Ridge Road Dog Park

Ridge Road Dog Park This page is for the users of the Ridge Road dog park in Germantown, MD. It is in no way affiliated with Montgomery Parks but rather just a place to share photos, ideas, and stories.

Hey Buddy Comics
02/26/2020

Hey Buddy Comics

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Best Friends Animal Community
12/05/2019

Best Friends Animal Community

Montgomery Parks Report Elevated Levels of Algae Toxin at Lake Needwood | Montgomery Community Media
08/14/2019
Montgomery Parks Report Elevated Levels of Algae Toxin at Lake Needwood | Montgomery Community Media

Montgomery Parks Report Elevated Levels of Algae Toxin at Lake Needwood | Montgomery Community Media

Pet Owners are Urged to Keep Dogs Out of the Lake Montgomery Parks officials are asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank at Rock Creek Regional Park. That’s because testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produce...

I Bet I Can Find One Million People Who Love Their Pets Unconditionally
08/13/2019

I Bet I Can Find One Million People Who Love Their Pets Unconditionally

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Montgomery County Government
08/13/2019

Montgomery County Government

Join Montgomery County Recreation in just a few weeks (Sept. 7 and 8) for the Pooch Pool Party at the Wheaton-Glenmont Outdoor Pool at 12621 Dalewood Drive in Wheaton. Pre-registration is required. https://buff.ly/2Kygtc6

BEWARE: Harmful algae killing dogs in the south also found in Virginia and Maryland lakes
08/12/2019
BEWARE: Harmful algae killing dogs in the south also found in Virginia and Maryland lakes

BEWARE: Harmful algae killing dogs in the south also found in Virginia and Maryland lakes

There is a serious and deadly warning out to pet owners this summer if you plan on hitting lakes. Blue-green algae has taken the lives of several dogs over the past few weeks in North Carolina, Texas and Georgia according to CNN. Three dogs in North Carolina died within hours of exposure to a toxin....

A warning to pet owners: toxic algae kills three dogs in matter of hours
08/10/2019
A warning to pet owners: toxic algae kills three dogs in matter of hours

A warning to pet owners: toxic algae kills three dogs in matter of hours

A hot summer evening in Wilmington was made a little cooler for three dogs when their loving owners brought them to a nearby pond to play and swim Thursday night. Just hours later all three dogs were dead, their owner’s lives now shattered.

I Bet I Can Find One Million People Who Love Their Pets Unconditionally
08/03/2019

I Bet I Can Find One Million People Who Love Their Pets Unconditionally

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Mayberry 4 Paws
07/03/2019

Mayberry 4 Paws

The Life-Changing Power of Decompression Walks
07/01/2019
The Life-Changing Power of Decompression Walks

The Life-Changing Power of Decompression Walks

I first heard the term “decompression walk” used by Sarah Stremming on her Cog-Dog Radio podcast. I remember finding myself exclaiming “yes” over and over and over again as I listened to her describe it. Up until that moment, I never considered that what I had been doing with my dog, and wha...

National Purebred Dog Day
06/30/2019

National Purebred Dog Day

The philtrum is the vertical groove between the base of the nose and the border of a dog's upper lip, and it has a purpose. Every time a dog licks his lips, a bit of saliva stays in this groove and is drawn upwards due to capillary action. This keeps the dog's nose moist, if not wet, which enables the dog to capture scent particles from the air. Pretty cool, eh?

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Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida
06/24/2019

Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida

Love this!!

05/26/2019
Maryland Dog Park Community

Maryland Dog Park Community

FYI ~ Your dog can get sunburned. And it hurts as much as when you have a bad sunburn. Worst is they can't tell You!

The Dog Food Network
05/23/2019

The Dog Food Network

Have you been checking your dog's paws lately?

05/23/2019
Charlie The Golden

Charlie The Golden

Dis thing steals my fur and pokes me 🙈
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FYI Charlie has always enjoyed playing with his brush. I honestly have no clue why. But when he did I always made sure he was careful and didn’t get hurt by the bristles.

