When we first moved to the US in 2007, I was still a puppy, actually the same age that Bailie is now! Everything was new and we didn’t have a fenced yard, so we started visiting dog parks. We were regulars at several parks and went a couple times a week. Over the years, we have gone less and less. Now with Bailie being a puppy, we have rediscovered the reason why dog parks can be so awesome! Now mind you, we generally only visit larger parks that are completely fenced and we go during weekdays when not too many dogs are there. It is more fun.
Mom had forgotten how I was as a puppy at the dog park. As I posted last week we all went as a family for the first time and it was fun. Well, miss Bailie got her confidence up and really let loose the next time! Katie wasn’t feeling well, so Mom took just Bailie and I to our favorite dog park, 28 fenced acres with lots of trails, tall grass, some wooded areas and a pond that is fenced off. The photo above shows Bailie as we pretty much saw her the entire hour…a running dot on the horizon, and then a puppy racing back when called.
I got mad at my puppy sister at one point and pushed her into a big patch of really wet mud. She got pretty dirty (can’t see it too well in the photo, but her shoulder and foot are dark) and I got into a lot of trouble. We didn’t get a real good photo because Mom was really mad at me and she didn’t want the camera to get damaged as I kept dragging Bailie back into the mud. Sometimes a puppy just needs to have a mud bath to learn!
We worked a lot on the come command. Mom and Katie used to hide from me when I didn’t listen, but now that I am a big girl, I got to hide with Mom and wait for Bailie to find us. The big park and being off leash without many dogs around is a great place to work on commands! We got mental and physical exercise!
The only bummer was there was no food on the picnic table! We were hungry after racing around for an hour! Mom’s nerves were frazzled by the time we left. Even though it is a fenced park, she is a real “nervous Nelly” when we are out of sight. Bailie did pretty well, but towards the end, she was testing a bit too much and Mom did not like that. Mom did really rediscover the joy of the dog park through Bailie. As Katie and I mature we still enjoy going, but the enthusiasm of a puppy really makes it fun! I think we will be dog parking a bit more often now.
If you have any kitties at your house, be sure and check out the brand new SlimKitty website! I even have a post there about my pesty, chubby, cat bro Bert. It is a great place to go for healthy cat ideas! Stop by and sniff around, I think you will like it.
That is one of the ways we were staying fit this week. What were you doing to stay fit? I’m joining the FitDog Friday Blog Hop hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love! Share your story with others and find fun, new fitness ideas too!