*IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ (Updated 6/21/16)*
This is where Smyrna/Atlanta-area toy dog owners can meet/socialize, share information and hang out with their dogs in a clean, safe and fun environment. You don't have to live in Smyrna to join! We welcome toy/small breed doggies 15 lbs. & under. Bring your spayed or neutered toy dog(s) for play dates/"pawties" and other pet-friendly events and activities! Meet & share tips and experiences with other Toy Dog pet parents. We're all interested in helping our fur babies to be happy, healthy, better socialized and learn how to be good playmates.
While we want to keep our meetups mostly fun and social -- while also including education and awareness of animal welfare -- we have implemented the following policies and guidelines. We ask that you please take a few minutes to read the new policies, below:
- All dogs attending meetups must be spayed or neutered in order to avoid any unwanted "situations" (i.e., excessive "humping" or accidental impregnation).
- UPDATED 6/21/16 - As over-vaccinating is not advocated (or suggested), if your dog gets titer-tested and/or has special circumstances, please mention it to the Organizer.
* * * * * * Your pet(s) must be up-to-date on vaccinations, especially shots against rabies and bordetella ("kennel cough"). We've been going on the honor system; but just know that periodically you may be asked to bring and show shot records, particularly new members with whom we have no previous experience. (No offense intended)
INDIVIDUAL MEETUP FEES: $5 per single pet and $7 for two or more
These fees cover natural dog treats and doggie cake, as well as pet parent refreshments. Also, the Meetup Organizer pays to maintain the club website on a monthly basis, so member fees help to offset that expense, as well as the cost of paper goods and other supplies, which are generally provided by the Meetup Organizer or team.
Please note that on occasion, we may have added elements or expenses at meetups. In these instances, the cost per family may be a little more. We strive to keep fees low; we don't our events to be cost-prohibitive, but instead a fun and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy time with our fur babies.
REGISTRATION / SIGN-IN: Please remember to sign in and give your meetup fee when you arrive. We would also appreciate it if you would fill in the requested information on the registration form, as indicated. This helps in facilitating communication when coordinating the doggies' birthday celebrations and in other occasional instances.
RSVP LIMITS: The size of the venue we use each month will dictate how many dogs we can allow at a meetup. As some of you know, our Toy Dog Meetups sometimes also include members of the Maltese Meetup, so this is also a factor. In the larger venues we typically use, we will allow up to 30 doggies, max, so please RSVP early, if you can, when you're aware of a newly-scheduled meetup. We do this to make our best efforts to keep things as safe and as manageable as possible. Also FYI, the headcount for meetups is geared more toward the number of canine attendees, so please be sure to indicate how many dogs will be in your party, so that we can plan accordingly.
PHOTOGRAPHS: When joining our meetup group, you acknowledge that you may appear in members' digital photographs (and consequently on the internet -- the Meetup site, Facebook and Twitter, etc.) and are OK with this. If not, please let us know when someone attempts to take your picture.
DISCLAIMER: We are a group of pet parents who come together to socialize our dogs and ourselves. We are not trained pet experts or handlers. When you participate in a meetup, you are doing so voluntarily. By reading these guidelines and policies and joining this social group, you thereby agree to hold the Organizer(s) of this Meetup harmless for any injury or accident which may occur. Each individual is responsible for his or her pet's safety as well as the safety of others' pets.
- "Potty Break" -- If at all possible, please allow your dog(s) an opportunity to go potty before entering a meetup. We read this online and it seems useful: "If you have any doubts about how your dog will behave when planning to meet other dogs, give him or her a chance to run around a little and lift his leg / relieve herself. Burning off some steam and emptying his/her bladder beforehand can lower the intensity of the reaction when the dogs actually meet."
Having said that, we provide clean-up supplies because accidents will inevitably happen. Which leads us to ...
- Please help out with doggie pick-ups during meetups! You may or may not actually see you pet "going" -- and it may not, in fact, be your pet's "business" ... but we should ALL do our part to help clean up so that not just one or two people are on "duty"(!) for the entire meetup.
- Please do your best NOT to feed treats or cake to others' pets without asking permission. We know how unbearably cute all the doggies are, but on a serious note, sometimes a pet has special health conditions or considerations, etc. Please do not deliberately place cake or treats on the floor, as some pets are food-aggressive and we want all our pets to be safe.
SUGGESTIONS/IDEAS FOR MEETUPS: We're always looking for fun activities to do with our pups. If you know of something going on and/or have an idea, suggestion or pet-friendly venue for a Meetup, please send me (Ronnie) an e-mail to let me know so that we can post it or look into it.
Thank you so much to all of you for your understanding and cooperation. We're looking forward to another year of Toy Dog fun!!!
Your Organizer, Ronnie
... with woofs and wags from Mimi LaBelle!
(Her brother, Harpo, is retired from Meetups)
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