Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring is here! Get out there and enjoy it!

Almost every day the dogs I visit a favorite walking place. There are several that I rotate through from beaches to woods to open fields all within a 25 minute drive from my house. And still there are many places close to home I have not yet visited!

We are lucky to live in such a great state that not only offers dog friendly cities, but dog friendly parks and beaches. I forget how dog friendly Maine is until I talk to someone from away. My relatives from Long Island NY are always amazed that there are not only dog friendly parks, but that they are off leash.

Its important that us dog loving Mainers remember that we are blessed and to not take advantage of the great spaces that are offered to us. Please remember to carry poop bags (and use them!). Be courteous to others on the trails...remember that not everyone likes dogs(*gasp*), so learn trail etiquette and keep your dog close to when passing non dog people. Teach them to come when called and to greet people (especially children!) politely. Always carry cookies and/or toys with you and reward your dog for appropriate greetings. Don't let your dog harass wildlife. If your dog has a strong prey drive, then keep them on leash while in the woods.

Enjoy the great our great open spaces with your canine friend, but remember that we have to share this world with others!

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