Thursday Doors — Bark Park

The doors are clearly marked, but the dogs really don’t care.

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I took these near a year ago.
I had things to say about this, and today is the day.

First of all, dogs don’t care about size. If you know dogs, you know it’s true. Dogs have no idea how big or small they are and they’re not sizeist about whose butt they sniff.
There are Teacup Terriers that will bite your ankles off to protect their people and there are Great Danes afraid of their own shadows. I know those dogs.

You know who cares about the size of dogs? Their humans.
I have a medium dog. If your dog weighs as much as you do, then I have a small dog. If you can carry your dog in your purse, I have a big dog.

I did not have Sadie with me the day I took these pictures. I’m glad I didn’t, because there was no medium dog run.
Sadie would want to go into both sides of the dog run, because she is a dog and signs are just things to pee on.

Somewhere out there in the interwebz is someone else who understands having a medium dog comes with certain doggy societal commentary. If I take my dog into the big dog run, people with very big dogs laugh and tell me how little she is. If I take my dog into the little dog run, people with small dogs gasp and pick up their dogs because they’re afraid my dog will eat theirs. Fortunately, most humans at dog runs and bark parks are not these people, but it happens.

For the record, Sadie has played with all the dogs and has neither eaten nor been eaten.

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#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link and find the frog.

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48 Responses to Thursday Doors — Bark Park

  1. loisajay says:

    You speak the truth, Joey. I had a Maltese who hated men and would attack on sight. We figure she must have been abused before we took her in. And I had a bigger dog–Spitz mix who was afraid of her own shadow. Size means absolutely nothing. And that Big Dog run does not look all that big to me. Sadie looks adorable.

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  2. Bill says:

    I never thought about dog-size discrimination. Like being a moderate. The lefties see you on the right, the righties see you on the left; and the song “Stuck in the Middle with You” keeps playing in your head. Great doors ideas.

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  3. ghostmmnc says:

    Awww Sweet Sadie! I imagine she’s just happy when she gets to be out and running around.
    We finally got a dog park here, recently. We don’t have dogs anymore, but I’m glad they got one.

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  4. Oh I am laughing. I’m glad Sadie didn’t see those signs. Discrimination seems to have no limits. All my best to you Joey.

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  5. Poor Sadie, she’s a beautiful girl and deserves her own darned run. I mean, look at her face. She’s clearly feeling ostracized!

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  6. Benson says:

    That is spot on. People are very protective of their pets and they should be. Their dogs and cats are members of the family. Or they should be. Now we have cats and we think of them as much family as any dog that has lived with us. Nice gates. One question though. Aren’t the runs sorta short. I mean the Big Dog run isn’t long enough for the dog to achieve a pace much more than a brisk walk. Or am I putting too sharp a point on the pencil?

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  7. John Holton says:

    Dogs can’t read, can they?

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  8. Jewels says:

    I totally get it. Hi Sadie!

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  9. At 44 lbs, I consider Cody to be a medium dog, but she does have a big-dog bark. We don’t take her to dog parks because we’re not sure how she would react – on leash, she seems to love bigger dogs but dislike smaller ones. I’ve seen her catch and eat a baby bunny, so I don’t know what she would do with a toy dog. Eating someone else’s dog would not be good, nor would it make me happy if a dog bigger than her tried to eat her. BTW, the “dog runs” in those 2 photos seem awful small, especially for larger dogs – but I guess they would suffice if there’s not other greenspace available. At least someone thought about the poor dogs, which is not common in city environments.

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    • joey says:

      I understand. Cody’s not missin anything if it could be scary out there for her. Sadie’s right around 40, so yeah, Cody is a medium gal as well. It’s really just a green space to make, and you’re right, at least someone cares for the puppers in the city.

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  10. Dan Antion says:

    Those are best doors to use. I love your analysis of dog sizes. I think you’re β€œspot” on. Size wouldn’t matter to Maddie. She just wouldn’t go in, period, unless she was the only dog in either side. I’d like to think she would get along with Saddie but…

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  11. Size wouldn’t matter to Diva Dog she’d be happy in either one but, the Doggie Size Police would want her in the Small Dog pen.

