Dog park or ball park?
Ace and other Winston-Salem area dogs have at least two entertainment options to choose from this Sunday, and unfortunately they overlap.
“Tanglewoof,” the long-awaited, much delayed dog park at Tanglewood holds its grand opening Sunday — around the same time that the Winston-Salem Dash has its first “Pups in the Park” baseball game of the season.
What’s a dog to do?
The Tanglewood event kicks off with a blessing of the dogs at 12:45 p.m., followed by an afternoon of presentations on doggie topics ranging from health to agility training.
From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be presentations every 30 minutes, along with vendors offering food and more. Admission is free, but organizers are asking people to bring a donation of food, kitty litter, paper towels or bleach for the Forsyth or Davie humane societies.
The three-acre park, which features small and large dog areas, was built with donations from businesses and private donors. The village of Clemmons pitched in more than $9,000 for plumbing and Forsyth County donated the land in Tanglewood Park. Money was also raised through earlier dog-friendly baseball games held by the Dash.
The minor league team’s first “Pups in Park” game this season is Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s one of three listed on this year’s schedule. (The other two are June 9 and Aug. 25.)
Pooch passes must be purchased in advance, and written proof of rabies vaccinations are required. (For more information, contact Sarah Baumann at 336-714-6878 or email email@example.com.)
Posted by jwoestendiek May 3rd, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, dash, dog, dog friendly, dog park, dogs, minor league, new dog park, north carolina, opening, opens, pets, pups in the park, tanglewood, tanglewoof, winston salem dash
Mark Buehrle, the Miami Marlins pitcher traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last November, will be leaving his dogs and family behind when the season opens, due to Ontario’s ban on pit bulls.
One of the Buehrle family’s four dogs, Slater, falls under the government’s pit bull ban, so Buehrle’s wife Jamie, their children and their dogs will remain in Florida until the end of the school year, then return to their off-season home in the St. Louis area.
The Toronto Star reports it will be the first time in his career that Buehrle has spent the summer away from his wife and children.
It’s not the first time, though, that the family has been inconvenienced because of their love for pit bulls in general, and Slater in particular.
When Buehrle was traded to the Marlins, from the White Sox, his family couldn’t live in the Miami-Dade area, because of a similar ban, and located in Broward County instead.
“Other families have gone through things and they’ve made it work. And I will see my dogs when I can,” Buehrle said of the Toronto situation during spring training last week.”
Buehrle, who also has three Vizslas, said he didn’t even consider the suggestion that he try and sneak his pit bull mix into Toronto, or that he put Slater in a kennel in order to have his family by his side in Toronto.
“Being a responsible pet owner, you can’t drop off the dog on someone else,” he said. “If you try and bring the dog anyways and think you can (hide it), you’re taking a chance, and then (if you get caught) the dog sits in a cage for a month or more or however long until the court date comes up.”
Both Buehrle and his wife have worked extensively to raise public awareness about pit bulls.
“The big thing is to bring awareness of the breed, that’s what this is all about,” he said. “I won’t see my dog for a while but bringing awareness for the breed ban is important for me.”
Posted by jwoestendiek February 19th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, behind, breed bans, buehrle, dogs, family, major league baseball, mark buehrle, miami marlins, ontario, pets, pit bull bans, pit bulls, pitbull bans, pitbulls, pitcher, slater, stay, toronto blue jays
On an August night 16 years ago, Chicago White Sox fans were given the unprecedented privilege of bringing their dogs to a baseball game.
Five hundred seats in the bleachers were set aside for fans with dogs. A “doggy comfort area” was set up with sod, fake fire hydrants, and water stations. Vendors with dog treats patroled the area, and the Humane Society was invited to bring along and feature some adoptable pets.
That — the first “Dog Days of Summer” promotion at New Comiskey Park — sold out, as it would every year during the reign of Rob Gallas, former senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting for the Sox.
In a comprehensive article on dogs and baseball on ESPN.com, Gallas credits the “great creative department” he had with coming up with the idea, which stemmed from the fact there was a kennel at New Comiskey, where fans could lodge their dogs during the game.
“We thought, ‘How about if we allowed fans to bring their dogs out to a game?’” said Gallas, now the vice president and chief marketing officer of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
This season, 16 major league teams are hosting dog days, with some holding multiple events. The Pittsburgh Pirates lead the pack, with eight Pup Nights at PNC Park .
