April 17th 2010 7:22 pm
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We visited Keizer's newest park for Smitty's 11th birthday, Earth Day, which also includes an off-leash, 5 acre, fenced dog park with separate pens for both small and large dogs.
Smitty hobnobbed with Buddy, a Lhasa Apso owned by Yvonne, another visitor to the park. It was early morning so we were the only ones in the small dog pen, but they had a great time fetching frizbees and tennis balls while they were there.
Later we went to the park near home and Smitty played briefly with a white Staffordshire terrier about twice his size named Pinky. Smitty seemed a bit cautious around Pinky so we wandered off so he could play with Bucky, a Schnauzer about the same age and size as him.
He got to play with his best friend at the park, a Schnauzer mix named Rusty, but his blind sister got in the way and was startled, abruptly ending the fun.
He spent the afternoon in the hammock while I relaxed in the lounge chair on the back patio and we played ball for a little while.
In times past, Smitty would dash across fields and play for hours, run along the fence at the dog park, taunting the big dogs in the next pen, but he is content now with a more sedate pace, watching the world go by and playing briefly with some of his friends.
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