Doggy Daycare vs. the Wild West (or the local dog park)

Hi Guys,

If any of you have met me, you know that I’m a pretty rough and tumble sort of dog.  I like to mix it up a little and I don’t mind dirt either.  (Mom’s pretty sure that’s how I ended up at a shelter in the first place.)  So when Mom said we were going to the dog park, I was really excited.

When we got there Mom walked me around the outside of the park for a while, and I got the distinct feeling she was deciding whether or not we were going inside.  Meanwhile I was hyper-excited about it.  There were about 30 dogs in there, running wild, jumping and playing, knocking each other down, growling, biting, and generally going a little dog crazy.  Why we weren’t in there, I could not understand.  I wanted nothing more than to get in there and mix it up with the rest of those bad boys.  I was so excited about it I was crying.  So Mom finally gave in and let me go inside.

I’m sure she could have predicted the outcome because as soon as she took me off the leash I was gone like lightning!  I was running, jumping, growling and biting with the best of them.  There was one dog running with a tennis ball and a line of about ten other dogs chasing her – right up until a big dog decided to T-bone her.  Wow!  That was like a train wreck.  There was a huge pile-up of dogmanity!  It was frightening (for Mom, not for me).  Mom said it was a little like the Wild West, whatever that means.

As I was playing, somewhere in the distance amidst all of the barking and growling, I thought I might have heard Mom calling my name.  I sincerely tried to ignore it, but it got louder and more insistent….yep, it was her.  Darn it.  She was calling me out of the group.  I don’t know exactly why, but I went to her, and of all things, she hooked me back up on the leash!

I had a gash over my right eye.  I don’t know how I got it, and Mom doesn’t either.  She was worried about me.  See, at the dog park you don’t know who has their shots and who doesn’t.  You also don’t know if any of the dogs are sick or not, and everyone drinks out of the same water bowl.  Mom put me in the car and took me home.  She washed out the cut over my eye and it healed up within a few days.  Luckily I didn’t get sick.

Mom told me I’m not going back to the dog park anymore.  As much as it looked like fun, it really was dangerous to my health.  I could have caught a disease from one of the other dogs since no one checks to make sure that they have any of their vaccinations.  No one supervises the play area either, so if some of the dogs are mean or unruly their is no one there to protect the more mild-mannered dogs.  THAT is one of the big benefits of doggy daycare and what we do at All Paws Inn Pet Resort and Daycare.  Our play-time is always supervised so the more energetic dogs don’t get rough with the mild-mannered dogs.  And ALL the dogs are required to have proof of their vaccinations and their medical records are kept on file.

So if your dog needs exercise and you’re tempted to take him or her to the dog park, avoid the Wild West and protect your furry friend from possible injury and illness.  Bring him to All Paws Inn Pet Resort and Daycare where all of the pets have had their vaccinations and the play is always supervised.  You’ll be glad you did, and your furry friend will thank you too!

See you there,

Sammy