Major as it is becoming in the major leagues, inviting dogs to the ball park have become even more of an institution in the minor leauges, with nearly 50 teams having dog-friendly promotions this season.
While the major leagues take credit for doing it first, the concept was most supported, refined and popularized in the minor leagues. (We’d suggest dog-loving fans and humane societies probably did their fair share of pushing, too.)
The Inland Empire 66ers in San Bernardino, Calif., hold “Man’s Best Friend Mondays.” The Greensboro Grasshoppers hold two ”Bark in the Park” games, and the neighboring Winston-Salem Dash are having five “Pups in the Park” games this season. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs hold two ”Dog Days at the Park.” In Albuquerque Isotopes hold “Bark in the Park,” and the Jupiter (Fla.) Hammerheads have the “Dog Days of Summer.”
In Colorado Springs, where the Sky Sox have hosted Bark in the Park since the late ’90s, and up to 250 dogs can be accommodated in a grassy area down the left-field line, says Jon Eddy, the team’s director of marketing and promotions.
“Frankly, what amazes me is, as a pet owner my entire life, how incredibly well-behaved these pets are on a consistent basis,” said Eddy.
Meanwhile, back in the majors, while the White Sox got the ball rolling, the Cubs still haven’t caught on. Wrigley Field doesn’t allow dogs, (although there is a dog park not far away, called Wiggly Field).
After the White Sox first allowed dogs in 1996, the Montreal Expos followed, in 1998. A year later the Minnesota Twins invited dogs into the Metrodome. Today, The Cleveland Indians have Puppypalooza. The St. Louis Cardinals have Pooches in the Ballpark. The Kansas City Royals have Bark at the K.
At San Diego’s Petco Park, where the Padres play, up to 500 dogs can be accommodated in the annual Dog Days of Summer promotion that includes a pregame “tail” gate party.
And in Oakland, the Athletics’ Dog Day at the Park attracted about 750 dogs — an unofficial record for a major league game.
As the ESPN article concludes, “Baseball is just better with a friend, even a furry one.”
Posted by jwoestendiek July 12th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, bark in the park, baseball, chicago white sox, dog days of summer, dogs, dogs and baseball, dogs in the park, greensboro grasshoppers, major league, major league baseball, minor league, pets, promotions, pups in the park, rob gallas, winston salem dash
There was at least one “Scout” in the crowd last night at the Winston-Salem Dash game, and he, or she — I didn’t check — was wearing a purple bandana.
The Dash, a Minor League baseball team, has made a major commitment to dogs this season, holding five “Pups in the Park” nights.
The events are sponsored by the Forsyth Humane Society, and last night’s was the second of the season, featuring some of the dogs who have graduated from its prison program, “A New Leash on Life,” in which inmates at Forsyth Correctional Center train dogs that go on to be adopted.
Here’s one of the graduates arriving now:
Last night’s canine attendees — all of whom watch from a grassy knoll in left field — included lots of boxers, like Colby and Cypress (below left) and Gunner (below right).
Also in the crowd was Darwin, a three-legged beagle who seems to be a regular on Pups in the Park night:
Here’s another fan we’ve seen at every game we’ve gone to:
The Humane Society’s mascot was there (played last night by my son, Joe), and he got a chance to meet the Dash mascot, Bolt:
For more information on “Pups in the Park” games, visit the Forsyth Humane Society and Winston-Salem Dash websites. And if you haven’t been to one with your dog, give it a try — it’s a great night, whether you love the game, or just love your dog.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 31st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: a new leash on life, activities, adopt, adoptable, adoption, animals, baseball, dash, dog friendly, dogs, events, forsyth humane society, minor league, new leash on life, pets, photography, promotions, pups in the park, shelters, winston salem dash, winston-salem
Cricket has only been at the Forsyth Humane Society for a couple of days, but already the rubenesque Chihuahua has been on a special outing.
Tuesday night, Cricket, along with two beagle siblings named Daisy and Boomer — who are also up for adoption — were taken to Pups in the Park, one of five dog-friendly evenings of baseball planned this summer by the Winston-Salem Dash.
The Forsyth Humane Society, a sponsor of the event, will be featuring some of their adoptable dogs at each of them.
Cricket — and we’re guessing the dog was named after the insect as opposed to the sport – seemed to take all the festivities in stride. Not that Cricket, who has been put on a diet, was striding that much.
More often, the portly pooch was being held by one of the many humane society volunteers on hand to help out.
