Today I took Maia and Bosco to a new (to them) park, along with Hailey and Dennis, and our friend Angela and her Cattle Dog Gunnar. This park is huge – it has an 11km loop trail plus other trails that crisscross through the middle. There is an off leash area that is year round, which is where we started. We ran into one of H’s friends with his shepherd collie X so they came with us as we went adventuring.
Angela had heard of this giant field that is off leash from Oct – Apr. We had to walk for about 10 minutes on a trail through the woods (very pretty) and then as advertised we found the field. And it was massive. Derby Reach is a decently sized off leash park and yet this field was about 6 times the size. I didn’t bring my camera but I will next time.
We ran into another of H’s friends with her imported-from-Europe Ridgeback and guys, I have never seen such a beautiful Ridgeback. Seriously, wow.
The dogs romped and ran and played ball. The weather was inconsistent – raining, then windy, then calm, then back to rain. I was glad for my handmedown rubber boots because we were sloshing through ankle deep puddles. It was totally awesome and worth the drive, and I want to go back for sure. It is 30 minutes to get there, plus a toll bridge each way, but it’s nice to have another off leash place on the list where I am comfortable taking Maia.
Speaking of Maia, I was so proud of her today. She really has come so far. She did bounce and bark once at the guy (I forget his name) but H had already warned him that she might so he completely ignored her. After that she ignored him. H again warned her other friend who had cheese and after she gave Maia a chunk, Maia ignored her too.
Bosco is also getting more comfortable. He always used to get stress-drool when we met new dogs but this is the second or third time that he has not. He ran around after both the shepherd and the ridgeback with his ears very perky in the ‘I like you a lot’ position.
I picked up two plastic crates from Angela on my way home that I’m hoping may become useful if I actually get any boarding clients. They are too small for my guys but maybe future puppy …