As of March 2012, the new Leadership Team has decided to allow everyone to join our group---even if you do not own a dog! So if you enjoy the outdoors, group walks, nature hikes, urban hikes, outdoor festivals, outdoor concerts, movies on the lawn, and love being around our 4-legged furry friends then welcome to the group!
To help the dogs we love and care for to always be welcomed & well-respected members of our communities by providing them with ample opportunities to socialize with other dogs & their humans in as many different social contexts as possible.
To support the various local animal rescue groups & shelters, and help to raise public consciousness about animal rights & abuse.
To forge new & lasting friendships among fellow dog lovers.
To have fun!
Each person, and their dog(s), are valued members of our pack. In the spirit of creating & maintaining a thriving social pack, we require the following:
A COMPLETE PROFILE.
Initially, your Profile also serves as your membership application. Each application is for both the human & their dog(s). Without exception
, a complete membership application & Profile consists of the following:
. Please include your first name if it's different from your online username.
Answers to all 5 Questions
. You must include a photo of both you
and your dog/dogs
. This enables us to identify both you & your dog at meetup events. You're free to add as many photos as you like.
Any request for membership that isn't accompanied by a completed Profile, with the appropriate photos, will be considered an incomplete application, regardless of when you may have originally joined, and such membership is subject to being declined, or canceled.
MESSAGE BOARD (aka DOG FORUMS) ETIQUETTE:
This means attending an event at least once every 3 months
. Members who do not come to an event at least once every 3 months will be removed. If you have a life event and cannot come for awhile, just communicate with your Organizer. You can also remove yourself from the group for awhile, and come back at a later date.
Honor Your Commitments.
A "Yes" RSVP should be treated like any other commitment you would make. It's very disappointing to attend an event that had 15 "Yes" RSVPs only to see a couple of people show up. So as a courtesy to the rest of the pack, please change your RSVP with as much notice as possible. However, canceling less than one hour before an event will count as a "No Show." Furthermore, don't assume that just because the weather is bad in your part of the metroplex it is everywhere. If you opt to stay in, unless an event has been officially canceled due to weather, you still need to change your RSVP to a "No" to avoid being considered a "No Show".
Three Strikes Law: within every 6 month membership period, you're only allowed 3 "No Show"s. A 4th "No Show" within that same period will result in you being permanently banned from our pack.
If you initially RSVP as a "Maybe", you have until the event's indicated RSVP deadline to change your RSVP to either a definite "Yes" or a definite "No". After the deadline, any remaining "Maybe"s will be automatically considered as a "No".
Play It Safe.
Be Your Dog's Pack Leader.
Always check the Comments
section located at the bottom of any event for which you've RSVPed no more than one hour before
the event to avoid an unnecessary drive. Hosts have unexpected emergencies. The metroplex is quite spread out and the weather at times unpredictable. Therefore, events are subject to sudden cancellation without much notice. Also, when in doubt, contact the venue where it's taking place, or better yet, the organization hosting or sponsoring the event. Finally, if you learn that an event has been canceled, but the Comments or our Calendar doesn't reflect it, please share this information by posting it in the Comments. (You'd be very appreciated!)
At larger community events, it is sometimes difficult for members to find the Host, much less one another. Try your best to find the Host in order to "check-in", or at least one other member — they may know. If you're still unsuccessful, after the event, in order to avoid being counted as a "No Show", be sure to state, under the Comments for that event, that you did indeed attend the event but were unable to find the Host. (Hint
: A few photos wouldn't hurt either.
Only Humans Can Be Guests.
We welcome all breeds, even dogs that have some socialization issues to work out, as long as the owner has good control of their dog. This control must extend beyond simply restraining them by leash. This means using the appropriate leather, wire or plastic basket muzzle on your "reactive dog," when necessary.
Both you & your dog must consistently and absolutely acknowledge & accept you
as its pack leader, not the other way around. (If this is an area you and your BFF need to work on, you'll find this article to be most insightful: Establishing Yourself as Pack Leader
As your dog's pack leader, it relies upon you to keep it safe. Among other things, this means not putting your dog in a situation you or it aren't prepared to handle, not expecting your dog to like every dog it meets (at least until you like every person you meet), and not allowing your dog to be rude to other dogs or vice versa. It also means respecting the fact that your dog has a need for and a right to its personal space, and continually educating yourself about dog behavior & body language. Please read the following 3 articles for more on this: How to read your dog's and other dog's body language
, The Butt Sniff: A Prelude to Friendship or a Fight
and He just wants to say, "Hi!"
We welcome friends & family to attend our events. However, for the safety & enjoyment of our pack members, both 2 & 4 legged, we only allow human Guests. There's a relatively extended free membership period during which all new members can evaluate whether or not our pack is a suitable match for them & their dog(s), therefore there's no reason why any guest with a dog cannot simply join our pack in order to RSVP for an event. Doing so allows other pack members to assess whether or not they & their BFF will be comfortable & safe with the other members who have RSVPed for the event. Furthermore, this gives members attending the event access to all relevant information about the event, including any instructional Meetup videos (i.e. Dog Park Etiquettes and A Walk In The Park) that would otherwise not necessarily be readily available to Guests.
