Back To Stool 2013

September 3rd, 2013

Join us Sunday, September 29th, at 10am for a little year-end cleanup. We could always use a few more volunteers, and we assure you, it’s less messy than it sounds. For more information, feel free to drop us a line at, or post on our Facebook page. See you at the Barkyard!

Mitzvah Day 2013

July 2nd, 2013

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!

Many thanks!

April Stool’s Day – 2013

April 2nd, 2013

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!

State of the Bark – 2013

January 8th, 2013

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.

Joseph Lonzi
Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. – The Barkyard

Visit us at the 2012 Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

August 24th, 2012

Come visit with some of our volunteers at the 2012 Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. We’ll be outside of Elmwood Pet Supplies on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. While the event is open to pets, we recommend they stay home. Festivals tend to be too hot and overstimulating to most pets.

How to keep dogs cool and avoid heatstroke

June 26th, 2012

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.

Take breaks

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!

6th Annual Run for Rover

June 1st, 2012

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!

Dog Days of Kenmore

May 20th, 2012

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.

April Stools Day 2012

March 26th, 2012

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!

Our mascot has a name!

March 1st, 2012

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!

Leap Day 2012

February 1st, 2012

Come support the Barkyard as we announce the winner of the “What’s My Name” contest! 50/50 • basket raffles • auctions • live music • $29 donation includes open bar and finger foods

Come support the Barkyard as we announce the winner of the “What’s My Name” contest!

50/50 • Basket Raffles • Auctions • Live Music
$29 Donation • Includes open bar and finger foods.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Our Bar861 Military Road • Buffalo, NY 14217

Name Our Dog Contest

January 7th, 2012

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!

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Happy New Year

January 3rd, 2012

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!

Proposal Seeks to Close Buffalo Parks at Sunset

November 10th, 2011

There is a resolution before the Common Council of the City of Buffalo, sponsored by Richard A. Fontana, asking that parks close at sunset. The Barkyard would be affected by this new rule, as many users visit after work, when it’s dark. Please contact Richard Fontana’s office at 716-851-5151, or by email at, to voice your concerns.

The Barkyard Board of Directors

2011 NFJC Walk for CommUNITY

September 15th, 2011

The 2011 NFJC Walk for CommUNITY will be held at LaSalle Park on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12 noon. This is a dog-friendly event that not only brings the community together to walk as one, but also helps to raise much-needed funds to continue all the outstanding diversity programming the NFJC offers year round.  To learn much more about the NFJC, visit their website at