My son and I met Cricket earlier in the day when we showed up for volunteer orientation at the Forsyth Humane Society, where we’ll be pitching in from time to time in the weeks ahead.
Cricket, Daisy and Boomer all arrived at the game in the humane society’s mobile unit.
All were outfitted in “Adopt Me” vests and mingled with arriving fans.
Since we were volunteering, Ace stayed home, but I was reminded of him every time I saw this dog (left), his lookalike, except for a white patch on her chest. Coco was adopted from the humane society last year.
We also ran into our old friend Darwin, a three-legged beagle we met during a Pups in the Park event last season.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 25th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoptable, adoption, animals, baseball, baseball games, beagles, boomer, chihuahua, cricket, daisy, dog friendly, dogs, forsyth county humane society, minor league, pets, pups in the park, volunteering, volunteers, winston salem dash
What happens when you decide to walk a dog whose head alone probably weighs more than your entire body?
First, you grab the leash and pull. When he doesn’t budge in the slightest, as is often the case when that dog is a bulldog, you pull again.
What happens when the bulldog finally gets pointed the right way and builds up some momentum?
Quite possibly, if you weigh less than his head, you will fall down.
What happens when you fall down?
You get back up.
(George, a 70-pound, 3-year-old English bulldog, was attending Tuesday night’s Winston-Salem Dash game. It was the first of five “Pups in the Park” nights to be held this summer, sponsored by the Forsyth Humane Society.)
Posted by jwoestendiek April 25th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, bulldog, dogs, english bulldog, forsyth county humane society, george, how to walk a bulldog, leash, minor league, north carolina, pets, photography, pups in the park, walking, winston salem dash, winston-salem
The Winston-Salem area is about to become even more dog-friendly, with the opening, as early as this summer, of a third dog park — the dog park at Tanglewood.
On top of that, the Winston-Salem Dash, the minor league baseball team that held its first “Pups in the Park” game last summer, has announced it plans to hold five this year.
A spokesman for the group raising money for the dog park at Tanglewood (off Highway 158 in Clemmons) reports that $135,000 of the $150,000 it needs to build the park has been raised, and construction could begin in April or May.
If so, Dan Greer told the Winston-Salem Journal, the park, with separate sections for large and small dogs, could open almost a nearly year ahead of schedule.
Dog park organizers have until the end of 2012 to raise the money needed to build the park, and they hope to raise the remaining $15,000 by selling custom bricks, engraved with donor’s names, or their dog’s, that will be part of the entrance.
The bricks are $125 each, and they can be ordered here.
Meanwhile, at BB&T Park, home of the Winston-Salem Dash, dogs will invited to five baseball games this coming season.
Pups in the Park nights are scheduled for Tuesday, April 24; Wednesday, May 30; Wednesday, June 13; Wednesday, July 25; and Wednesday, August 15.
Dogs require proof of rabies vaccinations. For additional information or to reserve your tickets, contact Sarah Baumann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-714-6878. More information can be found at the Forsyth County Humane Society website.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 28th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, dash, dog, dog friendly, dog parks, dogs, horizons, minor league, north carolina, pets, tanglewood, washington park, winston-salem
The Salem Red Sox beat the Winston-Salem Dash 16-10 last night, and Ace didn’t like that at all.
That’s not because he’s a huge Dash fan, but because — I’ve ascertained after our second dog-friendly minor league baseball outing — he prefers shutouts. The crack of bat striking ball, like thunder and fireworks, seems to unnerve him, if only fleetingly.
Still, slugfest that it was, Ace — and scores of other dogs — seemed to enjoy the first pooch-friendly night at Winston-Salem’s BB&T Park.
In particular, he seemed most impressed with the kiddie pools, which he could both climb into and drink from at the same time, the treats, the attention from other fans, the treats, the canine fellowship, and the treats.
The Dash threw together its first “Pups in the Park” event in the waning days of the season, but pulled it off, it seemed, without a hitch.
To me, it proved again that, when it comes to baseball, the Minor Leagues — where salaries aren’t pumped up, concessions aren’t too inflated and heads aren’t yet swelled — aren’t just the most dog-friendly, but the most fan-friendly, and perhaps there’s a connection between the two.
I did pay $7 for a beer, but there were $1 hot dogs to be had (I just couldn’t find them). Besides, I don’t mind inflated prices if I get to bring my dog along.
Those who brought their dogs were restricted to the lawn in left field. It’s a pretty steep incline, leading a few dogs and humans to slide downwards, or rollover more often than they intended, but most people seemed to find comfortable spots to lay down their blankets.
