Dog lover hopes to start social group
Marion Figueroa and her dog Sam would love to have a social group in Fort Erie where dog owners and their pets can meet. Sarah Ferguson/Fort Erie Times
Marion Figueroa knows how important it is for her dog to socialize and play with other canines.
That’s why the Ridgeway resident would like to see a social dog group for pet owners and pooches form in greater Fort Erie.
Figueroa learned the importance of teaching a dog obedience through training and socialization when she was a young girl. When she was 10 years old, her father gave her a dog she called Lassie. Under her father’s guidance, she helped her dog become a “loving, obedient collie” and a canine companion.
Over the years, Figueroa, who grew up in Scotland, has owned several dogs and she has cherished each and every relationship she shared with these animals.
Newly retired, Figueroa said she was ready for a puppy, a labradoodle named Sam.
“Adopting a dog is a big responsibility. It’s a lot like adopting a child because it’s a big responsibility and time commitment when rearing a pup.” New to Ridgeway, Figueroa said the community is filled with dog owners.
She would like to see members meet at the dog park in Sugar Bowl Park “for some group fun and exercise.”
The club would also give members “an opportunity to share their knowledge with other caring dog owners.”
“From time to time, a guest speaker may be invited to give some professional advice on dog training, teething and health issues,” Figueroa said.
“Also, being a member of a club is a great way to meet some nice folks,” she added.
She also dreams of a second dog park in Ridgeway, which she said she learned had been considered by the Town of Fort Erie Parks and Recreation Department several years ago.
“It would be great if we did have a park (in Ridgeway) in the near future as there are hundreds of dog walkers in Ridgeway,” she said.
Anyone who is interested in forming a dog club is asked to call Figueroa at 289-876-9182.