Mountain House competes for dog park votes
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jun 14, 2013 | 2329 views | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Canine owners in Mountain House are smiling with the news that their town made the cut to compete for $100,000 to build a dog park — but it’s just the beginning.

Supporters can’t stop until they win, according to Fiona Mayne, president of Mountain House Dog Club.

“We’ve been trying to get a dog park for close to three years,” Mayne said. “It’s something that many dog owners feel a strong need for, but also non-dog owners are supporting it.”

The Bark for Your Park contest, organized by the Tennessee-based company PetSafe, began May 1.

Residents can vote each day on the PetSafe Facebook page and at

As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, Mountain House was in first place with 15,018 vote, but Mayne said club members will push for votes until the contest closes July 26.

The community with the most votes will receive the grand prize, and three runners-up — the leading small, medium and large cities — will each get $25,000.

In 2012, Mountain House finished fourth overall and second in its population category, Mayne said.

“Last year, $100,000 wasn’t a realistic goal, but this year we have to aim high,” she said. “It’s not out of the question.”

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June 14, 2013
Voting is not limited to Mountain House residents. Anyone can vote at and On Fridays, it's possible to get 7 extra votes. The steps for today are:

1.Go to

2.Click Log in/ Create account in the upper right corner and log in with your Facebook account or email if you are not already signed in.

3.Once you are signed in, click on the PetSafe logo in the upper left corner to go to PetSafe's home page.

4.When you are on the home page, a box should pop up with a question.

5.Go to the top of the page, mouse over "Fencing", then click on Wireless Fences from the menu.

6.Click on 2nd item "Stay Play Wireless Fence" and wait for the next box to pop up. (It may take a few seconds)

7.Select Answer A to the question (1-2 hours)

8.Click "See My Results" and you will see a message that says "Congratulations! Your next vote today on Bark For Your Park will count for an additional 7 Votes!"

9.Select Mountain House from the drop down menu and click the VOTE NOW button.

10.If you are on Facebook, click the link that says "Vote again on Facebook"

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