Mom took my sisters to the Bryant Lake dog park last weekend. When Katie and I first came to the US, we went to the dog parks several times a week. Katie just loved meeting friends, and I tagged along. For many years, we even had a yearly pass for Three Rivers Parks as they are the best dog parks, in our opinion. As Katie got older, we stopped going. We have a yard to play in, and dog parks faded out of our lives.
Bailie and Madison are now discovering the fun like Katie and I used to have. Mom loves the Three Rivers parks because they are big and have walking trails. It is a great opportunity to practice some training off leash too. The small parks where people stand around are boring, and Mom wants to get some exercise at the dog park too, so we like ones where we can walk.
Recall is something Mom always works on at dog parks. She hides when we take off, we panic and have to find her. My sisters are new to this game, but are quick studies! Bailie was much better than Madison, and often was worried having lost Mom and Madison!
Bailie has some dog park experience under her furs. We went with Katie a time or two, I went with Bailie, and she also went alone to work on some training and take photos. Mom realized as Katie got older, I really don’t like other dogs around me much, which is why I no longer go along. My sisters are both social butterflies as was Katie.
Madison likes to just take off running without thinking which makes Mom, our helicopter parent, nervous. She felt much better having Bailie along because she helped keep an eye on Madison at all times.
It was a beautiful fall day, but still cool enough to keep the mud at bay. Nothing worse than getting all muddy and then hopping into the car.
Once Madison realizes she has lost her family, she sure can get up some speed to find Mom and Bailie! After 45 minutes at the dog park, both my sisters were happy to have some water, a cookie, and a nice nap at Gramma’s house!
It sounds like a trip to the dog park might be in the cards more often for my sisters. Mom may even get a yearly pass again. A dog park can be a great place to meet dogs and work on training, but one always needs to keep an eye on what is happening. Not every dog and owner are well behaved, and one needs to leave if trouble is brewing!
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