Winter has yet to arrive here along Colorado's Front Range, so we took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday and took our 9 month old Sheltie, Robbie, to the dog park for the first time. Shelties can be a little shy, and Robbie has been slow to warm up to other dogs; he's very good with people, but didn't care to engage with the other dogs at his puppy socialization classes, mostly hiding under chairs and staying in the corner where he could keep an eye on things and make sure the other rambunctious puppies didn't get too close.
Things started out a little slowly at the park yesterday, Robbie stayed close to us, venturing out occasionally to greet single dogs that were about his size, but avoiding the groups of dogs that were running and playing and getting a little crazy. As time passed, he grew more comfortable, and by the time we were ready to leave he was off playing and running, usually trying to encourage other dogs to chase him around some of the log obstacles in the park. It was a wonderful time for Robbie, and good for us to see that he's growing up and becoming a well socialized dog.
One of the things I noticed when I first moved to the Colorado Springs area many years ago was that there seemed to be parks EVERYWHERE. It's one of the things that I really love about my community. There's something for everybody, from the typical small neighborhood grass-and-playground parks where we took our kids when they were little, all the way up to some of the most spectacular parks I've ever seen for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.
I hope you enjoyed reading just a little about my community. Now I'd like to hear about yours! If you don't know by now, FreshBrain is currently running the "My Community Video Contest". Grab your camera, your friends, your dog, your skateboard, your guitar, whatever -- put together a video, show us your community, submit it to the contest, and you may win a great prize! And I'll enjoy seeing what you're up to, and doing a little "virtual traveling" to some great communities and neighborhoods.