Thursday, August 25, 2011


MAXMOM here...
As the sun dips into the horizon, I grab my keys and the dogs’ leads.  They don’t need a second invitation.  Their excitement is mixed up with jubilant barking and a desperate rush to see who will get to the car first.  For them, it’s not so much ‘Walkies time’, but rather
 ‘FREEDOM time’. 
 It’s something we all need.
Soon, we’re on the road – a short journey up the hill, to the doggie park. Toby and Tammy spend the journey staring expectantly out of the window, occasionally breaking into exuberant barking when they become aware of any motorcyclist who dares to venture too close to the back window.
A visit to the doggie-park is tantamount to granting the canines a free passport to wherever.  This is their opportunity to fly with the wind, search out the news and meet new friends – away from the constant obedience commands of their human owners. 

Their glee has no boundaries as they prance and gallop to their canine companions at the far end of the terrain.
Dogs teach us so much. Their unbridled enthusiasm for the freedom of their walk, reminds me that I, too, need to sometimes shake off the shackles of cultural protocol…
...and simply just be me…
Sending lotsaluv to everyone,



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Curt Rogers said...

I couldn't agree more, Caryl. I watch Duncan a lot, and very carefully, when we walk, and I see a look in his eye that is remarkable. I hate to think of his time at him as being captive, but he relishes the freedom of being unfettered. In fact, when I take the leash of him, my command is always, "Go be a dog."

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a great time Toby and Tammy are having in the dog park. Freedom time indeed. I am curious to know how big the park is.

Bertie just loves to run free, and one of my greatest pleasures in life is simply watching him. We are lucky in having so many places in Scotland (not just special dog parks) where Bertie can be let off his lead, and I am so glad I had the confidence to ignore the many folk who told me that his breed can never be trusted "off-leash". (In fact he has in general been good about returning to me when called - so far!)

I have a theory, based purely on my blogging experiences, that people in the UK are much more relaxed than about allowing dogs to run free than they are in many other countries (especially in the USA). Possibly this is because in Britain there is less of a 'compensation culture' and fewer guns around. Also fewer dangerous wild animals and a stronger tradition of rights of access to privately owned land - public footpaths etc. I'd be interested to read what others think about this.

Cheers, Gail.

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, we all live in a heavy populated urban environment with lots of cars, people and other dogs. While there are some "off leash" dog parks available, my mom and dad are concerned about the other dogs that are there and how "rough" they might be. They've heard enough stories of off leash dogs attacking other dogs, even on the street that they are pretty wary of any off-leash dog. But sometimes my mom and dad take all four of us to a large indoor facility where they let us run free and that's alot of fun and does not cause my parents any concern. We'll probably order an e-version of your book.

Anonymous said...

Wooooo Hoooooo look at you two go! Wow Toby and Tam you two sure are FAST!!!!

woos, Tessa

rottrover said...

While we live in Los Angeles County, we have lots of open space around where we live. We walk off leash almost daily. Our creek is an off-leash haven, and we have many friends there whom we play with and hike with and swim with. Yes, we know the discipline of the leash and can do a heel with the best of them, we love running free and following our noses!! BTW, both Gizmo and Bart's BEST friend is a golden named Joe! He's 7. When they see him (I walk the boys separately because they are so strong) they both wiggle and squeak. It's the cutest thing!!

Mrs. JP said...

Look at them go! They run and get all the cob webs and stress then they can go home tired and relaxes pups.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I love that last sentence very much!!! The pictures are wonderful..they look like they are having so much fun!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Oh wow... such a GREAT post... we too really like the last line.

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Two French Bulldogs said...

Love the post, so true
Benny& Lily

Huskee and Hershey said...

Great post!!
There's a off leash dog park 5 min from our house and we love it there!!

We are so excited about the book.. our mom would love a copy. Any chance we can get one autographed by the author? :)

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

What a great place to run and have fun. Lucky doggies for sure! No worries, and love, Stella

Dexter said...

Such a beautiful dog park. It is so wonderful to see you running about with big goofy grins.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Running free as the wind... nothing better!
They look so happy and carefree!
Yes, if we could all be so free.

Scout and Freyja said...

Yup, all of us need to run full speed with a smile on our faces - and with a good friend by our side. Our pets teach us so, so much about how to live.

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Run doggies, run!! Such joy they bring us and such happiness they are having as they just enjoy being dogs.

Sorry I haven't been around but looks like I have lots to catch up on.

Denise & Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

How Sam Sees It said...

What lucky pups sthey are!!


The Thuglets said...

We thought we would drop in and meet you.

What a fabulous park to be able to run free like the wind and play!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx