The More Men I Meet, The More I Love My Dog

With summer coming to a very quick, dark and dreary close, it is always a treat to spend some time in the sun. I usually squeeze in my outdoors adventures  between working and school, in the form of dog walking. Thank whoever it is up there that my pup weighs in at a hefty 4 pounds because his walks usually do not last longer then 10 minutes. I’m sorry, i’m sorry, i’m sorry.

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When i actually find the time to embrace the summer, i can’t bare to leave the little man at home. Usually this occurs on weekend mornings when i am too hungover to sleep in, and Thunder is pawing at my face in desperate need of a pee. So, I strap on his leash, grab some treats, drive the four blocks (don’t judge) and end up at the beautiful Allan Gardens.

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The entire area within the College, Gerard, Jarvis and Sherbourne boundaries is dedicated to this wonderful green space. The park is massive, complete with seating areas, gazebo’s, a massive greenhouse open to the public, stunning flora and fauna, wonderfully massive trees for shade, and my favorite part, the dog park.

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This is no regular dog park. First off, it is absolutely massive, both of them. Yes you heard (read) me, there are two parks in one. They have a small dog park for all dogs under 20 pounds, and then a larger dog park is connected to it.

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Imagine the interaction in the small park? It is actually a hangover cure. A whole handful of adorable, miniature, awkward pups playing with each other? It should be called a smile park, not a dog park. You can’t sit in this place without having a giggle.

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Thunder is the anti- social kind of dog. He’s been getting better, but he truly is that kid on the playground happily standing alone in the corner. He is an observer.

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Thunder enjoys hanging out with me rather then with the other pups. Sometimes he gets adventurous but he is usually a Momma’s boy.

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He also has made a friend recently, a tiny Chihuahua named Lappo. I would show you a picture, but with two pups this tiny, it is impossible to capture their swiftness with how fast their little legs go.

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I sometimes bring Thundy into the larger dog park when he’s in the mood to run fast (for a second). He especially dislikes larger dogs because they are so energetic around him, evident in him taking on a Great Dane as well as nipping at the nose of a full grown rottweiler. This is not considered brave everyone, this is a serious case of ‘small dog’ syndrome, and is plain stupidity. Needless to say, we usually stick to small park.

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I have sat here for over an hour before, unalcoholic beverage in hand, just observing. The actual park is so beautiful. Apart from a holler and a cry from a hobo or two, it is definitely worth a visit.

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There are so many places to read, or sit & ponder. You can always find shade on a hot day, and it is very rarely packed full of people.

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I even snuck Thunder into the greenhouse to snap some photos for you. He pee’s on everything in here, so we had to go quickly.

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The greenhouse is MASSIVE, and has benches inside in case you wanted to hang out. They have a continuous supply of greenery and exotic flowers, herbs and plants.

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It is very magical in here, and is the perfect hiding spot on a rainy day. If you are ever in need of some inspiration, look no further.

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They also have little signs beside each plant telling you its name and a small description.

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The best room is the cacti room. They have so many different types! It literally looks like a scene from under the sea, sans the sea.IMG_0241

Including these babies which remind me of a super uncomfortable ottoman.

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If you are looking for something to do on the weekends and don’t want to spend money this is the place. Pack a picnic complete with some wine and just hang out. The park is so large that it is very easy to find a secluded area to just chill for the day.

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Maybe i will force my girlfriends to come with me this weekend. Picnic, a good book, and some mimosa materials sounds like the perfect sunday to me.

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Summer is almost over, don’t waste any time indoors. We’re going to be stuck inside all Winter, sigh.

See ya at the dog park!

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