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Ok, it's planning time again :)

Offer your suggestions of where and when, please!

Some we've had so far have been:
After some google searching I found these 2 places... has anyone ever been here? They're dog friendly, not sure about leash-free but I can't see anyone complaining about our precious little goldies.
  • Greenwood Conservation Area at Church St. North of Taunton Rd (Ajax - Outdoor)
  • Oak Ridges Moraine at Hwy 400 & King Road (Aurora - Outdoor, hiking trails)
We've had some requests for a meet closer to the east end of Toronto to lure in our Central/Eastern Ontario members who have yet to join us. Let's hear from you guys and offer some ideas.


November? December?

Indoor? Outdoor?
Saturday? Sunday?
??????
 

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Keeping in mind that if we go too far east/north, we will lose a lot of the members from the west and south who are traveling from Hamilton/Burlington/Windsor/London areas. Obviously we won't be able to please everyone but we can do our best!
 

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we have been to clairville many times...it is really nice and although it isn't technically leash free people wealk the trails and let their dogs go leash free there is a huge field the dogs can run in after walking through the trail and they wouldn't be able to get too far away from us but we are open to going pretty much anywhere....depending on the weekend the meet up is since as mentioned before we do travel for swim meets all around ontario....actually the only weekend in november open for us is the 21 and 22...lol....and in december the 19 and 20...we are super busy lol so if we can't make it we will make it to whatever one comes up in the future....
 

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I really wish we could have been up that way last weekend, and seen ya'll again at the last one... looks like you had fun. But I always keep my eye peeled for any new get-togethers, and if we can manage it we'll be there. I just love seeing all that "gold" in one place =)
 

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I'd love to try the indoor facility for the next meet! Even though we had a beautiful day this past Sunday, I know that some people were pretty cold - and it's only going to get colder! Until the spring hits and we can be comfortable standing outside for 2 hours at a time, I think we should try out the Doggie Central rental...
 

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Consider St. Catharines for the warmer seasons.. very large leash free park, all fenced and safe. They are building another one, too.
 

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Keeping in mind that if we go too far east/north, we will lose a lot of the members from the west and south who are traveling from Hamilton/Burlington/Windsor/London areas. Obviously we won't be able to please everyone but we can do our best!
This is true, but at the same time you've already had 3 meets to accomodate to the Southern Ontario people.

Why not switch it up for once. :)

If it's closer to Oshawa than count me in. I can handle driving 45 mins, its the two hour drives I can't cope with.

There's a big park in my city but it's not leash free. :(
 

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This is true, but at the same time you've already had 3 meets to accomodate to the Southern Ontario people.

Why not switch it up for once. :)

If it's closer to Oshawa than count me in. I can handle driving 45 mins, its the two hour drives I can't cope with.

There's a big park in my city but it's not leash free. :(
Well if a lot of people are located near Oshawa, then they need to speak up!

There are about 20 members who are in a very concentrated area - and it makes no sense for all of them to drive an hour and a half to accommodate only a few members. :no:

Perhaps you should set up a "South-Eastern Ontario Meet" you might attract more interest from other members closer to you :)
 

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Yeah that's true...well forget I asked. You guys have your Southern Ontario meets then.

Maybe in the summer sometime I can find someone to come with me who will drive.
 

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This is true, but at the same time you've already had 3 meets to accomodate to the Southern Ontario people.

Why not switch it up for once. :)

If it's closer to Oshawa than count me in. I can handle driving 45 mins, its the two hour drives I can't cope with.

There's a big park in my city but it's not leash free. :(
We had 2 on the west side of Toronto and 1 near Ajax, which, from what I understand, was mostly people from the West that showed up to that one.


I think that the weather may end up being the deciding factor for this meet. As Melissa mentioned, the weather is only going to get colder in November and December and I'm not so sure that standing outside for 2 hours is going to be too attractive to many people. A hike (i.e. Claireville) wouldn't be so bad because we will be on the move, but otherwise I think we will end up being inside for the next meet.
 

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Steph, you are so organized I must say it frightens me a little :bowl:

I was one of the people whining about the cold, but I really wasn't dressed warmly enough. I do think outdoors is still a possibility if it's a hiking area so we people are moving too, not just the goldens.

Mad and I often go with a few friends and dogs to Rouge Park www.rougepark.com to the campground entrance at 401 and Port Union Road. Not officially off leash but every weekend it is filled with people and their dogs off leash. Not sure there's an open field for the dogs to play, but there's plenty of room in many spots in the wooded areas. I just throw it out there as an option.

I like the idea of Claireville or Doggie Central though since I've never been to either and would like to check them out.


By late November early Dec. so far most Sundays are good for me, Saturdays a little less so.
 

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Yeah that's true...well forget I asked. You guys have your Southern Ontario meets then.

Maybe in the summer sometime I can find someone to come with me who will drive.
No one is stopping you from trying to arrange a meet closer to you!

I think there might be many more people than you think who are close to you...
 

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December would be better for us... Lucy will have all her shots by then. Sundays would also be preferable because we seem to usually have something on Saturdays, especially in December. Just suggestions of course, but thought I'd throw it out there. ;)
 

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Alright - I'm just going to throw out November 29th/December 6th/December 13th - all Sundays. I'm available for any of them... Everyone chime in your availability, and we can worry about the location part after we set our date :)
 

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Alright - I'm just going to throw out November 29th/December 6th/December 13th - all Sundays. I'm available for any of them... Everyone chime in your availability, and we can worry about the location part after we set our date :)
I like Sundays too. It's always a nice end to the weekend, and it wipes Molson out for a couple of working days! ;)

Out of those 3, so far the only one we can't make is the 29th.
 

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Actually the 29th for me is the day after my work Christmas party - so I might not be feeling that day either :D
 

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Steph, you are so organized I must say it frightens me a little :bowl:
haha I don't know if 'organized' is the right word... I would think 'excellent at procrastinating' is a better way to put it ;)


Actually the 29th for me is the day after my work Christmas party - so I might not be feeling that day either :D
lol Good call! So it looks like either December 6th or 13th. If we are doing it at Claireville I think either day is good, but if it's at Doggie Central, we will have to see if they have those days free.
 

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sadly we can't make any of those dates due to swim meets....although one meet is at the etobicoke olympium and the other meet is in pickering so depending when and where we may be able to meet up between sessions...the ony open dates for us are november 21 or 22 and december19 and 20...december 6 we are in etobicoke and 13 we are in pickering LOL so once you guys decide we can let you know if we can attend or not....oh and november 29 we are in london.....LOL
 

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Either would work for us. Mad is being boarded for a few days before the 13th and being picked up that Saturday so she could be on the tired side or she could be all wound up if it's the 13th, depends of which of her doggy friends might be a daycare. Either way we're okay for whichever day the majority wants.
 
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