by Admin on February 4, 2014

The Callahan Dog Owners Group is an organization of canine-loving humans who mobilized in response to a proposal by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to limit off-leash privileges within the 800-plus acres that comprise Callahan State Park.

We remain committed to efforts to retain our hard-won off-leash status in designated areas of the park (see map of Callahan trails, including highlighted on-leash trails); to representing and upholding – as well as enlightening and reminding – appropriate standards of responsible dog ownership; to the preservation, protection and promotion of the pristine nature of the park, and to camaraderie with and respect for each other and all the many varied multi-use neighbors who share its bounty. Check out the About Us page for more detailed information on our history, our passion, our efforts and our accomplishments.

With off-leash freedom comes responsibility. Please be a responsible dog owner/walker. The existing signs on Callahan’s trails are misleading. These are the facts:

  • On-leash: (1) Dogs are to be leashed in all parking areas and on all trails that abut private property. Dogs must not enter private property – ever! (2) Dogs are to be leashed on the Millwood Street-side walking loop that includes the length of the earthen dam, around the home-abutting trails of CocoRidge and Pinecone, to and including Fox Hunt, and back again to earthen dam (see map); (3) Dogs are to be leashed – even if on an off-leash trail – if and whenever any park visitor requests that you leash your dog until you have safely passed.
  • Off-leash: romping is permitted on most interior trails and in the Eagle Pond area.
  • Voice Control: Off-leash dogs must be supervised and under strict voice control.
  • Scoop the Poop: Pick up after your dog and discard the poop bag in a trash barrel (located in all parking lots year round, and at Eagle Pond in the summer months). Do not leave poop bags behind on trails, in the woods, at Eagle Pond, or…anywhere!

Dudley Do-Right

by Admin on May 4, 2014

An increase in complaints from abutters has brought renewed attention to “dog issues” at Callahan.

The Callahan Dog Owners Group may be getting some inadvertent assistance enforcing rules and regulations at Callahan from the Massachusetts State Mounted Police.

Two magnificent creatures and their human handlers rode thru the park today to observe and correct transgressions (ranging from from off-leash dogs in on-leash areas – perhaps especially trails that abut private property – to aggressive dogs, to improper disposal of poop/bags, to cars illegally parked outside the parking lot on the side of Millwood Street).

The State Police may have authority to ticket and fine, and they may make unannounced, return visits.

You are encouraged – as always – to know where and when to leash – especially on trails that abut private property (if you can see a house and/or yard, you are on a trail that abuts private property! Leash! No dog may wander from the park onto private land. Ever!). If unsure of other areas or times to leash, please check our website for information or clarification: www.callahandogs.com.

If you’re chatting with a dog owner who doesn’t yet know about The Callahan Dog Owners Group, let him/her know where to find us online – so we may reach more dog owners and provide the information that protects off-leash recreation at Callahan . An important goal of our group is reaching all with responsible and courteous guidelines of sharing the bounty of our most precious Callahan

Sanctioned off-leash recreation is under constant scrutiny. Let’s try to keep the abutters happy so we can keep our dogs happy – with the cooperation of the Department of Recreation and Conservation, Callahan neighbors, and Massachusetts State Police.

Annual Spring Clean-Up Rescheduled

by Admin on April 25, 2014

For the first time in eight years, April Showers have rained on our Annual Spring Clean-Up!!

Local Department of Conservation and Recreation staff AND The Callahan Dog Owners Group have made the mutual decision to postpone what would be a soggy clean-up tomorrow, and reschedule the event for next Saturday, May 3rd, 9AM – 12 Noon.

If you’re able to spare an hour or so to work with your Board Members welcoming visitors, handing out supplies and introducing the weekenders to The Callahan Dog Owners Group, please reply to this note (the previously posted poll page will be down). An important part of our mission is educating the new and uninitiated to etiquette that’s appropriate for off-leash recreation (for instance, making abutters happy by keeping off leash dogs out of their yards!), and we’ll have informational pamphlets on hand to distribute.

If you cannot help at the entrances, well… we hope/expect to see many of you at your park next Saturday, making Callahan sparkle for the coming season.

Between now and then (and even after!) you are invited to bring plastic bags with handles to the park, protect your hands with ‘poop’ bags, and clean-up as you walk – as so many of us do on a fairly regular basis (thank you!!!!). When you look good, we all look good!

Stay dry. Enjoy your weekend. See you NEXT SATURDAY!!!

FYI: the Eagle Pond trash barrel is scheduled to return on May 17th!!

Take Nothing but Memories; Leave Nothing but Footprints

Clean-Up This Coming Saturday

by Admin on April 22, 2014

We hope to see many of you at this year’s ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP on Park Serve/Earth Day, this coming Saturday, April 26th, 9AM – Noon.

Grab a plastic glove and a trash bag on your way into Callahan, remove any and all material that does NOT belong and leave us your filled trash bags on your way out.

So that we might reach, help educate and encourage cooperation among even more dog owners (the more dog owners who do the right thing,the more dog owners will do the right thing, making for a great – conflict free? – experience for all park users!), we were hoping to have a presence at the Edmands entrance and at Eagle Pond in addition to Millwood, but we are sad to relay that of our many members (260 plus!), there have been extraordinarily few volunteers who have stepped up to offer to help distribute supplies and education materials  for even an hour or two.

  • If you have an hour or more to spare, please… please  add your name and the hour(s) of your availability to the volunteer list at this link:http://doodle.com/yz7w9icssdr736uf
  • This is an easy way to promote responsible doggers and help protect the prized off leash recreation our dogs deserve.

But… at a minimum… grab a bag and help clean-up our precious jewel, Callahan.

Our website and our educational pamphlets include our agreement to leash our dogs on all trails that abut private property.

We received a complaint this week from an abutter who writes that more and more “loose dogs are finding their way onto private property” that abuts Callahan.

There are fields and meadows and miles of trails on which dogs may enjoy off-leash recreation. If you and your dog enjoy those trails that abut homes and private property, please be courteous, and leash your dog on these trails.

In all cases, all dogs are to be within eyesight of their owners/walkers, AND under strict voice control (respond reliably to the ‘come’ command).

The rescue organization, Save A Dog, hosts the 14th Annual Dog Walk in this year’s Paws In the Park Event, Saturday May 4th,10AM – 3PM  on the grounds of the Wayside Inn.  This is a popular event for dogs, their families and other dog lovers.

For more information about activities and booths,  check it out at Save A Dog.

At Long Last… Spring!!!!

by Admin on April 6, 2014

Hi ho and hello Cal-Doggers

We welcome our newest members, who were happy to learn of our existence and join our ranks and  participate in the much needed – and much appreciated – Winter Clean-Up.  We heard from responsible dog owners, dog lovers and  other varied-use visitors who were grateful to see so many enthusiastic volunteers working hard, digging unscooped poop from the frozen tundra.

We are proud  to have so many truly wonderful, selfless humans among our membership.  Many dedicated Cal-Doggers who were not able to participate during the scheduled hours of the Winter Clean-Up, were on the trails with  bags – and trowels! – in hand in the days and hours leading up to Poop Scoop day, making our world a cleaner place.

Many of us carry extra bags and clean up regularly.  Those who do make all dog owners look good!


Earth Day!!  APRIL  26th… 9AM – 12Noon

Mark your calendars!!

Our Annual Spring Clean-Up is scheduled for Earth Day, also the day designated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as Park Serve Day.  With our annual Spring cleaning, The Callahan Dog Owners Group is delighted this year to be recognized by DCR as a co-sponsor of Park Serve Day. (http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DCR/Parkserve/parks.aspx)

We hope EVERYONE who visits Callahan on Saturday April 26th will pause at the entrances at Millwood and Edmands to pick up some plastic gloves and a trash bag to fill with stuff that doesn’t belong on the trails or in the meadows, and then discard those overflowing trash bags upon exit. (If you will visit before 9AM or after 12 Noon, please bring your own bags and let the clean-up continue!)

Thanks in advance to those of you who will show up to clean up.

Thanks too to those who will volunteer an hour or two of their time to increase Callahan Dog Owner Group visibility, and round out  staffing at the entrances and the pond. We’d love to have some helping hands, distributing clean-up supplies and some Cal-Dog resources including informational pamphlets – educating  new or occasional dog loving visitors. It’s easy and fun.

We’ve set up an online poll/page for you to pledge a specific block of time (1 hour? 2 hours?) during clean-up hours between 9AM – 12PM on Saturday, April 26to help staff the event.   http://doodle.com/yz7w9icssdr736uf


If you haven’t already, you’ll be happy to see our re-designed web site:www.callahandogs.com now boasting a more attractive and seasonal countenance,  with new and newsworthy info front and center, and easily navigated links to our ever expanding presence into the useful social networking world.

Didn’t know we were on TWITTER??  Well, of course we are! Check us out, but don’t stop there:  take the next step:  FOLLOW US ON TWITTER.  If ever there was a group who could use instant notification, we are, right? Think about it…  Lost dog?  Instant notification to more than 265 dog-loving Callahan visitors. Suspicious activity? Wouldn’t you like to know or alert others if you know? Want to meet-up with other dogs and their peeps for a group walk?  Twitter it!  https://twitter.com/callahandogs  If you don’t yet have a twitter account, get one, and  FOLLOW Callahandogs!

Useful stuff is on Twitter.  Fun stuff is on INSTAGRAM! Who has the most gorgeous dog in the whole wide world?  Why you do of course!  Take a picture of that handsome face, that athletic body,  that irresistible puppy, those dogs at play… and your dog may be showcased as our Dog of the Week! If you have an instagram account, tag us and use #caldogoftheweek to be in the running for Dog of the Week.

