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UPCOMING EVENTS

"YAPPY HOURS" are hosted by The Friends of Hermon Dog Park and are held on the last Sunday of each month. Winter (September through May) "Yappy Hours" are held from 3-5 pm . Summer (June through August) "Yappy Hours" are held from 5-7 pm. In the event of rain, "Yappy Hour" will be postponed until the following month. No Yappy Hour in November or December due to the holidays.

Please check our FaceBook page for current info and events.


PAST EVENTS

Annual Meeting 2013Annual Membership Meeting
On Sunday, January 26, 2014 we held our Annual Membership Meeting during Yappy Hour at the dog park. We celebrated our accomplishments for 2013 and discussed plans for 2014. You can read the Co-Presidents' Report here. We voted on new and renewing board members. We met some new volunteers for upcoming monthly "Yappy Hours" and possible new board members. We had treats for your dog, information on local resources and more. If you missed it you can still get involved - just email us at contact@hermondogpark.org!


Santa Paws Squad 2013The 69th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade officially brought in the holiday season on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The Friends of Hermon Dog Park once again marched as the "Santa Paws Squad" with people and dogs dressed in holiday attire along side marching bands, drill teams, dancers, musicians, floats, equestrian units, celebrities and community representatives. This year we had our own "float" - a fabulous sleigh powered by a bicyclist and two talented pooches. We had wonderful volunteers carrying and banners and one lucky participant won our raffle prize of a Petco gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated! You can check out Santa Paws Squad photos on our Facebook page and this year there was even a video made about us at the parade.


"YAPPY HOUR" November 24th 3-5pm
Ornaments donated by WOOFWhile we don't usually have a November Yappy Hour due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we are made an exception because we are fortunate enough to have received a generous donation of Christmas and Hanukkah ornaments, dog toys, dog clothes, and other items from the fabulous WOOF Dog Boutique in Atwater Village. Many supporters came out and got their holiday shopping done while socializing their dogs. Win win win!


Beekeeper and his BeesOn Sunday, October 27, Friends of Hermon Dog Park once again hosted our annual HOWL-oween costume contest and peanut butter lick-off. This "doggie social event of the season" feaured tons of fun for canines and humans alike!

Large dogs and small turned out for this year's event. Scariest, Cutest, Silliest and more categories were all represented at this year's HOWL-oween. Our emcee, Christine Offutt, got things started when the small dogs strutted their stuff on the ruffway. We had some great teams this year, and the large dogs got some love too when it was there turn in the spotlight.

Bubbles EinsteinOver 50 entrants participated, and about 75 dogs descended upon the park in costume. Our judges Ronnie Wilson, Wendi Riser, Yolanda Nogueira, Jim Offutt and student Carlos Martinez had their work cut out trying to decide between all the creative costumes! Special thanks to all our volunteers, including the students from Academia Avance and the Girl Scouts from Troop 1955.

Peanut Butter Lick-offReady, Set, Lick! Always a fun contest, the dogs really enjoyed themselves (they got a trip to the park and a creamy treat!) Champ (pictured above) won for the large dogs, and Singha, won for the small dogs. They took home a great prize too, what else, but Peanut Butter Biscuits!

You can check out pictures from this year's event on our Facebook page and be sure to check out Martha Benedict's album too!

HOWL-oween Costume Contest Winners:

  • Most Original Small: Bailey, a Cork Board
  • Most Original Large: Maeshi, a Racehorse
  • Scariest Small: Baby, a Shark
  • Scariest Large: Luther, a Viking
  • Cutest Small: Duchess, as a Witch
  • Cutest Large: Lola, as a Cow
  • Best Homemade Small: Guapo, a Mariachi
  • Best Homemade Large: Noah, as Noah's Ark
  • Silliest Small: Pumpkin, as a Spider Web
  • Silliest Large: Pepito, as a Corn-dog
  • Judge's Choice Small: Canela, as a Dinosaur
  • Judge's Choice Large: Jemma, as a Hippie
  • Judge's Choice Team: Guero, Coco, Lucy as Toy Story Theme
  • Best In Show Small: Sebastian, as a Chef
  • Best in Show Large: Lenny, as a Bubble Bath
  • Best in Show Team: Juneau, and her owner dressed as Peacocks
  • Best Team: Smoochie and Wolfie as Bumblebees with their owner dressed as a Beekeeper

FHDP Talent StageHermon's Got Talent! We had a fun time on Sunday September 29 when our September Yappy Hour featured a Doggie Talent Show. Cybelle was our hands-down winner after bouncing a beach ball off her nose, jumping through a hula hoop, and performing a variety of other tricks.For some, just sitting politely for their close up was accomplishment enough, and we rewarded all who tried a nice little goodie bag. See inspiring photos here.


