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Congratulations to our Spring Photo Contest winner, Nancy O’Leary and Zoe!!

We received so many fantastic photos; it was really a tough choice. Ultimately this is the one that just fully embraced the “the snow is finally gone!!” feeling that we all had this spring.

Nancy and Zoe win a doggie gift bag with homemade dog treats, a gift card to Especially for Pets and a couple other fun items! And Zoe is entered into our Calendar Cover dog contest.
All the photos entered have a chance to be chosen for the calendar.

Missed your Spring Photo op?  Have no fear…


Our Summer Seasonal Photo Contest is under way.

How does your pup enjoy these lazy days of summer?  Taking a dip in the pool? Sunbathing in the grass? Do you have any photos celebrating any of the summer holidays? We’d love to see them all!!

You can submit photos of your dogs on Facebook (Callahan Dog Owners Group), on Instagram (@callahandogs) or by emailing  to Please submit pictures by September 7th (Labor Day) and the winner will be announced the following week. You may submit as many photos as you’d like!

Any photo submitted may be chosen to be featured on the website or in the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing your pups out and about enjoying the summer!!

Lead by Example

The more members and Callahan visitors who can be seen leashing when and where necessary, AND picking up after their dogs – and just generally setting a good example of responsible dog ownership – the more will follow the lead.

When to leash?  Whenever anyone requests that you leash (leash until you and your pooch have safely passed the park visitor who prefers not to encounter off leash dogs).

Where to leash?: Check the map on the kiosk at the Millwood entrance or check the map on the website (click on ‘Callahan State Park’ for the drop down menu that includes “info and map”. Click on map for an enlarged version), but basically:

1) Leash in ALL parking lots.

2) Lease on any trails immediately adjacent to all parking lots:

Millwood: leash till you are over the top of the hill, past the kiosk as you enter; leash by the time you hit the kiosk as you exit)

Edmands: Pipeline (to the left facing the park)  is an ON-LEASH trail; Pioneer (to the right) is an off-leash trail.
3) Leash on ANY trail that abuts private property

4) LEASH ALONG THE EARTHEN DAM/AQUADUCT and along the runner’s loop that includes Fox Hunt.  We know many are not familiar with fact that the runner’s loop was created to provide runners and walkers  a trail without off-leash dog encounters, and we know that many fail to observe the leash guidelines here, but please don’t be among the scofflaws.  We have plenty of park for off-leash recreation, yeah?

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Memorial Page…
As happens to our four legged family members whose lifespans are grossly disproportionate to our own and unfair to the depth of the love we feel for our pooches, a couple of long time Cal-Dog members – and extended Callahan ‘family’ –  recently have said goodbye to two of our finest furry friends: Blondie and Churchill…

In honor of these unforgettable canines who made us laugh, caused us to marvel, became friends to our dogs and to us,Cal-Dog has re-established an In Memoriam link on our website (

If you have had four legged kids who have gone on to the Rainbow Bridge ( poem.htm), and would like to share an image and a short blurb about your loved one, send it to us at or send it to our facebook page. Please note on your submission that yours is a Memorial photo, and give us a way to contact you if we need more information.

Blondie and Church, we’ll remember you always…

What happened to…
Callahan Dog Owners Group was in the process of organizing a Recall (“Come!”) seminar to be conducted by a professional dog trainer when we got word that the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) issued – and initiated a serious effort to enforce – the newly revised rules governing Massachusetts State Parks.  The Board members are culling thru the new rules and regs and are in contact with various DCR personnel to understand how these new rules may affect Cal-Dog, our events and/or even our off-leash status.

Stay tuned for any follow-up info, including the possibility of pubic meetings to advocate off leash recreation.
In the meantime, know when and where to leash to avoid the possibility of being ticketed!

And now pardon this personal  opportunity to thank you for your time and attention; your Cal-Dog cooperation; your emails; your friendship and volunteer-ship,  as I bid a fond farewell. After I-don’t-know-how-many-years as President of the Callahan Dog Owners Group (and generator of these newsletters/emails!)  it is time to pass the mantel to fresher faces with renewed enthusiasm, energy, creativity and dedication.

I’ll still be around on the trails with my babes, and I may see you on occasions and at events sponsored by Cal-Dog, as the Group will continue to be served well by Board member committees that include long time treasurer Ann Miller, secretary Julia Eddy, photo contest coordinator Meghan Grabau, events director Marjie Bruchez, DCR liaison Sarah Allard, web-mistress Jenn Crowder, and ever-ready friends of The Board: Sarah MacLennan, Pat Snow, Jennifer Mooney, Bambi King, Victoria Neeson.

We often leave it to others to get the job done.  I encourage you to stay informed and get involved.  Please do what you can, when you can; offer your time and presence every once in a while to advocate for, defend, and protect off-leash recreation. Be more than an email list member – join the effort as Callahan Dog Owners Group marches forward with – and welcomes! – fresh ideas, increased social connections, more educational opportunities, and continues to toil on behalf of our beloved ‘kids’.

It’s been swell!