We had been going to Angel Paws for about a year, when Higgs Beach Dog Park was opened on 30 April 2005 . Higgs Beach Dog Park is frequently called Key West Dog Park. It has a small and a large dog park, with the large park shaped like an L. There are a lot more dogs here than Angel Paws. Dad watches me because I get territorial about fence patrol at times and don’t always show good collie sense when it comes to fence patrol. Like the time I decided to try to intimidate two Great Danes and another time two Saint Bernards. I give the other dogs a stern warning, but sometimes they take exception. You know Dads, they don’t want you to hurt anyone or get hurt.
This time I saw an evil Key West Conch Tour Train. It was Hi-Ho Essex away. Dad saw me turn the corner at full tilt, then saw a lady run in my direction a couple seconds later. Dad doesn’t hear a fight but is thinking “Oh great, the Essex got in a fight over fence patrol.” He starts running my direction. He is about ten feet away from the corner, when he sees the lady and I come limping around the corner. To my embarrassment the lady tells him what happened.
I was so focused on chasing that Tour Train, that when I made my second turn, I failed to notice the sign post saying “Welcome to Key West Dog Park.” I ran into it at full speed, knocked myself out for a couple seconds and took three small finger nail size patches of fur off the right side of my face. Since I am limping, Dad feels my paw and leg and since I didn’t yelp he figured a severe sprain. Dad gave it three days then took me to the vet. Dog Park was off limit for an entire week.
When we go to the city park I keep an eye out for the coconut trees and sign posts just in case they decide to jump into my path. Hey, I am a just a very focused collie. I have my cool moments too and I love baseball.