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The South Boston Bark Park

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South Boston, MA 02127

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Chewy Turns South Boston Bark Park Blue for Autism Awareness

Chewy is turning the South Boston Bark Park blue in support of Autism Awareness Month. The team from Chewy gave away tons of free Chewy Blue tennis balls at the park and across the dog parks in Boston. 

This spring Chewy partnered with Blue Path Service Dogs to raise and train an autism service dog named Blue. It’s the color of Chewy’s signature boxes and also the color commonly associated with autism awareness. 

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- Scott Holman, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine

Many forces influence social order- money, peer, fane, lineage, political leanings, and so on. The metrics of animals use are more difficult to discern, at least, to the casual observer. Size? Smell? Behavior?And how do they figure it out on the spot? 

I have always been fascinated by this at dog parks, which are like canine social laboratories. What determines who chases whom? Why is one poor pup designated as the hunted? How can it be a single dog can leave or arrive and the whole dynamic shifts? I was watching and listening recently at the South Boston Bark Park, a nicely kept retreat right off Carson Beach. The motley crew included a Scottish Terrier in a Bruins get-up, a couple of Labs, a beagle, a West Highlands white terrier, and a few that looked like mutts. They barked, they growled, they mewled, and they tore across the pebbles after tennis balls as if their lives depended on it. Owners and dog walkers chatted near the fence, swapping stories like parents at the playground. 

With a breeze coming off the ocean and a blue sky overhead, I thought to myself, these dogs could have it far worse.

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The Friends of the South Boston Bark Park is a civic group with a mission to manage, maintain, and enhance the park. The Friends of the South Boston Bark Park is supported by members and relies on the generosity of the public it serves. 

The park does not receive any taxpayer money from the city or state.

Below is the budget for fiscal year 2023:

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