Things You Don’t Expect At The Dog Park

by Houndstooth on

This past weekend was so beautiful that we had to take advantage and get out some.  Morgan has been a little nutty lately and we knew that taking her to the dog park for a chance to really blow off some steam would help a lot.  We opted to just take Morgan and Bunny, mainly because it’s easier.  Blueberry usually doesn’t enjoy it for very long, and Morgan needs a lot more time there.  Küster loves everybody and every dog, but because he’s a working dog, he isn’t neutered.  Some people at the dog park can be funny about that, and sometimes there are other male dogs there that have issue with it.  We don’t take him during times when it will be really high traffic now because of that.

Hey There, KidI knew it would be busy when we went, but I was still surprised by the number of people and dogs there when we arrived.  It seemed like a friendly, laid back mix of dogs, though, so we went in with Bunny and Mo.  They both headed off with their own agendas.  Bunny likes to leave her calling card all over the park and sniff every blade of grass while Morgan runs off to do a head check of all the other dogs and see who will play with her.  Soon, both of the girls had found other dogs that they were interested in socializing with and we were done taking care of Bunny’s calling cards.

Gratuitous Action ShotIt was turning out to be a pretty normal day at the dog park.  Bunny and Morgan were both enjoying just being dogs, sniffing the grass and running around.  Bunny even did a few laps to amuse the crowd.  I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but this is down town for them.  They both get to just do what interests them and follow their noses.  I don’t call them to me or fuss at them not to do many things, aside from avoiding poop and digging holes.  I let them be dogs.  In our lives, we go out with them a lot and we have expectations of them, that they’ll behave in a certain way and do what we ask of them.

As Bunny was investigating the park, she caught the attention of a little girl who was probably around four years old.  I’m not certain, but I suspect it was the pink jacket that did it.  Whatever the reason, this girl was obsessed with my dog.  The mother’s calls across the park were doing nothing to deter her, and she was too lazy to walk over and retrieve her child.  Bunny’s body language told me when she’d had enough of the girl’s attention and I started making my way towards them.  I know that Bunny wouldn’t snap at the girl, and that wasn’t my worry.  My concern was the girl grabbing her around the neck and possibly hurting her.  I began to notice Morgan circling nearby, too, and decided that my intervention would be better than Morgan’s.  Morgan really likes young children, too, but my bet is that her loyalty lies with her pack mates.

Go Away Little GirlAs I was making my way over, Mr. Taleteller got to her first.  He got her by the ring on her collar and began leading her across the park.  I wasn’t sure what he was doing, but I was curious.  I began following them, and when I got close enough to ask him quietly, I asked if he needed her leash.  He told me no and I stood back, waiting to see what he was up to.

To my surprise, he led Bunny over to a young man who was sitting on the ground amongst the leaves.  My husband began telling him a little about Bunny and the man began feeling her face, neck and legs.  As I walked up, I realized that he was blind.  He was obviously really enjoying meeting Bunny, and she was patiently allowing him to touch her and get to know her.  He introduced himself to both of us, along with his friend.  Thomas was there with his guide dog, Gilley.  He recently moved to our area and his friend knew about the park.  Gilley was there for some down time of his own, but he dutifully returned every few minutes when Thomas called him.

Meeting ThomasIt was pretty obvious that Thomas loved dogs.  He smiled broadly when any of them would stop beside him for a few minutes.  Morgan stood for a brief minute and let him pet her, although she stood there for a much longer time while Thomas was inspecting Bunny.  He asked his companion often what the different dogs were doing, and he asked about them by name.   He also was very keen to know what Gilley was doing.

Leaping For JoyMost of the other dogs didn’t have the patience to stand and let him get to know them for very long.  I give Bunny a lot of credit for being so gracious, especially after being stalked by the little girl.  She was much kinder and gentler than I would have been.  It’s so easy to get caught up in our own world of wants and needs and forget that there are others out there who just need a minute or two of our time.  Something that costs us so little can be a priceless treasure to someone else.

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32 Responses to "Things You Don’t Expect At The Dog Park"
  1. Miss Veil says:

    The little girl was wearing the same colour coat as Bunny! I think is great that the young man was so interested in her and all the dogs and especially nice that his dog was having some well deserved down time.

  2. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    How sweet of your husband to bring Bunny over for a visit. I’m sure Thomas went home that day with a full heart.

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  4. Jen says:

    Now don’t get jealous or anything, but can I just say that I love Mr.Taletellar! That is so awesome that he took Bunny up to the man sitting on the ground, that really touched me:) and good for you for paying attention to the little girl and her actions and shame on her mother.

    Whew! So glad I can comment today, couldn’t get in here yesterday and I was panicking!

  5. Declan says:

    It’s funny how even the most boisterous dogs know when they have to be gentle. I can be quite wary of adults I don’t know but I’m really good with kids (whih is more than you can say for Mum!!) Deccy x

  6. melF says:

    It’s also a great reminder to be grateful for the things we have – like the gift of sight. How beautiful Carrie. Your Mr. Taleteller is quite a guy for recognizing that Thomas might like to meet Bunny. I love that Bunny was so patient and kind too.

