First Trip to the Dog Park

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There’s a big beautiful dog park on Doctor Penfield Avenue I decided to take Coco to today. I had been there a few times before I had a dog, when I needed my fill of canine contact, so it was especially exciting for me to bring my pup with me for the first time. I already knew he gets along well with other dogs, so I wasn’t worried about Coco causing any trouble, though I was concerned that the other dogs might run him over, teeny thing that he is. It took him a little while to realize there were other dogs around when we got there at 5 pm, a popular time judging by the number of attendees. After he’d done sniffing around the grounds, he was approached by a bunch of big dogs who were quite gentle with him (I know I can’t trust them all to be that good though…).

Up until today I hadn’t seen him running and playing and thought he wasn’t up to it since my few attempts at throwing balls for him were met with little enthusiasm. But pretty soon he started running from one end of the park to the other, then running circles around me, barking with joy. I had a smile plastered on my face the whole time. It all felt like such a big treat since I was very low on energy today and pre-Coco, I probably would have slept for the better part of the day and not gone further than my balcony. It’s a blessing to have a dog who gets along with everybody—my last dog, Lola, was a crazed Boxer with a killer instinct when it came to other dogs, which caused too many disturbing incidents to mention—I don’t have to worry about that with Coco, but I AM concerned that somebody could decide to steal him away, considering how popular he is with both canines and humans. For instance, I wanted to go into the supermarket the other day and wasn’t sure I could bring him in with me. At least three people stopped by to see him and offered to “look after him” while I went inside. Maybe they were genuinely nice people, but I wasn’t taking any chances. Reminds me of that saying “Trust in God, but tie your camel”. I trust in the universe, but people, not so much, so wherever I go, Coco goes too.

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