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Our Dog Park Adventure

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Posted on August 9, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
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Near my house is a neighborhood where just about everyone has a dog. Many households even have two and three dogs. As a result, not only is the neighborhood very noisy, but it is also very dog friendly.

My neighbors are mostly getting up there in age. The only dogs that ever seem to come into and out of the houses around here are lap dogs and dogs that are just barely old enough to jump up and down the front steps. My dog, I can tell, is rather lonely.

A few months ago, I was walking through this neighborhood that has so many dogs in it and thinking, “wouldn’t it be nice if I could introduce my dog to some of these dogs?” Then, just as I turned the corner, I was pleasantly surprised to find a brand new, roped off dog park.

On the inside of the fence surrounding this dog park, there were about a dozen dogs running free from their dog leashes with one another. They were jumping and dancing and having a great time.

My dog got so excited he literally pulled me over to the gate. As soon as I let him run free inside the gate, he ran straight to the middle of the pack. I huddled around the fence with the other doggy parents as we watched our pups play with their dog toys.

After about a week of going to the dog park, I began to make friends with the other dog owners who took their dogs there regularly. Friendships were struck, and we started planning “people activities”, like coffee and shopping, where we could include our dog pals..

Now, several months later, we all gather together in the park to take our dogs for walks with us to the local coffee shop. We take our dogs walking along the river, hiking in the hills, and on other fun outings. Dog walking has turned out to be a great way for me to find new friends and develop several long term friendships.

My dog now always looks for and expects his new people friends to join us when we’re walking alone. As soon as I take him off the leash, he runs as fast as he can to the doggy park! We feel so lucky to be in such a dog-friendly neighborhood where there are so many like-minded families.

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