Dog Park Etiquette
Poodle Old English Sheepdog mix, Loch Haven Dog Park, dogdevotionals.com, Christian Devotionals, Hoover AL, Romans 12:2
Regular attendees at the Loch Haven Dog Park in Hoover, Alabama know these unwritten rules:
Don’t wear any clothes you wouldn’t want dog hair and dirty paw prints on when you leave; Keep your dog leashed until you are through both gates; Ignore the signs regarding size limitations of dogs if everyone else is okay with whatever size dog is in either enclosure; It is your responsibility to watch the dogs running at all times, as they are not watching you; Be friendly to dogs and their owners unless you detect irritable ones, then stay out of their way; If a dog brings you a ball, Frisbee, or rope bone (no matter how filthy), you throw it for them; If a dog approaches you with tail wagging seeking attention, you tell them how beautiful they are and pet them enthusiastically; and lastly, do whatever is needed to keep the peace at all times amongst owners and canines alike.
Annie conceptualizes these rules a bit differently:
All toys in the park (whether on the ground or in another dog’s possession) are hers; All humans at the park are there to pet her; The only reason dogs are there is to play with her; and, The humans’ responsibilities include attentive watchfulness over their own canine(s) and petting her. 
Once Annie enters the gate, she begins enthusiastically greeting everyone whether two- or four-legged.  One day, a young man was sitting on the bench close to the entrance and Annie stopped in front of him, tail wagging, eagerly anticipating verbal praise and loving hands caressing her face.  I saw he didn’t want anything to do with Annie.  So I began, and continued, unsuccessfully calling her to come to me.  He began telling her “Someone is call you over there” which I’m sure sounded like WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH to her while they were making eye contact. 
Annie concluded this human was still in training by his canine and bounded off searching for a more receptive recipient of her affection.
1 Peter 3:10-11

Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!
Copyright February 23, 2016