Sunday, March 18, 2012

Running with the big dogs at Dr. Phillips Dog Park in Orlando

It's tough being a medium sized dog with a big personality. In Lulu's case, it makes it tough to figure out where she belongs sometimes.

Case in point, dog parks. I took Lulu back to Dr. Phillips Dog Park Saturday, if nothing else to see how busy the park is during the weekend.

The trouble is, the park is split between dogs under 30 pounds and dogs over 30 pounds. Lulu is right on the cusp. 

We went into the small dog area again Saturday. Lots of little dogs to play with, including a dachshund, a long-haired mutt and two pomeranian-chihuahua puppies. The only problem was the more dogs came in, the smaller they seemed to get. 

Since Lulu was the biggest dog in the area, the smaller the dogs got, the more annoyed the owners seemed to get with me. I decided to give the large dog area another shot, since all the big dogs had left already.

It wasn't long before Lulu had lots of new friends to play with though in the big dog park -- including a beagle mix, a rottweiler, a lab, and a couple of mixed breeds.

I decided this side is probably better for Lulu. There's more room to sniff and run, and there's a plastic pool to cool off in. Which I was surprised Lulu actually got into.

Lulu didn't seem to mind even the bigger dogs this time around. I think it helped that she was one of the first there. 

All in all, another great day at the dog park.

Again, Dr. Phillips Community Park is on Buenavista Woods Boulevard on Apopka-Vineland Road, not too far north from the Downtown Disney entrance. It's open every day from 8 a.m.

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