I am one lucky dog. If you have been following me, you know that my family takes me on all sorts of adventures like hiking, running, camping, snow shoeing, and boating. I must say, though, that one of my most favorite things is right here at home. Every Friday, my mom takes me to visit the grass at our Anthem Park. Oh how I look forward to Fridays!
Anthem Park is located off Anthem Way east at the corner of Gavilan Parkway. You can’t miss the big patch of grass! Plenty of parking is available at two different lots. My mom likes to park near the restrooms so she can do her business before I do mine. Depending upon the day, you might have to wait for a choo-choo chain to pass. Yes, that’s right. Anthem Park has a train that takes little humans and their families around the park. I sit and let those little people wave to me. My mom waves back for me.
The park has a big rink that is used for hockey and pickleball. To be honest, I don’t know what either of these things are, but the humans are always smiling, so they must be enjoying themselves. I like walking past the basketball court because I know what a ball is, and I have tried to catch them to no avail. No worries because the park has tons of tress and bushes for me to sniff. Lots of bunnies live in those bushes, and I point them all out to my mom as we walk. Once in a while, we’ll even see a Road Runner. Those guys are fast but not as fast as me, of course.
During the summer months, we will come on Friday nights to listen to music. My kind are welcome and are well represented. Even though this is our local park, it has gained national recognition for its Veteran Memorial. If you haven’t attended the service on November 11, you should. The memorial is quite impressive when the sun lights hits it at exactly 11:11 am.
With or without special events, Anthem Park is an awesome place to make new friends. Each and every time we go, I am adored by humans of all sizes, and I get to say hi to my peeps. Dogs of all shapes, colors, and breeds take their humans out for walks. Arizona has perfect weather, and we hardly have a time when we can’t go. Just once did we get rained out. On those hot days, the park has plenty of trees that offer shade. We will walk just the grass on those days to keep my paws safe.
My mom loves all the colorful blooming plants, and I enjoy the lake where ducks tend to hang out. I’ve been known to jump in for a quick dip; don’t tell anyone. I just can’t help myself sometimes! Sometimes we take the long loop, and other days we cross the bridge by the waterfall and shorten it. However you slice and dice it, Anthem Park is a great local treasure.
One time when we were near the ball fields, I found a baseball. What a treat! This one was just my size. Some of them are larger; my mom calls them softballs. She always takes the time to throw them back into the fields. I love the cracking sound the humans make when they hit the balls! Like I said, there is always something going on at the park.
We need to keep our park clean, so may I plead with the humans reading this to please pick up after your pooch? We canines may enjoy sniffing it, but it is not fun for humans to step in it. My mom was having to walk like a drunk to avoid all the poop piles the other day. Kids play in that grass, too, so we need to protect it so ALL can enjoy it. Take the time to throw trash away so kids or dogs don’t eat it by mistake. Garbage cans abound, and it only takes a second. And let us all say thank you to all the folks who work so very hard to care for our wonderful park. We appreciate your efforts!
Yes, sometimes the best things in life are free and no further than our own backyards. Woof!
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!