Have I ever mentioned….just how much energy Stella has???? No? She’s nuts! She will grab one of her toys and race in circles through the house while making a cute little growling noise. The only way to stop this….and have a calm dog in the house is to WEAR HER OUT!
She goes for multiple walks a day….Papa plays fetch with her in the yard….so this past weekend Rob thought, “Why not try a dog park?” We’ve also noticed she gets a little shy around dogs. In an effort to socialize her more and wear her out we went to check out two local parks. We have quite a few in Portland, but only a couple that are fenced in.
Our first stop: Quarry Run Dog Park on Ocean Ave. It’s run by the City of Portland and is fenced in. We wanted a fenced in area because we don’t want her to take off on us.
The park is huge. They have two fenced in areas right in the front which are within the HUGE fenced in park. We took Stella into one of the fenced in areas. Although it REEKED of dog poo….it didn’t seem that many dogs actually hung out here.
The big attraction of this park is the trails! There are nice trails to walk your puppeh while not on a leash. Or as in our case ON a leash.
The popular “hang out” spot is at the top of one of the trails. There is a little hut type thing for shade….there are water bowls…and the dogs can run, hang out…chase each other and socialize. There were about 10 dogs there at the time we went. Ranging in size from a Chocolate colored Newfoundland who looked to be the size of a water buffalo….down to a tiny King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
The folks who were there that day were very friendly….one did ask us THE question…you know the one….the one that makes my head swivel around in circles….”Is your dog a Portu-blah-Water-whatever dog?”
It’s a huge park….almost too big for a dog like Stella….who’s still not too sure of herself. A little overwhelming I think. She seemed to have a good time….made some friends…sniffed inappropriately…and got drooled on.
I did notice….that not everyone who visits that park adheres to the rules….the biggest rule being PICK UP THE FREAKIN POOP!!!!!!! I did notice the WaterBuffalo/Newfoundland pooping off in the weeds…and did not see it being picked up. Gross. Then there were the folks who scooped the poop up in the bags and just left the bag laying around. The park has a good number of trash cans….and a big roll of poop bags…..there’s really no need not to pick up after your dog. Bad Dog Mamas and Papas.
We loaded Miss Stella into the car:
So after that adventure we decided to take her to the OTHER fenced in Dog park in the area……..
I’ll leave you hanging on the edge of your seat until tomorrow.