Sunday, June 7, 2015
Playgrounds & Pups
Our weekends have come to involve playgrounds. Regularly. And I can't help but feel slightly guilty, seeing Captain sitting on the sidelines like this...staring at us, sadly. I also feel bad that there are more outings that don't involve him - music class for Nugget, shopping, playdates.... we leave the house, closing the door to him looking at us, and just say, "We'll be back soon Captain." It makes me sad... but I suppose there is some inevitability in having human babies that the fur ones will get second priority. Still, we do a lot to make sure he's not a sad older sibling. And luckily, we have some great parks nearby that serve both nuggets well- read on for a little more on some of those!
In the East Bay, there are lots of options for keeping toddlers and pups happy....
Piedmont Park has a fun playground, with plenty of squirrels around for Captain to watch when nugget 2 is playing in the kiddie zone, plus an off-leash dog area nearby, and a large open field where both nuggets can run free.
Alameda also has a lot of options. One spot we've been going to a bunch is right by the beach that has a large playground, some fields, and is very close to a nice big sand-filled dog park- I posted a pic from that one on our Facebook page recently! And Aquatic Park in Berkeley has a good play ground, ducks for the kids (and Vizslas) to watch, and is very dog-friendly outside the kid playground.
Captain is great around kids, and we are always watching him when he's leashed up by a playground. But of course that scenario doesn't work for all dogs or all kids. It should go without saying we have become very aware not all kids are aware of how to approach and act around dogs, and not all dogs should be around kids. If you take your dog to places where small children are, make sure he/she is used to them, and that you're keeping an eye on the pup at all times (as well as your human nugget, of course!) I do also think it's great for families who don't have dogs to teach their children not to be afraid of them, and how to treat animals with respect and kindness. We're very lucky Captain is so tolerant, but we've also been trying to teach Nugget 2 to respect him right back.
Plenty of other great spots around the Bay Area for kids + dogs alike, too. We try our best to keep them both Nuggets happy!