The park is currently: CLOSED 

A Dog’s Eye View: A Plethora of Information for You

I've spent the last two weeks making notes on various things I could write about and it looks something like this: Why don't squirrels get rabies, what is mange, how can I attend the CDA Flea Market at Countryside Vet Hospital this weekend and still grab a burger at the Military Community Covenant Barbeque at Agway happening at the same time. What the devil happened to my keys this time? What's up with the yellow chain gate at Agway? Where did my money go? Isn't there a chocolate cat event on the 18th? Look up moose migration patterns. Pay car insurance.

A note about “minutes”

Just a quick note about the "Meeting Minutes" which are posted to the site here. CDA Meetings are held, usually, once a month. The Secretary takes minutes during the meeting and distributes them to the board for review. An action item for each meeting is for the board to approve the previous month's minutes.

Next CDA Meeting (April 30)

The Next CDA public and board meeting will be held at the Chelmsford Public Library on Monday, April 30 from 7:00 - 9:00. Amongst other agenda items, we will be planning and preparing for the CDA Flea Market (scheduled for May 19) including making signs.

Fisher "Cat"

A Dog’s Eye View: The Mysterious Fisher “Cat”

The fisher (Martes pennanti), is relatively common in many areas despite the fact that it was once eliminated from Massachusetts. Considered by many to be a strictly wilderness species, the fisher is now appearing in more populated areas. Alert, secretive, and solitary, there is no question the fisher has made an amazing comeback in the commonwealth. As with other wildlife species, problems with fishers may sometimes arise.

A Dogs Eye View - Cat and Duster

A Dog’s Eye View: What to Do With All This Stuff

You're looking around your house because you've just vacuumed and that's about as far as this Spring Cleaning Project is gonna get today. Where did all this stuff come from? Who put it here? This is akin to asking: Who are these kids, and why are they calling me "Mom"?

Bear & Cubs

A Dog’s Eye View looks at Bears in the Spring

One of the side effects of modern living is that there are a lot of homes where there used to be woods and scrubby fields. This has led to a steady increase in wildlife sightings in many areas. Deer are seen trying to cross the road more often. Folks in the Westlands have seen moose. Wild turkeys are everywhere, and last Halloween, there was a bear on the loose.

Chickens

A Dog’s Eye View: It’s Chicken Season

Tis the season for ordering chicks. I've already received my chick catalog, and Agway's got their sign out, too. Tractor Supply Store gets them by the bucketload. And they are so adorable when they weigh 1.5 ounces-the little peeps bring out the sappy side of you from the cockles of your twisted heart. They make you say, awwwww, and they aren't expensive to buy. It's incredibly easy to fall into the trap I call "owning chickens."

Malacky: Winner of the 2012 Westminster Dog Show

A Dog’s Eye View: Congratulations to Malacky

Best wishes to the little Pekingnese dog that won this year's Westminster Dog Show. None of my dogs looked impressed by his victory. I, on the other hand was ecstatic. I need one these dogs. Right now, in my house. This is the most awesome dustcatcher I have ever seen. Looks like he can move pretty fast, too. I like it.

Falconry

A Dog’s Eye View looks at Falconry

After multiple writers blocks on the "How to Break up a Dog Fight" post, I decided to change the subject completely, based on a presentation I saw at the Chelmsford Conservation Commission's meeting on Tuesday night. Wendy Pavlicek & Diane Welch, members of the Massachusetts Falconry and Hawk Trust were there with their Red-tailed hawks requesting permission to be allowed to do controlled hunting with their birds in conservation areas.

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