Posted by: twodogtales | May 22, 2011

Dog park in the news and Bark Ball welcomes dogs

Local blogs, television news cover Arlington County dog park kid ban

My May 18 blog post about Arlington County’s decision to ban children under age eight from Arlington County dog parks didn’t go unnoticed. By the next morning, the Shirlington Village Blog had linked to it and ARLnow.com linked to my Examiner post in their Morning Notes section. WUSA Channel 9’s news editor saw the post and assigned reporter Brittany Morehouse to do a story.

Brittany interviewed dog park users that afternoon, finding dog owners who both supported and opposed the ban. Watch the story, which aired on the May 19 early evening news broadcast.

On Friday morning, Brittany posted on her Facebook page that Arlington County staff told her calls supporting children being allowed at the park outnumbered calls in favor of a ban by 3:1. She also posted additional video footage from the interviews she conducted at the park.

I’m just glad that hopefully now the opinion of the people who actually use the park will be considered in any final decision that Arlington County makes. Let them know your thoughts through their online Contact Us form or at 703-228-6523 or 6525.

Your date’s a dog at the black tie Bark Ball

On Saturday, June 4, The Washington Humane Society holds its 24th annual Bark Ball at the Washington Hilton downtown. It’s your only opportunity in all of Washington, D.C., to dress up in black tie and bring your pooch for an evening of music and dancing, so don’t miss it!

Join leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, sports, and business worlds for exciting silent and live auctions and a parade of adoptable animals from the shelter. WTTG-TV Fox 5 News’ Allison Seymour is evening’s Master of Ceremonies, and other local news personalities will escort adoptable shelter animals throughout the night.

The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the main event running from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Check out these photos from past Bark Balls.

Individual tickets are $225, a table is $2,500. Tickets can be purchased online through the WHS website.

The Washington Hilton is at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

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