Enfield Dog Park hosts monthly birthday party

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Nov. 14, 2013
Chelsea Roy holds her four-month-old black Lab, Haley. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Chelsea Roy holds her four-month-old black Lab, Haley. Photos by Lisa Stone.

All dogs that were born in November were invited to a birthday celebration at the Enfield Dog Park held in their honor on Nov. 9. Dog owners came to socialize and celebrate the wonderful chaos that dogs bring into their lives. The dogs’ birthday gifts were flying discs to chase around the open space.

Chelsea Roy came for the celebration, even though her black Lab is only four months old. "I just adopted Haley from the Adopt A Stray organization," said Roy. "They are a great organization to deal with. They are very thorough. They come out for home visits and talk to many friends and family that really know the prospective pet parents. Once they are approved for the adoption, they set up all the arrangements and have the dog shipped from where ever the dog is from. In my case, Haley is from Arkansas."

Each month, the dog park holds another birthday celebration. The organization asks for donations that are to be given to whichever adoption agency was featured for that month. November was dedicated to Our Companions, an adoption agency in Manchester. "We encourage people to bring pet food or any other pet-related item to the park on the birthday celebration," said Enfield Dog Park Executive Board President Karen Ward. "Anything and everything is appreciated. This month, we are also asking for non-perishable food items for the Enfield Food Shelf. With the holidays coming up, we know that there is a real need there as well."

The EDP is more than just a dog park, according to Ward. "This is a community of its own," said Ward. Linda Holter brought her 6-year-old poodle to the park to celebrate her union with the Holter family. "One year ago, we were fortunate enough to adopt Sylvia," said Holter.

The EDP is a non-profit organization that runs completely on volunteers and donations. For more information on the EDP, go www.enfielddogpark.com. For information about dog adoptions and making donations, go to www.adoptastrayrescue.org or www.ourcompanions.org.

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