The best thing about summertime is the Dog Park.
My town has a nice big area where all the doggies go to run, roll, and play! There are sometimes as many as 25 dogs there. We go after my mom gets home from work, and in the mornings on the weekend. Those are the best times to go, for maximum doggies! (It's not that much fun without other dogs there.)
I do different things than many of the other doggies there. A lot of doggies just like to sniff around, or chase balls from their humans, or wrestle with other dogs. Not me. I LIKE TO RUN! All I want is for other dogs to chase me. (Ha ha, I'm too fast for them to catch me!) Despite my slight arthritis in my back legs, I am almost back to my pre-surgery top speed.
If no one is running around, I go around and bark at other dogs until they chase me. Not many other dogs at the park bark, which is kind of weird, I think!
Sometimes this barking gets me in trouble. Some doggies misinterpret this as aggression, and will start being aggressive back at me. I will defend myself against ANYBODY if this happens, and my mom sometimes worries that I will get into a big fight and get bitten by a big dog. I'm very nice until I get defensive - but then my mom takes me home if I get like that. Doesn't she understand that I have to show I am the top dog? Once I argued with two Rottweilers at once - that made her a little nervous!
I also get defensive if someone tries to play bitey-face with me. I HATE bitey-face, and puppies just don't understand that. I get crabby with puppies. (Sorry guys! I'm a cranky old dog!)
So I may be a speed demon, but I have a little trouble stopping once I get started because of my knee trouble. I run laps, back and forth, the length of the park. When I get to one end, I put on the brakes and it looks like I am squatting while running. I look like I'm stopping to take a dump, mid-run. And sometimes the humans laugh at me!! Do you see the lady in the pink shirt there snickering? It's embarrassing.
If I am tired, or no one wants to run, that's fine. I roll in yucky stuff in the grass! It feels SOOOOO good! And then I smell great afterwards. Until my mom takes me home and gives me a bath. I hate baths.
What a great time!
Do you have a dog park, or a favorite place to run?