Designs on a park for the pooch

Issues on how the pets fit in with society will remain until every dog has a responsible owner.

  • Jan. 18, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Jacklyn Orza

Issues on how the pets fit in with society will remain until every dog has a responsible owner.

One local resident is taking some initiative on the matter.

Jacklyn Orza is considering the concept of a fenced dog park within the district. The dog trainer is soliciting public opinion on the creation of a compound with a dog-friendly designation.

“I feel that both sports players and dog owners would benefit greatly from one,” said Orza in an email to the Sooke News Mirror.

Publicly-owned property is not plentiful and Orza says she has no particular spot in mind for the canine compound, although she has heard that a portion of the former John Phillips Memorial Golf Course could be worth pursuing.

It’s all in the formative stages at this point as Orza states her goal is to compile more local input.

“I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” said Orza on January 14. “I haven’t got firm plans of area, size, type of fencing… lights or whatever. I’m basically seeing how much support is out there before I start developing what we need.

She’s had an online petition on the go and about 600 people have responded. She has petitions on scene at the local vet offices and the Wiskers and Waggs pet store and Mulligan’s Bar and Grill.

For more information on what’s behind the effort, or to express support for Orza’s scheme – call 250-857-0407, or email jacklynorza@shaw.ca.

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