Momma has been a bit grouchy of late on our walkies. This is due mainly to the rather haphazard plowing of the sidewalks after last week's snow storm. It makes for difficult navigation (and walking on the street is out of the question due to lots of zoomie traffic).
|I'm tired of waiting for momma to catch up.|
I suggested this might be the time to try a destination walkie, and I had a specific destination in mind.
Cushing Memorial Park. As you can see, it was originally the site of the Cushing Hospital for war veterans, but now it is a public space that I have wanted to investigate for some time.
|Perhaps it is time to stop posing and commence walking.|
And we were away. I am happy to report that the paths were groomed and free of clunky chunkies as well as being quite nearly devoid of slip and slide ice patches.
|Hmmmm... still waiting for momma to catch up.|
There were several spots such as the one pictured with convenient poop bag dispensers and rules of conduct. I was very happy that the "dogs must be leashed" rule was followed by all parties and I met several well behaved four leggers.
However, the sign to the left mystified yours truly.
Of curse one would think "oh, that must mean children on bicycles must wear helmets." Yes, that is what I thought.
That is, until, I noticed that these signs were also prevalent.
Leaving one to wonder if the dear old Commonwealth of Massachusetts now requires all children under 16 to wear their helmets wherever they go.
Given that our 3 mile walkie did not lead us to cross paths with any of those minor aged humans, I will have to leave the above as a question to be answered at a later date.
|I spy a giant, one eyed doggie!|
P.S. From Momma - I've been wanting to try out this park for years, but have had so many bad experiences with people letting nutty dogs run around off leash at parks (despite signs forbidding same) that I've been putting my trip off. I am happy to report that all dogs were not only leashed, but the owners were quite considerate - friendly dogs greeted after asking permission and grumpy dogs were kept safely out of range. Sadly, I saw a lot of poop despite bags and bins being readily available throughout the park. I also saw several full bags dumped on the ground (something which never ceases to puzzle me).
Oh, and if you bigify the last photo, you just might be able to make out the dog approaching us. He was, indeed, a very tall lab type dog with only one eye. Quite friendly (as were most of the dogs we encountered).