The sun is starting to set so the 4th of July celebration will be starting soon! Since Hazel and Nooner shake like a tamborine while fireworks are going off we decided to celebrate early by heading out to stroll around Codornices Park in the hills of Berkeley. I've driven by it a couple of times but haven't had a chance to roam around the trails until today and now we know it's definitely going to be one of favorite local parks!
The park opened in 1915 as one of Berkeley's first parks and you can still see remnants of the stone craftsmanship in the bridge, creek walls and outdoor fireplace. It was so peaceful walking through the redwoods and buckeyes, but we weren't alone too long before more neighborhood locals joined us with their own dogs. Apparently it is a very popular park! I'm sure the trails lead up and into the hills but since we weren't familiar with the area we stuck to the main trails that wound around in a large circle back to the open meadows where we let the dogs run around. They had a great time running through the water, finding their way up on the single track paths, and sniffing up all the new smells that hounds are bound to pick up! (note that dogs need to be on a leash, I've edited them out of the photos)
As we were heading back to the van we ran into this funny girl; she refused to walk and laid down on the sidewalk until the Mr. went over and said hi and gave her a good belly rub. She literally laid right down and refused to move! It was hilarious! Her owner said that she does this all the time and won't budge until someone pays attention to her and stops to pet her.
I hear the first of the fireworks starting so I better go and prepare the closet crate for Hazel. She likes to hide in the closet so each year we put a crate in there so she feels safe, and then crank up the volume on the TV to dull the sound.
What do you do for your dogs to prepare them for the 4th of July?