Tail Wags: 4 out of 5
Location: Evans Bay Parade, Wellington
Running water: No, but there is a water bowl
Poop bags: Yes. . .the stall is there, but usually empty
When I don't get to play with my mates at doggy daycare my humans take me here for a morning run around. Early weekday mornings are great because the park is not jam packed with other dogs and the dogs that do visit are regulars like me so we've already done all the butt sniffing business. Over the weekend mum decided to take me there around 8:30 am. . . this is late in my book. I couldn't believe I had the park all to myself. . . the whole big grassy and muddy area. The park is large enough for me to run back and forth without running into the fence while chasing my tennis balls. My alone time didn't last long because I was soon joined by an overzealous Golden Retriever and overly excited Vizsla.
After running around you work up quite a thirst and if you're humans forget to bring water to fill the chained-up water bowl then you're out of luck on the water front until you get home or another human has brought water to share. It's also a bit stink, no pun intended, for the humans that forget bags to clean-up after us, that the poop bag stall is almost always empty. I wonder how often it's re-filled or if people take advantage of the Council's kindness.
At peak times, sunny weekend afternoons, this place is jam packed with big dogs, little dogs, big humans and little humans. Sometimes it's too busy that my humans don't even bother taking me here because I don't really like having so many dogs sniffing me. . .it's very overwhelming. Also, when human parents bring their human children (especially the ones under 8) I worry about them. I wonder how do those parents know the demeanor and personalities of all those dogs there to let their young child run around with them. I certainly wouldn't let any of my puppies run around a group of humans I didn't know. There are times when we may be running so fast and not looking where we are going and accidentally run into someone as it so happened to my human mum on the weekend. The Viszla, Golden Retriever and I were all racing back to our humans when the Vizsla accidentally took my mum out and she landed flat on her back. . . owww! Luckily, mum was ok and we dogs thought she was on the ground wanting to play with us so we lathered her in kisses. If that had been a little human, then it could have been much worse. Please human parents and friends remember when you take us to the dog park with your little humans it is our time to play with our four-legged friends so keep your little humans next to you at all times.
Overall, Cog Park is a good dog park in Wellington. It is fully fenced; there's enough space for me and my doggy mates to run around; there are even benches for humans to sit; and the rubbish bin is just next to one of the entrances. The Wellington dog-owner community has fought long and hard with Wellington City Council for this park to be fenced. For that, I thank you. But, if I hadn't heard about the dog parks in California from my cousin Floyd, a Mastador, and seen pictures of them then I would give Cog Park six tail wags out of five. Apparently, the parks in California have running water, lots of trees to shade us on hot summer days and even better they have separate areas for big dogs and little dogs to play. That's good thinking.
It will take time, community involvement, and Council buy-in, but if our humans got this park fenced think about what else they can do for us and the other parks around Wellington. For now, Cog Park will be considered the creme de la creme of dog parks. . . in Wellington that is. From a doggy perspective, like mine, it's pretty good.
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