Saturday, we had a dog park visit on the way to Gramma’s house. It was very hot with a dew point in the oppressive range. We knew our visit would be short, but with the heat, it would wear even Olivia out a bit. Compared to many dogs we are all super mellow, but Olivia can be a bit overbearing and we wanted to tame that down before hitting Gramma’s house.We go to this dog park once or twice a year on average, our last visit was in January. It is about nine acres of fenced area with trails and wooded areas. Even if it is busy, there is plenty of room to spread out and do our own thing. With the awful heat Saturday, there were only a handful of people and dogs at the park which is perfect for us.
Many people go to dog parks for the dogs, but we go to be off leash in a different area, and to get some exercise walking with Mom. This park has a small dog section. I met one of the small dogs through the fence right after we arrived. Meeting other dogs is something I enjoy as long as they don’t come charging at me. Olivia is always apprehensive about strange dogs until I let her know everything is safe.
We all know Olivia has longer legs, and long ears, but she also has a very long back. You can kind of see that in this side shot of her.
Me, I’m what Mom calls a compact model of a GBGV, short, small, but solid as a rock and sweet as pie. I’m usually on a mission of some sort. For the most part Olivia and I stick together, but sometimes we venture off on our own. Being a mommy’s girl, Olivia always has to be within view of Mom.
Along our travels on the pathways, we found this little fellow named Josh. He was hot after us cuties! Josh wasn’t bad looking, and he is the same color scheme as us – matching is always good. Eventually, his humans caught up to him and they headed off in a different direction.
One thing Mom loves to do on a dog park visit is to hide from us and also practice recalls. Being a completely fenced park, it is fairly safe to let us stray off on some critter tangent. Mom will hide where she can peek at where we are, but we can’t see her. At some point, she will call our name and we come racing. It is scary because we hear her, but can’t see her. No worries, we smell our way to her and are quickly reunited. It teaches us to pay attention to her so she doesn’t get lost.
We are pretty certain that a lot of critters live in this park with all the trees and stuff. They must sleep during the hours the park is open and come out the rest of the time. The critter smell is all over, but no critters. I guess even a stupid squirrel knows better than to hang out at a dog park when the dogs are there! Nevertheless, we are optimists and hope to find a stupid critter that doesn’t know any better, but so far no luck on that.
Run! It’s time to go back to the car! We spent almost a half hour on our dog park visit walking, running, and sniffing. The A/C in the car felt good, and we got a big bowl of water and some tasty cookies from Gramma. As long as Mom is careful about watching us and making sure we are not overheated, short bouts of fun outdoors are a good thing, even in swampy, tropical weather.
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