Fearrington Dog Club

Fearrington Dog Club

The goal of the Fearrington Dog Club is to learn about dogs and the pleasures of sharing our lives with them. Our meetings feature presentations on a range of topics from training and health to enrichment activities and dog culture. It is also our objective to foster social connections among fellow canine enthusiasts. We meet at The Gathering Place most months.

We’re glad you found us.

EEeK! Our May Presentation is about snakes!

So . . . why is our Fearrington Dog Club talking about snakes? Because, like it or not, we live in the woods, where many of our neighbors are the slithery kind (copperheads, specifically).

Even if you haven’t yet encountered one of our slinking neighbors, you probably know someone who has. If you’re lucky, and you have seen one, it just glided on by.

Our May speaker is Joe Folta , District 5 Wildlife Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. He’s going to tell us about snakes in general and copperheads in particular. Rather than fearing the snakes that co-exist with us, we need to understand them. All we need is a bit of enlightenment from Joe, who will teach us how to live amicably (or not) with these fascinating, misunderstood creatures who play such an important role in our ecosystem.

For a copy of our May flyer, click here.

general meeting information

We have reserved The Gathering Place for the 3rd Thursday of most months, September – May. We meet 1:00-2:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.We have reserved The Gathering Place for the 3rd Thursday of most months, September – May. We meet 1:00-2:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

People only: Our meetings are for canine enthusiasts, so leave your dog at home (with a nicely stuffed Kong perhaps?). In keeping with the ADA and NC law, only service animals are permitted in The Gathering Place.

Club Membership

Any Fearrington or Galloway Ridge resident with an interest in learning more about dogs is welcome. Feel free to sample one of our meetings. Thereafter, we ask that you join and become a club member. Our annual dues are $20 a person, or $30 for a two-person household. Member dues are used for room rental and to present a thank-you gift to guest speakers. Click here for our membership application.

  • Members have the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in canine training, behavior and health/medicine.
  • Members receive nametags to wear at meetings, which will encourage friendships to form.
  • You will be invited to submit photos of your dog(s) to be included in slideshows we play before and after our monthly meetings.
  • You will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped defray our club’s cost for room rental, guest speaker gifts and other club costs.

Our club's history

Early 2021 a few of us, recognizing that many Village residents shared their homes with dogs, decided to form a club. Our goals: To improve the lives of our dogs by increasing our knowledge of canine behavior. And, at the same time, make new friends. After delays brought on by Covid, we launched in September 2022. We were pleased at the turnout we got at our first year’s meetings and hope to build on that enthusiasm our second year. 


Contact Ann Melchior at AMelchior@verizon.net
Katie Baer at KBBaerno1@gmail.com