Bay Area Dog Park 6Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

I know I’m one lucky dog. My family takes me out on some great adventures. Not everyone can get out as often as I do, but I must say, we have an awesome dog park nearby! Bay Area Dog Park is just five miles east of the 45 freeway on Bay Area, thus the name.  We have gone a few times for a change of scenery. The visits also give me an opportunity to make new friends, and I’m always up for that!
When we drive up to the dog park, I can’t contain myself. My entire body shakes and I begin to howl. I see lots of my kind running free. The few steps from the parking lot to the gate seem to take an eternity, but eventually I get in. My humans unclip my leash and I am off!
Each time I have been to the park, all sorts of dogs and their humans are hanging out. The park has a designated area for the big dogs like me who are 20 pounds or bigger. Hey, I’m 34 pounds, thank you very much! The smaller dogs have a safe place just for them in a separate fenced off area. The park has some agility stations for those inclined to show off. I’d rather run around and sniff butts! And run I can — just try catching me! The park is really large, all fenced and secure.
The park provides some water, but your humans may want to bring your own water so it is fresh. Balls are throughout the park; oh, the stories they could tell! All the dogs seem to follow the Doggy Park Code of Ethics: sniff, swirl, run, play and be nice. Some older dogs just lie in the shade. Of course on a hot day, I roll in the dirt as any decent dog would do. Always makes my humans say, “Oh no!” Ha. Gets them every time.
The dog park has plenty of bags and garbage cans, so your humans can clean up the little gifts you leave on the ground. They can scoop it away, but they can’t remove the smell it leaves behind. A doggy’s calling card! Hey, this guy had bacon; I want some!
Bay Area Park has more to offer, although the dog park is the coolest in my opinion. The park has tennis courts, picnic tables, softball fields and even a place to launch a canoe. You and your family can come for a quick visit or make a day of it. Maybe I’ll see you at the dog park!Bay Area Dog Park 3

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.


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