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Delmar park a dream for dog lovers

The names written on the inside wall of the shelter are the names of the dogs whose owners had a part in building the shelter, according to Burnham, who, along with his dog Miss Bailey, is a daily visitor to the park.

"Peak hours are from 5 until about 6:30 p.m.," said Burnham.

For people hesitant to check out the facility because of concerns about their dogs' shy personalities, O'Loughlin offers some words of advice.

"Start your dog out slow on a leash while in the park instead of letting him loose," she said. That gives the pet owner and dog the chance to check things out and take it at their own pace.

Since dogs are required to be licensed and up to date on vaccines, there is no great concern about dogs catching anything aside from maybe a respiratory illness such as a cold.

O'Loughlin said that Delmar Animal Hospital "treats one or two injuries a year" as a result of one dog being aggressive toward another. The key is to know your own dog's behavior.

Aggressive dogs that can't be controlled by their owners will be asked to leave the park.

For more information on the dog park and a complete list of rules, go to the town of Bethlehem's Web site under the Parks and Recreation Department heading or call the Parks and Recreation Department, located at 261 Elm Ave., at 439-4955.

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