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In 2015, NoMa Northeast Washington, DC became a destination for dogs with the vast vacant lot that is currently Union Place Apartments. The temporary space highlighted the need for a permanent space for the over 400 dogs that frequented the lot.
Aaralyn Liese encouraged neighbors, clients, and parents to attend the local NoMA Bid meetings to show their support, share their concerns and participate in the design and planning process.
A community park slated to serve the needs of the whole community with sitting areas, a dog park, and play structure for children was envisioned. The local landscaping and design firm Lee & Associates was hired to bring the vision to life.
After over two years of lobbying, rallying community support and construction related delays, Swampoodle Park opened!
"...we care for dogs, people, and our community."
Swampoodle Park is maintained by Friends of NoMa Dog (FOND) in collaboration with DC Department of Parks and Recreation and NoMa Park Foundation (NPF).
FOND is registered as a 501(c)3 with the IRS and as a non-profit entity with the District of Columbia and accepts tax-deductible donations from both individuals and local businesses.
Show your support by giving your dog a permanent spot in the park with a name plaque bone available for purchase at nomadogpark.org
What type of dog do you have?
Most want to know the breed of dog, we want to know the temperament. Your dog's temperament will help determine what type of care is best.
What type of dog walkers do you want?
Dog walkers differ in their care-philosophy, types of services, level of training and level of experience.
We identify three primary temperaments
that help determine if your dog is suited for individualized walks or pack walks, needs consistent care providers or is welcoming to anyone who shows up.
Our care-philosophy is family-oriented
We view dogs as part of a family and each dog has a unique personality, as well as emotional and cognitive needs that we acknowledge.
TYPES OF DOGS
common traits pros cons
These dogs love their people, those they are familiar with or who they have approved.
They are cautious of strangers and shy in new environments. They are protective and prone to alert barking.
They will let you know if there is a problem. They have a sense of familial responsibility, strong preferences, and are people-like.
Random people and strangers are not warmly welcomed. Their preference for people is unpredictable. Most likely to bite.
Trained. They are easy to train. They are friendly and welcoming to new people and tend to be treat-motivated.
They are welcoming and can be walked by anyone with a leash. They are won over with treats, praise and pets.
They do not discriminate between good and bad people, signs of abuse or neglect would not be noticed immediately.
These dogs love people and people love them! They have matriculated well into life-with-humans.
These dogs love other dogs or hate other dogs; they get excited around other dogs.
They are usually young puppies and eager to meet other dogs. They are more interested in other dogs than people.
They play well with other dogs, enjoy dog parks and are comfortable around other dogs at events,
They need training and emotional support as they learn to navigate between the world of dogs and the world of people.