We are heading north to Crews Lake Wilderness Park. This park has a paved trail, nature trails and an observation tower. We are excited to explore a new territory.
We will meet at 9:15 and will walk at 9:30 prompt! Intros will start at 9:20 please arrive on time.
The Park is just east of Suncoast Highway on SR 52. Take Shady Hills Road north and follow the signs. There is a $2 park fee. Please bring cash as there is no attendant. ( This may be waved due to the event, but be prepared to pay)
There is Dog friendly event, Rescues in the Park, that will be starting at this park from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm to benefit ARF'N rescue, so feel free to stay and enjoy the festivities. Our very own Willow, Jade, Sasha, Stitch, Suzi, Dixie and GhiGhi's organization The Proper Dog etiQuette, www.thepdq.org , will be making their debut!
Please follow the Guidelines! Thanks!
WELCOME! We are so glad you have decided to participate in Pack Walk with Willow and Friends!
The goal of Pack Walk with Willow and Friends is to promote a fun, yet safe and productive atmosphere for both dogs and humans. This is a supportive and non-judgmental group.
In order to promote this environment, there are some very important guidelines that need to be followed. This includes those folks who have been on previous pack walks with the group. We need to stay attentive at all times.
A pack walk is a basically walk with a purpose. You want to exercise your dog’s mind and body. You are in charge. Your dog does not walk ahead of you or behind you and he/she is not allowed distractions such as squirrels, lizards, other dogs, or people. The leash is kept short. You – not the dog - decide where to walk and when to take breaks. There is no sniffing or marking during the walk.
• All breeds are welcome as long as they are 6 months or older.
• No dogs in heat
• Altered dogs are preferred
• No flexi leads
• No balls, treats, or toys
• All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and be wearing their rabies tag.
• We do not introduce any dogs until they are tired from walking.
• Please keep a respectful distance, and don’t EVER attempt a “nose to nose” greeting.
• Please, do not allow excessive barking or “antics.” This will excite the other dogs.
• You are responsible for providing your own poop bags, water, leashes, and other supplies.
• Please pay attention to your dog(s) at all times, particularly on rest breaks
• Monitor your dog(s) for signs of over exertion, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. If you aren’t sure if your dog is in distress, ask one of us.
• We always do introductions before each walk to welcome any new families and get information about the dogs. Don’t be shy about voicing any issues that your dog may have. We have ALL been there and we understand.
• Please pay attention during the introduction period and be aware of issues that the other dogs may have.
• If there is a particular problem you would like help with, let us know. We are willing to switch up dogs and work with you.
• Remember, there is a lot of work and patience involved, but consistency is the key to a well behaved dog! These walks allow your dog to bond with you and establish you as his/her leader!
• Be aware that some of us have been “pack walking” together for several weeks. Some of our dogs have met and are used to each other. That doesn’t mean that you and your dog(s) cannot be part of the group. Again, we all started out where you are now. We did our introductions slowly and let the humans decide when the dogs were ready to make friends.
Let's be Responsible!
When we are out with the group, we are representing pit bulls and other breeds. We are fortunate to live in an area with no breed legislation. We are allowed to walk our dogs in public, and it’s very important that we make a good impression!