A Dog’s Eye View: The latest in Local Dog News

In spite of Mother Nature’s latest shenanigans, the Chelmsford Dog Association is preparing for Spring.

Richardson Road Proposed Dog ParkFirst up, is the Chelmsford Spring Town Meeting, which starts on April 29. The Spring Town Meeting Warrant is now signed by the Board of Selectmen. Article 23 will designate an area of 54 Richardson Rd to be used as a dog park. Article 29 will allow off-leash dogs in an area designated by the Town. The Chelmsford Dog Association is asking supporters for a dog park in Chelmsford to let their Town Meeting Representatives know that having a public dog park is a desired project, and to ask them to vote in favor of these two articles. Once these steps are complete, the group can finally work on building the park. They’ll be asking for lots of help then. Thanks to all of you for getting the word out.  Please feel free to ask questions-if I don’t know, I’ll find out! Thank you-on behalf of the Chelmsford Dog Association.

For May, the CDA will host their Third Annual Spring Flea Market on May 18, from 9AM-1PM at the Chelmsford Senior Center. Many Vendors are wanted to make this event a huge success. The good news is that it is very easy to be a vendor-anyone and everyone can do it. A 10×10 space can be yours for a $25.00 donation to the CDA, the proceeds of which will be used for dog park planning expenses. Non-profit groups can get a space for free. The flyer and application have been attached for convenience. You can sell whatever you’d like as long as its legal, and not hotdogs, chips or drinks because the CDA will be selling those for lunch. They will have coffee and donuts for the breakfast crowd as well.

For June, Walgreens will host their Third Annual Dog Rally. They are still working on setting a date for this one, and this year’s rally will include a walk-a-thon. All proceeds from this event will also be used for the Dog Park. More details will be available as I get them.

In July, look for the CDA’s float in the July 4th parade. They will also have a table at the Country Fair on the Common.

The German Shepherd Rescue League is working on their plans for their Annual Walk-n-Wag in September. This year’s event will be held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Westford. This was a wonderful event last year-we had a great time.

Howl’ween will be held in October, and it’s way too soon to be thinking about that. Unless you are like CDA member Will Wagner, and already planning what Violet will wear this year. She was a sheep last year. Competition gets tougher each year, the costumes get more and more ornate, and I expect it the bar to be even higher this year.

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