This week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday video selection features “Five Things Ferrets Do Best” from FerretMonsterOwner on Youtube. The funny and sweet ferrets in this video are perfect examples of what it means to live a full and happy life. We could all take a lesson from a ferret, especially learning to play more.
For those of you digging out of the winter storm, we hope you are safe, and when you can, find some time to enjoy it. Fortunately, most electricity outages are for short periods, and people are out working hard to clear the roads for everyone. Stay warm, lend a hand to those in need, and embrace those around you. Go out and make a snow angel! That is one activity that is guaranteed to make you smile.
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina was an incredibly beautiful day that beckoned us to partake in the freakishly warm 75°F degrees and head out to the Barkingham Dog Park at Reedy Crrek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was our first time to both the park and the dog park and we were impressed.
Your dog can really get his run on inside the four acre fenced-in dog park. You read that correctly, four acres of off-leash bliss. There are a number of seating areas inside the fence for us tired humans who might need a recharge. There is a little separate fenced area connected to the big yard that didn’t specify who it was for, but if your dog is small, or maybe needs a time out, this could be utilized as well.
On the downside, the odor de feces was strong this day, and while warm, it was a far cry from the summer heat and humidity that will soon be on the menu. Take heed, and wear some old shoes, and prepare to pick up your dog’s poop. We saw a number of irresponsible owners. We know, maybe they were tying their shoe and missed it, but we have an easy solution for this oversight. It is a given that your dog will poop in the dog park. A healthy mix of exercise, excitement, and the need to mark territory can make anyone run for the loo, so even if you don’t see your pooch do the deed, be a good sport and pick up a stray pile you see in your path. If everyone did this, the park would be poo-free and everyone could think sweet thoughts about their fellow human.
The dog parks are free, so let’s keep them beautiful and fun for all.
The Reedy Creek Park alone is a treat for all. Reedy Creek Park consists of 146 acres adjacent to the 727 acres of surrounding Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve has 10 miles of trails. You can take your leashed dog along with you on your hike.
Hours: 7:30am until sunset every day!
Off-Leash Requirements: Current rabies and DHLPP and Bordetella vaccinations. Dogs must wear current license and rabies tags. There are additional rules, see the photo below.
Limitations: No more than three dogs per person, no puppies younger than four months old, no aggressive or sick dogs, and no dogs in heat allowed. No food or smoking allowed. Sorry cats, only dogs are allowed in the fenced dog park.
Address: 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
This week’s installment of Tickle Paw Tuesday may have you reaching for some tissues, as we share a story of a man and his dog reunited after a decade of being apart. Many pets are included in divorce decrees these days, and as this story illustrates, another line might need to be added to that contract should the custody holder choose to revoke their guardianship of the pooch. We are so happy that these two are back together. Ginger deserves a happy ending in a warm and loving home. Kudos to the staff at the shelter for making sure Ginger was advertised for adoption!
Check out these sweet baby squirrels watching their mom chow down on some sunflower seeds in this week’s Tickle Paw Tuesday selection. I’ve always had a fondness for squirrels, and think they are not only one of the hardest working animals, but they can’t be beat in the cute department. Squirrels work hard for those nuts!
We know you work hard too, so sit back, give yourself permission to take a moment, and enjoy.
Foster pet parents get our standing ovation this week as we highlight the joy these angels spread by taking in and taking care of homeless animals on their journey to a forever home. Fostering is a great first step in deciding whether or not you have the time, lifestyle, patience, and dedication it takes to share your home and life with a pet.
Seek out any animal group in your area and ask to find out more about their foster program. Animal organizations need all the help they can get. Free space in an animal shelter often decides the fate of the next animal that walks in the door. Your ability to assist these animals waiting for adoption truly is the gift of life. In exchange for your time, support, and residence, most organizations happily provide food, medical care, and training assistance for the foster pets. You can even help support our troops by fostering military pets who need someone to care for them when their beloved humans are deployed for service.