Boy, I can tell my mom is feeling better. We are going on sorts of adventures every day! Most of last year, she wasn’t feeling good and had low energy. We snuggled a lot and took more naps. We still got out and had fun, but she’s much more like herself lately. That makes me happy…sort of. We both put on a few pounds, and she has told me that we both need to lose that weight. We’re eating healthier, running again, and hiking more. This past Saturday, we headed down to Phoenix.
My mom put my bow tie on but had her hiking shoes on so I wasn’t sure exactly what we’d be doing. I am always game for just about anything. As we pulled up into the parking lot of the Desert Botanical Gardens, I saw tons of dogs—I mean tons! Awoof! It was Dog Days.
Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona. On the third January of every year, they open the gardens up to dogs from 8 am to 2 pm. If your humans have a membership, doggies are free. If they need to buy passes at $24 each, dogs are $4.00 per dog.
I strutted my way in and was greeting by all sorts of dogs and humans. We were all polite and did our sniff and swirl…the dogs that is. Humans said hello and admired us, as it should be. Dogs were sporting bandanas, bling, colorful collars, coats, and even hats. One old dawg had a very cool hat. I bet he could tell some stories. No time, though, I had trails to hike and plants to check out.
My dad was in charge of the map, and we planned on hiking every single trail. The gardens have special areas for butterflies, flowers, and cactus. As we walked the grounds, we noticed special activities throughout. Some were participating in Doga (yoga with dogs) while others listened to music. Besides the beautiful scenery, photo op stations were dispersed throughout. I saw one that said “Cheese” and thought I would get some. No such luck. Mom took my picture, though.
I was proud of my species. Everyone behaved: no barking, biting, or lingering. We occasionally had a doggy jam, but that was because the humans had to pet us! Humans were picking up after us to keep the paths clean. Good humans. If your humans forget the poop bags, they had those available along with water bowls. Although we didn’t visit it, they had a BarketPlace with all things dog. They truly thought of everything to make it a fun and special outing. If your family missed it, mark your calendars now for the 3rd Saturday in January.
I’m sure I’ll see you around. I’ll be the dog panting behind my mom as she toes me along for a run. Oofda. I’m out of shape…
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!