Adventure At The Dog Park

by Houndstooth on

Bunny here at the keyboard to share our weekend adventure.

It was a beautiful first weekend of Autumn in our corner of the world, and we all wanted a chance to go out and enjoy the wonderful weather.  So, Mom and Dad decided to take a drive with all of us out to the apple orchard, get a few things and head back home.  Well, the orchard was packed.  Mom said there was no way she was standing in a line all the way around the back of the barn for the privilege of getting into their market to spend money.  So, we left the orchard empty handed and did some more driving.

Greyhound Levitation -- Tales and Tails

Greyhound Levitation

I thought that was going to be it, just a drive through the country, but I was in for a pleasant surprise.

It turns out Mom and Dad had another surprise in store for us.  They took us to the abandoned dog park.  Okay, it’s not abandoned.  It’s actually very nicely taken care of, and there are two equal sides for big dogs and little dogs to run around in, but we never see any other dogs there.  We’ve made plans to meet a few people there in the past, but unless we do that, we never see other dogs there.

That’s actually what we were hoping for.  Flattery has never been to a dog park before, and at our old favorite, there are often lots of other dogs there, and many people with small dogs don’t respect the big dog side.  They assume that just because their dog is okay with bigger dogs, that the bigger dogs are okay with small dogs.  Flattery still thinks little dogs are toys to pick up and shake, so we have been avoiding the dog park scene with her.  Morgan can be so nutty that Dad hasn’t wanted to trust her running loose with other dogs.  Küster still has his boy parts, and some other dogs don’t like that, so Mom and Dad don’t like to take him to the dog park, either.  It turns out that I’m the only well-adjusted dog in our pack.

Flying Shepherd -- Tales and Tails

Flying Shepherd

You might be realizing why the abandoned dog park was sounding like a good idea.

Flattery and I went to the big dog side together and Dad brought Morgan to the small dog side.  After a while, Morgan and Küster switched out and we all had a great time.  This might have been one of the best idea my humans have ever had.

Catch Me If You Can -- Tales and Tails

Catch Me If You Can

The air was cool and crisp and Flattery and I decided to make the most of it.  It was great to have someone to play with who likes running and playing like I do.  I almost wish some other dogs had been there, because we could have showed them all how to run.  We ran with abandon.

Greyhounds In Motion -- Tales and Tails

Greyhounds In Motion

At one point, we were running around and Flattery ran right into the fence, but she bounced off and kept going.  It didn’t even phase her.  Mom and Dad checked her over and she was fine.  Mom mentioned maybe getting a crash helmet for her before we run again.

Hound On The Run -- Tales and Tails

Hound On The Run

Of course, all good things must come to an end, and our trip to the dog park was no different.

After we’d all had a chance to stretch our legs and have a good time, we climbed back in the van and slept on the ride home.  Morgan and Küs were too tired to even bark.  Flattery and I both slept like puppies.  It was a great outing and a nice way to welcome Autumn into our lives this year.

I’m really hoping that Mom and Dad take us back one of these days soon.  We all had a great time.  It’s great to meet other dogs and people, but sometimes it’s nice to just hang out with your family and enjoy time together.

Incoming -- Tales and Tails

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  • Magda Guzdziol

    Watching the greyhounds run must have been amazing! I love the ‘Flying Shepherd’ photo too.
    Dina Mom

  • Great actions shots!! I don’t think anything makes me happier than to see my dogs running around with big grins on their faces … and I love seeing the same expression on other dogs 🙂 Looks like everyone was smiling at the dog park!

  • Sue Dyer

    So glad you all had a fab time at the dog park.

  • That is definitely my type of dog park. I wish I could find a place like that.

  • Shawnee the Shepherd

    An abandoned dog park? It do be a dog’s dream come true! I nefur did like the dog park in my younger days coz peeps would bring dogs there with no doggie social manners (and boy parts) and that meant disaster! Hasing the whole place to youself – priceless!

  • Sara Blair

    How fun! Nothing better than watching dogs run and play. Glad that everyone got to go and enjoy the day.

  • Mac and Maisie

    Sounds like you all had a great time 🙂

    Mac and Maisie

  • Amy Boyer

    This is awesome! I’ve never seen photos of Bunny running and didn’t realize she was an athlete – such beautiful musculature too. All the dogs having fun together. We avoid our dog park too because 1) it is really ugly 2)there is no water and 3) not all of the dogs are nice with other dogs, and their humans don’t have enough sense to realize they don’t belong at the dog park!

