New Land Trust going to the dogs (and their owners)

SARANAC - Dorothy Douglas is looking forward to a nice walk in the woods with her dogs and she's encouraging others to come along, too.

Douglas is helping coordinate a new event for the Clinton County Canine Club of Plattsburgh - a Meet and Greet Fall Foliage Walk - in partnership with the New Land Trust. The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 26, in recognition of National Responsible Dog Owner Month.

"We wanted to get people out because it's a beautiful time of year and we wanted to show how the New Land Trust is a nice, safe place to walk your dog," said Douglas. "[The event] is really a way to get the word out about both our groups."

The club, which is "dedicated to helping the general public train their dogs to be good canine citizens," has held meet and greet events in the past, said Douglas. However, with increasing popularity of the New Land Trust - a 287-acre tract of wilderness in Saranac's expansive backcountry - among dog owners, the setting seemed only natural for their latest get-together, she said.

"There's a revamped interest in the New Land Trust," said Douglas, who's visited the property for several years. "There are constant improvements there all the time, with the trails and wonderful signage there. It's a beautiful, beautiful resource and it's so nice it's so close."

Douglas said she hopes the event will give the general public a better understanding about the Clinton County Canine Club and its multi-faceted mission.

"People know we offer obedience classes, but we have many different interests in our club," said Douglas. "We have agility training, tracking, even therapy dogs. We also have a group of retired people who go into schools and give demos about how to approach dogs and that kind of thing."

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