Dog Bark Park opens
Tails are wagging all over the Bay as canines get their own space, writes Tremaine van Aardt
TAILS are going to be wagging like crazy when Nelson Mandela Bay hounds get the first woof of their very own dog park in Sardinia Bay from next week.
The launch of the Sardinia Bay “Bark Park” – a 1.2ha stretch of land – is set to unleash a load of leisure and quality time for dog owners and their pets.
It is the brainchild of Sardinia Bay Kennels owners Aidon and Cardel Lippstreu, who heeded numerous requests from Bay dog owners to establish the region’s first canine fun zone.
The official opening of the dog park, located along Sardinia Bay Road at Sardinia Bay Kennels, will take place on Friday (September 1).
The couple said they had been mulling the idea over since last year but last month “we just decided to do it”, Aidon said.
“There were a lot of people requesting we build a dog park and we listened. Fortunately we already had the land on our plot and we are just busy clearing the area. It will be ready by the launch on Spring Day,” he said.
“Dogs are social creatures and crave companionship from us and social interaction with other dogs. Our dog park allows dogs to exercise and play both on and off leads in a safe and secure environment under the supervision of their owners.
“Dogs on lead can often become or be territorial and thus more aggressive. Roaming free is definitely beneficial to their state of mind. This exercise and playtime will assist in the reduction of barking, destructive and aggressive dogs.”
Cardel said while the Bark Park was open to the public, there were certain criteria which owners would need to adhere to before being allowed access.
“All dogs must be registered to enter, with the simple completion of their owner’s details and proof of their annual three-year core vaccinations, rabies, annual canine/kennel cough, deworming and tick/flea control. Signed-off vet books are the norm,” Cardel said.
“The entrance fee is R25. But we believe it is well worth it, because aside from the guaranteed fun for the dogs, we haven’t forgotten about their owners. There will also be a K9 coffee bar and we are looking at getting a dog groomer in to ensure the animals look as good as they feel.”
Aidon said: “We will have benches for owners, shade under the milkwood and acacia trees, borehole water for the dogs, poop scoops or spades and bags and bins for the dog waste products and obviously regular maintenance of the grounds.
“After doing some research I discovered that there are only dog parks in Gauteng and one in the Western Cape, but we are the first in the Eastern Cape.
“And I think it is long overdue that dog lovers have a place to enjoy their animals with fellow dog lovers.”
Next Saturday, the Sardinia Bay Bark Park will also be hosting a 5km and 2.5km fun run to create awareness.
Entrance is R50 per person with the start and finish at the Bark Park.
“Our dog park allows dogs to exercise and play both on and off leads in a safe environment”
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: Cardel Lippstreu with Cola in the Bark Park where canines can play and socialise and get some exercise