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!
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
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).
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!
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!
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:
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!).