DC Shiba Inu Rescue wants each person’s companion dog to thrive in a healthy and enriching environment. It’s great that you take Fido on a walk, but peeing on the Johnsons’ mailbox for 5 months straight can get boring. We also know that not everyone can bring their Shiba to off-leash events, such as our monthly meetups.
With that in mind, DC SIR is having its first official pack walk/hike at Great Falls Park in Virginia. This guided walk, approximately 3 miles in total, through the magnificent Great Falls Park, gives your companion dog an opportunity to smell new scents and meet new people and dogs without being overwhelmed in a fenced meetup. DCSIR has mapped out a group walk on the scenic River Trail, down to Great Falls’ Sandy Landing and returning on the Matildaville Trail.
While much of the walk is under a canopy of trees for a less wind beaten body, we suggest you layer in warm clothes (hat, gloves are suggested) We would like to begin promptly at 11 am, so please try to be at the front of the Visitor’s Center prior to 11 am. ALL VEHICLES are charged $5. So you can have 1 dog/person in the car or 10dogs/person in the car and the cost is still $5. There are $20 passes for 12 months that you may look into purchasing prior to the event, and there are Senior passes (62 yrs old and over for a lifetime senior pass of $10 or FREE Pass for active military & dependents http://www.nps.gov/grfa/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm ). You may also choose to meet up with other participants at a nearby location and drive in to the park together in one car (For example: Meet at Great Falls Village Center 776 Walker Rd Great Falls, VA and drive in to park 2.1 miles away in one car). These are PARK fees and are in no way benefiting DC SIR.
At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.
Please be considerate and follow these guidelines:
• All dogs must be on a 6ft or shorter leash. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES are permitted.
• All dogs must have ID tags.
• All dogs must be on securely fitted, escape-proof gear. Please note, there are dangerous cliffs and steep rocky areas that some of us may explore – you are responsible for placing your dog in a securely fitted harness or collar (but please see our reasoning for suggesting you put your dog in a harness per our newsletterhttp://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f679b4f5ae652f412de2b755e&id=b423cdbb34&e=f4571d9568).
• Sneakers or laced shoes are highly recommended.
• BRING WATER for you and your pup! Suggest a collapsible water bowl and 2+ bottles of waters. We will provide Coolers filled with water at the parking lot after the walk however all dogs will need water DURING the walk and we suggest you bring at least one 8oz bottle per dog.
• We suggest a fanny pack or back pack to leave your hands free to balance
• MAXIMUM of 2 dogs per person. Feel free to bring friends to hold a pup or take beautiful scenic pictures!
• There are other dogs and children on the trail so please be mindful of your dog. If s/he is not good with others then pull leash close and give people space to pass.
• NO TRASH IN THE PARK. In order to maintain the pristine nature of this beautiful park, there are no trash cans on park grounds. Therefore you must carry your trash with you out of the park. That includes poop bags, plastic wrapping of food, bottles. There are plastic bags in the park to carry your trash out with you. While the park provides plastic bag stations we suggest you have a pouch/bad that is easy to carry if you accumulate trash along the way.
• CAMERA: The park is filled with breath taking views, natural rock formations and unique vegetation. Please be careful when taking photos in precarious places. Remember you are responsible for you and your dog’s safety!
• YELLOW RIBBON PROJECT: Yellow Ribbon tied to your dog’s leash indicates your dog prefers space. It lets other people know to keep their dog away from your dog in tight spaces. DC SIR will provide yellow ribbons to everyone who requests one.