Becky Brown Sparschu 07/03/2015 voted again! 8,488!
Suzanne Petrick 07/03/2015 8392 7/3/15
JJ Baldwin 07/03/2015 Check out our video at https://www.facebook.com/fgtwp?ref=nf.
Wing Thiele 07/03/2015 Check out our community video under the City Facebook tab. Please vote for Fort Gratiot!
Wing Thiele 07/02/2015 Check out our community video! Please vote for Fort Gratiot
Marsha Arison-Barr 07/02/2015 I support taking care of our pets, and, a petsafe park sounds cool in being able to do just that.
Inge Fegan 07/02/2015
Judy Rader 07/02/2015 Wish I'd known this..."Each person can vote twice per day: once on the PetSafe Facebook page and once at www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark. - See more at: http://www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark/faqs/#accordion_2_18"
Jeannie Lewandowski 07/02/2015 7300!
Paula Bowie 07/01/2015 I have convinced John rusch and Courtney schindler to vote. Also Amanda baker rusch. And a few others. Good luck!!!!
Winnie Short 07/01/2015
Jeannie Lewandowski 07/01/2015
kathy aguilera-Atkins 07/01/2015 Let's do this!
Connie Brusca 06/30/2015
Ian Berberian 06/30/2015 We are 200 behind the other city let's catch up and pass them
Carrie Lewandowski Taylor 06/30/2015 6190
Jeannie Lewandowski 06/30/2015
Michelle Barss 06/30/2015 22 more days to vote, kids - .get your peeps, family,neighbors, workplace, EVERYONE to click it for winning ticket!! Ft. Gratiot is rockin' lets keep it up and win this!! $25,000 for your pooch to play with his/her friends and get a workout and their humans can meet new people ;^}. Let's make Ft. Gratiot MI, in the BEST state in the USA,a cool place to be and a dog friendly playground!! Lets rock :^D
Nina Wilson Kinney 06/30/2015 This would be excellent! Vote people!
Ian Berberian 06/29/2015 We're at least 60 away from the lead now we need this for are dogs blue water area
renee leslie 06/29/2015 We're within 35 votes of the lead. We can do this Blue Water area!
Martha Lee 06/29/2015 I use to live in Fort Gratiot,I now live in Texas and we have dog parks here and they are great. I love them. Fort Gratiot really needs one, it would be much safer for the dogs to run in a park then to run free and get hit by a vehicle.
Karen Brown Distelrath 06/28/2015 We walk our grandsons dog up in Fort Gratiot 3 or 4 times a week. Would love one.
Roxanne Hennika 06/28/2015 I hope that the city gets the park, my mom Jeanne Ruthven tried for a longtime to get one in Kimball.
Michelle Barss 06/28/2015 Let's go Ft.Gratiot::^D. We're rockin' - lets keep it up!! Get your vote on again on Sunday for Ft. Gratiot, Michigan. Tell all your peeps, Get on petsafe.com, facebook, call, email, share, share, share we can do this everyone!!.We are doing well...lets win the $25,000, we are almost there :^D
Kathy Myers 06/28/2015
Judi Reynolds 06/27/2015 #4496. We need everyone's vote. Come On Blue Water Area. This Park is for EVERYONE, not just Fort Gratiot. Please vote.
Jeff Mayer 06/27/2015 Come on, Fort Gratiot!
David Crocker 06/27/2015
Kim Sanchez 06/25/2015 We need this park. Please vote.
Mary Sams 06/24/2015 #3063. We have a long way to go. The voting continues until July 22nd. Pleas
e get all your family and friends to vote.
Theodore Barss 06/24/2015 Our lead is rapidly diminishing. VOTE!!! And have all your friends vote, too.
Debbie Greaux 06/23/2015 My dogs would love this !
Lee Brown 06/22/2015 This would be so cool. my dog would love it, and so would I.
Michael Petrick 06/22/2015 1914
Charlene Arnold 06/21/2015
Mary Thompson 06/21/2015 Come on Fort Gratiot...we can do this!
JJ Baldwin 06/19/2015 Check out our event, below and on our Facebook page...
Our generous and dedicated community members have volunteered to make a promotional video to raise awareness of the contest to get the votes to win the PetSafe Bark For Your Park contest. Bring your friendly, vaccinated dog to the proposed dog park where we will film the video. Your dog could be a STAR! If it is raining Saturday morning, please come back to this page for possible time change.
Meet us Saturday, June 20, at 10:30 AM at the Fort Gratiot Pond Park (Scarecrow Saturday park) at 4888 Parker Road, on the east side of Parker Road between Keewahdin and Carrigan Roads. The Fort Gratiot Pond is directly north of the proposed dog park site located at the McIntyre Park at 4788 Parker Road.
