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State of the Bark 2014

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Each year at this time, we take a moment to look back over the year that has passed and review what we have accomplished. 2013 saw the return of three of our annual projects.

Early spring brought with it April Stools Day—our biannual clean up day. Late spring we were thrilled to repeat our Mitzhah Day with our friends from Temple Beth Zion and Westminster Presbyterian Church. It was our largest turnout ever, and with all hands on deck we were able to complete the re-staining of our information kiosks and tackle some other general maintenance issues. Thank you to all who participated!

With autumn, we were back at the Barkyard and busy with Back to Stool—the other half of our clean up program. I am pleased to report that at each clean up event there was less to take care of than ever before. Thank you to everyone who is duty-diligent in this regard.

The most noticeable physical change at the Barkyard is without a doubt our wonderful shelter mural. Our Board of Directors reached out to the folks at Community Canvases for their help in improving the appearance of our shelter. We now have a beautiful Franz Marc inspired mural. This work celebrates the dynamism of our four-legged friends—both large and small. The dogs pictured were inspired by actual Barkyard visitors, thus ensuring their joyful expressions! We would like to thank everyone at Community Canvases for a very successful collaboration.

The change at the Barkyard that we are most grateful for comes from all of you—our users. From the very beginning, we knew that the future success of the park would be dictated by its users. Over the course of the past few years, the regular visitors have taken ownership of the park. This shared sense of possession is what will ensure the continued accomplishments of the Barkyard. It is the only way any of our off-leash areas can function and we thank each and every park user that has embraced this commitment.

We have more plans for 2014 and welcome all of you to offer us feedback and share your ideas.

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

President
Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. – The Barkyard

Community Canvases and Barkyard Mural Featured on Buffalo Rising

Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Mural on the Shelters at the Barkyard, by Community Canvases

Mural on the shelters at the Barkyard, by Community Canvases

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.

Mural Painting in Progress October 12–13

Friday, October 11th, 2013

"Dog Lying in the Snow," by Franz Marc

"Dog Lying in the Snow," by Franz Marc

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 11, 2013

Samuel Scarcello
716-341-2150
sscarcello@communitycanvases.org

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!”

Mitzvah Day 2013

Tuesday, 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!

State of the Bark – 2013

Tuesday, 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
President
Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. – The Barkyard

How to keep dogs cool and avoid heatstroke

Tuesday, 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!

April Stools Day 2012

Monday, 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!

Thursday, 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!

Name Our Dog Contest

Saturday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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 rfontana@city-buffalo.com, to voice your concerns.

Thanks,
The Barkyard Board of Directors

National Dog Bite Prevention Month

Monday, May 16th, 2011

May is National Dog Bite Prevention Month. Treat man’s best friend with kindness and teach your family how to identify signs of stress in your dog. Let’s prevent dog bites!

Bully Breed Awareness Day

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

The Barkyard will be the venue for a Bully Breed Awareness event, April 30, 2011. For more details, contact action@animalallieswny.org.

Please note: The Small Dog Area will be closed during this event.

Bully Breed Awareness Poster

State of the Bark

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

The Board of Directors of Buffalo Off Leash Area Inc., operators and overseers of the Barkyard, would like to thank everyone for their support over the past year. 2010 was a terrific year for the Barkyard. We saw a great increase in our user base and people continue to come from near and far to use our beautiful park.

Representatives from the Barkyard marched through slush in the first annual Powder Keg Parade, and participated with our pooches in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking home the trophy for Best Community Float. Watch for us again in this year’s parade. We continued to be a part of the many wonderful events around town, including the marketplace at Pride Buffalo, as well as two fundraising events for the SPCA of Erie County: Wine & Wags and Paws in the Park.

2010 was also the beginning of the Barkyard’s 1st annual Mitzvah Day—a park project day shared between the folks at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Temple Beth Zion. Last year they painted the old benches and the new kiosks—they’ll be back again this year for another project.

The Barkyard also held a dog bite prevention seminar at the Falk School as part of our education program, and held a successful fundraiser at the neighboring Buffalo Yacht Club. Most excitingly, we spoke with representatives from Hamburg , Lewiston and Chautauqua County regarding their interest in creating off-leash areas in their communities. I am very happy to say that Hamburg has already broken ground and Lewiston is up and running!

We are only a few weeks into the New Year and we have exciting news to report: We now have a shelter for inclement weather. It will keep us cool in the summer and warm (or at least less cold) in the winter. We have big plans for the interior, to be announced later this spring.

The Barkyard is also excited to launch our Friends of the Barkyard membership program. To continue to run the park and make necessary improvements, we need your help. Please remember that we are a not-for-profit group that runs solely on donations from pet-loving individuals like yourself. We can’t do it alone, so please consider becoming a Friend of the Barkyard.

Thank you again for continuing to make Buffalo’s first off-leash area a great success.

Joseph Lonzi
President

Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. (The Barkyard)

Join Us at Paws in the Park

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The Barkyard will have a booth at this year’s Paws in the Park, September 11, 2010 at Beaver Island State Park. Stop by, say hello, and pick up a sticker or a t-shirt to show your support!