This weekend, we went on a trip to Totoredaca Park in Mississauga. The Australian Shepherd Meetup group had an event there – an Aussie Frenzy, in fact – and we wanted to be a part of it. I love going to a dog park and knowing that we’ll run into a few dogs we know/like and that play well with Gwynn.
The park is HUGE, with a big field, a forested area, a small-dog area, and a fenced in field that is supposed to have agility equipment in it. Well, this sunday, all they had out was one pretty boring tunnel, but apart from that, I have no complaints.
There is seating scattered all around, along with things for the dogs to sniff and explore. It was ridiculously windy, so I’d imagine that, if you’re going in the winter, you’ll want to bundle up. There are some sheltered areas for people to huddle in, if it’s really bad, but they aren’t ideal for being able to see your dog if he’s running around off in the distance.
In warmer months, they have a water spout for filling dog bowls. Despite the unnaturally warm fall we’ve been having, they’ve already shut that off, so bringing water for your pooch is a must.
We stayed there for about two hours, and from what I saw, all the dogs and owners were behaving well. If a dog was getting too aggressive, it was called off and redirected, and, while most people were standing around in groups, no-one was ignoring their dogs. Gwynn spent a good hour stealing a squeaky toy from another dog, and, once I found out that it was ok with the owner, he got to continue running around chasing and being chased by the yellow lab, depending on who had the squeaky dragon ball.
Afterwards, we swung by the petsmart, a less-than-ten-minute drive away from Totoredaca. I’d count that as another nice feature of this park.
One thing I will warn about – going West towards Totoredaca, you pass the less-obvious parking area that’s on the north side of the park. The west-side parking area is packed. And likely to always be packed at the usual take-your-dog-to-the-park times. The north-side parking lot has an entrance as well, and is just about empty. Next time I go, I’m going to skip the busy lot and go to the north lot first.
Get more information on Totoredaca Park here: http://www.totoredaca.org/
Most of the pics I included were taken by other Aussie Meetup members. They all have amazing cameras that let them get great shots of Aussies at high speeds. So, if you see that a picture is a bit grainy… it was probably taken on my phone, with the settings unchanged from when Doodle was trying to take night-shots with no flash. Not ideal, but it still gets the point across.