Dr. LisaOur August 25 Yappy Hour featured a special Pet Health Care "Pet Ed" seminar with Dr. Lisa Hsuan, DVM of Animal Health Care Center in Eagle Rock. Dr. Lisa spoke about the difference between emergency and regular vet visits. She talked about the importance of dental health (did you know that the best way to extend the life of your pet is to brush his or her teeth?), what common foods and plants can be toxic to pets (the ASPCA site www.aspca.org is a great resource and they have a fee-based hotline: (888) 426-4435) and the difference between open and closed fractures. Dr. Lisa also answered lots of audience questions about pet health. Everyone enjoyed the seminar and even the dogs learned something. Check out the photos on Facebook.


Amanada Foundation Mobile Spay NeuterFree Spay/Neuter for Dogs!
On Saturday, July 13, the Friends of Hermon Dog Park once again presented the Amanda Foundation Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic at Hermon Dog Park. A total of 28 dogs were spayed or neutered that day and received DHPP and rabies vaccinations as well. The Amanda Foundation provides FREE services to qualifying LA residents with verified income. Check their website for current schedule and locations. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-888.349.7388.


"ARE YOU MY MOTHER?"


Adoption VolunteerAre You My Mother? Twenty three dogs and cats found forever homes on Saturday, May 11, when the Friends of Hermon Dog Park co-sponsored a Mother's Day adoption festival on the grounds of the North Central Shelter! The event was free and open to the public. Adoption fees were discounted and included spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, and, in the case of dogs, license.

Tim HomayoonOur master of ceremonies was the talented actor/writer/comedian, Tim Homayoon from Comedy Central, MTV and SNL, among others. Tim is an animal lover who has supported numerous rescue causes both on and off stage.

Girl Scout CadettesAnd you didn't need to be in the market for a new pet - we had a oon Bounce, SMART Team animal rescue demonstrations, food, games and a raffle. Girl Scout Troop 1955 made goody bags for newly adopted pets and hosted a "Make-Your-Own-Mother's-Day-Card" workshop. Everyone had a blast!

Woof Dog Boutique BoothWe also had a Microchip Clinic and booths with great information and giveaways from pet-related businesses, non-profit groups, and city organizations.

Special thanks to all of our volunteers, vendors and sponsors! We could not have done it without you and your committment to helping animals!

Check out photos of our event on Facebook.

Sponsored by:
Friends of Hermon Dog Park - Los Angeles Animal Services
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council - Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
Councilmember Jose Huizar CD-14 - Councilmember Ed P. Reyes CD-1
CD-13 and the Petco Foundation


Fun and Games! April Yappy Hour - Sunday, April 28 - 3-5pm

Fun and GamesOn Sunday, April 28 we had an entertaining "Fun and Games" Yappy Hour at Hermon Dog Park. Games included "Bead Toss", " an Obstacle Course, and more. Fun for people and for doggies. We had treats as usual too! see the photos on Facebook.


Lezle Stein Hike -  2013Take a Hike! March Yappy Hour - Sunday, March 31. Our March Yappy Hour featured a special hike with local dog trainer, Lezle Stein. This time we took the southbound route, crossing Via Marisol, and hiked up into Debs Park. There were great views and the dogs all enjoyed the rustic path. Those who went the distance got to see Peanut Lake - a few dogs went swimming. When everyone returned to the Friends of Hermon Dog Park booth, there were treats for the dogs and people too. The hike was a great opportunity to meet friends, get some exercise and to get some free tips from a pro. Check out the photos on Facebook, and make sure to see Martha Benedict's great photos too!!


