Handing out Magnets in San Francisco’s Dolores Park

Dolores Park in San FranciscoThis past weekend, we were in San Francisco, California, and we spent time promoting DogWalker.com and meeting with dog owners and dog walkers. Online marketing is great (and we sure do a lot of it), but meeting directly with dog owners to make sure they know the website exists is equally important to me and to the continued success and growth of DogWalker.com.

When we landed in San Francisco, I was surprised at just how chilly the temperature was (at least partially due to the constant fog that hangs over the city). Usually when I fly out West or South, I leave the cold confines of New York City, and I head for the warmer temps. This trip was different because it has been a chilly summer for Northern California. It was 90 degrees and humid when I left,  and it felt like it was in the mid 50s or low 60s in San Francisco.

Enough about the weather.  One of my favorite parts of the trip was going to Dolores Park, a park near the Mission neighborhood with magnificent views of the city, and far enough away from the fog that people were out sunbathing and playing with their dogs. Before hitting Dolores Park, we had a quick burrito lunch at Pancho Villa followed by ice cream at Bi-Rite (salted caramel).

As we walked to the Park with our ice cream, we were handing out DogWalker.com magnets to dog owners. A few people recognized the site and many didn’t. It was cool to be able to let these people know what DogWalker.com is and how it can help them. We were able to hand out quite a few DogWalker.com magnets, and I am sure they now adorn the refrigerators of dog owners throughout the city.

One thing I noticed in San Francisco is that dogs aren’t required to be on leash. In New York City, there is a law that dogs can be off leash in city parks sometime after 9pm (I think) through 9am.  I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to let my curious puggle off leash after dark, and having her back on leash by 9am in Central Park seems very early. I understand why it’s necessary, but I like the fact that the laws seem more liberal in SF.

We spent the weekend handing out magnets in various parts of the city, putting magnets in pet stores, and making sure they were visible to dog owners. This was a great opportunity to promote the site and visit with dog walkers in San Francisco. Thank you for being so welcoming and hospitable!

Hank Mooney – Fine Dog Services

I have been walking dogs in the Pacific Heights and adjacent areas of San Francisco for five years.

A lifelong dog and animal lover, I walk small groups of dogs carefully matched as to personality and energy level.

I establish a close, personal relationship with each dog, and tailor my walks to the precise needs and preferences of the dogs in my group.

Puppies and older dogs are welcome.

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Your best friend will thank you for contacting me!

Dog Areas at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

Dog Area of Golden Gate Park in San FranciscoA visit to San Francisco with a canine companion would not be complete without a stop at Golden Gate Park. This sizable green haven is the largest and most popular park in the city. One of the most intriguing aspects of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is its utility.

This particular park is intended for more than just canines, horse lovers, horticulturists and many others can enjoy the diverse collection of options available here. Every day, you’ll see people playing with their dogs, owners jogging with dogs, and plenty of San Francisco dog walkers out with their charges, enjoying the lush green and ample space.

The actual dog park area of the Golden Gate Park is not a large portion of the Park. Dog owners and their pets are given a total of four off leash runs in which to play. The scenery is relaxing and it is definitely a plus to have somewhere to let your dog run free, although it may seem a bit limited compared to the other regions of the park. The rest of the park is for dogs on leash only, and with so many attractions, dog owners should remember to keep a close eye on their pets.

Visitors can find each of the four off leash dog runs in different areas of the park. One is positioned in the western region, between Martin Luther King, Junior Drive, Middle Drive West, and 34th and 38th Avenue. Another is found at Fulton and 28th Avenue. The third is placed to the northeast between Fulton Street, Conservatory Drive East, and Stanyan Street. The fourth dog run is found to the south east by 5th Avenue, 7th Avenue, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Lincoln Way.

The Golden Gate Park offers visitors over 35 acres of land to explore, although most if it requires a leash. Visitors can enjoy the benefit of many additional attractions to keep busy. The landscape alone is well worth the visit.

Photo: Flickr

San Francisco Dog Walking Regulation Proposal

Dog Walker in San FranciscoThere have been some rumblings in the city of San Francisco that might impact professional dog walkers in San Francisco. City Supervisor, Scott Wiener, has suggested the idea of requiring professional dog walkers to obtain an official permit in order to bring dogs to city parks.

This new proposal is offered in response to recent news of possible federal regulations limiting off-leash dog walking on national parklands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. GGNRA park managers have sought efforts to enact a maintenance plan that would help resolve a number of costly and time-consuming issues attributed to dog walking activities in the area. The city-wide regulation would act as a preemptive measure that would ease the impact of a federal regulation on dog walking.

Supervisor Wiener has expressed concerns that a regulation limiting dog walking activities on federal parklands would lead to a significant influx of professional dog walkers conducting their businesses in city parks. City officials and other supporters of the proposal believe that a regulation on professional dog walking would encourage dog walkers to maintain order and cleanliness of the animals and of the city’s 27 parks that currently allow off-leash dog walking.

If the city regulation is approved, it could produce outcomes that are both favorable and detrimental to professional dog walkers, dog owners, and non-dog-owners alike. It’s an issue that has become a hot topic for dog walkers and dog walking organizations in San Francisco.

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