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RUFF (Rescues United For Fun) Meetup

Calling San Francisco's small rescue dogs for a meetup on the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 am in Pine Lake Dog Park in Stern Grove.

If you have a small rescue dog and want to meet other rescues and their parents, please join us for off-leash play and schmoozing.

Don't worry if your dog is quirky; ours are, too!

RUFF co-organizer Shannon Bolt of The Domestic Animal has worked with shelter and rescue dogs for years. She specializes in special-needs animals and will be on hand for advice and assistance.

All rescue dogs who weigh less than 30 pounds — the mutt-ier, the better; but we won't discriminate against purebreds — and their adult people (this is NOT the place for children; many small dogs, especially those with issues, are afraid of kids) are welcome. Please remember to give all the dogs their "space" and ask before giving treats. We'll have a great time!

We socialize in one of the grassy areas west of the parking lot for 30–45 minutes (look for the RUFF sign), then we take a group walk around the park, so if you come very late, you'll have to chase us!


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  • J

    We had such a great time yesterday. Can't wait until next time. The pictures were wonderful.

    February 2, 2014

  • Mike

    It was such a fun event! Shannon is awesome! And everybody in the group is very friendly and supporting!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Omg! So sorry I missed this :( I was helping out a friend and the time went by really fast :( Whiskey was looking forward to playing :( Next time for sure!

    1 · February 1, 2014

    • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

      Whiskey is such a cute name for a dog! We had a pup named Cowboy today, so that would have been cute together. ;) Hope to see you next time.

      February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you ! LOL Cowboy is an adorable name too hehehe ... For sure! Thank you! :)

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Howard

    Is this only for rescues?

    January 27, 2014

  • Caitlin

    We're not going to make it as I'm not feeling well. :/ Hope to see you at the next little dog meetup.

    February 1, 2014

  • Amy Goldfine C.

    Helo and I will be there! I have never been to this park before, can someone explain better exactly where to meet?

    February 1, 2014

    • Ezra

      SO sad! We hope you can come next month! Just go west on Sloat Avenue, make a right on Vale Street, and you will drive right into the dog-park parking lot. We meet in the field west of the parking lot (to the left). Look for our RUFF sign and little dogs!

      February 1, 2014

    • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

      Amy, we're sorry we missed you, and can't wait to catch you next month. Vale St is so easy to miss. They've recently installed a streetlight, but as of today it wasn't operational yet. If you miss Vale, you can still turn onto El Mirasol, and then turn right towards Vale and left into the park!

      February 1, 2014

  • Ezra

    SO much fun today! We had lots of new RUFFers (hooray!) and old-time RUFFers! And we even extended our walk around the whole lake. How outdoorsy of us!

    2 · February 1, 2014

    • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

      It was a spectacular RUFF. The weather was perfect. Very few dinosaur interlopers. Extending the walk was lovely, and I think a couple of the new kids made some HUGE progress and truly expanded their horizons. Today, we met every single part of the RUFF mission. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of you!

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Deanna

    Was so looking forward to this but I am sick with flu. My sister Deb is going to bring my dog Molly though so she can get some little dog play time in. See you at next meetup!

    February 1, 2014

    • Ezra

      We loved meeting Molly — and Deb! Hope you feel better!

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

      Molly was a CHARM! Thanks for sending her even though you were under the weather, and we look forward to see you next month, Deanna.

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Amy Goldfine C.

    I'd love to come because Helo needs some playtime! However my other dog has been sick (and I'm totally exhausted from taking care of her) so I am not sure if I'll have the time/energy this weekend, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    January 30, 2014

  • Caitlin

    We should be there. (pending no last minute changes by the plumbers working on my place Saturday)

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

    It's supposed to rain late in the week, but hopefully we'll have clear skies by Saturday morning. It's always fun to see who turns up each month, and I know Ezra loves seeing the familiar faces!

    January 27, 2014

  • Edna F.

    Buko and I have another engagement. We'll most likely be there next month!

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • J

    Looking forward to seeing all my new friends.

    3 · January 12, 2014

    • Elsie

      Looking forward to seeing you and Buster again!

      2 · January 27, 2014

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