Oakton-Vienna Veterinary Hospital
03/27/2019

Oakton-Vienna Veterinary Hospital

At OVVH we are thinking about our patients' mental status in addition to their physical health. Anxiety and fear are commonly seen in our patients, but we can help these poor guys and girls!! We want to minimize anxiety because fear can lead to aggression (plus it's just upsetting for the pet, you and us!). See the "Ladder of Aggression" graphic below. Give us a call before your nervous pet's next visit!

Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs
03/19/2019
Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Twenty-eight states have passed laws penalizing people for misrepresenting their pets as service dogs, with two more considering legislation this spring.

Skin Maps – Dr. Susan Ettinger – Official Website of Dr Sue
03/14/2019
Skin Maps – Dr. Susan Ettinger – Official Website of Dr Sue

Skin Maps – Dr. Susan Ettinger – Official Website of Dr Sue

Here are dog and cat skin maps to use at home or in your clinic to keep track of lumps and bumps. Use this with your calipers to note where the mass is and the size. No one can look at a mass or feel a mass and know what it is. Remember, my See Something, Do Something. Why Wait? Aspirate. ® guideli...

Montgomery Parks is considering putting in new dog parks. Please fill out the survey at the link below as to where the n...
03/14/2019
Open Town Hall - Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks is considering putting in new dog parks. Please fill out the survey at the link below as to where the next dog park should be.

(You might also mention that Ridge Road has no running water for the dogs)

Montgomery Parks values input from the community. Whether we are in the development process of planning for parks or designing...

Walk Your Dog, But Watch Your Footing: Bone Breaks Are On The Rise
03/11/2019
Walk Your Dog, But Watch Your Footing: Bone Breaks Are On The Rise

Walk Your Dog, But Watch Your Footing: Bone Breaks Are On The Rise

Maybe it's just because a large number of older people have learned the benefits of exercise and canine companionship. Whatever, the reason, walking a dog on a leash has been linked to more fractures.

Are Dog Parks Exclusionary?
03/01/2019
Are Dog Parks Exclusionary?

Are Dog Parks Exclusionary?

“My first visual reaction is: That is a lot of white people with dogs.”

02/18/2019
Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely indepe...

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue
02/11/2019

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue

Here is a great ProTip! Thanks #skagitcountyfiredistrict5
#centralpiercefire #ourfamilyprotectingyours

02/09/2019
The Dodo

The Dodo

Do your dog’s paws smell like Fritos? Same. And now we know why 🐾🌮

When a Pet Grieves the Loss of Another Pet
01/24/2019
When a Pet Grieves the Loss of Another Pet

When a Pet Grieves the Loss of Another Pet

I’ve communicated with thousands of grieving pets over the last twenty years and some were totally devastated by the loss of a companion animal. I’ve even had a few cases where the remaining pet suddenly dies of what appears to be a broken heart. Many pets have revealed feelings of worry or fear...

Kate's Pawsitive Pups
01/10/2019

Kate's Pawsitive Pups

Just a thought of the day I felt compelled to share..

Working in veterinary medicine is where I single handedly see the most dog to dog mishaps with the general public due to simply lacking knowledge on dog behavior, and lack of respect for both their own dog and other dog’s space. Let me play it out for you, of what I see, all too often. Owner has their dog in the waiting room on a loose, long leash. The Dog is free to roam within a 6 ft radius. Another dog and its owner attempt to come in the doors, only to be blocked and greeted nose to nose by the uncontrolled dog, now tense on his leash, pulling and eager to meet. Its owner speaks out, “oh it’s okay! I’ve got him, and he’s friendly☺️” Here is where I step in to politely ask the owner to keep her dog close to her, only to get a response of “he’s fine, he’s wagging his tail!” 🤦🏼‍♀️ Little do they know, I see something else, way more complex, far beyond their assumptions.

Education and knowledge is power. Especially when you are dealing with an animal that you are supposed to mentor and guide for its lifetime, to ensure stability, confidence, and respect. In my professional and outright personal opinion, never is it okay to:
1) Allow your dog to greet another dog nose to nose on a tense leash
*A dog greeted head on is generally very rude, intrusive, and unnatural in the dog world, and can create conflict right from the get go. Any dog can take this posture as threatening, and begin defensive aggressive behavior. To make matters worse, a tense leash can build the energy in a dog to produce reactive behavior due to space constraints. If you must introduce dogs on leash, it is better to allow them to greet side by side on a LOOSE leash, and relax!

