Kuma’s Corner

Buffalo Bayou; Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-SmithBuffalo Bayou trail (1)

Me and my family have been in the Houston area for going on three years now, and we still discover new places to enjoy! Recently, we ran the Buffalo Bayou trail. Coming from the southwest, we took I-45 north to exit 45A, which is Allen Parkway. You’ll find the park just off of Allen Parkway. Warning: Parts of the trail are closed due to construction. You may want to visit www.houston.gov and check the status before heading out.

We parked at the Police Memorial and connected with the path, heading past the Eleanor Tinsley park, which is dedicated to her thirty years of service at the HISD. A nice police offer was actually there to greet us. The path is open to runners, hikers, bicyclists, and dogs. The trail goes about ten miles, but the park has 124 acres to romp around in. It has lots and lots of green space. So much to sniff and smell! Woof! I can see why it has been voted one of the best city parks. The views are quite spectacular as you follow the Bayou. Houston has quite the impressive skyline.

Buffalo Bayou trail (3)I liked how they had designated areas for just walkers and runners. I don’t always understand and know where bicycles will go, so it was better for us to be on our own path. Bicycles could zoom by and didn’t have to worry about us and vice versa. The trail was busy with all sorts of folks and families. I met a huge dog who was pooped out. His humans were trying to figure out how to get him home. He was spent. Good reminder to know your dogs. He was young, and we do run out of steam a lot quicker as pups. Me, I’m all grown up. I have good stamina, if I don’t say so myself.

Anyway, beautiful trees line the path, and just when you are getting a little hot, you go under a bridge where it’s shady. We did about a three-mile loop, but you could go a long ways. We will have to visit again and go the opposite direction. Maybe I’ll see you there!

After our run, we headed over to Barnaby’s Café at 1701 S. Shepherd Drive, just a few minutes away. They not only like our kind but welcome them! Their sign even has a big bone. Cool! We had to wait a few minutes, but it was worth it. All sorts of dogs were hanging out. The patio has umbrellas and trees that keep it cool. I got a nice bowl of cold water, and my humans got some yummy food, which my mommy shared with me. We didn’t order dessert, but we saw some huge pieces of carrot cake that would be worth the visit. A great adventure right here in the city. Happy trails!

Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing squirrels out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and inspires people to live healthy, balanced lives through personal training, life coaching, and workshops. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: www.thetotalyou.biz. Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Kumathedog?ref=hl

You never know what he’ll be up to next!