This morning I caught up with a few of my Goldie friends at Waiatarua Reserve. This is an Auckland park of approximately 20 hectares where dogs can run off leash and play in the creeks and ponds apart from one area in the centre which is just for the birds.
My Golden Retriever Club was having a dog walk so we met at the car park.
I got lots of nice pats from this lady in the pink top.
A quick check of who I remember...
and I'm so excited to be there that I'm off the ground literally (I'm the one flying in the centre)
and running circles (in the centre) not knowing which way to go...
What's down there...
whatever my fur-friend is doing it looks fun...
so this is what she was after... I think I'll stand here for a while...
So mum, does my mud bath look suit me?
Then a cool dip in the first pond...
My "alligator look" - I'm the right of this photo below.
A quick drink - mum couldn't believe I'd actually want to drink this stuff!
Two of my friends
Me again standing at the back...
Half way through the walk and I'm happy
Then we were clipped up to our leashes for a while, as the centre of this park is New Zealand's biggest urban wetland (a big stormwater treatment area) where there are all sorts of birds which we are not allowed to retrieve. The path that we follow goes right around this wetland area.
Surely mum could have trusted me with those birds after my last blog post!
Off leash again.
Muddy water and water dogs... that's me on the right
Lots to sniff...
and to run from or to (I'm on the left)
Then the big pond...
Just in case you think we were there alone, our humans followed us round and a couple of black labs even gate-crashed our pond party!
Spring days - the water is warm. What more could I want!
My wet dog look...
and a quick shake dry!
After the walk the humans had a barbecue in the park. Here are some of my friends in the shade, and just in case you think all us Golden Retrievers look alike the blond ones below aren't me! .
Having a barbecue afterwards was a great idea, as my humans got to woof with other humans and while they were standing around I got given bits of sausage to eat and some clean water!
Then a car ride home and it was time for TRICK OR TREAT only I got both.
Dad called me to the back yard and TRICKED me as he had shampoo and the garden hose. He got rid of the lovely pond odours from this morning that I so enjoyed.
However I got TREATED at the same time as mum hand fed me pieces of smoked fish as I was being washed. Smoked fish is one of my favourite treats.
Have a great Sunday, and if you are celebrating Halloween be wary of those tricks!