    How wonderful that his friend was describing what the dogs were doing in the park. I imagine that if I did not have my vision (something I treasure so much), I would want someone to visually describe such a scene for me.
    Just beautiful.

  7. I am imagine a princess dog in a pink coat would be pretty irresistible to a 4-year-old girl. How wonderful that Thomas got to spend some time with Bunny and I love how Morgan always keeps an eye on things.

  8. Cindy says:

    Such a sweet story about Bunny meeting Thomas, but too bad that someone takes a 4 year old to a dog park full of big dogs and then is too lazy to monitor her properly.

    We all know that Bunny is an excellent therapy dog and would know to turn it on when needed.


  9. That’s so neat! It’s grreat that Gilley was able to get some dog time in to relax from her hard job, and that Thomas was able to meet such a wonderful doggie ambassador like Bunny!

  10. Goose says:

    That last part was very well said.
    Bunny is just so sweet. I like little kids, but yes sometimes they can be to much. I just try and walk away when I have had enough.

  11. Benny & Lily says:

    What a cute story about Thomas. Bunny were you showing off?
    Benny & Lily

  12. Benny & Lily says:

    What a cute story about Thomas. Bunny are you showing off?
    Benny & Lily

  13. Jen says:

    That sounds like a really neat and interesting encounter . It’s interesting sometimes what our dogs will do when confronted with a “different” situation.

    (as for the lady too lazy to come and get her kid, I kind of wonder what her dog was doing……)

  14. This post makes me an even bigger fan of the Taleteller household than I was before. I had no idea it was possible.

    Morgan always keeps an eye out for her family. Bunny is very giving. Ms. Taleteller is always aware of her dogs and making sure they’re comfortable. And Mr. Taleteller is a kind and attentive person.

    Glad you had some great down time at the dog park.

  15. BZ Training says:

    Great story! I keep the boys (and their bits) away from the dog park due to other dog’s taking exception to them as well. I tell the boys the dogs are just jealous. 🙂

  16. jan says:

    What a beautiful story, It takes so little of our time to make someone’s day, but so often we get caught up in our own world. Dogs can make such a difference.

  17. Kristine says:

    I’m always a little hesitant about young children in dog parks. In my opinion, they don’t really belong there. With so many dogs, and large ones at that, running around a toddler can very easily become knocked down and injured. There are many parks meant for children. Dog parks probably are best if left to the dogs.

    That being said, I also love that not only did Mr. Taleteller think of introducing Bunny to the young man, but that Bunny seemed to understand exactly what was needed. Maybe there are times when dog parks can be for people too.

  18. Sue says:

    So glad Morgan and Bunny made friends with Thomas.

    Why is it Kuster isn’t done?

  19. Bassetmomma says:

    Oh my! That was just so touching how Mr. Taleteller took Bunny up and introduced her to the blind young man. What a great thing it is how sharing just a few moments can make somebody’s whole day! 🙂

  20. Ryker says:

    What a touching story. I know that she is a therapy dog, and a good one!

  21. Leslie says:

    What a lovely story. Dogs can be so much more intuitive than I think we give them credit for. Even crazy Bella seems to understand when she’s dealing with a very young child or someone sick or injured.

    Bunny is such a good and gentle heart.

  22. Aww, what a great story!!

    And Morgan, nutty??? Never… 🙂

  23. Barkn About says:

    That is a fantastic story and why am I not surprised Bunny would be the perfect candidate for such a meeting. Love the leaves scattered everywhere!

  24. Bunny must have sensed that. As you know, animals do sense these things. We all can learn so much from them! Wonderful!

  25. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning says:

    Grrrr, yesterday we couldn’t leave a comment, today we can’t see the photos:( We did see them yesterday and were especially drawn to the one of Kuster on top of the rock. That is such a touching story about Thomas.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  26. Lovely story! It’s a bit disturbing that a parent would allow her small child to wander among dogs she doesn’t know – could be dangerous (for the child as well as the dogs)…and what might the child step in? What a beautiful day you had!

  27. This is a lovely post. Glad you were in that park on that particular day.

  28. What a great story and thing to do. I am not sure I would have been so perceptive and noticed the guy was blind.

    On another note: several dog parks around Seattle don’t allow un-neutered dogs….mainly because, like you observed, it can cause problems with other male dogs.

  29. Caron says:

    That is so sweet. At first I was a little worried that something not so nice was going to happen. It’s amazing how sensitive dogs and other animals are.

  30. Sage says:

    What a sweet story. I know Thomas felt welcome with all the attention he was getting from your dogs.

    Sage is hilarious around un-neutered dogs so would undoubtedly love Kuster. The dance she does is something else.

  31. Flea says:

    Doggy heaven!

  32. Maybe the little girl liked Bunny so much because they had matching coats?

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