Do You Dog Park?

Yesterday I told you about Our trip to Smithfield, Virginia. Check it out. A nice place to visit. I also told you that there’s a cool dog park in Smithfield. Now, I don’t do the dog park thing, but if I did, this place would be on the top of my list. Here’s why:

  • They have two parks: one for big dogs, another one for little dogs.
  • It’s locked up tighter than a drum and you have to register for an annual pass to go there.
  • Registered users get an access code to enter the gates.
  • You have to show that you’re healthy to get a registration.
  • You can buy a visitor’s pass if you’re from out of town.

If this sounds like a lot of rules, think of a preschool or a daycare for your two-legged children. You wouldn’t want your kids around a bunch of sick nuts would you? No. You wouldn’t. The same holds true for your 4-legged pals.

The dog parks are located beyond this pretty brick walkway. Waaaay back up in the left side of this photo.

The park is really pretty. With grand brick entrances. And lots of landscaping.

Very regal, don't you think? These brick things are expensive. One of the ham dynasties of Smithfield gave this park to the town. Nice, huh? No wonder it looks so good! That's a lot of ham sales! I like think that I, too, helped this park come to reality as my peeps really like Smithfield ham.

Check out this little washroom area outside the bathrooms. If I needed to wash my paws after a potty backstep, I'd appreciate this. Wouldn't you?

The dog parks are behind this fence. Between the wooden rails is a wire screen fence so pooches can't get into trouble outside the dog park. Nice. Lots of shade, too.

Hey, check out Fido Park in Bologna, Italy, that I found on one of the blogs I follow. (These folks take animals to and from where they need to go in Europe. Wish they could GET ME to Europe. Cool.)

Everything seems to be cooler in Europe than where I live sometimes. I can’t go into restaurants with my peeps, We have a difficult time finding places to go overnight together and stuff like that. If I lived in Europe, I could pretty much go where I want. Right? Sigh.

I don’t dog park. Do you? While we’re on the subject of co-mingling pooches, I just found out about about a grooming store near me that allows the pooches to walk around the place. On the floor. With the other dogs and with the humans.

Now, how do you feel about this? I think I don’t like it much. See, dogs share germs and get things like kennel coughs from other dogs in settings like this. And, hard as it is to imagine, not all peeps take such good care of their pooches. They don’t treat fleas or have their shots up to date. Stuff like that.

A guy could sick in an environment like this. AND, who’s watching the front door? A pooch could easily wander outside to check out the squirrel across the street.

I don’t know….my jury’s out on this. As Duncan at the White Dog Blog would say, “what say you, puppers?” Tell me if I’m crazy. About this topic anyway.

What You Learned Today:

  • I think dog parks are cool.
  • I don’t go to dog parks, but I think they’re cool.
  • I’d probably get into trouble at a dog park.
  • I’d much rather have my peeps take me to shopping at the open-air mall near Us where I can wander through Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, Three Dog Bakery, J Jill, Banana Republic and places like that. Even though dogs are welcome there, not that many go, so I don’t stand as much of a chance of getting dog germs or getting into trouble.
  • Think I’ll go on MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Which is coming up on Thursday!!!! Don’t forget about Donation Day here at The Scottie Chronicles on my birthday. Here are the rules.

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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18 Responses to Do You Dog Park?

  1. Anna Kerkhoff says:

    Hey Stuart ~
    I don’t go to the dog park either…..NO WAY! For all the reason you bark about and for the fact that I seriously don’t want dogs I don’t know very well sniffing around me, if you know what I mean. It’s not that I don’t like other dogs, I do, but I want the chance to get to know them in a more controlled environment than a public dog park. The one in Smithfield does sound pretty cool!

    Let’s talk about Bologna, Italy! My peeps just love it there. And, they love so many places in Europe. Dogs do get to be in more public places in Europe and there are lots of wonderful places to see! I am all for a Scottie adventure to Europe!! Maybe someday…..

