Spring is here, the sun is out and you want to be too – with your dog.
Ever wonder how to find others who pamper, pet, snuggle, are crazy about – oh, heck – just plain love their dogs as much as you? It’s easy.
There is a web site called “MeetUp” that lists forty-one (41) dogs groups within 25 miles of San Jose with over 5600 combined membership with tons more dog groups around the bay area. These groups are as diverse to Breed, Italian Greyhounds (10 members), Highland WhiteTerriers (93), French Bulldogs (38) , Chihuahua (295), etc, Size BIG DOGS/small dogs/inbetween dogs; Temperament:sports dogs, cuddle dogs and (oh, you get the picture) also goups with similar Interests, who take their dogs on daily walks, wilderness hikes or over-night camping trips, etc, or just meet at a local dog friendly restaurant to celebrate just being with their doggie friends ( two and four legged). Each group can be as varied in focus as they are in their dog lovin’ commonality.
Note now how I use that last line to oh-so-cleverly segway into the first local MeetUp group featured here in DawgHugger. Ready?
The South Bay Dog Lovers
The South Bay Dog Lovers, with 202 members, don’tcare what breed, size, or age, or what activity you want to do with your dog. The only requirement is that you love your dog, want to be with him/her and would like to join others of the same temperament and goal. Oh, there is one other requirement; you agree to always act as a responsible pet owner. What does thatmean to the South Bay Dog Lovers? Read on.
Jilly Bean (yes – Jilly Bean, the group coordinator) described her group to DawgHugger.
“Our group was founded in January, 2008. During the summer of 2009, I took over the Organizer role for SBDL. Today, we have over 200 members, from all over the Bay Area (including Monterey County). The focus of our meetup group is for dog lovers and “pet parents” to come together to share in everything dog-related. This group is open to people who have and/or love dogs, and our activities include hiking/walking on dog-friendly trails or beaches (on weekends, and there has also been interest for weeknight walks), group meetups at dog-friendly parks, pet fairs and offer humane shelter volunteer work, to name a few.
Our hope is to become one of the top resources for dog lovers and pet parents to meet and share good times with their “furry companions.” says Jilly.
In order to assure safety and a goodtime for all, South Bay Dog Lovers request the following for those who would like to attend a MeetUp.
– Be a good dog-owning citizen wherever you go. Carry bags to clean up after your dog (“a bag, a spare, and one to share”) .
– Bring a bottle of water and/or container for your dog to drink.
– Make sure that your dog is collared/harnessed and leashed upon entering and exiting the dog park.
– Always have complete control over you dog [leash and/or voice control ]. (DawgHugger will cover this issue in an upcoming article)
– Always make sure to keep an eye on your dog, and know where s/he is at all times .
– Have some understanding of dog behavior and body language (especially your own).
– Learn to recognize the difference between loud and rowdy play and a real fight.
(And whether you are out with your dog alone, with the South Bay Dog Lovers, or any other group or park), Jilly adds, “ You are always responsible for you dog, especially in a dog park. It is not a place where you can “drop Fido off” and then tune out. Be prepared to intervene, supervise, and modify the behavior the dogs engage in. Watch your dog, pick up poop, and exercise best judgment around crowds and children.”
> Check out South Bay Dog Lovers, plan on attending one of their many upcoming outings, meet and make new friends for both you and your four-footed buddy. A grand time is guaranteed for all!
Oh, and say “Woof” to Jilly for me!
Woof for Now
Wrapping my arms around all things Dog
> Learn More about the MeetUp Site to find groups in your area for all kinds of common, and uncommon points of interest for all sorts of activities (2800 different topics to choose from!)
DogHugger Photos courtesy of South Bay Dog Lovers and Forpki.com