When Trena Mobley went to a local pet store recently and mentioned going to the dog park, the clerk didn’t know what she was talking about.
“When I told her about the dog park, she said ‘What’s that?,’” Mobley said.
Mobley, the head of the Dog Daze Committee, urged the city back in 2008 to put in a dog park and is now hoping to improve on the two existing dog parks.
“We’re trying to do different things to bring awareness to the dog parks,” she said Saturday at Mehlig Park on Carter Street, just east of Berkley Road.
“There’s still a lot of people that don’t know about it.”
Mobley and other members of the Dog Daze, meet once a month at the dog park to get new ideas, and keep everyone informed.
“We need a restroom and would like get the water fountain fixed,” Mobley said of a few improvements being discussed.
“We have two new benches, but we got so many people at night we need more. The other night, we had 35 dogs here.”
Mainly, the group is trying to get the word out about the park to let people know there’s a nice safe place to bring their dogs.
Since its inception four years ago, the park has been a success and they’re hoping to build on that.
Mehlig, along with Mohr Park, on the southern edge of the Cedar Crest subdivision, are the only two off-leash dog parks in Kokomo.
“We have business cards, we started [www.kokomodogparks.com] and we’re even on Facebook.”
Dog Daze is a nonprofit group that operates as a extension of Pals for Paws, a local animal rescue organization.
“I got involved about a year and a half ago, after I rescued two small dogs and started going to the dog park on a regular basis,” Mobley said.
The group has different events throughout the year to either raise money, just have fun, or bring awareness of the two parks and try to help fellow dog owners.
Gail Beaton, one of the original Dog Daze Volunteers of Kokomo that works with the city to help improve and maintain Kokomo’s two off-leash dog parks, just likes being around the dogs.
“It’s a place where dogs can be dogs,” said Beaton.
“Right now, I’m dogless. But, I come out here to get my doggie fix.”
“What I enjoy is seeing all the different breeds of dogs,” said Mobley. “You can see everything from a Great Dane to a Chihuahua out here.”
The dog owners said the dogs all get along. There’s no fights, no snapping, no aggressive behavior, just a lot of fun.
“This is an opportunity for these people, who may not have the space for animals to run around at home, to bring them out here,” said Beaton. “This is perfect for people who live in apartments and seniors. Even people with service dogs can bring them here and let them be a regular dog for a while. ... It went from the least-used park to the most-used park.”