BRO Submission By Suzanne Taylor:
When I moved back to Buffalo in the late 80s, people were talking about creating an off-leash area for dogs. A mere 19 years later… The Barkyard (known colloquially as ‘the dog park’) set up shop at the north end of LaSalle Park in 2007, and hosts packs of dogs on a regular basis. Even the coldest of winter days found hardy owners and furry friends tossing and tugging toys at the Barkyard, Buffalo’s first micropark.
It is time to move from the temporary site to more permanent digs a little further south in LaSalle Park. The new & improved Barkyard will feature trees for shade and wind protection, running water for hydrating and rinsing, and a double entrance to foil potential escapees. That’s going to take quite a bit of cash. Fortunately, the Barkyard refuses to hold a fundraiser they wouldn’t want to go to. Ta-dah – St. Pooch’s Day is a St. Patrick’s Day party for the canine-friendly crowd (actual canines are asked to stay home and guard the house).
The party is this Friday, March 13th at D’arcy McGees (no skimping on the Irish here), from 5.30 to 7.30 pm: a perfect way to launch your St. Patty’s weekend, because your dog will forgive you for it. For $25 (or two for $40 if you order online before the event), you can enjoy free-flowing drinks and mouth-watering treats. Hosted by Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas of Kiss 98.5, the party features a silent auction (with a strong dog theme), a live auction for a week in Tahoe (bring your chequebook!) and a raffle for a Sabres game-night package featuring dinner and a limo. To order your tickets in advance, go to www.barkyardbuffalo.com and marvel at the face on that dog… See you there!