so-happy-to-be-there dogs.
To volunteer, simply send us an email, or leave us a message at 716-218-0303. Your help is greatly appreciated!
The Buffalo Off-Leash Area, Inc. Board of Directors, operators and overseers of The Barkyard, would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the past year. Each year we are pleased to see growth in our Barkyard family, making it a second home to more people and their pooches.
This past year we gave an identity to our beloved mascot. We needed your help in this important task; giving a name to this forever running dog. Through our hugely popular, open to all, contest we selected a winning name from over 1,000 submissions—Lola. It suits her perfectly. She is happy to have a real identity and I believe in 2013, she will finally find her voice. So keep watching—I think Lola will have lots to say!
We spruced up our benches this year with help from our friends on Mitzvah Day, as well as installed new bulletin board cases. We also made the decision to do away with poop bags that we purchased, in favor of recycled grocery and newspaper bags that park users bring. We thank everyone for their assistance in this new system.
We have more plans for 2013, including improved signage, new benches, and some great educational events are planned as well.
To continue to manage the park safely and make the necessary improvements we really do need your help. Our biggest challenge is to remind people that we are a not-for-profit group that runs solely on donations from pet-loving individuals like yourself. We cannot do it alone.
Thank you again for continuing to make Buffalo’s first off leash area a great success.
Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. – The Barkyard
The heat of the summer is here! To keep our canine friends comfortable, please follow the suggestions below, and avoid a trip to the emergency vet.
Plenty of water
When your dog pants, he is cooling off by evaporating saliva and water on his tongue. This cooling process requires water. So always be sure your dog has plenty of fresh water.
Avoid midday sun
Plan your trips to The Barkyard (or other dog-friendly park) early in the day or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day—especially if you have a dog with a “smooshed” face (such as a Pug, Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Shih Tsu or Pekingese).
Also, be careful if your dog is dark brown or black, since dark fur absorbs heat quickly. If you doubt it, next time you and your dog are with other canine friends in the sun, place your hand on your dog’s back and feel the heat. Then place it on the back (with the owner’s permission of course) of a light-colored or white dog—you will notice a big difference!
Never leave your dog in a vehicle
Even with windows open, parked cars can quickly—within 10 minutes—reach temperatures that cause heatstroke for a dog. I know your dog looks at you with those doe eyes and begs to come with you on car rides, but don’t buy it! He’s safer and comfortable at home.
Festivals and street fairs are no place for dogs
Unless it’s a dog festival, leave your dog home when you go to local summer events and concerts. Hot pavement, such as asphalt, cement, and tar / blacktop, can burn a dog’s paws—many dogs will lie down to avoid it.
If your dog is particularly exuberant and loves to run and play without taking breaks, be sure he does take a break every few minutes to avoid overheating. Early signs of heatstroke can include any of the following symptoms: bright red tongue, heavy drooling, heavy or rapid breathing, or reduced coordination. If you see any of these symptoms in your dog, use water at the fountain to cool him off, then head to the nearest veterinary hospital to take good care of your best friend.
Thanks for bringing your dog to The Barkyard!
Join us at the 6th annual Run for Rover, right next to the Barkyard in LaSalle Park.
Run for Rover, a USATF-certified 5k run / walk for people at The Pavilion at LaSalle Park on Buffalo’s waterfront, benefits the Pet Emergency Fund. The course around the park is flat and smooth. There are prizes, dog washing, pet sitting, refreshments, animal welfare / provider information, and much, much more!
Join us at the Dog Days of Kenmore, Sunday, June 24th, from noon to 4pm.
The Dog Days of Kenmore is a fun, free event for canines and their people; a celebration of dogs and the enjoyment and interest they bring to our lives! The Dog Days excitement includes dog sports, contests with prizes, education and training, dog vendors and activities, treats for humans and canines, and much more! Well socialized, friendly dogs are welcome at the event; water and shade will be provided.
This year’s April Stools Day will be Sunday, April 15th at 10:00am.
As usual, we can use all the help we can get, so if you can spare some time to help keep the Barkyard a fun, safe, and clean place to visit, please stop by!
And her name is Lola! The winning name was submitted by Kathleen Hackford, who won our grand prize of $400.
The runner up, Dash, was submitted by Don Mitchell, with a prize of $100 to Dash’s Market (completely a coincidence).
Both prizes were donated by a Friend of the Barkyard.
Thank you to the over 1,000 people who submitted names!
Sam? Molly? Snuffleupagus?
Please help me find my identity! I’m calling all Barkyard devotees to help me find me a name. I may actually stop running and take a rest once I can be called by name!
How will I get a name?
It’s simple: Submit a name that you think best suits me. Remember, not only do I not have a name, I don’t even know my gender (thanks a lot, Barkyard Board Members) so anything is possible!
The chosen entry will win $400 cash*, and the opportunity to reveal the selected name at our upcoming fundraiser in February, as well as being featured on our website with your story of how you selected that name.
One Runner Up will receive a $100 gift certificate for Dash’s Market.*
The “small print”:
Entering is free of charge, and you may enter as many names as you’d like. The name will be selected by the Barkyard’s Board of Directors (so entering the same name more than once would be silly). If the winning name is suggested by multiple entrants, the first entry for that name will win. The winner will be notified late in February.
*All prizes donated by a Friend of the Barkyard.
Thank you, and good luck!
From the Barkyard!!!
We would like to thank all of you for enjoying the Barkyard with your canine friends. Also thanks for picking up after your dogs and clearing out old toys and litter. What would we do without you?
Watch our website and Facebook page for news on our upcoming Fundraiser!