REDNECK PERSPECTIVE: Up with Dogs

By on January 19, 2016

PAWs will pursue a vertical dog park.

160120RedneckJackson, WY – Jackson Hole canines and their human companions are asking the Jackson Town Council for a new vertical dog park to be built on the strip of land located between the plastic and glass containers at the recycle center. Cindy Sandy, a local dog owner, is collaborating with Amy Salad, executive director of PAWS, and petitioning the town council for help with land donation and financial support.

“I have two huskies, a golden retriever, three black labs and a collie,” Sandy told the council. “After spending all day cooped up in my studio apartment, my dogs need a place to run and meet other dogs. And space is so limited in Wyoming. There are many people like me in Jackson who need a place to take their dogs A dog park would not only provide a play area but would also be a place dogs could interact socially, an important aspect of canine life that is often overlooked, but one recognized by the veterinarian community as critical for the mental well-being of dogs.”

Cindy Sandy and Amy Salad envision a low-profit limited liability (L3C) company to provide the funding apparatus for the vertical dog park.

The total cost of the vertical dog park is expected to be $1.8 million (real cost) growing to $3.1 million (actual cost) before completion. The nearly doubling of construction cost is “typical in L3C companies,” she explained. (For further explanation see News&Guide columnist Jonathan Schechter’s article: “Political and economic causes for real vs. actual construction cost variations in nonprofit organizations.”)

Sandy insisted cost shouldn’t dissuade the council from moving forward with the project. A dog park will become a valued asset to the community, she said, paying back its initial cost many times over. “Dog-o-tourism is an untapped market,” she elucidated. “Dog owners from around the world will come to Jackson to visit our park while spending money in local shops and motels. We all stand to benefit, economically.”

“This project will also enhance the earth’s sustainability,” Sandy explained to the council. “There will be less poop on Cache Creek, fewer moose and deer chased in the winter. Plus we plan to install a dog poop-to-methane gas conversion plant at the park, and use the gas to offset some of the heating bills.”

Sandy also encouraged dog owners to participate in the poop-to-methane production while visiting the dog park. “After all, we will be located at the recycle center,” she noted.

The dog park will provide other economic benefits, too, Sandy claimed. Among its other positives are employment opportunities for college educated liberal arts majors who will work at the dog park as facilitators, ambassadors, grant managers, development directors, foundation program coordinators and strategic initiatives managers.   

To kick off fundraising, supporters of the new vertical dog park are organizing a gala fundraiser complete with silent auction, cocktails and A-list residents in attendance. PJH

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