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A Million Little Pieces Of My Mind

Cosmo Dog Park

By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 5/27/2024
Occurred: 5/28/2022
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Topics: #CosmoPark
Living their best life.

One of the things I miss about living on Maui is on behalf of my dogs, Ella and Lilly. On our property, they had free run. The cabin door was always open, so they "walked" themselves when they wanted. Here in Arizona, they must stay on-leash outside. Luckily there's a really nice dog park with a lake for them to swim in.

Cosmo Park is just about two miles' drive from my apartment. It has two dry doggie areas (one for timid dogs; one for dogs being trained to do shows), and a third that includes access to a pond the dogs can swim in.

As summer progresses and it gets hotter, I won't be able to take them. (Air temperatures of 100°F quickly heat the pavement to 140°F or more, too hot for dogs without booties to walk.) So I'm trying to get in as many visits as possible while it's still relatively cool.

You gotta give the dogs credit, though. They really know how to party!

I unleash the girls at the gate to the lake area. Lilly likes to meet the other dogs, but Ella hurls herself into the lake and basically stays there until it's time to leave.

It's no surprise that Ella loves the water; she's a Golden Retriever and her ancestors were bred to love it. But Lilly, as a Cattle Dog mix, isn't expected to like swimming. Still, she learned to go in the ocean by following Ella on Maui; and now, if I pitch a ball into the lake, Lilly will go for it…and she's a fast swimmer.

I'm so grateful to have these guys to inspire me to get outside more. While I'm not swimming in that lake myself, I am getting outside which is a good thing.