Sunday, March 6, 2011

Shirlington Dog Park - Four Mile Run Stream


Hat tip to Tom Barnett

4 comments:

  1. It's quite a sight to behold. Our puppy was a muddy mess afterwards so we tried the self-service dog wash at the Muddy Mutt. It was a little expensive but I think it was worth the convenience.

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  2. Here's some other pics and video from this afternoon - http://goo.gl/rwix5 .

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  3. Just found this site and thought I'd comment after an encounter and the park today. I'm a resident of Shirlington and frequent the park many times a week, always impressed by the courtesy afforded by strangers to each other even when their dogs be misbehaving. Today was different however. My dog found a tennis ball somewhere and was trotting along with me, doing what dogs are bound to do. After he dropped it and I picked it up, a stranger approached and queried whether the ball was mine. Assuming it was a communal tennis ball (one of the old green ones covered in mulch), I said no and explained I didn't know where he got it. My dog dropped it, I threw it. The stranger then became aggressive, raising her ball launcher (those plastic catapult devices) as if she were prepared to strike me downward on my head, and yelled that her dog was very particular about his ball and that she wasn't in the mood for a "pissing contest" (with me, not one between our dogs...). The dog park is no place for such ignorant and aggressive behavior, nor is it a place in which one's dog will always maintain control over his or her ball. They're dogs. They chase balls. If you do decide to bring your own ball that you plan to take home, be mindful that there are plenty of "loaner" balls left behind daily and that other owners will not expect you to claim ownership of a dirty, drooled-soaked ball that appears identical to half a dozen others. Perhaps buying a uniquely colored ball or writing your dogs name on it would be a wise idea.

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  4. Where do you think all the "loaner" balls come from? I usually bring two just in case I run into someone who "conviently" pretends they don't know where their dog got a tennis ball from when he or she steals my dog's (who is a retriever and really, really needs to retrieve and really, really knows which ball is his).

    Basic dog park etiquette: If your dog snags a ball another dog appears to be playing with, offer it give it back. If it isn't a "personal" ball, the person will usually just say so. If it is, give it back. Just the polite thing to do. Oh yeah, and if your dog likes to play with tennis balls, bring one occassionally. That way you can contribute to the pool of "loaner" balls.

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