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Voting ends July 31st. Winners announced August 7th.

Our community needs a PetSafe dog park!

Barker Park is aptly named for Springfield’s next off-leash dog park! It is a 26 acre piece of property near UIS that was generously donated to the Springfield Park District by the Barker family. The proposed dog park could be as large as 3 acres within Barker Park. Please continue to vote for Bark for Your Park Springfield. Finalist voting continues through July 31! Remember to vote twice each day, once on Facebook and once on Petsafe.net. Abraham Lincoln's dog Fido would have approved!

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Karla Marchell

My petsafe.net voting screen shows a vote count of "??????". Is anyone else having that problem? It's been doing that for a few days now. Just want to be sure my votes are being counted.

Winona

Voted! Keep voting Springfield!

William

Got my 7 extra votes!

Ed Urban

Vote Springfield, IL!

Karen Hoelzer

Our interpretation of the rules was certainly broader than Petsafe's. It is their contest and their interpretation that counts. Our intent was honorable. I am certain that the rules will be clearer next year. We accept Petsafe's apology and hope that Petsafe will accept ours as well. Keep going, Springfield! It's not over until it's over!

Don Hunt

Vote Springfield !

Ralph Virgil

Hopefully, a lesson learned. Trying to navigate around the spirit of the rules can hurt just as much, even though something technically is not prohibited! I'll vote and who knows how it will turn out!

PetSafe Brand

Thank you for your participation in the contest. While we appreciate the feedback, we do ask that you abide by the Bark for Your Park Code of Conduct policy that states, "PetSafe will not tolerate efforts to disgrace another competitor or hurt its ability to rally support for a dog park by making hollow accusations or attacks or by calling in to question whether a city or person “deserves” a dog park. Additionally, community members should pull together to work for the good of their own dogs instead of attacking other individuals also working to bring a dog park to their hometown." Any comments that go against the Code of Conduct for the contest in any way will be removed. We hope to provide a positive and fun contest for participants, and we thank you for your cooperation.

Could someone provide PetSafe's response? (It might be easier to share on the fb page) I think it's important that Springfield voters see how and why PetSafe made the decision.

Great video for Springfield, IL dog park! We are hoping to get Springfield's votes back! PetSafe, please work with the Springfield leaders to come to resolution. It does seem unfair to pull votes without notice or explanation. I voted twice every day and wouldn't want my votes pulled!

William

6,200 11:02pm Hope everyone enjoyed our fundraiser this evening!

Winona

Proudly voted for my city today! Abe Lincoln and his dog Fido would be happy!

Libby Morse

I saw the update on the fb page and I think it’s important that we continue to provide the facts and show that these votes were legitimate. But I’m not seeing a lot of facts- I’m seeing a lot of emotion. Yelling about this is not going get Springfield back in the race. We need to remain calm and respectful, and provide the information PetSafe needs so that they understand this was not ever meant as cheating.

Renee Williams

It wasn't just us guys...looks like Port Chester lost about 30,000 votes.

This is really disappointing! How did they decide how many votes to take away?

Brenda Hockings-Bach

Umm. What happen to all of Spfld, Il votes 6th place this morning now 14th?

Katie Zarack

Wow... That's really a bummer about the votes. I thought it was a great idea to be able to vote by proxy, and Im glad that Robert was willing to take care of this for everyone who wanted to vote by proxy.

Megan Madura

What time does the thing at Cherry Berry start?

Karen Hoelzer

If anyone has contact with local vets in the next 2 weeks, please be sure that they are aware of Bark for Your Park and are helping to spread the word. Some are sending out emails to their "patients." Please refer them to www.springfielddogpark.com if needed! Also, don't forget to stop at CherryBerry this evening. 10% of sales go to Barker Park for a dog park! :)

marybeth boysel

come on let's vote, only 19,582 at 9:00 am...let's go!!

Winona

19,500 8:45 Whoo hoo!

Robert Rodgers

18,526 at dinner time. Hattiesburg still has about 225 more votes to put in and we only have about 75 so we are not there yet. Based upon our histories, we will be about tied with them at the end of Tuesday and will past them on Wed. Keep it up Springfield because they are talking about us and they will start pushing for more voters but if we keep getting the word out and voting as well as we have, from around the world even, I know that we will be able to get ahead of them and pass them. We have the momentum on our side. They now have to start speeding up and it will take time for them to do that.

marybeth boysel

Thanks Robert for all that you are doing to help this cause. I was #18004.

Robert Rodgers

2nd place is nice... but 1st is always better! Keep it up Springfield!

Winona

17,501 Robert - I sent you an email!

Robert Rodgers

Ok your great voters... I now need to get some hands on help so if you want to help with this cause, please email me at Robert@jteam.us and I will tell you where we need some help other than you voting every day. :) We have now officially hit ludicrous speed and I could really use anyone's help that has about an hour a day to help.

Robert Rodgers

WE ARE IN SECOND PLACE!!! At the end of voting on Friday, we were in second place by 200 votes and only 500 votes from FIRST PLACE!!! Thank you to everyone who has been so helpful these past few days drumming up our goal of 600 new voters! It really paid off today and I would like to just encourage everyone to keep telling people to get out there and vote. We can still use some more voters out there because I am sure the other towns are NOT going to like the fact that we have come in and threatened their positions at the top of the list.

Winona

Libby - if you would like to email me, I can help you with explaining proxy voting. Winona wdulk1@yahoo.com

Libby Morse

Hey, I'm trying to give some friends information about the proxy voting option- Could you go over how that works and what information you need?

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