Red Carpet Yappy HourOur February Yappy Hour celebrated the Oscars with sparkling cider and a red carpet photo booth. Our volunteers (posing as pup-arazzi) took pictures of doggies on the red carpet in glamorous hats, ties and gowns from the haute couture WOOF dog boutique in Atwater Village. The sparkling celebration included a golden "Hermon" award in 24 carat glitter and styrofoam (fashioned after the " Hermon on the Ball" sculpture, coming soon to Hermon Dog Park.) You can check our photos on our Facebook page.


Annual Meeting 2013Annual Membership Meeting
On Sunday, January 27, 2013 we held our Annual Membership Meeting during Yappy Hour. We celebrated our accomplishments for 2012 and discussed plans for 2013. We had treats for you and your dog and information on training, emergency preparedness and more. We also had a surprise pet massage demo by Annette Ramseyer of Easingpaw Animal Therapy--several doggies left happy!


Santa Paws Squad 2012The 68th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade officially brought in the holiday season on Sunday, December 2, 2012. The Friends of Hermon Dog Park once again marched as the "Santa Paws Squad" with people and dogs dressed in holiday attire in the city's second oldest annual holiday parade along side marching bands, drill teams, dancers, musicians, floats, equestrian units, celebrities and community representatives. This year's theme was "People Helping People", and we had a lot of people helping us - all cheerfully carrying signs and banners through the less than perfect weather! Lucky participant Frank won our raffle prize of a $50 Petco gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated! You can check out Santa Paws Squad photos on our Facebook Page.


Santa Paws Squad 2012Our November Yappy Hour on November 25 featured Dog Thanksgiving. Maybe you've heard about the amusing dog shaming site...well, we decided it was time for DOG THANKING!! We set up a photo booth at Yappy Hour for doggies to pose and tell us what they're thankful for. These photos were added to our contest on our Facebook page. Chilton, pictured here (thankfully wearing his new sweater), was our big winner with 21 "likes" won a $20 Petco Gift Card - just in time for his holiday shopping!


Baby as ChefFriends of Hermon Dog Park hosted the annual HOWL-oween costume contest and peanut butter lick-off on Sunday, October 28. It was the doggie social event of the season with lots of fun, treats and prizes!

Categories included Most Original, Scariest, Silliest, Cutest, Best Team and Best in Show. You can check out pictures from this year's event on our Facebook page.


AUGUST YAPPY HOUR AND BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Hermon Dog Park - Opening Day 2005 Happy Birthday to...US! It's been 7 years since the grand opening of Hermon Dog Park - we celebrated during our August Yappy Hour on Sunday August 26. We enjoyed delicious, dogs-only birthday cake and had cake and refreshments for humans too! Mosaic artist, Jolino Beserra appeared with his trusted dog, Angus. He accepted donations of memorabilia (dog or cat tags, ceramic bowls, etc.) of pets passed to be included in the "Hermon on the Ball" sculpture he is creating for the dog park through a City Beautification Grant. See pictures of the event on Facebook and learn more about Jolino and "Hermon on the Ball" .


Amanada Foundation Mobile Spay NeuterFree Spay/Neuter for Dogs!
On Saturday, July 28, 2012, the Friends of Hermon Dog Park presented the Amanda Foundation Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic at Hermon Dog Park. A total of 38 dogs were spayed or neutered that day and received DHPP and rabies vaccinations as well. The Amanda Foundation provides FREE services to qualifying LA residents with verified income. Check their website for current schedule and locations. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-888.349.7388.


ArroyoOur June YAPPY HOUR was held on Sunday, June 24. In addition to the usual treats for dogs and their humans, we sponsored a group hike along the arroyo led by local dog trainer, Lezle Stein. This was a great opportunity to get some exercise and to get some free tips from a pro. The hike started at 5:30 and took approximately 45 minutes round trip. Check out the photos on Facebook! Interested in more walks with Lezle? Contact her at thedogtrainer@hotmail.com.


Dog Trainer, Erica LakeDog Park Etiquette - Minding your Paws and Cues
During our April Yappy Hour, Friends of Hermon Dog Park presented a FREE Pet Ed seminar. Local dog trainer, Erica Lake, gave a fun and informative talk about the do's and don'ts of the dog park and a variety of socialization and behavioral topics. Topics included: how to socialize a new puppy, how to tell when your dog is stressed or aggressive, what to do when people don't pick up after their dog? Erica provided a "Rules to Live by"handout as well as a Q&A session. We also had doggie fashions, door prizes and refreshments--what fun! Check out the photos on our FaceBook page.

