Here’s the latest from contributor Sarah Heath. Sarah, a real estate broker with Matrix Real Estate, writes about North Seattle life on her personal blog, North Seattle Sarah. On Saturdays, Sarah brings us her musings on life in Green Lake.
Are you interested in writing for My Green Lake? Drop us a line at mygreenlake [at] mygreenlake.com.
Last week, I took a trip to the Woodland Park off-leash area. I was excited to go for two reasons – one, it is walking distance from home. Two, it was pouring rain outside, so I thought I might get lucky and get the space to myself (or near enough). Lola is a friendly dog, but nervous in big crowds of rambunctious dogs and would rather play fetch with me than play with the other kids.
Well, I never quite made it into the off-leash park. I made it to the entrance gate, where nine medium-to-large, very dirty dogs ran up to the fence, each one barking like they were protecting a junk yard, while the two people in the whole place were up at the other end of the park with another three or four other dogs. No one called their dog back so we could get in the gate, and I got the feeling that all these dogs had known each other for a very long time and had probably come in the same large van together. Lola, poor thing, stuck her tail between her legs and cried so much that I just turned around and walked back to Green Lake.
If we had gotten in, I don’t think we would have had very much fun. The space is a little less than an acre, which sounds big but in real life isn’t much. It’s also set on a slope, so quite a large part of it isn’t very usable.
While I do praise Citizens for Off-Leash Areas for providing and maintaining the spot, I wish that I hadn’t bothered going. It’s great if you have an extremely outgoing dog that enjoys a good loud wrestling match with ten of it’s closest friends. But it doesn’t work for someone like me, who has a runner/swimmer dog that shies away from rough play. So, I continue my quest to find the closest, calmest off-leash spot for Lola.