Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...

Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...
Run Free: birthdate unknown - Oct. 17 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dog Park Morning

This was a dog park morning. It is great to watch Booker run. He used to be sore and lame after a good run at the dog park, but he has built up his muscle tone and his stamina and now he has no problem getting off the sofa after playing hard in the morning.

Run, and bark. At the dog park, Booker is free to use his "outside voice" -- with no restrictions. It is called "Bark Park," after all. We deliver!

Inside, it is important that he keeps barking to a minimum so that the neighbors don't call security. They have visited once or twice, in the first couple of months of Booker living with us, and we have to keep the barking under control.

Noses to the ground

Living in a condo, we take regular walks with Booker: 6am, 12noon, 5pm, 10pm ... and when it is cool enough, we make certain that the walks are a respectable distance. Or time outside - David likes to sit with Booker and watch the boats on the New River and then do "agility training" by having him jump from fountain wall to fountain wall.

But there is no replacement for a good leg-stretching, muscle-singing
all-out run. A brisk walk on a leash will get business done, but Booker's natural gait is much snappier than the one he uses when walking at my side.

Emily, the "old lady" of the park

Bella the Husky -- she barks high and shrill, Booker barks low and very loud

The popular "pool flop" ... it is Florida and even the morning gets steamy!

Booker is the unofficial coach and referee of the dog park. He loves to run after a group of dogs, barking as they tear across the grass, and then stand at the edge of the resulting rumble, barking, making certain that everyone knows what terror the other dogs are engaged in.

Annie the corgi: throw the ball again!

Barking and peeing make a dog very very thirsty!


Biggie-Z said...

Wow, Booker, your Bark Park looks 100 times bigger than the ones I get to run in! and GRASS!!!

Now, on to our water quirks:

Rain and snow are fun to play in.
Thunder - doesn't bother me.
I only swim if my peeps are in deep deep water and I have to go check on them. Otherwise, I wade and splash in the shallows and dive for rocks. I drink but do not pee in the kiddie pool, and I don't lie down in water unless it's a puddle.

I love my bath, don't mind sticking my entire face in the water (see above, diving for rocks), but won't go in the tub unless I have lots of treats. I drink from the hose and the bowl, and will flip any water bowl that's flippable. Cuz it's just fun that way.



Eduardo said...

Oh Booker we would have the best fun together!! My Mommy says she is going to start taking me out to your schedule! That will be so great because Daddy has been taking me out & he doesn't let me stay out for long!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Deetz said...

I love you Booker!!!!
I wish I could run and play with you in the bark park. I have no one to play with accept the horses.
Mum said she is trying to fix the markets and should have a talk-n-2 too the government....Crazy stuff I tell ya. She has alot of headaches when she gets home now.

Bolo said...

Looks like great adventures Booker! You're so lucky!

The Devil Dog said...

That looks like a beautiful park. We are glad you have it to enjoy yourself, Booker. My yard would probably be too small for you.


River said...

I love a good run, too! That park sounds like a great place to let loose.

love & wags,

Kathryn and Ari said...

Hooray for dog parks! We wish we could come play with you.

Saint Lover said...

What a gorgeous park. Sounds like you had a lovely time and played with some great doggie pals.

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a nice park for you to play in, Booker! We wish we could go for 4 walkies every day!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

Booker! Momma says she would love to hear your outside voice sometime. I bet you really sing!

You must keep your peoples in shape with all those walkies.