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West Hartford Dog Park Coalition Plans Pooch Plunge with Help from Sponsor William Raveis Broder Group

Broder Group employees posing with their dogs in honor of their sponsorship of the WHDPC's Pooch Plunge include (from left): Barry Nemirow with Tuka, Scott Broder, Laura Becker with Spencer, Karen Tuvin with Morty, Brenda Baldino with Rocco and Pudgy, Anna Sava with Lulu and Emmie and Evan Berman with Gus. Submitted photo

The West Hartford Dog Park Coalition will hold its annual ‘Pooch Plunge’ at Kennedy Park on Aug. 21, an event that is both fun and a fundraiser for a future dog park.


William Raveis Broder Group, a West Hartford-based real estate team serving the Greater Hartford region, has announced that it will sponsor the West Hartford Dog Park Coalition (WHDPC)’s annual Pooch Plunge in August.

“We are thrilled to be a supporter of the West Hartford Dog Park Coalition and to sponsor this year’s Pooch Plunge. The West Hartford community has a long history of coming together to help one another. We are happy to help our four-legged friends and their owners whenever we can,” said Scott Broder, William Raveis Broder Group.

West Hartford Dog Park Coalition Pooch Plunge. Kennedy Park. Aug. 22, 2016. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

“Last year over 100 dogs and many more humans attended the Pooch Plunge. It’s great fun that we all look forward to. We are lucky to have an amazing community and now we’re fortunate to add the Broder Group team to our list of supporters,” said Suzi Craig of the WHDPC.

The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Kennedy Memorial Park pool, 160 Oakwood Ave. Each year before West Hartford closes and cleans the town pools for the season, they let the WHDPC use Kennedy for the Pooch Plunge.

As in past years, there will be two sessions to accommodate all the dogs: session one will run from 4-5:20 p.m. and session two will run from 5:30-7 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 per dog, per session.

The WHDPC continues to work with the town on future plans for a dog park in West Hartford. The group is also looking at other options for continuing to host temporary “pop up” dog events, dog walks, and other events to continue to bring dog owners and pups together. Last year, the popular events were held at the different town parks, with some events seeing anywhere from 50-60 dogs and more.

“Since 2008 and many volunteers ago, the WHDPC has been working to find a suitable area in town to put a permanent, fenced in area for our town’s dogs to exercise and socialize. The challenges we’ve faced in the past are no match for our determination to make a dog park a reality in the near future! Luckily, we have great support from the mayor and the Town Council, and we look forward to working with our new town manager to, once and for all, secure a space for a dog park,” said Craig.

For more information about the WHDPC and to learn more about volunteering or supporting the group, go to: www.westhartforddogpark.org or email them at [email protected]. On Facebook, over 1,100 members of WHDPC community share information, events, local resources, and favorite pics of their four-legged friends and neighbors: www.facebook.com/groups/westhartforddogpark.

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