On Sunday we went to the dog park again. We went on the "All Dog Side" again because there were no little dogs on the "Little Dog Side", but I held my own really well according to Mommy. This time I actually walked around the perimeter of the fence with Mommy and my tail was in the air and I was happy. Some big dog would occassionally run up to me and sniff me, but I wasn't too afraid. I even ran with the other dogs a few times, it was fun. One time though we were running and I just stopped and the big dogs either couldn't stop in time or didn't want to and plowed me over. Luckily I didn't get stepped on, but I did roll a few times. Then some big dog playingly gnawed on me, like puppies do, and I had doggy saliva all over my back. But I enjoyed it and it was fun.
At the end two little dachshund came over in the "Little Dog Side" so Mommy let me go over there and meet them. Boy did they have a lot of energy, I found it almost scary. They loved running up to my Mommy though and dropping their tennis ball for her to throw for them. I let this happen a couple times, then I had to yell at them, I mean she's my Mommy, not theirs.
We stayed in the dog park for about an hour and then we walked around the park by the water's edge. You cannot really go in, which is fine by me, because the edge is where big boats use to tie their boats to the cement. I was very interested in the smell of the water and it was crazy how many big bird hang out by the water. It was fun to chase after them.
See some pictures of our day :
Yesterday, Tuesday, we went to the dog park again. This time was not only for me to get some more exposure, but for Daddy to see that he doesn't have to worry about me so much. Unfortunately, it didn't work out completely like that and we had our first bad experience at the dog park.
When we first got there, there was actually dogs in the "Little Dog Side", about 8 or so. Which was super exciting because Mommy says I need more experience around little dogs. It was fun and I did really well according to Mommy and Daddy. There was this little Chihuahua mixed puppy that was SO flirting with me.
So we played over there for about 30-40 minutes and all but one of the little dogs had gone home, so Mommy wanted to show Daddy that I do well in the "All Dogs Side" too. So Daddy picked me up, this is because I refuse to walk into the areas on my own yet. We walked out of the "Little Dog Side" and went to walk into the "All Dogs Side" when a Bassett Hound jumped up on my Mommy, it looked friendly enough and so Daddy continued in with me when the Basset Hound then jumped up on Daddy and bit me! Luckily he didn't get any flesh and just got a nice chunck of my tail fur! Mommy and Daddy immediately took me out and we went home.
Mommy and Daddy were upset too, not only because I could have been seriously hurt, but also because the Basset Hound's owners weren't paying attention to their dog and if they saw what he did, they didn't come over to make him behave or apologize for his behavior. The rules of the dog park, is that they are suppose to leave because he is not behaving, aggression is not allowed. I shouldn't have had to leave, I was behaving and having fun. It also caused about 3 or 4 other owners to take their dogs and leave.
Mommy says we will go again and we might try the dog park in Amherst too, but we will not be going in when that dog is there. She is very disappointed and it is too bad there isn't someone there to watch and make sure the owners and dogs are doing what they are suppose to. This was suppose to be our trip to show Daddy that I was SAFE around other dogs and that they wouldn't hurt me! Bad owners suck!