No Instagram account? No problem: email those breathtaking photos topics@callahandogs.com.


Thanks to those of you who emailed with suggestions for manufacture of the new and unambiguous signs that will hep us to educate dog owners and walkers.

You may remember that DCR has agreed at  long last to replace the existing misguiding and inadequate signs with signs that will be informative and useful,  alerting all to the presence of off-leash dogs and educating all about Park courtesy.  Cal-Dog will fund the fabrication of signs and DCR personnel will install.

We’re awaiting details from DCR  re: authorized size, material, wording, etc.   When more is known, we will contact those of you who already have emailed, and we’ll be in touch with membership at large. This will be a substantial project that may require additional resources and/or funds, but it is an essential task; we’re  are confident that adequate and clear signs will go a long way toward diminishing conflict and educating all park visitors.

CalDog of the Week

by Admin on March 16, 2014

The Callahan Dog Owners Group is on Instagram! Tag us and use #caldogoftheweek to be chosen as dog of the week. Photos will appear on social media and in the slideshow on our website (look for the little box on the right sidebar that says Instagram. All photos are clickable).

March 7, 2014

by Admin on March 7, 2014

Callahan Dog Owners Group Winter Clean-Up
10AM – 12Noon

Cal-Dog volunteers will be at the Millwood and at the Edmands entrances from 10AM – 12Noon tomorrow, welcoming participation and distributing supplies for our much needed – and community applauded – Winter Clean-Up!. Come lend a hand!

Eastleigh Farms Reception to Honor First Responders 11AM -1PM

After the clean-up, head on over to Eastleigh Farms (1062 Edmands Road/508- 877-1753) where between 11AM – 1PM, the Farm is hosting a reception honoring first responders from the Framingham Fire, Police and Public Works Department, whose efforts helped save lives of livestock following the February 19th barn collapse, under the weight of the snow.

Two more cows have died following the collapse, bringing the number of cows killed to four, and four – five others are still being treated for injuries sustained that day.

On a much needed happier note, the Farm has been blessed with the birth of a baby calf. Have a gander at the new beauty here or better yet, head to tomorrow’s reception!

Eastleigh Farm

March 2, 2014

by Admin on March 2, 2014


We’ve heard from many members, and the DCR had received a couple of written complaints about the dog poop left on the trails by the careless, the clueless, the lazy and the irresponsible. It makes us all look bad, and really, none of us wants to be looking at or stepping around the mess.

We can’t wait for the Annual Clean-Up scheduled for April 26! So we will be conducting a Clean-Up by The Callahan Dog Owners Group NEXT Saturday, March 8th, 10AM – Noon (rain/snow date: March 15th, 10AM – Noon).

Volunteers will be at the Millwood Entrance and at the Edmands parking lot to distribute poop bags and trash bags to rid the trails and hills and parking lots of dog poop.

Help us Clean-Up Callahan! Please, please, please, if you are a regular visitor to Callahan, plan to visit on Saturday, March 8th, sometime between 10AM – Noon to grab a bag and bag some poop.

We look forward to seeing you then!

February 27, 2014

by Admin on February 27, 2014

Greetings Generous Cal-Doggers

The Eastleigh Farm is grateful for the kindness and generosity of our members and other area neighbors. They offer heartfelt thanks for the many donations of blankets and towels that have been delivered (so many in fact, that the overflow will be donated to local shelters to help other homeless and four legged friends).

If you are inclined to help further, Eastleigh humbly requests monetary contributions to enable construction of a new barn to replace the one that collapsed under the weight of snow, killing two of their “girls.”

TAX DEDUCTIBLE contributions can be made to the Eastleigh Farms Educational Trust. Click on the link below for the latest updated status of the farm, and once there you can click the Paypal link to contribute:


January 12, 2014

by Admin on January 12, 2014

Animal Control Officers visited Callahan State Park today to spread the news that there are two labs – a chocolate lab and a yellow lab, one of whom is named Molly – who have NOT been under strict voice control and who have been terrorizing the cows at the Eastleigh Dairy Farm.The dogs have been captured on video terrorizing the cows. It is suspected that one of the owners is named Rebecca.

Police and Eastleigh caretakers have been authorized to shoot the dogs on sight.

If these are your dogs, you are urged to leash them. 

If you know the owners of these dogs, you are urged to let them know that if they love their dogs, they will leash them.

All dogs are to be within sight of their owners AT ALL TIMES.

All off-leash dogs are to be under STRICT voice control AT ALL TIMES (strict voice control means that when you command your dog to “come”, your dog returns to your side regardless of distraction).

If your dog is not yet trained to be under STRICT voice control, your dog has not yet earned the off-leash privilege.

Training your dog to obey the come command can save your dog’s life (not only at Callahan!).