Saturday, August 25, 2007

Post 1 - Essex 0

Sign inside Higgs Beach Dog Park

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.

The Incident from Dad's Perspective

The Post that jumped in front of me

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.

Indian Fever, Go Tribe.

Dog Speed



Tin Tin Blogdog said...

Ooooh, ouch.

You just never know when these things jump out at ya.

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

Eddie N Peaches said...

Poor Essex. Every job has its risks, you know.
We hope you recover quickly and are back on patrol... more carefully.
Whoofs & Baroos,
Eddie & Peaches

Urban Smoothie Read said...

OUCH!! it must hurt...

watch out n becareful next time..

DogMom said...

Hey, Essex - dogmom thinks that you and Opie must be related (even though he isn't a collie...) because he's always running into things. The doggie doctor says his vision is fine, he just can't see outside the tunnel. I don't get it... I don't even see the tunnel. Goofy humans.

A whole week without the dog park must bite.
Wuf Ya - Gomer & Opie