She bypasses the dog parks in her hometown Baltimore for Rebel's Dog Park in Fallston, but now Julia Golbey will have to search elsewhere for a place to let Gracie the beagle and Duncan the shepherd mix, get their taste of freedom.
"I knew they were going to revamp and they were having a brick campaign to donate to expand the park,” said Golbey. “I didn't realize it was going to be a year or that it was possibly going to be delayed even longer, which is very sad."
Originally, the Humane Society of Harford County planned to keep the park open as it builds a new $7 million shelter, but contractors balked at the liability.
"The construction entrance is coming in in such a way right in between the parking lot and the existing dog park and it's going to be an unsafe condition for people to cross," said David Fang, the president of the Humane Society.
With a little patience (about 15 months worth), when dog owners return with their pets next fall, they'll find a park that's more than double the size of the current one, and a state-of-the-art shelter that will bring it into the 21st century.
"With the existing building that we have now, it's been a farm house from before 1947, but a shelter since '47., we're working off of window AC units (and) force fed water heat for the heat,” said Shelter Director Blaine Lang, “In the new building, we're going to have fresh air pumped in and out ten times an hour."
You could call it the price of progress, but the popularity of the park has left many still hoping for a compromise.
"Unfortunately, this is the best time of the year to come out to the dog park,” said Golbey, “ It's unfortunate that it can't be during the cold weather months, but I'm hoping that there'll be enough people that will complain because this really is a huge help when you have big dogs and they're cooped up all day long."
The Humane Society had originally planned to close the park at the end of the month, but is now hoping to keep it open for two more weeks.