Monday, September 24, 2012

The Dream Dog Park of Veteran's Park

This weekend my family checked out the new Beneful® Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, just ten minutes from our house. The Veterans Dream Dog Park, a $500,000 installation, was actually a "Prize" won by Alabaster resident Jenny Wilson,  in a contest sponsored by the Beneful dog food company. Jason Cameron from the DIY Network, was the visionary who designed the $500,000 park.

We took most of our pack to the park: Miley, Jeffery, Lucy and Charlotte all were treated to a day of fun (Jane couldn't go, she gets car sick and does not like other dogs so was happy for the alone time).

(Miley, pictured)

With the exception of Lucy and Charlotte, who were a little freaked out at all of the dogs (there were ALOT of dogs), our puppy's had a great time exploring and making new friends:

This little Chinese Crested, a hairless breed was just adorable in it's pink bow, and even more so when its male owner carried it across the area to play. Daddy's do love their babies!

The one-acre park is fenced off from the rest of Veterans Park. Within the dog park, boundaries separate the off-leash areas for small dogs and large dogs. Each area features a splash-pad for playing in the water or cooling off. A "senior sanctuary" allows older pets the opportunity to sit and enjoy the outdoors, and covered seating features picnic-style tables and benches.

A mural of a beach is "for the humans", one human parkgoer stated.  But the rest of the park is certainly , "For the dogs" !!! Nothing in the park is harmful to the dogs. The walking track is made of recycled rubber and the grass is a synthetic product. It's all  about safety.

Jack and this little puppy enjoyed watching the action of the big dogs on the other side of the fence:

After a bit of play, a cool shower feels good....

Miley found a look alike dog, it could easily be mistaken for one of our pack...

This guy (below) was a parent to many pups, like us. But he was also an excellent trainer.

We watched him for what seemed forever in training his pitbull. I can certainly say, one of the most well behaved, most disciplined dogs I have ever seen. The dog listened and obeyed every word its owner said.

From, "Jump through that hoop" then just before dog was to jump he would say "Wait" and the dog would stop on a dime..

... to playing fetch and throw the ball and the dog would wait for the command to retrieve.

Amazing! and owner alike enjoyed the park. Its truly an amazing place and we are so fortunate to have one so close to home.

Speaking of home, we stayed until the sun was setting across the field and then called it a day.

....until next weekend...when we can go and play again.


For more information on Veteran's Park:
VETERANS PARK 7305 Hwy. 119 (located 1 block south of Chevron Station)



Anonymous said...

I am really understanding why Jane and Charlotte are feeling left at home while everyone else played...poor puppies...-HM

WicketsMom said...

We took our lab puppy a few weeks ago and she loved it! There is going to be an episode of "Desperate Landscapes" about building it on DIY Network on Wednesday night.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...
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Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Anon: Charlotte did go with us.(her pic is at very bottom, Brock is walking her) The entire family went but Jane who gets very car sick. We dont even have to leave the drive before she gets projectile "sick". She enjoyed some quality quiet time at home and was happy of that.

We thought Charlotte would LOVE the park, we were all so pumped to see her reaction but she didnt appreciate it. I can't imagine why, being she is such a people/dog/outdoor dog. I think it was just out of her comfort zone. Maybe with some more trips there she might get used to it.

Wickets Mom- Thank YOU!!! TY for sharing that. I now have scheduled to record. I didnt know when that might air. Much appreciated!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Anon, I hope you do know...I love ALL of my babies. Which is why I have so many (pups and kids alike ;) They fill my heart so full :)

Anonymous said...

Leigh, you are so amazing and inspiring! You make me want to get my lazy but out if thus chair and head to!-CH

Hewy NoSleep said...

I love the photos from the Park.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

We have a dog park here in Fairhope, and everyone loves it. Your park looks beautiful. I'll have to bring my dogs for a visit some day.

Thanks for the story and cute photos!

Marti said...

Hey there. I've been watching for updates from your blog and hope everything is ok in your world.

Lora -onlinephduk said...

Is this some kind of a get together? It sounds sweet and cute seeing all kinds of dogs enjoying and playing under the sun. Those pets are simply adorable with their collars, necklace and other accessories. Too bad, me and my pup weren’t able to witness that wonderful event. Anyway, update us if there’s more! Thanks!