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Dog park visits likely to make you want more pets

Carrie Coppernoll Published: June 1, 2006

Dog parks are dangerous for dog owners. Every time you go, you just want more dogs.

My dog, Deter, and I toured the metro dog parks to see which was the best. He ended up happy as could be; I was sad I couldn't adopt every dog who needed a home.

Yukon. The best time of day to the go the Pets and People Park, 701 Inla Ave., is in the morning. The homeless dogs are walked over from the shelter next door and allowed to play for half an hour or so while their cages are cleaned. Six dogs were sniffing my dog's tail at once. He's so popular.

Acorn, a young black lab, and his pals, Popper and Fletcher, made friends with my dog immediately. I almost adopted Acorn on the spot, but then reminded myself I was working.

Obstacles are set up so pups can practice for the annual Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Owners can teach their dogs to weave through a line of posts. The fastest dogs can weave through a dozen posts in a few seconds. My dog wove through one post in a few seconds. Apparently, he hasn't seen the dog agility events on TV.

Del City. We pulled up to the Wiggly Field Dog Park, on Tinker Diagonal just east of Sunnylane Road, and I must admit I was a little disappointed. The only feature inside the fenced area was a silver fire hydrant. As a person, this seemed terribly boring. To my dog, it was all he needed. He sniffed a bit, wandered a bit and then pawed at my feet to let me know he was ready to leave.

On the way back to the car we met some kids running around the playground. Twins Kyle and Bryan Albert, 8, and their brother, toddler William Zumwalt, gave Deter a good petting. What was outside of the dog park fence turned out to be the highlight.

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