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Leash on Life to host community dog costume party on Halloween

NORTH LIBERTY– Leash on Life will co-host a costume party for dogs and their owners from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at its North Liberty location, 650 Pacha Pkwy.
The free event is co-hosted by the North Liberty Residents for a Dog Park citizens’ initiative and the nonprofit Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee.
The public and pooches are invited to arrive in costume to enjoy light refreshments in a fun atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded to costume contest entrants at the party and also to those who submit contest entries on the dog park group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northlibertydogpark.
The online contest has five categories: Most Creative Costume, Best Family Photo, and a Best of Class among competitors in the small, medium, and large dog category. Photos can be posted to the Facebook page timeline or directly to the page’s Photo Album for each category.
“We are excited to partner with this group of North Liberty residents who are working hard to bring a dog park to the city,” said Leash on Life owner Julie Phye. “We wanted to help host an event that will be fun for our staff and for the large community of dog lovers here.”
North Liberty Residents for a Dog Park is a citizen-driven initiative with nearly 1,000 online and handwritten signatures on a petition asking the city to help build and maintain an off-leash dog park in North Liberty.
“We hope the city council and parks board will add a dog park to the city’s parks plan during a joint work session in November, so we can begin fundraising right away,” group co-organizer Sara Langenberg said. “If the city can designate land–ideally at least 10 acres– for a dog park, I think we can find donors who will help pay for fences, pathways, and other park features so the park is accessible for dogs of all sizes and levels of socialization.”
A date for the city’s November joint work session has not yet been set, Langenberg said.
“We are asking our initiative’s supporters to email city officials and write letters to the editor as soon as possible,” Langenberg added. “If we have to raise money to buy land, it will take our group much, much longer to get this done, while dog parks already are commonplace in communities across the country.
“We are grateful to Leash on Life for the opportunity to collaborate on the party and for providing prizes, along with North Liberty Veterinary Clinic,” Langenberg added. “Leash on Life also is selling our new ‘Bark for a Park in North Liberty’ T-shirts, which supporters have been asking for. Julie and her staff are fabulous supporters and fun to work with.”
For more details about the event and the initiative, visit northlibertydogpark.org.