"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.
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On 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.
Over 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.
Ready, 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!
Hermon'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.
Our 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) 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.
YAPPY HOUR - Membership Drive! On Sunday, July 28 we hosted our monthly Yappy Hour with a Membership theme along with the usual dog and people treats at our booth. New and renewing members received a mini-hand sanitizer and a cool Friends of Hermon Dog Park pet food lid and were automatically entered to win a $40 gift certificate from Woof Dog Boutique or one of 3 Friends of Hermon Dog Park T-shirts. Dues and donations help support the park and Friends of Hermon Dog Park programs. Thanks to everyone who participated, and if you missed the contest, you can still join or renew .
Check out the photos of July Yappy Hour on Facebook.
Free Spay/Neuter for Dogs!
For our June YAPPY HOUR on Sunday June 30, we hosted a mini-picnic in our membership booth at Hermon Dog Park. The lucky doggies who joined us got hot dog treats, played beach ball, and ran around the dog park - FUN! Their people were rewarded with lemonade. What a great way to begin the summer! Check out photos of our event on Facebook.
"ARE YOU MY MOTHER?"
Are 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.
Our 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.
And 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!
We 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.
Fun and Games! April Yappy Hour - Sunday, April 28 - 3-5pm
On 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.
Take 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!!
Our 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 Membership Meeting
The 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.
Our 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!
Friends 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!
Free Spay/Neuter for Dogs!
Our 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 email@example.com.
Dog Park Etiquette - Minding your Paws and Cues
"Haute Dog" Couture Trunk Show
The 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.
On 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.
Disaster Animal Response Team
Wine Tasting Benefit for Friends of Hermon Dog Park
Our 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.
Have 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.
On 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.
FORTY-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.
The 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.
On 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.
We 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!
On 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, as 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.
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