Have you guys heard who won the Beneful® Wagworld® Dream Dog Park Contest yet?!

They announced the winner back in late September, and out of 10 Finalists we couldn’t be more proud of Pat McNeely & his beautiful dog, Koda of John’s Creek, Georgia!  Pat & Koda’s Dream Dog Park idea was chosen based on creativity, feasibility of bringing the idea to life, and how life is just simply better with his dog!  They won a year’s supply of Beneful® dog food, $5,000 cash, and $500,000 towards bringing their park to life in their town!

Here’s what Pat had to say about his Dream Dog Park:

Our Dream Dog Park would be something really special to make it a family destination for dog adventures. Koda would love a park with hardy grass and shade trees with benches. It would have a wading pool, fountain or mister for water fun. A perimeter path of soft rubber mulch for walking, a large open space to run and play catch and a structure with ramps and tunnels would be great. There would be a “people house” with restrooms, water fountain and a water hose for clean ups. Improving our dog park would be a “treat” for all of us.

We think the ‘water hose for clean ups’ is genius and every dog park should have one!

You can go HERE to watch the winning video entry and HERE to see an artist’s rendering of the proposed Dream Dog Park!  We can’t wait until the unveiling of the Wagworld Dream Dog Park in the Spring and you bet we’ll be sharing it with you when it’s here!

CONGRATS, Pat & Koda!

We are so lucky to such great contacts in the blogging world that send us great information about new products coming out in the market for dogs and their owners!  Greg Holsclaw from DogParkUSA.com has just sent us some great information about a new iPhone App they have developed for your iPhone!  And it’s FREE!  Now do we really wish we had one those!

Check out the article below…

At home or on the road, the New “Dog Park Finder” iPhone App does just that.

As a dog owner, you’re already familiar with most of the advantages of taking your dog to the local dog park. By going to the dog park,

Your Dog:

– socializes with other dogs

-gets much-needed exercise

-is let off his leash

-is less likely to bark, be aggressive, or be destructive

-is safe from cars and other neighborhood hazards

You:

-socialize with other dog owners

-can get exercise by playing with your dog

-avoid hefty leash-law violation fines

-allow your dog to exercise if you’re elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to be active with him


With all of the benefits a dog park provides you and your best four-legged friend, it’s no surprise that many dog owners take their dogs to a local dog park up to four times a week and regularly drive up to 30 miles to find a good off-leash area. Do you know every dog park within a 30-mile radius of your home? Chances are you don’t.

Dog and Dog Park Facts

According to the Humane Society, there are 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States. That’s up from 68 million in 2000 (USA Today) – a growth rate of nearly 1 million owned dogs each year. All of these dogs, especially those in urban areas, need a place to exercise, socialize, and be safe off-leash. Enter the dog park.  The first dog park was established in California in 1979. Mirroring the growth in dog ownership, the number of dog parks has ballooned rapidly since then. There are currently thousands of dog parks spanning across every state in the U.S.


Find the Best Dog Parks

DogParkUSA.com and the Dog Park Finder iPhone App (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dog-park-finder/id362002678?mt=8) have teamed up to index and map all the dog parks in the U.S. and, most importantly, make them accessible to you online and via your mobile device. Dog Park Finder has leveraged the information that DogParkUSA.com has compiled and vetted since it began in 2007. Together DogParkUSA.com and Dog Park Finder bring users detailed, accurate information on over 2,000 dog parks and over 3,000 reviews and pictures of individual dog parks across the country.

The Dog Park Finder application features hand placed map markers that give the exact locations of each dog park; finds local dog parks nearby your current location; lets you read user ratings, reviews, and comments on the dog parks you find; allows you to search dog parks by city, state, and zip code; and provides detailed information about each park, including park fees, hours of operation, fencing information, doggy amenities (such as swimming areas), and other important notes about the park.

Once you’ve used Dog Park Finder to locate and visit all the dog parks in your area, you can rave about your favorite dog parks on DogParkUSA.com. Rate your local dog parks, write a glowing review or critiques, upload pictures, and email the dog park information to a friend. These features are also available, or will be soon, on Dog Park Finder.


On the Road with your Dog

Don’t limit yourself to dog parks in your neighborhood. Use DogParkUSA.com to find dog-friendly hotels around the country and take a vacation with your dog! Keep in mind that “dog-friendly” doesn’t mean “off-leash”. Your pooch will still need to run around at a local dog park for exercise. The Airline Transportation Association estimates that more than 500,000 animals travel by plane each year, which means that far more travel by car. Since dogs are the most common pet to take on a vacation, bringing Dog Park Finder on the road is a great option. Instead of pulling in at a truck stop on your road trip, use Dog Park Finder to get directions to the closest dog park and let your dog stretch her legs too.

Whether you’re on a road trip across the country, a weekend drive, or a stroll through your neighborhood, your dog needs to run off-leash. Let Dog Park Finder and DogParkUSA.com help you find the best dog park near you…wherever you are!

To download this awesome App to your iPhone, go HERE!

Thanks, Greg and DogParksUSA.com for the great heads-up on this!


 

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Congratulations to this year’s Dog Fancy 2009 Best Dog Park in America winner:  Freedom Bark Park!

Located in Lowell, Indiana, this public park has undergone a major transformation since 2007 thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers.  To find out more about this great park, and maybe stop by for a visit, go HERE.

If you’re ever in Indiana, go and check out why Freedom Bark Park is the #1 Dog Park in America!