But when the rescue foster family dropped our sweet pup off for a trial-run visit last fall, he quickly won our hearts and I discovered the joys of his energy, enthusiasm, loyalty, companionship and love.
He's a great trail dog, bounding between whoever's leading the pack and whoever's bringing up the rear. He loves exploring, but he loves his people and never ventures too far from us.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
The best part for us is watching Pedee make friends and play with his four-legged buddies. Of course, the wonderful thing is that, since users are there for the same reasons and must meet all guidelines and maintain current vaccinations, we can be comfortable in letting him romp.
A list of municipal dog parks, locations and descriptions can be found on the Park and Rec website. They include:
- Frazier Park along I-77 near West Trade and Sycamore Streets uptown
- Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman in Cornelius, NC, about 30 minutes north of uptown
- Reedy Creek Park off of Rocky River Rd. about 20 minutes northeast of uptown
- McAlpine Creek Community Park on Monroe Rd., about 15 minutes southeast of uptown
- William R. Davie District Park off Pineville-Matthews Rd., about 25 minutes south of uptown
- Shuffletown Park on Belhaven Blvd., about 20 minutes northwest of uptown
Our favorite these days is the park at McAlpine Creek. It offers a large, wide-open field for fetch connected to a tree-filled, shady area for a water break and play. There are enclosed areas for both large dogs over 20 pounds and smaller dogs that weigh less. There are also benches and covered picnic tables. And plenty of friendly fellow dog-lovers.
As much fun as we all have covering new terrain, it is a delight for everyone in our family, Pedee most especially, to enjoy canine social time. I didn't get it before, but I'm most decidedly a dog person now, and grateful to be one.