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Yesterday we decided to take the kids on a special outing. We had dinner at home, and then told them we were going to the park, which garnered some moderate excitement – who doesn’t love a good playground? But then we told them we were going to a dog park, and that we were taking our Yorkie/Schnauzer mix, Ninja, with us. Glee erupted – they were thrilled! Ninja was pretty excited, too, and we promised Sally (our Lab/Golden Retriever mix) that we’d take her next time (Our city has a small dog park and a large dog park, so it’s easier to take them one at a time and all be able to hang out together in one or the other).
Ninja could hardly contain himself on the car ride over (he needs a hair cut, btw – he’s scheduled for the doggie spa tomorrow… so excuse his shaggy look!):
When we got to the park there were four other dogs already playing. Ninja was a little hesitant at first, doing his own thing with our family, but soon all the dogs were playing together.
We brought a ball and frisbee to play with, and our park also supplies an ample amount of tennis balls.
It was really cute watching him run around and play with his new friends, and the kids absolutely loved it. They got to throw a ton of balls for many, many rounds of fetch, and pet a lot of adorable dogs. It’s a fun & free family activity, too, and it doesn’t leave out your furry family members.
Dog parks are just as important for cities to have as regular parks. They’re a place you can have fun as a family, like I mentioned above, and a great way to meet other fellow dog lovers. We think of our dogs as family members, so it’s also really rewarding to watch them running around and playing, having a blast with other dogs.
Beneful also sees the importance of dog parks – they believe dog parks provide a special place for dogs and owners to bond and socialize with each other and the community. In fact, over the past five years, they’ve helped build and/or improve dog parks across the country with the Dream Dog Park Project. The program started out as a contest, and the Beneful team visited one winning community each year to provide a Dream Dog Park renovation. How cool is that?! I like our city’s dog park, but I could definitely think of some fun (and practical) improvements that would make it even better!
Since its inception, Beneful’s program has evolved to bring even more joy to more communities across the country. This year’s goal is to support a total of 12 parks through donation, service days, etc.- they’ve partnered with GoFundMe this year to help further the mission. Dog park organizers a platform to create campaigns for their local dog parks, raise awareness and funds for improvements, or to help increase funding to get a new park off the ground. Beneful has also added a lot of great info to their website to help guide dog lovers who want to build a dog park, but aren’t sure where to start. I know I’ll be checking it out, because I’d love for our city to have more than one dog park in the future.
If you haven’t taken your dog to the local dog park yet, I’d encourage you to give it a try. You might just be surprised how much he enjoys it – and how much you do, too.