The Barn Door: My town is going to the dogs

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I post every month over at this great blog about life in the Midwest. Today’s entry is about the dog parks in the small towns near me and how it’s a shame people don’t know what they’re there for. Check it out.

Going to a dog park does more than give the dog exercise. If that were the only goal, taking them for walks would be the only activity required. Heck, it would benefit the humans, as well., Who couldn’t use a little workout twice a day? Dogs need to socialize with other dogs in the same way humans need to interact with other humans. How would you like it if you were raised by apes and never allowed to come within 100 yards of another human being? You’d probably assume you were being kept from them because they were dangerous to you. You might even start to think that you were an ape instead of a human, and that they were aliens.

via The Barn Door: My town is going to the dogs.

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Sophie Loves Playtime – and SPRING!

This year I hope to establish a community of small dog owners in my area who would love an opportunity to get our dogs together to play with each other.  My sweetheart, Sophie, used to love playing with her favorite friends when we lived in the big city, but in this small area people don’t seem to understand the benefits, both to dog and owner, of getting your dogs together to just simply play with one another.

Last year, the Rotary Park opened up a brand new park just outside of town that includes not only a fenced-in dog park, but a separate fenced-in area just for small dogs.  I’m pushing hard on Facebook and local community sites to try to stir up interest in regular gatherings.

Here’s a picture of the postcards I made up to pass out when I see people with small dogs.  I hope they attract some attention. If you want to join the Facebook group to see how I do, or just to share pictures and stories about your dog, just find us at Sophie Loves Playtime.

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Meet Sophie

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Sophie is my two-year-old Papillon mix anti-depressant. In the photo above, we have stopped along our walk to just sit in the grass.  She loves to just sit and sniff the smells in the air and watch the action around her. She is so happy all the time, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood.

In the video below, we are at the dog park playing with some of her friends.  The Shih Tzu is one of her favorites, Gizmo, and the brown puppy is a new friend they are just getting to know.