A beagle named Darwin — rescued after he lost one of his front legs to gunfire — had no problem cozily settling in:
The Forsyth Humane Society — a sponsor and beneficiary of the event — was there with several adoptable dogs and their mobile unit, which Ace found fascinating, either because of its smells or the animals depicted on its sides:
Some of the proceeds from the event are also going toward the building of a new dog park in Tanglewood.
You can learn more about that project here.
We got to see a lot of great dogs — including two we’ve run into before, Stringer, a chocolate Lab, and Gatsby, a Great Dane.
We also got to meet Louis, an English bulldog not quite three months old (left), a massive St. Bernard named Cooper, a charming little pug named Meatball, and dozens more.
Every single one was well behaved, acting as if they’d been going to baseball games all their lives.
Some rested quietly, some sought diversion — but then that could be said of the humans, too, depending on how many $7 beers they’d had.
There was some mild frolicking, but all of it in moderation.
This one decided he wanted the blanket he was sharing with his owners all to himself:
This one was playing tug of war with his leash, until a home run soared overhead, the ball landing not far away:
As for Ace, he couldn’t seem to get comfortable on the hill, until we figured out that if I lay downhill from him, with my head on his belly, he wouldn’t slide, and I would have a pillow, not to mention a somewhat level spot, my belly, on which to rest my $7 beer.
The high point of the game came when the Dash got their 12th hit — thereby entitling every fan to redeem their ticket for a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, ensuring my belly will become even less level.
The highlight for Ace, though, was after the game, when he got to go with his friend Stringer to his favorite bar downtown, Recreation Billiards, a highly dog-friendly establishment.
After getting oodles of attention from customers, he was handed a treat from the bartender, prompting him to stare longingly at her for the next 30 minutes.
Eventually he came out of his trance and joined his friends in the booth, where, though tempted with beer, he abstained.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ace, animals, baseball, bb&t ballpark, dash, dog, dog friendly, dogs, minor leagues, north carolina, pets, pups in the park, sports, travels with ace, winston-salem
Encountered: At a Winston-Salem Dash baseball game
Backstory: Most people get a dog and then come up with a name. Julie Hurd did it the other way around. She came up with a name — Meatball — then started looking for a dog that fit it.
Being a pug, Meatball has that facial expression that seems to be perpetually asking why — in this case, why don’t you give me some of that sandwich, boy?
His puggish perseverance paid off. Meatball got a few bites from his new friend.
To see all our Roadside Encounters, click here.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, breeds, dash, dogs, encounter, left field, meatball, perseverance, pets, photography, pug, roadside, roadside encounters, sandwich, travels with ace, winston-salem
Winston-Salem — the town of my birth, and the place Ace and I are temporarily hanging — took two giant steps toward dog friendliness this week.
First, yesterday, the Forsyth County Commissioners passed an anti- tethering measure, which, while not all it could be, and while not going into effect for two years, will forbid tethering dogs in a manner that harms them.
And tomorrow, Winston-Salem’s minor league baseball team, the Dash, will open its gates to dogs for the first time.
Of course, Ace and I will be there.
It was back in July that I bemoaned the lack of dog friendly games at the local minor league park — a void which forced Ace and me (that’s him at the game, above) to go see the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a team with a long and dog-friendly tradition.
But a few weeks ago, as the season neared an end, Dash officials decided to let dogs into their new ballpark for the first time.
Winston Salem’s minor league team, when it was known as the Warthogs and based in its old stadium, had dog-friendly days now and then. But for the Dash, which opened its new stadium last year, it’s a doggie debut.
Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended. Proof of vaccination is required. Dogs will be restricted to the lawn behind left field.
The Dash will be playing the Salem Red Sox, and the event, called ”Pups in the Park,” will benefit the Forsyth County Humane Society. A portion of proceeds will also go to a planned Dog Park at Tanglewood.
The Humane Society’s Regional Outreach Vehicle for Education and Rescue will be at the ballpark Wednesday, along with some adoptable pets.
The event is also sponsored by Carolina Pet Place, a local boarding, bathing and grooming facility for pets.
Tickets can be reserved by calling Sarah Baumann in the Winston-Salem Dash ticket office at 336-714-6878.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baseball, dog, dog friendly, dogs, first, forsyth county, greensboro grasshoppers, humane society, minor league, north carolina, pets, pups in the park, winston salem dash, winston-salem