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By MELISSA HUTSELL

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og parks aren’t only for the canines in our lives. Communities at dog parks stretch beyond just the fourlegged. Connie Pinkston knows this all too well. In 2010, Pinkston adopted a German Shepherd and called the city to inquire about a dog park. The city lacked the funds for a park, but offered the chance to re-purpose an existing park. So Pinkston got to work and

formed a nonprofit, Friends of Modesto Dog Park. In 2012, Modesto welcomed the Modesto Dog Park. After two years of fundraising and grant writing, the nonprofit helped to raise approximately $150,000 through community and corporate donations such as Petco, O’Brien’s Supermarket, Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Association, Mike O’Brien DVM and 209MAGAZINE

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Boyett Petroleum. They also organized events including one-mile dog walks and chicken dinners. Support from local business and people keep the park going, while also making it personal, “people take pride in it.” “There are approximately 65,000 licensed dogs in Modesto,” she said. “The community is ready for more.” Since the park’s inception, Pinkston has watched a community


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