Wednesday, October 31, 2007

happy halloween

happy halloween, originally uploaded by phaird.

hope everyone got to spend a happy and safe halloween with your family. See you at the park.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bruin chasing shadows

Bruin chasing shadows, originally uploaded by phaird.

Bruin is a dog everyone could love from afar but only a mother could truly love. I've taken other photos of Bruin when he's in the pond trying to bite the splashes that he makes. I learned this weekend that he also likes to chase his shadow. Not just his but any shadow. While at the park a group of us were enjoying watching him as I would swing my hand around to let him go after my hands shadow. Then, after talking to Bruins mom is hearing the darker side of it. Bruin will also run though walls chasing shadows. She says Bruin has left some good size holes in her dry wall because of shadows in the house. Ya know he's just being playful but a big guy like Bruin can really create havoc. For all the joy Bruin brings to everyone at the park, we really appreciate owners who give up so much for their dogs.

Monday, October 22, 2007


sitting, originally uploaded by phaird.

I love this old guy. He's a staple at the park on Sunday and always seems to find me when I arrive. I'm not sure if he love me and my camera or just my dog Toby. He's another older dog who makes his rounds but never gets too excited. He doesn't like dogs running up to him so he'll growl and sound tough but everyone knows he's a sweet guy who just needs his space.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Boston's newest dog park

The Friends of Peters Park have put together a brand new dog park in Boston. If I'm right, it is Boston's first official dog park. The space was originally for dogs but it has been completely re-designed by Architect David Hacin. I'm really looking forward to seeing the new design and I know my dog Toby is going to be excited too.

When I was living in Watertown and I asked about a dog park, no one wanted to hear about it because all they thought a dog park could be is a smelly sand pit with lots of poop everywhere. I hope that other MA towns look at what Boston is doing, with the hard work and support of it's residents, and do more of the same.

You can read more about it on

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Being a regular visitor

Kicking the ball, originally uploaded by phaird.

I'm always looking forward to my Sunday in the park. There are always so many people there and the dogs have the best time. Every week there are a small group of people who I see every week. Others come every so often but no matter what, a nice day will bring out a lot of people. When I first started coming and talking to people, I was told that as much as 70 dogs were counted on a busy Sunday. What would be surprising to people who don't own dogs, is that there is very little conflict. When ever there is a scrap between dogs, it is over as fast as it starts and no dog or human gets hurt. Every owner I've met tries to be mindful of their dogs but still let them run and play. I wish everyday could be Sunday at the park.