Tino’s Corner

Mary Lou Marganis, founder of the Gloucester Dog Park shares the Tino’s Corner plaque with us. The plaque illuminates one of the founding principles of the dog park. Tino’s Corner is a special area of the dog park for dogs not ready for the park, dogs that need special training, or dogs that need time to adjust.

Tino's Corner

And Tino’s Corner exemplifies injustices to both animals and humans.

Mary Lou writes, “Tino was needlessly killed by the very shelter that was supposed to be there to protect and care for him. Many of us fought the injustice but it fell on deaf ears. However, the movement in rescue has been reform from ignorant, antiquated thinking. There is a New Age of Sheltering whereby killing is no longer accepted as the first option. And finally, and long overdue,  there seems to be a New Age of transformation for humans as well.”

The message on the plaque is a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., and rings very true today,

“Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

As an animal lover, a rescue dog owner, this rings true for me and I aim to live my life this way.

Alicia P.


Linda Brayton and Tom Schauer share the following information about the Gloucester Dog Park ongoing fundraising efforts: 

“If people would like to donate to the Gloucester Dog Park, the address is P.O. Box 6, Gloucester, MA, 01931 or go online at www.gloucesterdogpark.org. You don’t need $1000.00 to be able to help this project. Every donation will help it get done! Thank you for your support!!!”

Passports Restaurant Community Dinner Night Gloucester Dog Park


Passports Restaurant provides support to Friends of Gloucester Dog Park , Eric seen here with Tom Schauer Treasurer of the organization.  Excellent Food, great prices 3 Course Meal for $15, and 10% proceeds to the organization, and  a doggie-centric Raffle.







Gloucester Dog Park Halloween Dog Photo Shoot


The results are in from The Gloucester Dog Park’s Halloween Dog Photo Shoot & Costume Contest! Thank you to City Council Vice President Sefatia Romeo Theken for doing a great job judging the contest! And thank you to all the great dogs and owners who came out and supported us! All your costumes were great!!! If you would still like to donate to help build solar lights at the Gloucester Dog Park you can do so online atwww.gloucesterdogpark.org or send checks to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle Street,
Gloucester, MA 01930 and write The Gloucester Dog Park in the memo line! You can also check out all the great photos from the event on the web site too! Thank you to Lisa Patnaude Photography for doing such a great job photographing the event! It was awesome!!!


Best Small Dog Costume:
Apollo and Philip & Mara Cornetta with The Space Shuttle
Gift Basket Donated by Animal Krackers of Gloucester

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Best Large Dog Costume:
Tesla and Karen Smith Arsenault with The Winged Dragon
Gift Basket Donated by Petco of Gloucester

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Best Gloucester Themed Costume:
Moose and Carly Schmidt with The Lobster
Gift Basket Donated by Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply

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Honorable Mention:
Buddy and Karen Taormina with The Peacock
Gift Certificate from K9 Kuts

Grand Opening of The Gloucester Dog Park


Patiently waiting for the gates to open.



The unleashing with Mayor Kirk.


The first belly rub.


The Gloucester Dog Park at Stage Fort Park opened officially on Saturday. Many 2 legged and 4 legged friends came out to play in the park for the first time. I was surprised by how many people came out.

Congrats to the Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park for making it a huge success!

The Dog park has three sections, one for Large dogs, one for smaller dogs, and another for dogs who may not be completely ready to romp with their friends. At the entrance to each play area are park rules. Make sure you and your dog(s) follow those rules for everyone’s safety. You can read them HERE.

It was nice to see the dogs chasing each other, playing with their humans and relaxing in the sun. I would say it’s dog approved!


Where’s Skipper?

A fun contest from the Gloucester Dog Park…

Where’s Skipper?


By now, you’ve probably seen Skipper the dog as you drive past Grant Circle, where – day after day – he served as a reminder of the funds being raised to complete and maintain the Gloucester Dog Park.

This week, Skipper was moved to a new location in Gloucester! Have you spotted him yet? The first Good Morning Gloucester reader to find Skipper and correctly name his new location in the comments section of this post will win a Gloucester Dog Park t-shirt, as well as a bandana for your dog. Ready. Set. Go find Skipper!


Yappy Hour II- Thursday August 28th!

yappy hour, cape ann brewery

Time to mark your calendar with another dog bone.

On August 28th, 2012 from 5:00 pm to closing, Cape Ann Brewery at 11 Rogers Street will hold the next CHOW DOWN with live music in support of the Gloucester Dog Park. A portion of all food and beverage sales will be donated to the Park. Join the 50/50 raffle or purchase one of our signature dog park bandanas! One lucky person will walk away with our custom made dog goodie basket!

