As most of you are aware, my family recently moved to a new house. While I love my new house, I have been forced to make some changes to my daily routine. The most important change that I have had to make is getting used to a new neighborhood dog park. For the past two years, Max and I have been meeting daily at the dog park to hang out and play (while our mom’s chat with all of their friends). We had a great routine established. Max and I would meet at the park and immediately Max would investigate the perimeter while I followed along. This activity was usually followed by a brief rest period then Max and I would have a great wrestling session. This routine was repeated until it was time to leave the dog park. Occasionally, I would play with a couple of my other friends as well… life was pretty good! Now after the move, I have to navigate a new dog park on my own.
Don’t get me wrong. I really like my new dog park. It is beautiful, big and brand new! There are tons of dogs and open space to roam around, but I haven’t found anyone to wrestle with me yet. So I tend to spend most of my time at the dog park sitting on the bench with my Mom. While I have tried to meet some new pals (yes I have sniffed a few butts), I have not had any luck so far. There was a cute Pit mix who I thought would play with me as she came over to meet me and showed me her belly, but I got so excited that I pounced right on top of her! Naturally, after she wriggled out from under me, she ran away. What a bummer! Next, there was a Shepherd mix who was interested in playing with me, but his mom was taken back by my wrestling technique and quickly ended our play session. I would like to think the Shepherd’s mom was so impressed by my wrestling skills that she knew her dog could not keep up, but my mom told me that the reason our play time ended was probably due to the fact that it appeared I was smothering the shepherd. So untrue! I was merely catching my breath while lying on top of him. Oops!
I know that I am the new guy at the dog park and that it will take some time for the dogs and their parents to get to know me, but I hope it happens soon. I am getting a little bored just sitting on the bench watching everyone else run around and have fun! My mom assures me that before I know it, I will have some new dog park pals. I hope she is right, but deep down I know that none of them will be as fun as Max! Never fear I still get to see Max quite often but it is not every day like it used to be. Change is hard for us dogs too…..