2) Assume that a wagging tail is a happy dog wanting to interact
* A dog will wag its tail for a multitude of emotions. It is VITAL to understand what your dog is saying by it’s tail wag. Based on tail position and speed will indicate how the dog is feeling. For example, A low, fast wag can generally indicate nervous energy, or insecurity, which has potential to cause a fear aggressive response. A high, stiff wag can mean over-arousal/over-stimulation or intent of ready to spring into action. The dog will make lousy choices in this state of mind and make it more difficult to control should they “rev-up” more. A medial, soft & loose wag is generally universal for a happy dog. Get to know your wags!

3) Assume the other dog is just as “friendly” as yours
* Not all dogs are dog friendly. This should be obvious knowledge. Just because your dog is friendly does not mean the other is, too. They could be undersocialized, have social insecurities, or just be dog aggressive. Give other dogs space, please.

4) Allow your dog to interact with other dogs in a veterinary office waiting room
* Dogs often come into the vet office already stressed. It is generally not a place of pleasure as the dog is usually being shuffled into a tight room, being held by strangers only to be poked and prodded at. The smell of other ill dogs or even death is in the air which makes a dog uneasy. Most owners are often nervous FOR their dog during a vet visit so their energy does not help the dog, either. There may be the the smell of cats in the room, stress pheremones, and urine markings from other dogs. Dogs come in not feeling well, or maybe have arthritis, or painful from an injury. They may be recovering from a surgery. Or coming in to be put down due to old age or chronic illness. Now tell me why this sounds like a good spot to “play”?!

We all go to the vet with our dogs. Please make your next visit pleasurable for everyone!

12/17/2018
Dekalb County Animal Services

Dekalb County Animal Services

Their jaws don't lock and they don't suddenly "snap". And the majority of them make wonderful family pets. Check out more facts about pit bull type dogs here >>> LifeLineAnimal.org/blog/354-facts-about-pit-bull-type-dogs

Robert Reich
12/01/2018

Robert Reich

George H.W. Bush wrote this letter to Bill Clinton as he left office.

Occupy Democrats
10/20/2018

Occupy Democrats

"In my life, I have watched John Kennedy talk on television about missiles in Cuba. I saw Lyndon Johnson look Richard Russell squarely in the eye and and say, "And we shall overcome." I saw Richard Nixon resign and Gerald Ford tell the Congress that our long national nightmare was over. I saw Jimmy Carter talk about malaise and Ronald Reagan talk about a shining city on a hill. I saw George H.W. Bush deliver the eulogy for the Soviet bloc, and Bill Clinton comfort the survivors of Timothy McVeigh's madness in Oklahoma City. I saw George W. Bush struggle to make sense of it all on September 11, 2001, and I saw Barack Obama sing "Amazing Grace" in the wounded sanctuary of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

These were the presidents of my lifetime. These were not perfect men. They were not perfect presidents, god knows. Not one of them was that. But they approached the job, and they took to the podium, with all the gravitas they could muster as appropriate to the job. They tried, at least, to reach for something in the presidency that was beyond their grasp as ordinary human beings. They were not all ennobled by the attempt, but they tried nonetheless.

And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House.

The scion of a multigenerational criminal enterprise, the parameters of which we are only now beginning to comprehend. A vessel for all the worst elements of the American condition. And a cheap, soulless bully besides. Watch him again, behind the seal of the President of the United States. Isn't he a funny man? Isn't what happened to that lady hilarious? Watch the assembled morons cheer. This is the only story now."

– Charles Pierce

10/19/2018
Dogs Have a 'Special Genius'

Dogs Have a 'Special Genius'

Brian Hare, an expert on dog psychology and Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, reveals what he terms the "special genius" of dogs.

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Make it their Lucky Day! Join us from 11AM-2PM for our St. Patrick's Day Lucky Puppy adoption event (6800 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20815). Our puppies can't wait to meet you! To learn more, visit our website at www.luckydoganimalrescue.org. #IAmLuckyDog #StPatricksDay #TeamLuckyPuppy #ShareTheLuck