  • genjiscorner

    Your own personal dog park. And even my kids are a little frisky in the yard, now that it’s a bit cooler outside.

  • Jodi Stone

    That is awesome. I always wondered where people with greyhounds take their dogs to run, I know how much they love to run.

    We have a friend who adopted a retired greyhound (he went to the bridge earlier this year) and they live on the beach. Well one day my friend decided he could let Cody off leash for a run on the beach. Bad idea. He had to go home and get the car so he could scour the neighborhoods for Cody.

    You’re right, what a great way to welcome Autumn.

  • rottrover

    Bunny, you are poetry in motion! Thanks for the good vibes. I think I feel better already!

    nose kisses,

    Bart

  • I LOVE empty dog parks 🙂

  • peggyfrezon

    Aww nice day. There must be something so wonderful to a dog about running free like that.

  • Emma

    Looks like some awesome racing! We like the dog park best when it isn’t real busy. We do our thing and are happiest that way. Looks like great weather too!

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    This post just made me smile and smile. I love that all four of you were able to get out and have fun. Hard way to learn about fences, but oh well. Awesome day!

  • Unused dog parks are the best! We used to have a great, nearly-unused park near us but then someone had the great idea of putting in a skate park and all sorts of playground equipment. Now Fozzie gets to practice being calm around skateboards and kids, so I guess its good all in all. Looks like all the kids in your fam couldn’t have had a better day running around!

  • Two French Bulldogs

    We are kinda liking your abandoned door park. Look at those zoomies!
    Benny & Lily

  • Casey the Boxer

    Wow, what a grreat time you all had!! It’s fun to just get to zooooooom sometimes!

  • Maryruth Ginn

    Everybody is smiling.

  • sage

    A perfect outing, I’d say. And I know I’d get along just fine with Küster. There’s something about those male hormones that make me wanna dance!

  • harrispen

    We hope you get lots of trips to that dog park so it can just be a family affair. We are lucky to have such a large fenced back yard that we don’t need to go to a dog park to be able to run full out.

    Millie & Walter

  • what a great day you all had Bunny…I’d love to see you all at a dog park just so i could watch you run…it’s so beautiful seeing you in motion

  • dragontearz

    Glad they had fun, looks like everyone had a blast!

  • ShineJake

    I’m glad you guys had fun at the dog park and got to let loose for a bit! Perhaps a crash helmet is necessary!

  • SlimDoggy

    How lucky are you to have a great park like that near you. That picture of you running was so fun…I bet you and Flattery really let loose and got your greyhound on didn’t you! WooHoo!

  • Jules

    LOL Love these photos…the hound looks so graceful and the shepard, so darn cute.
    Jules of Canines & Couture

  • Yes Bunny, I am seeing why an abandoned dog park was perfect. Your line about being the “only well adjusted one” cracked me up!

    I love seeing you and Flattery running. Wowee! I think a crash helmet would be perfect for her! Pink!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Oooh, I wish we had an abandoned dog park here, with a nice flat decent surface for Sid & Jeff to run on! I have to be careful of surfaces for Sid since he’s a tripod. I had thought Jeffie was OK on reasonably uneven ground, until he broke a toe running in a straight line on a good flat surface – actually a greyhound kennel’s gallop!

    Looks like all your pups had a wonderful time!

  • What a treat that had to be, all four of you getting the park to yourselves! Bunny, I just love the last photo of you in motion!

  • My Brown Newfies

    Look at all that fun! I think it’s great that you had the park all to yourself and could just enjoy being all together!
    Glad Flattery was ok after running into the fence. Been there 🙂

  • Ryker From Alaska

    Nothing more beautiful than a Grey Hound running!

  • Abby Farson Pratt

    Wonderful! Beautiful photos and beautiful dogs. Love watching dogs run free.

  • Words With Wieners

    Great action photos!!! Love the “levitation”.
    And we are so jealous. We would love to have a place to run free, but we’re not great with other dogs, especially bigger dogs, so we don’t go to the dog park. An abandoned dog park would be awesome! We can run free in the backyard, but that’s old news so we don’t really bother to run back there unless we’re chasing a squirrel.

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    I think an empty dog park would be the best! What fun to see you all running… we see Bunny mostly being beautiful, and don’t often see her in action. She looks FAST!