Pooch Plunge a tail-wagging success
It was ‘Dogs Gone Wild’ Aug. 20 at the third annual Pooch Plunge at Cameron Park Lake, sponsored by El Dorado Dog Owners Guild and the Cameron Park Community Services District. Attendance was high as 161 dogs from 16 surrounding communities did a fantastic job running, jumping and splashing their way to another fun-filled, off-leash day.
The usual no-dog statute was lifted for a day to raise funds for the fenced-in off-leash dog park currently in development at Hacienda Park on Cameron Park Drive. Cameron Park Lake is scheduled for its annual draining and cleaning, and Pooch Plunge was the last public event of the season.
The combination of a body of water, 49 different breed varieties, tennis balls, and the resident terrier managing things from the beach was the ideal recipe for both dogs and humans to socialize.
We are so close to groundbreaking for the off-leash park. With high attendence again this year, it is clear indication people of Cameron Park and the surrounding areas continue to be desperate for someplace they can take their dogs to play and socialize.
The main question we still get most from dog owners is: “When is the dog park going to be finished?” The answer to that remains: “When we get more people involved to help raise the money and/or the donation of the fencing, the item with the biggest price tag.”
With a combination of the low entry fee, the silent auction and drawing items, EDDOG raised about $2,250. Once the dog park is built, the funds will go toward the maintenance of the park. We had tremendous response from the business community again this year. We are most grateful to all who donated, including many local citizens, and encourage our supporters to patronize those businesses.
The proceeds from Pooch Plunge will go toward the fencing, site amenities and a detailed irrigation plan. A general architectural diagram for the Hacienda dog park project has already been drafted.
Not only was Pooch Plunge a social gathering for both dogs and their people, but thanks to veterinarian’s Dr. Dean Bader and Josh Throne of Shingle Springs Veterinary Clinic dog owners could also vaccinate their dogs and get information on multiple advanced healing modalities available at their practice.
Our vision for the dog parks goes beyond just being places for recreation. We also want to help bring dog-related services and education to our community so we can become a more dog-friendly place to live.
EDDOG would like to thank Beauty 360, Joanne Blossom and Bob Haltom, Leah Marie Fashions, Lee’s Feed, Shingle Springs Veterinary Clinic and Uppity Pup, as well as the dozens of other sponsors who made this event a success.
EDDOG is also working closely with the El Dorado Hills CSD to generate enthusiasm and raise funds for the dog park slated for development in North Community Park in El Dorado Hills.