A few days ago we attended our first Bark in the Park! We are lucky to live within driving distance of a few minor league baseball teams but this was our first time attending. The event was held with the Lakewood Blueclaws, about 20 minutes from our house. It was so much fun!
The event began with a pet fair outside the stadium and we collected a few free samples before going in. I had scouted out seats beforehand (the dogs were allowed to sit on the grass or in two sections within the stands. I wanted to be near an aisle seat). It was a cinch getting tickets and they were so cheap! The dogs needed their own tickets, which were only $2 each. After purchasing the tickets, we headed in!
The stadium is beautiful and the game was a ton of fun. Granted, Bailey spent most of the time annoyed because she could smell hot dogs and sometimes she could see other people eating hot dogs but no one gave her any hot dogs!
Bailey did enjoy trying to sit in the stadium seats. They were a little slippery but she managed it!
We had a great time at the Blueclaws’ Bark in the Park! It was so much fun that I wish they did it more than once per season. We definitely plan to go next year, but in the meantime we will go to a few more dog-less Blueclaws games this summer. We already have a few more on the calendar.
I do have a few suggestions for the next Bark in the Park event, though. I wish that the Blueclaws banned retractable leashes. We were approached by a few dogs at the very end of their retractable leashes while their owners had no idea they were 10-15 feet away. More than a few times they snuck up on us or the Aussies. We even had one dog pop out from the seats in front of us after wandering away on its retractable leash from an owner two rows in front of us! It was fine, but I think retractable leashes are not worth the trouble they cause. In the same vein, the Blueclaws should make it clear that only 6-foot leashes are allowed. We ran into a few dogs on long lines, which seemed entirely inappropriate for an event like this. Not to mention, the long lines seemed to be held by little kids who had the excess leash wrapped around an arm or leg and that’s just begging for an injury!
But those were just a few minor things I noticed. All in all, it was a great day! Thanks to the Blueclaws for a fun night out!
Last month’s Barkbox included treats from Tumbleweed & Eddie’s. The dogs loved the treats that we got so I decided to go online and order some more. When I logged onto the company’s website I was thrilled to discover that they are located only a few towns away from me. They sell their treats at a few local farmers’ markets and I decided to take the Aussies to one so that we could see all the options.
Tumbleweed & Eddie’s treats are made with human grade ingredients and they are wheat-free. This is important to me because I try to feed the dogs grain-free food. Aussies are notorious for their sensitive stomachs and Dublin definitely does better with fewer grains. Bailey, on the other hand, is a living garbage disposal and nothing bothers her! The Tumbleweed & Eddie’s treats are baked in small batches and the combinations are unlike anything you find in a big box store.
At the farmers’ market we ended up buying a few Double Nut Super Boosts and Minty Breath Busters. These were quite popular with the Aussies, who were dismayed that they were not able to stand at the table and try every single treat being offered. Let me tell you- the noses were going wild while we shopped!
I also purchased a bug repellant shampoo bar because we spend a lot of time in the woods hiking. The mosquitos and gnats are always bugging the Aussies and I don’t want to spray them with more chemicals. We use Certifect to kill ticks, but it doesn’t stop other stinging bugs. We haven’t tried the soap yet but it smells amazing!
I wanted to head back to the farmers’ market last weekend but it ended up being cancelled because of the weather. Tumbleweed & Eddie’s announced on Facebook that their stash for that day was on sale (that’s how fresh they are!) so I ended up placing a quick order. Tumbleweed & Eddie’s offers free shipping, so it was a no-brainer. We ended up getting some jerky and Puppy Butter. I’m especially excited about the Puppy Butter because Bailey had ridiculously soft paws and she tends to scrape them when she runs a lot. I’m hoping the Puppy Butter helps a bit!
I highly, highly recommend Tumbleweed & Eddie’s treats for anyone who wants human-grade, all-natural treats that are fresh and delicious. The Aussome Aussies give them 4 paws up!
(We go through a lot of treats around here because the Aussies love to learn and work. Thankfully, they also run a lot, so we don’t have to worry about weight gain.)
Born May 16, 2009
Miniature Australian Shepherd who outgrew the “mini” part.
19 inches tall
AKC CGC, Certified Therapy Dog with Bright and Beautiful
Bailey’s Irish Dream
Born May 14, 2011
20 inches tall
Working towards her AKC CA title in CAT