Desoto Dog Park

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Desoto Dog Park Grand Opening Held April 26, 2014

Hot Springs Villagers and their furry friends came to celebrate the grand opening of the new Desoto Dog Park after a two year campaign to build the playground for healthy and friendly dogs.  It was a great turnout, and all contributing villagers were proud of the result of their hard work and donations. 

After Joe Moreau and Rolland White thanked everyone for their support and for coming to this event, they performed the ceremonial "Cutting of the Leash"  officially opening the dog park.

Stephanie Heffer, Director, Lifestyle and Community Development, welcoming residents to the new dog park

All on-leash dogs and their humans lined up to watch a wonderful demonstration of dog tracking, agility, and obedience arranged by Jackie Paul and Dr. Jill Summerford.

Dr. Jill demonstrating the dog's agility and obedience

Lisa Clem of Barkansas Pet Supply generously donated all the drawing prizes.  She also sent home samples of treats and dog food to everyone who visited her at her table under the pavilion.

Lucky dogs who just received goodies to take home

Lisa Moses brought her mobile grooming van to the grand opening and provided free nail
clippings to all the furry friends who were interested in a little spa time.

Joe Moreau and Rolland White, co-chairmen of Friends of the Dog Park, with the help
 of David Twiggs, HSV General Manager, and Keith Keck, POA Board President, cut
the leash officially opening the Desoto Dog Park.  (Mary Ellen Gardner, Photos)

   Jackie Paul and her AKC Grand Champion, "Ozzie" getting
  ready to start the agility course, with Martha Vaughn narrating.

Lisa Clem of Barkansas Pet Supply      

Lisa Moses, of Lisa's Mobile Grooming, taking on a new nail clipping client.

Lisa greeting her new friends along with her assistant, Susan Shelling
The HSV AWL volunteers were a great help in making the Grand opening a huge success.  They were onboard  to help folks register their dogs with the POA.  They had the forms necessary to register, collected fees, and made sure POA cards were activated for park use.  They even brought along a very cute adoptable mutt named Dooley.


Dooley (black dog) giving a big friendly "hello"
to a pal  


We would like to give a great big Thank You to the following for making the Grand Opening a great success.

Agility Course Demos:  Jackie Paul and Dr. Jill Summerford, Wagon Wheel
Free Dog Nail Clippings:  Lisa Moses, Lisa's Mobile Grooming 
Barkansas Gift Bags, Door Prizes:  Lisa Clem, Barkansas Pet Supply
Canvas Tote Bags:  Village Rental Inc.
Dog Bandanas:  Joke Smit, Friends of the Dog Park Committee 
Pet Registrations:  Animal Welfare League Volunteers


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