Friday, December 5, 2008

A New Dog Park

We went to check out a brand new dog park this morning. With all the problems that can happen in them, if done well they can be a lot of fun. The best park in the area is a half hour drive away at APS (and I love going there) but this new one is just 5 miles from my house.

It is really big and I had to check out every part of it. There is plenty of space to run and seats for the humans and trash cans for the poop. They left lots of trees so it will be shady in the summertime. The surface seems to be mulch so I guess we won't be going there when it is wet.

They even have a special water fountain for dogs.

After a great run, the morning was completely ruined by a trip to Max's Dog Wash. This is a place full of dog torture implements such as grooming tables, tubs and blow dryers. Barbara wants me to look nice in my parade debut but taking a bath is my idea of cruelty to animals.

She washed and conditioned me, blew me dry and brushed me out. It was horrible. I got treats before, during and after and it was still horrible.

And thanks to Archie and Agatha she had the bright idea that it has been too long since my stuffies have had a bath. So now she is going to drown them in the washing machine tonight. Cruelty to dogs and cruelty to stuffies. It is so disturbing I am not sure how I will perform in the parade tomorrow.


Sen, Tama and Tom said...

Now just take a deep breath, Niamh! Water isn't that bad! REALLY! And you will look so BEAUTIFUL tomorrow!

I'm glad the new dog park is really nice.

#1 says she wishes there was a doggie wash around here somewhere!

Your Pal,

with love, Madison said...

Your new dog park looks great! We have found that the key to dog park success is all in the timing - certain times are off limits and others have wonderful dogs AND people.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aw - Niamh! I share your pain! I always just get myself smelling nice, having just covered myself in "Eau de Duck Poo" or something similar - when my humans decide that I need a bath and douse me in some revolting stink called Lavendar or Rose or something!

And my stuffies - don't even talk about them! They get drowned EVERY WEEK!!! My humans say it's because of my drool on them - hey, what's a little drool between friends??

Honey the Great Dane

Lacy said...

w00f's, ur new park looks super cool..sorry she made u haff to take a bath...and ur stuffies gonna go hide all my stuffies now...

b safe,

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Aw Niamh, I bet now the torture is over you look so lovely ready for your parade! Your stuffies will get over it too! That dog park looks nice, we need somewhere secure like that to run, are there any squirrels in your dog parks? They're fun to chase!
Good luck tomorrow, can't wait to see pictures!
Slobbers xx

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh boy we are TRULY sorry about the stuffie thing.... We are not sure(Aggie is still counting) but we don't think we got them all back so keep a look out for this......What a nice dog park! We wish we had one!! Love A+A PS Tell your Mom our training is going well and we are getting better with some of our rivalry issues(we have no idea what she is talking about>>

Lorenza said...

Hi, Niamh!
First the fun... then the torture! Ha!
Don't worry. You will do it great tomorrow!
Kisses and hugs

Deefor said...

Hi Niamh
I hate baths and all the smelly stuff they use. But I do get more rubs when I'm perfumey. That doggie park looks really nice. Washing stuffies is crazy! I hope my mom doesn't read that. Soon she'll be washing bones.


Amber-Mae said...

Nice dog park! I can't believe you actually had to bathe after all that fun. But I guess it wasn't really ruined coz you did get to have fun before the torture.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That looks a nice dog park.

Hopefully you will have so much fun at the parade you will forget about that awful bath you had to have.

Hope your stuffies dry off soon!

We hope you have a great day! and..

We have given you two awards. :-)

Your pals,
Holly & Zac

Candy said...

It's so nice there is a new dog park around Chapel Hill area. Can you tell me the location so that I can meet you some day.