    Sadie is so cute! I love her color.

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    It is true, dogs have no idea what size they are. I had mastiffs trying to sit on my lap!

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s tough to be in the middle πŸ™‚

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  14. reocochran says:

    I think that this is too bad about the different runs, since we have an open dog park. I don’t have a dog anymore but Toby would have been a large or big dog but had the heart of a marshmallow. I guess it is upsetting since Sadie to me is also a gentle dog who would like either location! I am always tickled with a different form of Thursday Door(s), Joey! ❀

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    • joey says:

      Thanks for coming by! πŸ™‚
      I agree, it’s unfortunate, and more unfortunate there are some size police in the dog world. Your Toby sounds like a gentle giant.
      ❀

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  15. Amy says:

    Our Goldendoodle is giant. Much larger than my last Golden Retriever. He thinks he’s a lap dog and wants to squeeze into the chair with you and he’d want any dog to just be his friend. When we took him to puppy training classes his girlfriend was a Maltese. lol.

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  16. Norm 2.0 says:

    Gee, I guess it has been a long day: My first thought was that the two dog runs looked to be about the same size; I couldn’t see how one could be called ‘large’ and the other one ‘small’. I had to read the post to understand the size reference was for dog size and not the size of the runs.
    “Signs are just things to pee on” Thanks for the chuckle πŸ˜€

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  17. Sadie is a lovely dog. And the only thing about dogs is the size of their hearts–all of them have room-sized hearts, filled with love.

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  18. I like your doggie doors, and I’m sure I’d love Sadie. I’m a dog person who just happens to have aged out of owning dogs. πŸ™‚ That being said and with a heart full of love for almost any dog, can I say I do not understand the women walking around with a small to medium sized dog in a dog stroller. I have to control myself and not ask these women if they know that dogs have four legs and can walk, but then that would lead me to the next question – why the heck do you have to take your dog to the store with you. Sorry, I got off topic. So, here’s hoping you, Sadie and the rest of the family have a GREAT weekend with not too many driving destinations that cause you to leave the comforts of home. πŸ™‚

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    • joey says:

      I only recently encountered my first lady with dogs in a stroller. On one hand, I thought, “Oh how ridiculous!” and on the other, I thought, “Well, you’re a lonely person and the company of puppers provides comfort.” So that’s that. Both.
      We often talk about whether we will have a dog after Sadie. We think no. We enjoy every moment with her, but we would enjoy traveling freely… I don’t think of it as aging out of dogs — more staging — I’m at a stage in my life where I don’t wanna potty train a gd thing. Ya know? I bet you do.

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  19. I never thought about it before. Mine are deceptive and depends on how you measure. By volume or height they aren’t that big. By weight, they’re both lunkers.

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    Sadie is adorable. I think she should be allowed to go on whatever dog run she wants.

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  21. Truth, my dear. As the saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. And dogs of all sizes pee on almost everything. πŸ™‚

    janet

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  22. Ah, now you see why your next post was just about the cats. πŸ™‚ I have never seen this dog size-segregation runs. If I saw the first note, I’d die laughing, take a million pictures and post it online for people (around here) to laugh, because they would read it like me: Big dog, run! and think it’s another style of Beware of the dog notice. I’ve noticed that bestia (15 kg) sometimes whistles and looks the other way if he sees he is about to meet a big dog. That must be because the first time I took him to a dog park in Rome, he was surrounded by huge dogs in a prompt check-up and it looked like a hood and I wouldn’t wish to be my dog. I think this kind of separate runs are a complete waste of time. They better make a big and nice one for everybody.

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    • joey says:

      So Bestia is a bit smaller than Sadie, but definitely a medium dog. Sadie loves to play, she would enjoy meeting Bestia.
      I think they did a decent job of providing a greenspace for puppers to make. The city isn’t real dog friendly.

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      • Well, he is quite tall but is thin, almost greyhound thin. When he was young, I had to listen to all kinds of well-meaning people declaring that he was too thin, whereas only I knew how much he ate and what a little tummy he had. Now it’s better, he has filled up nicely.

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  23. markbialczak says:

    I am glad to hear that Sadie is a huge socialized in the dog world, Joey.

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