New canine rest stations to be added to Main Street
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Brooke Spears is looking forward to the installation this weekend of Parrsboro’s first canine rest station near the town hall kiosk, and so is dog owner Ed Kokojejko and his eight-month-old shepherd Eli. A dunk tank fundraising event is being planned for Aug. 24.
PARRSBORO – This town’s new and improved Main Street will soon be enjoyed by more than just people.
Several canine rest stations are being added to the street, providing dog owners with the opportunity to keep their pets in a shaded, outdoor area, while they browse shops or run errands in Parrsboro. The project is an effort of Parrsboro project co-ordinator Taylor Redmond and summer employee Brooke Spears.
“It’s going to be a place where tourists or people in town can leave their dogs in, instead of leaving them in their car on a hot day,” said Brooke. “They will have shade and water, and there will be a lock on them, so the owner can take the key with them while their dog is safely there.”
The 4’ by 8’ kennels will be of metal construction, and are planned to be located at various points in town, starting with three, two of which will be found at the town hall property, and another at Gavin Park.
The stations will be built on concrete slabs, which will be easy to wash and maintain.
The idea came from Redmond, and she did not have to work hard to sell Brooke on the idea.
“I don’t like seeing dogs left in cars at all, because they start panting and… I’m a dog lover,” said Brooke. “So Taylor brought me into the idea, and got me to help her with the project.”
The long-term vision is to establish a dog park for the town, complete with the hiring of a summer student as an attendant, according to Redmond.
“We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there,” she said.
Meanwhile, the immediate goal is to raise enough money for the first three rest stations, which cost $475-500 each. A $500 donation from Heather Spidell has made the first one possible, and it is to be installed this weekend, while $270 has already been raised for the next one through the sale of dog cookies and calendars by Bert Lint.
A “dunk tank” fundraising event is being planned for the cause on Aug. 24. Further details remain to be finalized.