Recently I’ve discovered the beauty of the off-leash dog park. I’m so glad to live in DuPage County with its six off-leash parks. Millie’s finally had all of her required shots, and now that we have our dog park permit we’re free to roam the trails.
We’ve visited the Blackwell Forest Preserve twice now, which is good for a quick walk with pup but isn’t my favorite for a long stay. The fenced-in facility is well maintained but isn’t very large, so there’s a lot of interaction with other dogs and people. It’s great social interaction for Millie, but sometimes it’s nice to walk and hike without playing doggy referee.
This led Hubs and I to visit the East Branch Forest Preserve. This park isn’t fenced, but the doggy area is very large so I don’t worry about Millie running away. There are trails that lead around the property and to the many swimming holes for dogs.
This is where we learned that Millie is a total water dog. She just LOVES swimming. She has so much fun in the water, and then she sleeps for hours when we get home. This is a win in my book!
After some swimming we started our hike. Our hope was that this would allow Millie time to dry before driving home, but the trails were really muddy…so we just accepted defeat and had fun in the dirt!
After getting more muddy we opted for one more swim for Millie. I think a wet/cleanish dog is better than a dry/muddy dog in the backseat. One day we’ll own an SUV and this will be much easier!
We finished up our hike with some sunshine and a game of fetch.
Have you taken your dog to an off-leash dog park? What was your experience like?