Lorraine and Kuma

Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Park
Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

One of the things I like about living on the Southeast side of Houston is the access to a variety of areas. We can be into the city in forty minutes or to the coast in thirty. We have numerous towns all around with great parks. We are constantly stumbling upon new ones, like the other day when we stopped at the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Park, located at 1220 Egret Bay Boulevard (or the 270) in League City.
Apparently, the park is relatively new, only opening in 2008. The 148-acre park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. What those are exactly, I don’t know. All I can say is I had plenty of ground cover to sniff! Woof!
The entire park is geared toward bird watching, such as Sand hill cranes, great blue herons, ibises, American egrets, great white herons, owls, and various song birds, which use the area to nest and feed. We were serenaded by some lovely sounds! Occasionally the endangered whooping cranes have been known to visit, but we didn’t see any during our visit. We eyed plenty of ducks, pelicans, shore birds, and wading birds, though. The wetlands help provide homes to mammals such as deer, bobcat, coyote, and raccoons. Oh yes, I smelled all sorts of creatures!
The paved trail is only about 1.5 miles long, but it meanders quite nicely through diverse terrain. On a nice day, this is the perfect family outing. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and your humans clean up any messes. The park has plenty of parking and human facilities, so make a point of checking out this excellent local option.

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