Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Funday - mud baths, friends and trick or treat.

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!



Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khousin Merdie SO knows THAT fun!

We don't know about Khousin Harley...YET!

Khyra and The Golden Khousins

Elizabeth said...

Wow, that looked like it was the best time!!!! Goldens, mud, water, friends.... how fun :) Love your flying photos.

Elizabeth & Luna

Jacqueline said...

An awesome post=we LOVED all your photos, handsome Riley!...You and your friends enjoyed such a fun day at the park, obviously adoring your pond party and just hanging out together...You look so happy in your photos and how appropriate your Mommy and Daddy tricked and treated you at the end of the day!...Happy Halloween, precious friend, we love you, sweet boy!...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Asta said...


I looove youw flying pictoowe!
and what could be bettew than womping wif fwiends and mud bafs!!! it looks like all of you had a spectacolaw day
Happy Halloween to you
smoochie kisses

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a fun day for you, Riley! The bath doesn't even sound so bad because you got your favorite treats!
Happy Halloween!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

All those white doggies in the mud bath is very entertaining. Maybe they should have kept that look for trick or treats. Swamp dog attack!


sprinkles said...

What a fun day, Riley! Lots of other dogs to play with.

Sorry about the bath but at least you got some yummy treats. That probably made it at least a little more bearable.

TOBY PUPPY in SA said...

Hey there Riley...
What absolute bliss!!!! (for Goldens!) I am sure your mom was much relieved when the 'clear' water followed the mud bath! You look like you are having the time of your life!
I just loved all the photos...thank you for sharing them all. I so wish we had a Golden Meet up like that here in JHB...somehow it's never happened.
Sending lotsaluv for lots more fun days.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! How FUN Riley. WOWie!!! Absolutely a Golden TIME!!! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, that looks like a fun day for the dogs and then the owners get to give all those baths!! But the reward for us is a wonderfully tired and content dog. I love all those pictures but the "flying" pic was one of my favorites. Riley is so photogenic. I still anticipate the picture on the top of the blog each time I come here. You know I had to come see the muddy dog after the comment you left. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Riley! I think that is probably my dream parkie time :) Lots of pals and LOTS OF waters to play in!!! Super fantastic!! Enjoyed every photo!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

the booker man said...

wow, riley! mud 'n water are two of my favoritest thingies, too! only problem is that my mama is totally lame-o and nevarrr lets me get dirty like that. boohoo! but i'm glad you had funsies with your golden friendz! did you get any foodables from the picnic? heehee.

the booker man

pee s -- sorry about the icky bath, but at least you got some treatsies!!