Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Clarendon Dog Park Organizing Meeting

From Clarendon Park Neighbors Association:

"Now that we have secured a large part of our funding, we need to get organized so we can have our Dog Park built as quickly as possible. We will have an organizational meeting on Monday, February 8th, at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Kahawa Coffee House, 838 W. Montrose. The purpose of the meeting will be to bring everyone up to date, and set our primary goals moving forward. The meeting will take no more than 90 minutes, although we will try to keep it to 60 minutes. Please come if you want to help with the planning and execution of this community resource."


  1. I hate to be a downer on what should be a great dog park that I intend to frequent, but unfortunately someone needs to talk about the parasite situation at Clarendon Park.

    Dog owners, including me, who frequent Clarendon Park, have had their dogs acquire whipworms at that location. Whipworm infestations haven't been a problem when walking in other parks and public areas in the neighborhood. Neighbors pass this information to new dog owners by word-of-mouth but that won't help other dog owners who will be attracted to this area by a dog park.

    Whipworm is a Zoonoses or Zoonotic disease can be transmitted directly or indirectly between animals and humans. One worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day, which are then passed in the feces and spread throughout the area the pet roams. The eggs can lie dormant in the ground for years before attaching to a host. You'll know when your pet has whipworms because it will have runny, bloody stools.

    Dog owners can prevent whipworm in pets by using a preventative that attacks whipworms, I had to switch from what my vet normally prescribed in Chicago to Sentinel or interceptor.

    Knowing the worm problem exists in that park has always given me the creeps, particularly when I see the little kids playing soccer on the same ground where I find bloody, human feces after the nighttime homeless encampment.