Go To The Gate
Full moon during dawn at Loch Haven Dog Park,  moon, pine trees, Hoover, Alabama
Usually, when Annie (my 33-pound emotional support Pit Bull mix) and I reach Loch Haven Dog Park in Hoover, Alabama at four o’clock in the afternoon, there are already a wide variety of canines in both the large and small dog enclosures. Both areas share a common middle fence. Initially, you enter through the main gate into a common area with gates at each end providing access into either area.
Entering either side can be a challenge late in the afternoon as owners gather on the benches close to the entrances. The dogs also come to that area to drink water between fits of crazed running. Often, it will require one or two people to hold the gathered dogs away from the gate to allow for entrance and exit to be achieved. Even then, it requires constant watchfulness and a real sense of purpose to navigate successfully. Many times, once the gate is opened, dogs will make a calculated run through it only to be stopped by the outer gate (much to the relief of their owners).
In contrast, when I meet my friends there at dawn, the four adults and dogs have no problem walking single-file through the gates.
The park is very well maintained with the exterior fencing equipped with extra large gates allowing trucks to enter with ease.
On the days I take Annie to the park twice, I can end up going through the gates at least eight times. I like to think of those gates as reminders for our path to heaven.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Copyright January 21, 2016
wide gate, Loch Haven Dog Park, Hoover, Alabama