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.
Oklahoma City. I've taken Deter a few times to Paw Park, 3303 NW Grand Blvd., and we stopped by again Tuesday evening. Sophie, a 10-pound poodle, yapped through the fence at my 60-pound lab/chow mix. Of course, Deter whined and ran. Though she was in the small dog area and we were in the big dog area, she was still in charge.
Her owner, Jack Bowen of Oklahoma City, brings Sophie to Paw Park every other day or so. "When you get older, he said, "your dog gets to be a lot like your kids. His wife even threw Sophie a birthday party at the dog park, complete with a doggie birthday cake.
Andrea Linn of Oklahoma City brings her 120 pound Great Dane, Lucy, to the park just as often, but her pooch doesn't come just to play; Paw Park is her physical therapy. Three years ago Lucy had surgery to help correct Wobbler's disease, a nerve problem common in Great Danes and Dobermans, Linn said. After surgery, Lucy was paralyzed for eight months. Now she has trouble walking, but at least she's mobile, Linn said. "We started coming out here as soon as she could walk, Linn said. "She doesn't really play much, but she can stand and walk around.Archive ID: 3262122