As a disclaimer, I freely admit that I know nothing about dogs. To be sure, there are big dogs. There are little dogs. There are dogs that bark...and those that don't. That is the sum total of my dog knowledge and experience.
So why am I writing about Petaluma's Rocky Memorial Dog Park? The answer is simple. I have been more or less restricted to quarters with a troublesome shoulder for two weeks and jumped at an invitation from neighbors to ride along with them to the park with Charley, their 85 pound Chesador.
It was quite an experience.
What the heck! Who am I kidding?
It was great fun watching the dogs running, playing, socializing, and having an all around good time.
This is also the case for the "humans" in the park. As one person put it: "This is a wonderful place for both canines and humans to socialize and exercise. It’s better than the coffee shop. There are walking paths, fresh air and the ability to watch dogs of all sizes, shapes, colors and personalities. The dogs love the park, the open space to run and play. You can hear them barking and howling from the cars and trucks as the owners pull into the parking lot."
The park was named after Rocky, a famed Petaluma Police K-9 that saved an officer's life and later died in the line of duty while working in Colorado. The park is quite large, almost 8 acres and is well maintained by the users.
Perhaps the scene is best described by the photos I managed to make at the scene. They say more than mere words...