    Barking at you ~

  2. Lee says:

    Well Lee says I can park it at home! The dog park near me cost $398 a year plus the cost of personality testing each year which is $35 plus plus plus other fees. My neighbor just got tossed out becaused he humped another dog, they blow a air horn when he did that!! Embarrassing.
    Three visits and zip a dee doo dah your money is gone.
    Sweet William The Scot.

  3. Lee says:

    Lee loves Anthropologie and J Jill.
    Sweet William The Scot

  4. Susie & Sidebite says:

    Our town is not very doggie freindly, for a large metro city of over 1.5 million people there is only one dog park, but it is free, my dad peep has been there it is a very nice and clean park with stuff for dogs to play on. Dad said we don’t need to go as we have our own dog park, we live out in the country area with a huge fenced in back yard with chickens, rabbits (we like to chase them guys), horses and one big rooster I would like to find gone behind our park, we even have a few coyotes that howl and strole by out back, but not to close as our pal Shadow the lab lets them know who’s the boss. Our private park even has some red rags that we steal from dads shop to tug and play with and lots of balls and other stuff.
    We also have a great grooming place were we can visit with others, only a few dogs are allowed at one time with a peep watching what goes on and a set of double doors so we can not escape. You must have your shots up to date, and the groomers really take great care to make sure of our physical health as this is a dogter place and a hotel for pooches.

  5. Douglas says:

    You should know how much I LOVE going to my dog park, and now the dog beach too. Fortunately, we don’t have to pay to go – wait, my Peeps just yelled that their tax dollars pay for the park – but anyways, at my dog park there is a ranger you can call if there’s trouble and the humans are really vigilant about making sure everyone gets along. Ours is separated for big and small dogs too, and you have to have proof every year of all your vaccinations!


  6. Daisy says:

    We have a couple of dog parks, but we don’t go much and there have never been any other dogs when we go. They’re free. Mostly we go to the off-lead areas or walk along the river, where we meet lots of other dogs.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  7. Jazzi says:

    Hey Stuart, I dont get to do dog parks either. She is worried bout the same things you barked about. I havent been to any stores either cuz when she is on town, I am not with. She is not sure about the store stuff.


  8. Kyla says:

    Kenzie and I have our own private dog park. Over an acre with plenty of bunnies, six foot high block fences to keep out the coyotes (or at least make it difficult). Oh yes, did I mention we have our own supply of bunnies. We’re not telling anyone where we live (think East Dakota or the Hawaiian desert) so we get to keep all the bunnies for ourselves. I wonder about Kenzie-if I didn’t tell him where he lived, he wouldn’t know. Then I could have them all to myself!

  9. littlemissjackie says:

    Wow Mr. Stuart, that is a fancy doggie park! Mom has a friend who lived in Smithfield. She says there is lots of histories there!
    We have a doggie park where I live and it is free. I went to our park one time. I had to stay on my leashie and when another doggie came I had to go, because sometimes I do bark an awful lot at others and Mom is concerned that someone might be offended and bite me, or that I might hurt a little doggie – I’m pretty sure I would get into trouble there just like you! Dillon enjoyed sniffing around the edge of the fence, but after once around he was ready to go home. Mom has also read some disturbing things about doggie parks and has always been uncomfortable with the off-leashie part really, because some doggies (erm…like me) don’t always come when their moms or dads call them! (Plus, once Mom saw a warning sign that said a cougar had been sighted in the area of the park…I guess a cougar is a really big kittycat that likes to eat doggies. Boy, that made us a bit nervous!)
    We are looking furward to reading about your birfday adventures!



  10. Amelia and Marcella says:

    Yes we go to the dog park every day, although our park looks nothing like the fancy schmancy one in your pictures. Wowee, we would love to go there. Mom says our town is small and we are lucky to even have a dog park. The park is beside a pond and we walk on the trail around the pond at least twice in the morning and twice in the evening. If we are lucky, some of our friends will be at the park when we are done with our walk and occasional swim/wade. We have quite a few dog park friends.

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