As promised…..Part II of Stella’s Sunday Dog Park Adventures!!!!!
So I convince (whine) Rob to drive us over to the OTHER fenced in Dog Park in town. It did take a little convincing….from first appearances….it’s not in one of the nicer areas of town? Looks can be deceiving people! Behold…..Valley Street Dog Park!!!!!
Kind of in a strange industrial/residential/surrounded by one way streets part of town…..BUT shares a parking lot with a Community Garden..very nice! Also run by the City of Portland, and as is important for us….a fenced in park. There is a supply of poop bags….and places to dispose of them…there IS water available and dishes if you don’t bring your own. There are benches, chairs, trees for shade and the big wooden dogs at the entrance form a little HUT for people/dogs to hang out in.
It’s not nearly as big as the Quarry Run park….and only has 1 little walking trail, but it has lots of wonderful, flat surface for dogs to run, chase balls…or just hang out. Again….very friendly Dog Mamas and Papas…..a nice mix of dogs. Not too many at the time of day that we went.
She seemed to have a really good time and is she VERY fast….we need to sign her up for agility course classes ASAP!! Maybe she’s part greyhound? (Schnoodlehound?) She seems to like it best when the other dogs chase her….she was happy to run after dogs that were chasing a tennis ball….and then running ahead of them back to their Mama or Papa. She sniffed around……she watched other dogs…..she sniffed and was sniffed….was drooled on.
Dog Parks apparently are kind of controversial. Some folks use them as the only means of exercise for their dogs. Some folks like to sit, read a book, talk on the phone or smoke ciggie butts while their dogs run all over the place. Some DON’T PICK UP THE FREAKIN POOP! I’ve read online that people have had their dogs attacked by over aggressive dogs at parks….I’ve seen dogs climb all over the owners of the other dogs at a park.
There was one Dog Mama….who brought in what I guess would be a teacup chihuahua? I have NEVER seen a smaller dog:
It was like a bobble head….on little teeny spindly legs….couldn’t have weighed more than 2 lbs? The Mama seemed shocked when every dog in the park from the St. Bernard on down to the Pit Bully puppy ran for it. The poor little thing spent it’s whole visit shivering/shaking on Mama’s lap…while Mama….in her very stylish outfit was covered in dog paw prints and dog slobber from all the dogs investigating what to them appeared to be a toy!
We will keep bringing Stella to the parks…but we’ll keep a close eye on her…and the dogs around her….because she really does seem to enjoy it. We enjoy seeing her run until she’s exhausted. We enjoy talking to the other Dog Mama’s and Papa’s. Everyone seems to love Stella….they all ask about her….and you know what question they ask….
If I had a dollar for everytime we were asked….”Is she a Portu-Blah-Water-Whatever Dog?”….we would have our own dog park….in the form of a private island in the caribbean….where servants would bring Mama and Papa frosty drinks and Stella would have as many toys as she could destroy and we would fly in her dog friends from around the world…and I would be dictating this blog to my personal assistant/cabana boy.