Remember the Golden Rule.
Online complaining, criticism, verbal abuse, and inappropriate or strong language will not be tolerated. Membership is a privilege, not a right.
The Organizers and Hosts welcome your feedback, the sooner, the better, so we'll know if something works, or not. We just ask that you be respectful and remember the Golden Rule. If you're unhappy about how a particular meetup went, please share this with the host directly either face-to-face, by phone or by email rather than publicly online. If the situation cannot be resolved, remember, you always have the option to simply cancel your membership and join another doggy Meetup group.
How to Host an Event.
Members cannot use this Meetup group solely as a way to sell their products, or to either promote themself or their business. Any member who harasses another with unwanted solicitation of their products and services will be banned.
If you're an active
member of our pack, we have no objection to posting your event on our Calendar, provided it is dog related (even if dogs cannot attend). You can also become one of our Sponsors
by providing one or more of the following services:
Offer discounts or coupons for your products or services to our pack members
Provide a place for one of our events
Pay money to support our monthly expenses
Supply samples to distribute to our members
Offer free promotional products or services to our members
Sponsor one or more of our Holiday parties, monthly Yappy Birthday or Yappy Adoption Anniversary parties.
These parties feature party games for dogs, and we need prizes for the winners, as well as goody bags for the pooches that attend.
By supporting our pack, you'll get exposure in the left column under Our Sponsors
on essentially every page
of this Meetup group's website, and you'll be featured in our Pack Newsletter
. A pack member whose business is one of our Sponsors will have the title "Sponsor" added to their online name (unless they request otherwise).
Additionally, all of our Meetup event email reminders will automatically include the postscript: "This Meetup Group is sponsored by (your business' name)". And, when your business donates prizes or goody bags for our parties, it will be featured as the Sponsor for that event as well.
Be Loyal To Our Pack.
We encourage members to host their own events. Please post your idea on the Ideas
board first so we can see the level of interest of the pack before it is scheduled. Generally only 5 or more
people who like an idea is all that is required in order to schedule an event. One of the Organizers will assist you with posting the event to our Calendar. If you create an event that costs you money, please make sure you charge members a fee to cover your expenses.
With such a limited pool of available potential new members within the Meetup.com community, we must admit that our pack is essentially in competition with other doggy Meetup Groups. While any member of our pack is free to be a member of as many of these other doggy Meetup Groups as they like, in order to avoid a conflict of interest, no member of our Leadership Team can simultaneously be a member of the Leadership Team of any other competing doggy Meetup Group. Furthermore, no Event Organizer or Event Host can cross post any event they host in a competing doggy Meetup group onto our Calendar, and vice versa.
Likewise, no Member, under any circumstances, can cross post, by cutting and pasting, the content of any of our various Meetup event webpages, Ideas, or Message Boards/Dog Forums onto another competing doggy Meetup Group without the author’s expressed consent. Doing so is plagiarism and an infringement upon the author’s intellectual property. Meetup.com does not tolerate such practices, and the offender will be dealt with harshly by both Meetup.com and the author.
When you post on our Dog Forums, please adhere to the following guidelines:
Be respectful of everyone's opinions; you do not have to agree with them.
Keep in mind, not everyone will agree with you, and your feelings shouldn't be hurt.
If you have an issue with someone, email them off the board and try to resolve your problems on your own. The group doesn't need to be thrown into your disagreement. It creates tension and will not be tolerated.
Do not imply things about other members on the board.
You can rarely go wrong when you apply the Golden Rule
Last, but not least...
True to our pack's name, we actually do let our dogs out. In fact, our dogs have such a busy social calendar, we can hardly keep up with them!
Our dogs love traveling in packs, not unlike their not so distant ancestors. They enjoy spending time out in nature with each other, and discovering new sights and sniffing out new smells.
They also enjoy all that the city has to offer: free concerts in the park, exploring public art, strolling through enchanting parks, browsing street fairs, splashing and paddling in pools and water parks, hobnobbing at Yappy Hours and doggy brunches at some of the finest restaurants and cafes in the metroplex, or just romping with their pals and making new ones at dog parks.
Our dogs & their humans are no couch potatoes, either. We understand that a tired dog is a happy dog, and we humans can't find a more willing and consistent fitness partner.
Our pack is also socially conscious. How can it not be when the future of so many less fortunate dogs lies in the balance? We support & participate in the activities of the various local animal rescue groups and shelters, and help to raise public consciousness about animal rights & abuse.
In a nutshell, what distinguishes our pack the most from all the rest is our understanding that while dog ownership can provide lots of fun, happiness, and good times for both us & our dogs, owning a dog also takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and some sacrifice. We relish our roles as dog parents, and do our best to assure that our dogs become good canine citizens and stable members of society, because in so doing, they return the favor ten-fold.
Who let the dawgs out? We
let the dawgs out! So get off your tails, and let's hit the trails!