Your dog must be socialized and vaccinated. This is an open field, so please do not bring dogs that may run away. Bring a leash and bags to clean up after your dog. We are especially looking for friendly dogs that can speak or howl on command.
Keep on barking on!
UPDATE: You may want to bring a folding chair to watch your fur kids play, as there aren't a lot of benches there. Warning - Pond Alert: if your dog has a tendency to run for water, bring a towel.
The plan for the video is to only have dogs, and maybe a cat if anyone brings one, in the video with the exception of possibly in the beginning, we may have one person for the introduction. This saves us from having everyone sign a waiver release for the video.
So, put on your thinking caps...if you were a dog, why would you want a dog park? And why should people vote for you to win a dog park? The funnier & cuter, the better. You can post your answer here or submit it tomorrow. Your answer may end up in the video. Remember, word it as if it is the dog talking.
Many, many, paws in the air to Coordinator Wing Thiele and Videographer Kyle Coggins!
Renette Dickinson 06/19/2015 What an AMAZING opportunity!! Support your community, it's pets and their people by voting!
Judi Reynolds 06/19/2015 This park will be open to the ENTIRE Blue Water Area, but will be located in Fort Gratiot. Fort Gratiot is the only Michigan Municipality that made it to the finals. Please help us make this Park a reality by voting.
Jorja Baldwin 06/19/2015 Fort Gratiot dog park deserves your vote
Port Huron Times Herald Editorial, posted 2:58 p.m. EDT June 17, 2015
Vote for Fort Gratiot's dog park.
The township is a finalist in a nationwide online contest to secure a grant from PetSafe, a manufacturer of electronic fences. The company will give one of 15 finalist communities a grant of $100,000 and four others grants of $25,000. Vote at petsafe.net/barkforyourpark.
Fort Gratiot proposes to develop the off-leash dog play area on acreage it owns on Parker Road north of Keewahdin Road. Voting continues through July 22 and you can vote once a day until the contest ends.
But why should you help Fort Gratiot get money for a dog park? What if you don't have a dog, don't even like dogs and don't live in Fort Gratiot? The last is the easy one. Township Supervisor Jorja Baldwin says the park would be open to dogs and owners no matter where they live.
The other questions are easy, too. We'll let the late Andy Rooney take care of all of them in one sentence: "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." There are parks where the average person can run and play and make friends without wearing a collar and leash. Shouldn't there be parks for dogs, too?
Seriously, even if you dislike dogs, it would serve your interests to help Fort Gratiot win PetSafe's money.
Off-leash dog parks, like all parks, trails and other recreational facilities add to the value of communities, and we mean that literally. Having parks, playgrounds and beaches in your community raises the resale value of your house.
More good reasons include:
•Dog parks give dog owners somewhere to take their dogs. That often means that they stop taking them places that aren't as well suited for dogs — parks and walkways full of running children and strolling seniors, for instance. That reduces the chances of conflicts between dogs and people.
•Likewise, it gives dogs a place to play where they won't tangle with cars, skateboards, bicycles and the like.
•Dogs, like children and newspaper editors, need a safe place to blow off steam so they can be better citizens when they go home.
•Dog parks give people who share a common interest a place to gather and meet, and provide educational opportunities people who don't know why they don't have a dog yet.
JJ Baldwin 06/19/2015 Listen Live online or on the radio! Jorja Baldwin will be on WPHM 1380 with Paul Miller at 8:10 this morning to talk about the PetSafe Bark For Your Park contest. Please join us!
Joy Houser 06/18/2015 Run, bark, lick, love... life is good in a dog park!
Cindy Foster 06/18/2015 We need this park desperately. I have to drive 25 miles to get to one.
Laura Parker 06/18/2015 really would like to have this dog park so my buddy would have a please to run
06/18/2015 Thank you to everyone voting, especially those from other cities that are supporting us! Thank you, thank you thank you!
Ian Berberian 06/18/2015 I really hope we win but good luck to everyone else too
Heather Hearn 06/18/2015 Really hoping we win!!! Please, everyone vote!!!!
JJ Baldwin 06/18/2015 Please spread the word, vote & share! While this is being spearheaded by Fort Gratiot, this park will be open to all - not just Fort Gratiot residents. Thanks for the support!!!
Brian Glombowski 06/18/2015 458. Heard about it from WGRT.
Margie Campbell 06/18/2015 most needed and sure would appreciate having one!
Liz Mathews 06/18/2015 436 Liz Mathews
Wing Thiele 06/18/2015 Thank you to everyone voting, especially those from other cities that are supporting us! Thank you, thank you thank you!
Michael Petrick 06/18/2015 414
Debra Marsh 06/18/2015 Voted..
Kyle Coggins 06/18/2015 Thank you leslie
leslie hartzog 06/17/2015 My town in Alabama did not make the cut so instead I will vote for a town in my home state!
