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Win An Extreme Dog Park Makeover During PetSafe’s “Bark For Your Park” Contest

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When I was in grade one, we all learned to read from the standard issue textbook, See Spot Run. I remember the tagline that followed was This is fun for Spot and I guess that line was also supposed to deliver a subliminal learning lesson for us one-day pet owners. Well fast forward ahem, many years, and guess what. Spots in North America aren’t running and they sure aren’t having fun!

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How to fix this? Enter PetSafe and their fifth annual Bark for Your Park contest. The brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle products and their yearly competition awards five U.S. communities with funding to build their very own community dog park. The contest launches May 13, 2015 and will award one $100,000 grand prize and four finalists with $25,000 each to build an off-leash dog park in their community (this is open to U.S. communities only).

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With more than 54 million pooch-owning households in the United States, PetSafe recognized how a dog park can enhance a community, bring pet owners together and create a sort of hub where people can gather to play, exercise and probably gossip. Okay, I added that last part, but it’s true! And with our furry friends nearing the 80 million mark and many communities not having the budget to build their own dog park, the contest has taken on well, legs of its own!

Last year, small-town Waverly, Iowa took home the grand prize, beating out a whopping 1,400+ other nominated communities. So it’s pretty clear the need for leash-free, run-their-little-legs-off style park lands is a coveted commodity in small town America. And Waverly residents found the community rallied even before ground was broken by getting involved in the planning and development committee meetings.

From May 13 through June 10, anyone within the U.S. can vote for his or her community every day on the official Bark for Your Park website and Facebook page.

Based on the information provided by each community, PetSafe will confirm the availability of land, civic leader support, population size and total number of votes to select 15 finalist communities, which will be announced on June 17. And if you’re thinking of entering, the site has a ton of material you can use to promote your park and garner more votes.

Are you going to enter this contest? If so, let us know so we can vote for you!


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