The Mother Matilda Beasley Park is located on East Broad Street in downtown Savannah. The dog park was created in Spring 2008 and is maintained by the Chatham County Commissioners.

This site is very unofficial and is for the benefit of dogs and dog owners who frequent the park or those that are interested in visiting. We have no authority over the park except for our mutual interest in keeping it a vital community space.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dear Diary, It's me... Lola! 3.25.09

Dear Diary,

Dude, sometimes you just need to take some time out of your day to get a good nap in. I mean, it gets so exhausting running around sniffing things, licking myself and spazing out every time my human comes home. So to keep myself refreshed and looking young, I like to get a few Z's in each day. It keeps my hairs nice and soft and my mind sharp.

I highly suggest you do the same my furry brothers and sisters. It will keep you fresh for all the licking and sniffing you'll need to do throughout the day.

Refreshed and soft,

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dog Park Supporters Meeting

If you are interested in sharing your ideas regarding dog park maintenance and care, please come to our first Beasley Dog Park Supporters Meeting. It will be held at 558 East Jones Street (on the corner of East Broad) on Tuesday 3/24 at 6:30pm. Please DO NOT bring your dogs so that we may all focus and move through the meeting quickly.

If you are unable to come to the meeting, please e-mail your thoughts to beasleydogpark at gmail dot com.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I came across this on Craigslist.

Please check it out. If you aren't able to help this dog out, maybe you know someone who can. The person who posted it seems so thoughtful and anything we can do to help would be wonderful. Since Lola was found out in the woods left to die, this situation hits close to home for us both.

much love,
dawn and lola

Here's the posting from craigslist on 3-17-09:

We found Nala abandoned under the bridge at the Louisville and Boundary Road intersection -- she was left to starve inside a shut-off construction area. The Humane Society in Savannah did not want to take her because she did not look "adoptable", so we were forced to bring her to Animal Control instead, where she will be put to sleep in FIVE DAYS from today. I felt terrible bringing her there, and I have vowed to do everything in my power to find her a home before then. (I would take her myself but I am a SCAD student who lives in student housing and there is simply no way I can have a dog.)

She is SUCH a sweet and beautiful girl. Medium sized, about 1 years old, and what looks to be a Shepherd Mix. She did not growl at us once -- she just needed to be comforted and fed. I am DESPERATE to find her a home -- I will even help you to secure a cheap voucher to get her spayed if she is not already.

Please, please, please save this poor dog's life. She was left for dead, and she deserves a second chance. I DO NOT WANT ANIMAL CONTROL TO PUT HER DOWN.


Monday, March 16, 2009

I know I'm not a dog... but I'm lost and I need to get home.

Hey gang... Lola found this kitty last night and let me know by snorting and kinda barking from the balcony. The kitty is really friendly. I walked down to see if she was ok and she followed me to the backyard where she is now on the porch eating and playing with yarn. She is way too friendly to be just a street cat and she is declawed-probably spayed. She is a little dirty and was really hungry but she must have belonged to someone for sure. Found on the corner of Park and Ott. If you know anything, please let me know asap... or if we can't find her owners, is anyone up for adopting this amazing little kitty???? I call her Bunny, 'cause she's just that cute! Email me at

~dawn and lola!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Steven's photos of Okefenokee

Not exactly a dog item, but Steven Morton's photos of Okefenokee Swamp are published here:

4/14/09 New York Times.

Given that gators were slithering around, Phoebe stayed home.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Park Maintenance Ideas

As some of you are aware already, a conversation seems to be coming to a head between the county commissioners and the Savannah Tree Foundations and dog park users about how best to maintain the park. In thinking about some of the possibilities, I found it useful to start investigating what other dog parks around the country are doing. Here are some links that I found interesting and food for thought.

Long Beach Recreation Dog Park
Ocean City NJ Dog Park
Best Friends Animal Society
Austin Off-leash Dog Park Committee Considerations
Culver City Dog Park
Dallas Deep Ellum Dog Park

It seems that every park has faced the dilemma of ground cover. One suggestion that repeatedly seems to be occurring is decomposed granite (thanks Tara for first mentioning it). Here's are some pro/cons for different types of ground cover:

Grass - most aesthetically pleasing, soft on padded feet, stays cool ; but obviously it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it from wearing away.
Wood Chips
Decomposed Granite