.:: Welcome ::.
Hello and Welcome to DOGPAW (Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington). DOGPAW exists to provide a safe and fun place for non-aggressive dogs to play, exercise, and socialize off-leash with other dogs.
DOGPAW does not receive city, county, state or federal funding. We do partner with Parks, BPA, and others for land so our community can have dog parks. These dog parks exist via DOGPAW, a volunteer non-profit entity that relies on donations and paid memberships to survive. Funds go to the dog parks in Clark County for waste management, mowing, fencing, etc...
Our mission includes working with dog owners and the community at large to promote awareness and acceptance of, and to increase the availability of, safe off-leash areas for dogs in Clark County.
A well-socialized dog is a happy dog.
.:: News Updates ::.DINGO RETIREMENT SUCCESS!!!
Congratulations to all the supporters of DOGPAW's campaign to raise money to replace Washougal's K9 Officer Dingo. We successfully raised our goal of $15,000. A check was presented to the Washougal Chief of Police at the Saturday, October 19th three other K9 officers: Dash, Ory, and Haulf representing the City of Vancouver, City of Battle Ground, and Clark County Sheriff's Office. As a special treat, the Washougal Chief of Police donned a "suit" for the first time ever and played "bad man" to a K9 recruit. DOGPAW sends a big THANK YOU to Denise Grace for the outstanding job that she did in building and maintaining the Dingo Facebook page and contributing to the DOGPAW Facebook page. Thanks also go to Kristen for her original work and additional postings on DOGPAW's Facebook page, and David for his donation of time and work on recreating our DOGPAW webpage and getting our frequent event messages posted and emailed to our membership. The City of Washougal and DOGPAW owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mark Watson for his vision, drive, commitment, and unwavering devotion and hard work to pull off this amazing community contribution. Mark worked almost non-stop for two months on this project: including meeting with Washougal city officials on more than one occasion; approaching every business in Washougal and several in Vancouver and Portland for contributions or even just to post the Dingo campaign flyer at their business; collaborating with Mill Town Pizza and other local businesses on fundraising events; giving interviews with media for campaign exposure; collaborating on event flyers and the creation and installation of the fundraising "thermometers" for display in Washougal; organizing and attending to the details for the Dingo final celebration; attending nearly every minute of each fundraising event; assuring the grounds were in good condition before events; following up on contributions; and much more. This work was accomplished at the same time that Mark was involved in the organization of DOGPAW's Dogtoberfest event. We also want to extend our thank you to Mark's wife, Holly, and to Duke, for their understanding and tolerance of our abuse of Mark's time.
2013 DOGTOBERFEST SUCCESS!!
Congratulations to everyone who supported, volunteered, and attended our 2013 Dogtoberfest event at Ross dog park on October 5th. DOGPAW raised over $2,000 at this fundraising event. This year's event included the music of Don Campeau and some players of the Mother Joseph Academy Players band; a flyball demonstration; K9 Police demonstration; a great raffle; good food; an adoptable dog "strut"; a canine fashion pageant; and collection of a large barrel of food for Second Chance Companion's AniMeals program for distribution to animals of Meals on Wheels recipients. We had over twenty vendors and a full day of sunshine. A great time was had by all. Thank you to our wonderful DOGPAW board members and volunteers who worked at this event to set up, decorate, manage sales, attend to problems, act as DOGPAW ambassadors, and pack/clean up: Mark, Evan, Arleen, Kristen, Jerry, Maura, Warren and Ellen, Edgar, Suzie and Jim, Deborah, John, Arvind, Barbarita, and Theo. This event was organized and created mostly through the hard work of two of DOGPAW's volunteers, Evan and Mark, who contacted local business vendors for participation and raffle items, coordinated the food, music, events, prizes, and arranged the space. We owe our sincerest appreciation to Evan and Mark for all of their hard work, patience, flexibility, and perseverance that added to the success of this big event.