Not long ago we met up with friends, Amy and Rod of GoPetFriendly.com. This excellent website offers up plenty of national travel information for those for who taking along the dog on the family vacation is important.
We chose to meet up at Fort De Soto Park, part of a vast, sprawling county park site set along the Gulf of Mexico’s white sandy shores and a former Fort site. Camping, biking, hiking, kayaking and fishing are just some of the many activities one can enjoy at Fort De Soto, but don’t forget that furry, four legged friend you brought along, because this is one spot where dogs are welcome.
No, not throughout the whole park and you should make certain of times and all locations around the Fort De Soto setting, but set aside just for the pleasure and joy of the slobbery set, a park and beach front.
While visiting with Amy and Rod, we also had the privilege of meeting their fur-balls, Ty and Buster. Ty’s got a bit of a Ty-tude while Buster is a free wheeling, fun-loving, life living, running and playing sort. Then again, Buster is a German Shepard, a breed known for its full-of-life self.
To that end, Ty spent some time in the RV while we all took Buster for some park time. There we watched as the goofball made new friends, chased his toy and ran with canine beauty. He loved his time away from mom and dad, but never once hesitated to explore far and wide.
The dog park is divided in two; one side for large dogs, one for small. We watched from a distance as someone brought their small dog into the large dog area, stunned and angered as they let the larger dogs pick on the little buggers.
Laura and I do not bring our dogs to dog parks – we’ve been told by trainers that it’s not smart nor safe – that said, many dog owners do and if you know and trust your dog, this is a good park for them to enjoy. But do utilize the size-restricted areas.
At the far end of the park is the dog beach, a lovely stretch of white sand that offers humans beautiful views and pups a great stretch to run along.