After a quick morning kayak paddle on the Passaic River, I met Scraps and Rags at the dog park. I arrived an 11:05 and started snapping photos and Scraps and Rags arrived about 10 minutes after. We only had about 45 minutes to stay before we had to leave, but it was a good photo session.
There were a fair amount of dog in the large dog park, the small dog park was empty. The nice thing was that between 11:00 and 12:00 the sun was pointing to the west and the expansive rolling hills of the dog park with its peaking autumnal leaves serving as a back-drop. This gave me my best opportunity in weeks to catch some dogs in a good light and todays’ photos are some of the best I have captured in a little while, so check them out.
A dog agility trial for Scraps the Dog over the previous weekend with some wet weather has meant we haven’t been to the dog park for the past 6 days. In addition, Scraps and Rags haven’t been to the Denville Dog Park since August 13, so I felt obliged to head on over to Zeek Road and see if we could catch up to a few friends from Denville.
I passed the Central Dog Park on the way over to Denville and there was a lot of excitement there. Nevertheless, I continued to the Denville Dog Park, it has better sunlight for pictures anyway. I was there just after five, which is typically too early for most dogs, and only Isabelle and Roxy were there. Later on a new dog to the park and blog showed up named Bruno. Scraps and Rags got along well with everyone.
We stayed, played, did a little agility took a few photos and let’s not forget the simultaneous poops. We all then “bark-hopped” on over to Central Park Dog Park. The place was buzzing with excitement. A good mix of 10-15 small dogs made it a lot of fun when we got there. Other Denville Dog Park turn-coats we found lurking around there were Phoebe and Chester. There were way too many dogs to try to know names, but one I recall is Lexi the super tiny, soft brown hot-dog.
Scraps and Rags haven’t been at the dog park for over a week as we were all busy competing in a dog agility trial over the week end. We got there pretty early, before most of the other dogs. At the park were SammyBlack, Goji, Phoebe and a new dog to us and the blog, Cookie a Golden who quickly pinned Scraps against the fence and overwhelmed him in a pretty frightening manner. He then proceeded to do the same to Rags. We boogied into the small dog park and threw a few balls around until Cookie left. I hope we don’t meet him again.
We then re-joined the rest of the safe dogs in the main area. A whole bunch of dogs began to arrive around 6:00 p.m. and the dog park was about as busy as I have seen it since we have gone there. I count 23 dogs and I probably missed 1 or 2. Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in and the light was not there to effectively capture all the action in all it glory. I did what I could. There is probably better video than there is photography. Let me not forget that also new to the blog arriving late before I left were Tucker, Maggie and Carter. Finally, while Cindy came right as we left, I don’t think I got any pictures of her, but if I gave Cookie a mention after what he did to Scraps and Rags, I didn’t want to forget Cindy.
On my way to the Denville Dog Park I noticed the competition, the new Morris County Dog Park by Greystone, and it was having a soft opening. The fence was completed for the small dog park and Scraps and Rags decided to check it out before we all headed to the Denville Dog Parkas planned. Will I need to set up a Morris County Dog Park blog or do I join forces with DenvilleDogPark.com? I will likely have and new one for that dog park while setting up links between to two so you can follow Scraps and Rags where ever they play.
When I made it to the Denville Dog Park there were a few new dogs that showed up. They include Charlie the brown lab, who I will tag as CharlieBrown. Then there was Molly the golden dog and GracieTan the Buddy look alike Finally, there was Riley the majestic long-haired auburn German Shepard with the amber eyes. Then there were lots of the rest of the ordinary crowd.