Moving from South Florida where dogs were either on a leash or in a fenced dog park or yard, it was surprising to discover the number of off-leash parks here in Austin.
We were hesitant at first. Our dog is friendly, but what if others weren’t? What if she took off? (She did, but didn’t go far…only to Great Outdogs to get more treats!) But finally we gave in, and headed to Auditorium Shores for a gathering of Austin Boxer Meetup…and some off-leash, unfenced playtime.
Maya seemed surprised when we took her leash off, but she quickly found some new friends to play with, and was off. She played with other big dogs, and some adorable tiny ones, too. There were no aggressive dogs — just lots of playmates and dips in the river — and a few unfortunate rolls in the dirt (lovely when a wet dog rolls in the dust! Next time the bath will be AFTER the dog park! Good thing we had an extra blanket to cover the car seat!)
Auditorium Shores (near the Long Center) isn’t Austin’s only off leash park. There are also play areas for pups at Zilker Park and eight other Austin-area parks and recreation areas. Just make sure your dog is good about coming on command, and likes playing with canine companions of all sizes. Then grab your pup, a water bottle and some toys and head on out. Oh, and take along something to cover your car seat,,,just in case!
Have Frisbee, will travel!