Fabulous afternoon at the dog park

My Labradors are content at our holding. Buddy never really leaves my side, goes wherever I go, literally with me into the bathroom, etc. The clever clogs knows when my unusual body is playing up and despite having my peg feed on my blood sugars drop and he comes to my assistance. He knows when my heart is banging so hard I can feel it pounding. Buddy is a wonderful assistance dog to me, my right hand boy. He wanders around the house, pads up and down the long hall. If I was to put a pedometer on him I could imagine his step count each day just in the house, never mind the garden would be pretty high. Bella gets a free reign to. They love their runs in the back field, especially with granddaughter Alexandra. However, when my sister Hazel said she had booked www.unleasheddogparks.co.uk for Buddy, Bella and her young border collie Jed I never anticipated what was in store – a fabulous afternoon at the dog park

Unleashed dog park is only literally a three minute drive from our home in Boggs Holdings, Pencaitland. It provides a wonderful safe environment to let your dog run free and get plenty of exercise. There are great quality equipment for the dogs to play on, a sensory area, a sandpit.

The massive bonus for us is you drive your car into the field you will be using. With my health the way it is, I’m certainly not up to walking my babies a long walk. Places like the dog park in my area are just perfect for a treat. They enjoy running around as they do on our wide open fields but with the added extras of the sensory garden, the equipment to climb on. A fabulous and safe place to train or treat your pampered pouch.


Buddy on his favourite ramp


My only disappointment was photography is a huge passion of mine and I neglected to take my Nikon camera with me I took all my photos on my phone. Don’t get me wrong I was really pleased with the results on my Apple

Bella eager to get going, but will pause for a photo if you bribe her 😝

“Look at me go”, says Border Collie, Jed

Bella ready for an adventure

Since March 2020 life has been a funny old world for us all. The arrival of Coronavirus and the devastating effects it has had on us. Many of us have had life changing situations and learned to live with a new normal. We have lost people we love, heartbreakingly not been able to be with them in their hour of need. Staff have courageously battled on through conditions many have never seen before. For all the dedication of workers, volunteers, families, friends, loved ones, etc I thank you. Without the help and love of others it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Now sitting writing this on this Thursday morning in April 2021 in my sitting room, I feel a whole lot more positive than I did this time last year. The vaccine is going well. Yes we are concerned about blood clots, but that’s a whole different story and I believe the benefits outweigh the risks. The restrictions are lessening here in Scotland.

My District Nurse, Jennifer was in yesterday she commented how peaceful and relaxing our home is. I told her yes with my carcinoid syndrome fatigue is a huge problem as well as nocturnal diarrhoea so quietly listening to music and writing is relaxing and helps a great deal. Buddy and Bella help too. Snuggling up on the sofa with my Labradors can be just what the Doctor ordered.

The stressful year has affected us all. For me the best way I cope is having my glass half full not empty. Taking the dogs to the dog park such as Unleashed helps blow away the cobwebs. It benefits both the human beans and the K9s.

If you haven’t been to a dog park before and you are swithering, give it a try, Buddy is ten years old, Bella eight and my sister’s border collie, Jed is only nine months. They all had an amazing time. Got home tired out and I’m sure they are looking forward to their next visit.

4 thoughts on “Fabulous afternoon at the dog park

  1. It looked a lovely sunny day,I am sure it did you all good to get outside,looks like the dogs had a good time. Hope you are doing ok today.

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    1. Hi Barbara thanks so much for your comment. Yes it was a beautiful day. I really enjoyed myself. Dogs had a super time too. My flowers you got me are still blooming. How are you? xx

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  2. What a fabulous dog park. So I take it you make bookings for a time slot? I wish we had something like that here in Australia. I find dog parks annoying as too many dogs and the humans are chatting and letting their unruly dogs annoy the dogs that just want to have fun. So we tend to walk the dogs or go to a park and hit the ball for them.

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    1. Hi there, thanks so much for your comment. Yes its a great dog park and I’m so lucky to have it on my doorstep. We do have plenty of land for the dogs to run around however the equipment is super and the fences around the park shield the wind. Yes you book online, get a key code for the gate. You get a huge field with the equipment all to yourself, the price is for 3 dogs, each additional for up to 8 dogs a small extra charge. You drive your car right up to the field which is about the size of 3 football pitches. close the gate behind you. There is water for the dogs. You and your dogs are safe and don’t see any other person or dog. Have great fun. It is hourly slots which to be honest is long enough. I agree with you its great to be away from unruly dogs and their unruly owners. What type of dog do you have? Have a great day love from a sunny however windy and cool Scotland xx

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