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A Letter To My Mother

Mother, 

It has been a while since my last correspondence. I would like to take the opportunity to review what has happened in that time.

  • You moved us out of small apartment
  • You moved us into small apartment
  • You moved us out of small apartment 
  • You moved us into house

I would be remiss if I did not remind you that my initial impression was that said house was a death trap. The world nearly ended that night.

While I have gotten used to the house, I do have some concerns:

  • Orange cat is annoying. You see how she is constantly bothering me, yet you do nothing. I have tried to take control of the situation, but to no avail.
  • The socks. Stop it. Yes, it’s hard to get up, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna wear those things.
  • Pills. You know I don’t like them, so just stop trying to make me take them. I know when they’re in my food, too, so don’t think that you can fool me.

Ok. I have said what I came here to say, so Happy Mother’s Day. Thanks for the treats you give me (and the treats you give me via Ossian). I also like lying under the desk and in kennel, so that will continue.

 

Cheers,

Koda  

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Keep Calm We’re Getting A Puppy

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Ossian & Koda are excited that their baby sister is almost ready to come live with us.

Juniper Beans was born on April 3, 2020

Since we’re working from home, we decided that this might be the perfect time to raise a puppy.  We have been looking but hadn’t found the perfect one.  But Juniper came out of nowhere.   just 45 mins away, a small Saint Bernard breeder announced on AKC.org that their dame was expecting.  We immediately reached out.  They put us on the list and told us that they would send pictures when the puppies were 10 days old.

April 13th we received an email that included pictures of 6 female puppies!
They were all so beautiful but “puppy #9” was our pick!
We emailed our pick, and they told us that they would send pictures again at 5 weeks of age.

Here is Juniper at 10 days old.

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Isn't she a beauty!

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May 9th, 2020, we finally got the email with pictures!
This beautiful girl is growing up so fast

Here is Juniper at 5 weeks old!

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One week you beautiful angel! Cant wait to meet ya!

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The email told us that we would be able to pick her up May 15th or after.  Because of social distancing we needed to make an appointment, so we set it up for May 15th at 3pm.  We will get to see her and hold her and finally bring her home.

 

Counting down the days!!!

300 Dog Parks & Counting

💥🎉NUMBER 300🎉💥

We just visited our 💫300th dog park.

Over the past 10 years we’ve visited
23 states
75 dog friendly hotels
300 dog park
🐕🐕

Ossian & Koda love exploring, and it’s even better when there is

NO LEASH involved.

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In 2010 we attended the first #barkworld conference and learned that dogs can have their own #blogs. So the blog- theokdogblog was born.

We began sharing pictures and rating on all the dog parks we visited. We realized we loved planning trips to cities that had lots of dog friendly off leash parks. So began our mission to visit 100 dog parks, we hit that easy…the next goal was 250. And this past year we decided we wanted to try and hit 300 dog parks before the pups were too old to #travel or enjoy.
We are excited to say our 10 year old #Saint and 11 year old #Husky have reached the goal of 300 dog parks. We are not done yet. We still have three days left of our texas road trip and there are more on our list to visit.
I am very proud of what our #family has accomplished. I believe our #pups have enjoy ever #trip we’ve ever taken. I am thankful that we are able to give our pups the #luxury to travel and #explore.

Millie Bush Dog Park

https://www.instagram.com/p/B64o03UhbFC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Nature of park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to Public

Location: 16101 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082

Enrichment: Two small swimming ponds

Areas: Two: Small and Large dog

Human Comfort: A few benches

 

TheOKdog’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Paws

Gene Green Dog Park

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Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to the Public

Location: 6500 East Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77049

Enrichment: Small swimming pond, and wooded trail area

Areas: Two: Small and Large dog

Human Comfort: A few benches

 

TheOKdog’s Rating: 4 out of 5 Paws

Would have been even higher if we had went and the water hadn’t been drained.  It is cool that they drain and clean the pool twice a week.  *So don’t go Tuesday or Friday if you wanna swim.

NUMBER 300!!!

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Pawm Springs Dog Park

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Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to Public

Location: 15300 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Enrichment: Small swimming pond and a few agility equipment

Areas: Two: Large and small dog

Human Comfort: A few benches and chairs

 

TheOKdog’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paws

 

Would have been rated higher but the swimming pond had a large drop off into the water, that made it hard for Koda and Ossian to climb back out of the water.  Would have been nice if it had a slow entrance.

Texas Direct Auto Dog Park

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Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to public

Location: 11074 Dorrance Ln, Meadows Place, TX 77477

Enrichment: Small water pond area, and a built in small slide. Lots of bushes to sniff

Areas: Two: Small and Large dog areas

Human Comfort:  A few benches, and a covered area

 

TheOKDog’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paws

 

Would have liked this park a lot more if the small water pond had water in it. Not sure if they just drained it for the winter or what the deal was.

 

Danny Johnson Dog Park

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Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to Public

Location: 4828 1/2 Loop Central Dr, Houston, TX 77081

Enrichment: Small swimming pond

Areas: Two: Large and small dog sides

Human Comfort: A few benches

 

TheOKdog’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Paws

 

Bill Archer Bark Park

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Nature of Park: Fenced off leash dog park

Open to Public

Location: 3201 Hwy 6, Houston, TX 77084

Enrichment: Agility and Large dog shape pond

Areas: Two: Small dog and Large dog (both with ponds

Surface: Grass, dirt, mud, mulch, concrete

Human Comfort: A few benches

 

TheOKdog’s Rating: 4 out of 5 Paws

Would prolly be a higher rating if it was flooded with multiple large mud puddles.