You might find this hard to believe, but I am not the only Shiba Inu. My breed is gaining popularity here in Arizona, and we joined a Shiba Inu Meet Up group last year hoping to see other dogs and humans. Because of COVID-19, however, there haven’t been any meet ups…until this past weekend.
We saw the notice on Facebook and decided we would go. The location was the Rose Mofford Dog park down off I-17. The address is: 9833 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021. The dog park has its own parking lot, but due to construction, it is smaller than usual…and there are no human restrooms. Humans must plan ahead or hold it!
Getting there was a nightmare. The city has tons of roads closed, and we had to back track. Your GPS may try to send you there one way, but we suggest W. Peoria exit to avoid most of the road closures.
Rose Mofford is a huge park with fields for sports and then of course the dog park. They have a large-dog section and then a smaller-dog part, which is where the Shiba Inu meet up was held. Personally, I love big dogs. I’m actually a big dog at heart. Woof! And, I hadn’t been to a dog park in years, so I was a bit out of practice. I mean, I’m really a human with a curly tail! So, I had to get into the groove.
The fenced areas are secure, have some grass, a little bit of shade and water available for dogs to drink. No picnic tables or seats for humans, though.
All the dogs there were super friendly. Momo, in particular, reminded me of myself when I was a young pup. He loved to run and play. Me, I walked the perimeter and smelled everything. Mom kept encouraging me to say hello to my fellow canines, and I eventually wandered over to see what everyone was doing.
All the humans stood around and talked, and they all petted us as much as we wanted. Some threw tennis balls for us to chase. I started feeling a bit more comfortable and ran around with a few other Shiba’s. I think I was the oldest of the group, though.
After about an hour, I was ready to go home. Too much excitement! The young pups were just getting started – ha! Getting home was much easier since we knew the best route to take. From North Phoenix, it was only about 20 minutes should you want to check it out with your dog. Thank you to the Shiba Inu coordinator who set up the event. We’ll look forward to seeing each other again!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine 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!