Well-dressed Dog"Haute Dog" Couture Trunk Show
We held a sassy spring boutique fundraiser for Friends of Hermon Dog Park at Fresco Community Market - Saturday March 24, noon-4pm. All Fashions $5 - $15 donation. Also featuring pet portrait artist, Leslie Warren, SOAK dog grooming and Fresco's new organic pet food. Find out more on our FaceBook page.


Parade 2009The annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade was held on Sunday, December 4th, 2011, and once again, the Friends of Hermon Dog Park marched as the "Santa Paws Squad". Dogs and their people dressed for the holidays. See photos of the Santa Paws Squad on our FaceBook page.


HOWL-oween 2009On Sunday, October 30, 2011 we hosted our fabulous annual "HOWL-oween" Yappy Hour and Doggie Costume Contest. Prizes were awarded for "most original", "cutest", "funniest", "scariest" and "best team" (of pets and their people). We also held the great "Peanut Butter Lick-off", acclaimed by Dog Fancy Magazine. Download the flyer. Check out the photos of this year's extravaganza on FaceBook.


DART DrillDisaster Animal Response Team
The most comprehensive & realistic community-based Shakeout drill EVER conducted! The Disaster Animal Response Team participated in the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council ShakeOut Drill held at Fresco Community Market and Hermon Dog Park on October 22, 2011. Read the Red Cross press release.


55 Degree WineWine Tasting Benefit for Friends of Hermon Dog Park
Wine tasting fans supported local animal rescue, pet owner education, dog and cat health issues throughout Northeast Los Angeles and had a great time as well! Our first ever Wine Tasting Benefit was on Thursday October 6th from 6-10pm at Atwater Village's 55 Degree Wine (a  Best of Citysearch  Wine Bar) 3111 Glendale Blvd., LA 90039. Supporters each had a a flht of four wines and assorted appetizers. A silent auction included doggie items, art (works by David Edward Byrd, Margaret Garcia and Paul Lam) and a vacation rental in Cambria. Download the flyer.


Erica LakeOur September Yappy Hour (Sunday, September 25, 5-7pm) featured a special seminar by local dog trainer, Erica Lake. Erica spoke about techniques to make your dog a happy, confident and well-mannered member of your family. Dogs came to Yappy Hour at 5 for a little exercise and then sat through the seminar from 6-7. Gifts were raffled and we had treats for dogs and humans! We had a great question and answer session--thanks, Erica! You can view the flyer and see photos on our FaceBook page.


PapillionHave you mourned the loss of a beloved pet recently or even from years in the past? Do you have to anticipate the death of your pet? Felt alone in your grief because of not being understood for the deep connection you felt with your pet? At our June Pet Education seminar on Sunday, June 26 Certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselors Dr. Sandra Grossman and Ellie Freedman presented "Pet Loss and Heart Recovery", helping pet owners heal from the loss of a pet. The seminar was a big success! View the flyer from this event. See photos on our FaceBook page.


Prepared PetsOn Sunday, March 27, during our regular monthly Yappy Hour, Friends of Hermon Dog Park sponsored a very important Pet Emergency Preparedness Seminar by Cindy Sanchez of Noah's Wish. We had some very cool emergency kits as raffle gifts and the usual people and doggie snacks. Check out photos on our FaceBook page.


Adopt a ValentineFORTY-FOUR SHELTER PETS found their new forever homes at the Adopt a Valentine event presented by the Friends of Hermon Dog Park in February. That's a fantastic number of pets to join families that really want them. Thank you to the many, many volunteers, sponsors, and vendors who helped make this happen, including comedienne and advocate Debra Wilson, Four Legged Friends Foundation who entertained with "Dancing with the dogs" and our co-sponsors Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, LA Animal Services, Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar and Council President Eric Garcetti. See photos by Martha Benedict.


Parade 2009The annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade was held on Sunday, December 5th, 2010, and once again, the Friends of Hermon Dog Park marched as the "Santa Paws Squad". Dogs and their people dressed for the holidays and were seen by more than 15,000 spectators and the parade was televised! See photos on our FaceBook page.


