|Dude in action at the dog park.|
My dog, Dude, is a sociable guy who loves going to the dog park. In fact, he's passionate about going to the dog park. So that's where we go most days for an hour or more of action-packed fun.
|The meet and greet.|
Fortunately, the dog park is only about a mile away from our house. So it's easy to make a trip over there once a day, when the weather is nice. Now and then, if Dude is insistent, we go to the dog park twice a day.
|Two holes are better than one.|
Twice a day? Believe me, some of Dude's dog buddies go to the dog park three times a day.
I've had dogs most of my life, but never one who loves the dog park. So this is a relatively new thing for me.
Dude is two and a half. Well, a few months ago I thought, Why not take Dude to the dog park? How was I to know this would become a big part of our daily lives?
|Discussing the play.|
Dude can be napping and suddenly he'll wake up and insist it's almost 3:30 and we need to make our afternoon foray to the dog park. I swear he can tell time and knows to the minute when he needs to let me know I have to get ready to head to the park.
|Mixing it up.|
If I take longer than a few minutes to gather up his dog collar, some bottled water, my wallet and car keys, well, Dude starts nudging me in the direction of the front door. If I dawdle too long he stomps his feet, barks and then starts spinning in circles at the door. At that point we absolutely have to walk out the door.
|King of the Sand Hole?|
At the dog park it's high-speed action interspersed with water breaks and a five minute rest period in the shade of the huge Magnolias and Naval Live Oak Trees.
Today I decided to take my camera to the dog park to get a few photos of Dude and his dog buddies in action. Today there were only eight dogs, but sometimes it's as many as fifteen dogs of all sizes and breeds.
|After the game.|
Lately, the big game is "King (or Queen) of the Sand Hole." Since we live close to the beach, our dog park has lots of sand and sand is perfect for digging. One or more dogs will dig a hole, or sometimes two. Then the game is on.
They confer with each other to plan their strategy. There's almost always a goalie or two. The winners change from one minute to the next.
To heck with chasing a Frisbee or tennis ball. This Sand Hole game is much more fun.
|My older dog, Shani, would rather stay home.|
I hope you've enjoyed the photos of Dude and his dog buddies.
A special thanks to the team: Harley the Australian Shepherd, Abby the Husky, Bella the Chocolate Poodle, Dice the Black and Tan, Abby the Golden and Dude. Watching from the sidelines: Morgan the Golden and Jumbo the Chihuahua.
Note: My older dog, Shani, doesn't care for the dog park. She'd rather stay home.