Bark in the Park!

Yesterday Lori and I headed to Bark in the Park, a festival for dogs and the people who love them.  There were tons of local vendors of toys and food; people offering pet services like grooming, doggie day care, and training; and lots of people selling things that you didn’t even know you needed for your  dog.

Lori suggested we get there early, so we headed out at 10am and found great parking a couple of blocks from the park.  The walk gave us a chance to let the dogs stretch their legs and get some of their excitement out of their systems.  Plus, the Naglee Park area of SJ has amazing houses – lots of old, Spanish style and Craftsman places that were traditionally owned by SJSU professors.  I told Lori that I’d love to take the dogs once a week to a new neighborhood where there would be plenty of new smells for them and lots of fun houses/nature for us to enjoy.

Bark in the Park was a lot of fun, and there were so many booths that it took us about 2 hours to make our way around.  There were all of my favorite local stores, as well as a few new ones to add to the mix.

  • We saw the two sisters who make Sofi’s favorite treats – homemade, peanut butter-flavored doggie cookie/bars.  Since they’re made with all natural ingredients, I have to keep them in the freezer and defrost them now and then for her treat.  They were featuring a new, seasonal flavor – pumpkin – which Sofi seemed to like just as much as the pb.  As if she needs more treats, right?
  •  Downtown Dogs was offering free small dog social coupons, so we’re definitely taking Sofi and Minnie one Saturday, once the weather gets a bit rainy. Even though we don’t live close anymore, the socials are a lot of fun, and definitely worth the drive.  The DD workers all asked about Lulu right away – I thought it was so nice that all this time had passed, yet they knew just by looking at me who I was and that I had been Lulu’s owner.  They all loved Sofi and told her that she had big shoes to fill.
  • I found Knotty Dogs, the vendor who had been featured on Bark in the Park’s FB page.  I love the idea of a chew toy that has a hidden treat in it.  Hours of fun for Sofi, meaning that I don’t feel as guilty about leaving her all day when I’m at work.  We got one for Minnie, too, and she loves it.  I’d highly recommend this toy.

Sofi got tons of attention from everyone who saw her – asking what breed she was, commenting about how beautiful she is, remarking about how calm and mild-mannered she is.  I was beaming like the proud mommy I am.  At one point one of the vendors said that they’d love Sofi to be their mascot/model.   She is a gorgeous dog, but even more than that, she’s a smart, sweet girl, and that’s why I love her.

The cutest moment of the day occurred when Sofi suddenly started pulling a bit on the leash.  She’d been really compliant all day, and it was strange that she suddenly wanted to GOOOOOO!  I had no idea where she was heading until I saw Tanya, our trainer.  It was remarkable that Sofi knew her in the midst of a huge crowd of people and doggies.  Smart girl!

We knew it was time to go when Sofi suddenly started laying down in a shady spot as we were asking a vendor something.  The poor thing was tired after such a big day.  We headed back to the car full of goodies to take home with us.  Sofi enjoyed herself so much that she spent the rest of the day like this…

A pooped pooch! You know what they say, "a tired dog is a good dog!"


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