HOWL-oween 2009On Sunday, October 31st, we held our annual "HOWL-oween" Yappy Hour and Doggie Costume Contest. Prizes were awarded for "most original", "cutest", "funniest", "scariest" and "best team" (of pets and their people). We also hosted the great "Peanut Butter Lick-off", acclaimed by Dog Fancy Magazine. Check out the photos on FaceBook.


SpencerWe held our annual springtime Doggie Bonnet Dress-up Contest at our April 25th, 2010 "Yappy Hour" at Hermon Dog Park. We awarded prizes for the winners of catecategoriese most seasonal bonnet, silliest bonnet, most creative bonnet and best in show. Always a blast!


Adopt a ValentineOn February 13th, 2010, we presented the first annual "Adopt a Valentine" festival at the North Central Animal Shelter. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turnout. Best of all, 45 homeless animals were adopted that day, all spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated at special discount rates. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer students from Los Angeles International Charter and Franklin High Schools, Adopt a Valentineas well as volunteers from LAAS and the community. Special thanks also go to our financial partners: the Arroyo Seco, Atwater Village, and Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Councils, the FHDP, Councilmember Eric Garcetti of CD13, and LAAS. It was truly a group effort.


The Santa Paws Squad had a great showing in the 2009 Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade with 50-60 good folks out and nearly that many merry pooches proudly walking down Figueroa Street. We were also one of just a couple of parade participants singled out and highlighted on this week's edition of "This Week in L.A."   a 30-minute Channel 35 program aired daily that tells about some of the many interesting City events. They love us.


Thanks to everyone who turned out for the fourth annual Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, July 18, 2009. It was a great success with many dogs and cats finding new homes. CD 14 Council Member Huizar helped sponsor the event and wrote about us in his blog.


YAPPY HOURS, Last Sunday of each month:  


September 30, 2007:Dog'toberfest & Dog Yodeling Contest


August 26, 2007: A "Chicken Boy" Celebration


Opening Day 2005: Ready, set, go!


Neighbors, (and their people) from Montecito Heights join in.


Pet Fair: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


District 14 Councilman Jose Huizar, a co-sponsor of the Pet Fair, meets with a few of the day's volunteers.


Bark Avenue Animal Rescue's booth stays busy.


Just a couple of the beautiful "Greyhound Pets of America."


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Dogs Galore!


Animal-related exhibits and a great silent auction.


A Comedy Show and "Dog" Movies under the majestic Avenue 60 bridge.


From L-R: Jerry Schneider - Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Environmental Representative; District 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar; and Jeff Chapman, Watershed Coordinator of the Arroyo Seco who championed getting four doggie waste-bag dispensers installed in sensitive areas of the Arroyo Seco around and in the dog park.


PUPPY PARTIES!


Puppies of all sizes.


Puppies learn to play nicely together.


YAPPY HOURS!


Yappy Hours draw a relaxed crowd.


Food and treats for dogs and their people -- YummYump>


A Yappy Hour family portrait.


Judges Ursula and "Ernst" scrutinize a "Dog Yodeling" candidate at Dog'toberfest Yappy Hours 2006!

Please be advised Friends of Hermon Dog Park, an all-volunteer organization, encourages the reporting of any type of inappropriate human or canine behavior that in any way jeopardizes the safety and health of others. It is our goal for all individuals and dogs to use this park for a fun and safe experience. We advise all visitors to leave the park should they observe any concerning behavior.

Note: we are not affiliated with the ownership or management of the Park. For any and all emergencies call 911 immediately. Friends of Hermon Dog Park suggest you preprogram the following information into your phone and report incidents to (213) 305-9233, Public Safety Officer Felipe Graciano (213) 793-0748, LAPD Senior Officer John Pedroza's Mobile.

Thank you.

 

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Los Angeles, CA 90041
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IMPORTANT CONTACTS:
(323) 255-0370, Rec. & Parks Maintenance, Arroyo Div.
(213) 978-4670, Public Safety Dispatch Line
(213) 305-9233, Public Safety Officer Felipe Graciano
(213) 793-0748, LAPD Senior Officer John Pedroza's Mobile

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