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May 25, 2013

Talk of the Times: Bully breed owners send positive message

Talk of the Times

It didn’t take long for the new Gloucester Dog Park to take hold as a popular spot for residents and visitors alike to bring their canines.

And the park became a centerpiece last Sunday for a group of Gloucester “responsible bully breed owners,” who held their first organized walk in an effort to, as they put it, “challenge stereotypes one step at a time,” and “change minds one walk at a time.”

The idea was to show that so-called bully breeds — including the likes of pit bull terriers, Dobermans and others — are well-behaved when in the hands of responsible owners. And by all counts, the walk went off well, to the delight of the dogs and owners alike.

The group’s next walk is planned for Sunday in at 11 a.m. in Boston, with walkers and their pets slated to meet at Boston Common, near the Boylston MBTA train stop across from the Landmark Movie Theater and Emerson College.

Meanwhile, the new Gloucester Dog Park in Stage Fort Park, which officially opened its gates a week ago today, is open daily from dawn to 9 p.m., with separate off-leash areas for dogs over and under 25 pounds, and a special needs and training area for dogs not ready for the dog park, and dogs that need special training and time to adjust.

The park is also available to hold training, education and adoption events. For more information, visit gloucesterdogpark.org.

An awarding visit

We noted in April that our own Andrea Holbrook, the Times’ features editor and the editor of Cape Ann magazine, had been named the winner of national Designer of the Year and Cape Ann magazine was chosen Magazine of the Year as part of the annual Best of CNHI contest, sponsored by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Times and the North of Boston media group.

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