Ryan Kopydlowski 06/17/2015 Please vote for Fort Gratiot, Michigan! Our small town would love the opportunity to have a dog park. We already have the space and just need help with the funding. Help us let our dogs run around with the wind in their ears! :)
renee leslie 06/17/2015 Please help Fort Gratiot, Michigan! We're a SMALL TOWN FINALIST. We could so benefit from such a wonderful gift to our community.
Paul DogPark 06/17/2015 From Bellevue Wi. Our city didn't win. so I'm voting for another great small town.
John Loria 06/17/2015 Vote and than vote again
Mary Thompson 06/17/2015 Vote
Judi Reynolds 06/17/2015 Corrected voting dates: Wednesday, June 17 thru Wednesday, July 22.
Judi Reynolds 06/17/2015 Thank you to everyone. Fort Gratiot is one of 15 Finalists nationwide. Voting begins again at 1:00 today and goes thru Monday, the 22nd. Lets get the entire Blue Water Area voting. This will benefit ALL of us, not just Fort Gratiot residents. We are putting together our promotional video on Saturday, at the small pond on Parker Road at 10:30 am. Come and bring your furry friends, so long as they are social and are up to date on their shots. - See Ya There
Lindsay Ososki 06/15/2015 how can i vote?
Gary Piper 06/09/2015 I hope we're out in front of the running!
Georgi Kooiker 06/09/2015
Melanie Neal 06/08/2015 3560
Mary Ecker 06/08/2015 3554
Mary Ecker 06/06/2015 3307
Judi Reynolds 06/04/2015 3000
Mary Ecker 06/04/2015 2968 at 10:45 a.m.
Michael Petrick 06/03/2015 2,797
missy b 06/01/2015 Number 2551
Mary Ecker 05/31/2015 I was number 2338. Does anyone know how the other areas are doing? How do we rank?
michelle leideker 05/31/2015 I was # 2315
Pat Bernieri 05/31/2015 I was number 2,290!!
Jodi Moss 05/31/2015 Keep Voting PLEASE... I was 2241
renee leslie 05/30/2015 Keep voting! I was #2,159.
Charity Bradley 05/28/2015 #1841
John Remick 05/28/2015
Lynne Zalenski 05/25/2015 Keep voting folks!!!
Melinda Frumveller 05/22/2015
Lori Gill 05/22/2015 Vote, vote and vote again!
Lynne Zalenski 05/20/2015 Ca mon folks.. Let's win this!!!!
Audrey Cornell 05/19/2015 I've lived in this area a long time; A dog park would be wonderful! I've said for years it's surprising we don't have one. The closest is 30+ minutes away. I love seeing our community working together to get our fur babies a park!! :-)
Nancy Kirby 05/19/2015 I have three dogs live in Fort Gresh it Michigan and they would love a doggie park🐶
Gilda Castillo 05/19/2015 I have a mini schnauzer , Max would like a place to socialize with his peers :)
Kayla Harris 05/18/2015 I don't have a dog but for all of the dog owners out there I hope our community gets it!
Chelsey Green 05/16/2015 We need this so bad!!!!! fingers crossed!!! :)
Judi Reynolds 05/16/2015 We need to make this Dog Park a reality. We not only have the support of our wonderful Fort Gratiot community, but the surrounding communities as well, including Port Huron Township and Port Huron City Recreation. This parcel of land "McIntyre Park", which was donated to the Twp. is surrounded by nature, bike paths and is adjacent to our two ponds. We need to make McIntyre Park a Pet Safe Park. Please vote every day.
Jennifer Medford 05/15/2015
Wing Thiele 05/14/2015 A dog park would have the support of the business community as well as the residents, civic leaders and surrounding communities. We are an animal loving community... Fort Gratiot has the perfect land to make a wonderful dog park.
Wing Thiele, President, Fort Gratiot Business Association
robert zauner 05/14/2015 The idea of a dog park has been brought up several
times in the past couple of years we now have the
opportunity to see this idea come to life
The township a great piece of land to put this on
the property was donated to us
It will not only benefit Fort Gratiot TWP but the
surrounding TWP and citys by us
The park will create a place for dogs and there owners a place to be free have fun together
Fort Gratiot PARKS cCOMMISSION
Gary Piper 05/13/2015 Bridget is really gonna enjoy going to the Fort Gratiot Township Dog Park!
Sheri McColman 05/13/2015 Even though I don't have a dog, I have many friends who do & this would be a safe place for their pups to play. Please help make it become a reality!
Cathy Weis 05/13/2015 We have Lake Huron. No parks allow our dogs to go for a swim. Our older dogs would benifit by being able to swim to get excersize with out the pain of their joins.
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