And if you haven’t been there lately, you’ve got to visit Stage Fort Park and see the park taking shape. The dog park is being built by private donations and with the help of dedicated volunteers. Come join us!

Visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org for exciting updates, to volunteer or donate.

Please make your tax deductible donation to the Gloucester Fund (Gloucester Dog Park on the memo line) and send to Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St. Gloucester MA 01930.

Come and join us at Cape Ann Brewery and help us to build Cape Ann’s first dog park!

Gloucester Dog Park Info Booth at Stage Fort Park

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will be staffing an information table in front of the  Visitor’s Center at Stage Fort Park on the following Thursdays from 3pm-5:30 pm: August 16, 30 and September 13 and 27.  We will have lots of activities and dog park merchandise for sale including t-shirts, bumper stickers and our red signature bandanas for the dogs.

Back by popular demand on August 16 will be David Feldman of Skillful Hands, a certified dog massage therapist.  He will be givng free dog massages and talking to pet guardians from 3- 5pm. You are also encouraged to walk around the dog park site and let your best friend ‘sniff’ it out for themselves. It’s a great opportunity to get an up close and personal glimpse into the entire process behind the makings of Cape Ann’s first dog park. Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about.

The dog park is being built entirely by private donations.  Please consider making a donation by mailing a check to The Gloucester Fund (in memo line write dog park),

45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930.  Also visit our website at www.gloucesterdogpark.org for information, updates and to join our mailing list.

The Newest Fashion Trend in Gloucester

Some Stylin’ Pups picked up their Dog Park Bandanas last Thursday at The Gloucester Dog Park information booth.





Bring your pup to Stage Fort  Thursday July 26, Aug 2, 16 and 30 and Sept 13 and 27 to get a tour of the new Dog Park and pick up the latest fashion accessory. Bumper stickers and T-Shirts for their Humans.


Get Free Dog Massage this Thursday!

Gloucester dog park

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will be staffing an information table at the Visitor’s Center at Stage Fort Park on alternate Thursdays from 3-5:30pm this summer, starting July 12.  They will have lots of activities and dog park signature merchandise for sale.    There will be raffles complements of Animal Krackers, Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply and Petco.

First in the lineup of great attractions on July 12th David Feldman of Skillful Hand, a certified dog massage therapist, will be giving FREE dog massages and talking to pet owners from 3pm-4:30pm.  If you are heading to the Farmer’s Market, come on over! (David will be back for a return visit on July 26, so mark your calendars now!)

You are also encouraged to walk around the dog park and let your best friend ‘sniff’ out the site. It’s a great opportunity to get an up close and personal glimpse into the entire process behind the makings of Cape Ann’s first dog park. Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about.

 Building a dog park is a community effort! Get involved by contacting gloucesterdogpark@gmail.com or visiting www.gloucesterdogpark.org.

Zooey in Action!

Here is Zooey (Mary Lou Maraganis’s foster dog) telling everyone to get back to work!  Zooey is managing the foundation pour of the Gloucester Dog Park pergola. The Pergola will be at the main entrance to the new dog park at Stage Fort Park.

Zooey is happy that the Dog Park construction is coming along and is planning on visiting the Dog Park often with her new family. Happy News– Zooey will be adopted on Saturday!



Chow Down at Stone’s Pub Thursday January 26th to Support the Dog Park

Stone's pub

This Thursday,  January 26, 2012, Stones Pub will donate a portion of all food sales to the Gloucester Dog Park.

Have a great meal and help out the Gloucester Dog Park.

Stones Pub
242 Main Street


Support the Gloucester Dog Park at Stone’s Pub

On Thursday, January 26, Stones Pub and Eatery will hold a Chow Down for the Gloucester Dog Park–a portion of all food sales for lunch and dinner will be donated to the dog park.  Enjoy a hot cup of soup on cold day and help build a park for your dog.  Mark your calendars!

You can check out progress of the dog park at www.gloucesterdogpark.org

Generous Donations for Gloucester Dog Park

A Dog Park Update from Mary Lou Maraganis:


“Gloucester Dog Park is one paw closer to becoming a reality thanks to the generous donations of $12,500 by Christopher and Anne Lewis for The Cat Doctor of Gloucester and an anonymous donation of $10,000 by a Rockport resident.

We still have a way to go but these donations along with the Dusky Foundation’s matching gift was certainly a wonderful way to end 2011.  Remember the allocation of the land for the dog park was only approved by city council in March.  We’ve come a long way in 9 months.  This is due in part to a great crew of volunteers comprising the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park.  We are actively recruiting additional volunteers to help with PR, community development, events planning, web design, arts committee members, volunteer coordinator -simply anyone that wants to be an active part in making this dog park a valuable part of this community.”

To find out more information on donating and/or volunteering, please visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org or call 978-283-5723.