BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Left your dog home all alone on New Year's Eve while you went out to a party? Want to get a decisive start on that New Year's resolution to get in shape?  Want a chance to explore the trails of Lord Stirling Stable that are usually closed to pedestrians?

For those who have looked forward all year to the traditional event, the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable again will host their annual New Year’s “Meet New Friends” Dog Walk in Basking Ridge on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. 

The Dog Walk takes place along the equestrian trails of the Somerset County Park Commission's Lord Stirling Stable at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

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Check in time for this special event will be between 1 to 1:30 p.m, with the hour-long walk scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. 

The New Year’s Dog Walk will provide owners and pets an opportunity to walk off some of that holiday cheer on a tour of the beautiful trails at Lord Stirling Stable. Start the year off right with old friends, new friends, and, of course, man (or woman's) best friends of all.

Donations sought of canned puppy/dog or kitten/cat food

The Friends organization will gladly accept an unopened dry or canned puppy/dog or kitten/cat food for donation to the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter when walkers check in.

Registration is $3 per dog. All pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. Humans are invited to participate free of charge.

Regularly scheduled Saturday dog walks will continue on January 3, with check in time between 10 and 10:30 a.m. The walks will be held from 10;30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. .

For more information, call Martha at 973-635-8672, or visit the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable website at www.flssnj.org.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.