If there was a way to have a fenced in area where dogs could swim I think that would be wonderful. Just the other day I was with my dog at the bark park and he was just so hot that he didn't really want to run around. We walked a few hundred feet up the hill to where there is a small body of water (maybe called first arch premiere??) where we let our dog swim. Eventually a retriever came and joined us. Then 2 other dogs did! We can't necessarily take them off the leesh - with the laws that are in place and for protection/safety reasons which I 100% agree with. But if that area was fenced, it would be perfect!! There is a little area of grass, so no one would have to get wet, it's not near the picnic tables so we wouldn't be bothering anyone and it's probably 50 feet away from the closest trail....at least where I'm thinking anyways.
Anywho, I would love to know what everyone thinks of this idea!!
Well as people are doing this anyway the park should fence it in. It would make things easier for those of us with small dogs. I hate to sound like I am on a rant but I have to share my experience. Today I took my dogs to the park as they love the trails. Right by the area mentioned here there were two dogs off leash, well at least one I noticed was wearing a leash but no one was holding the other end. They were playing both in and out of the water and didn't seem to be bothering anyone so who cares right. Well as I was getting close to where they were I shortened my leashes as my dogs are very afraid of bigger dogs and tend to bark at them at times. The reason they are so afraid is that they both have been seriously injured by bigger dogs. Not because the bigger dogs were aggressive but merely due to their size and energy they jump all over my dogs. I have paid out a few thousand in vet bills and suffered through the recovery period for torn ligaments between the two of them so needless to say I try very hard to avoid large dogs who are off leash. Well, today, both of these dogs came running over to my dogs probably just checking things out. Unfortunately, my dogs don't see it that way and they try to get away. They can't go anywhere as they have their leashes on so there is mass confusion with big ones trying to get to the little ones and the little ones trying to get away. I yelled for the people to come and get their dogs and had to yell a second time before they did. One woman even yelled back at me that "they are only ****ing dogs". Not sure what she meant by that and frankly don't really care and yes I did yell something not so nice back to them. I have to add that a few weeks ago while walking past the dog park, which I don't do anymore, a large golden retriever came running down the trail alone. He too wanted to just check out my dogs but became a little too focused on them when they were scrambling and his curiosity started to turn to aggression. That time however, there was an injury, and anyone that was close by would have heard my dog yelping. Finally his owner came around the corner and took him away with no acknowledgement or apology whatsoever I might add. So, sorry for the rant, but maybe if someone from the park does see this they will consider putting up a fence so those of us with small dogs can walk in the park too and incidents like today will be avoided and the dogs get to enjoy the water on these hot days.