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Published February 15th 2016
For the pooch that likes to get out and about
There's nothing that I love more than spending my day off with my furry best bud, especially when the sun is out and the weather is favourably pleasant. We decided to head out of our small homette for a day of play.
Located on the corner of St Bernards Road and Montacute Road, Four Paws Dog Park is an excellent area for smaller dogs who aren't as social as their larger counterparts. The park is fenced off, away from the adjacent lawns that offer a nice area to relax with the kids. I find that this arrangement works well, as people can visit the nearby area without disturbing your fur babies; don't get me started on a chihuahua's bark. Similarly, some people dislike having dogs off the lead whilst kids are present, so the fenced off dog park is brilliant in this circumstance.
Unlike Pooch Park on Findon Road, Four Paws is a lot quieter and smaller, as not many dogs frequent this park. It has a play area with hurdles and hoops scattered around, however I doubt many dogs actually use them. In terms of my chihuahua, he has no interest whatsoever and spends his time sniffing and marking his territory; it's a humorous sight to see.
It was reassuring knowing that I could happily let my pooch off the lead without worrying about him running onto the road or out of the park, unlike various others- school and public sporting ovals. I was able to do a little writing whilst basking in the rays of sunshine and soaking up my daily dose of vitamin D.
The park is set out with a number of benches, as well as large wooden stumps as seating alternatives. The park is also incredibly clean and well-maintained, which I find to be an important factor in choosing a place to take your pets, particularly when your little furry friend is sniffing around and possibly consuming whatever is laying on the ground. There have been disturbing stories of people poisoning pets by leaving pellets containing hazardous materials around the place; an intensely frightening thought.
Magill, Tranmere and Hectorville offer a great selection of parks for dogs of all sizes to play and frolick. However, if you're wanting to stress less about your pooch wandering off, then Four Paws Dog Park is an excellent choice.