• Emily Bond

Where to Dog Park in L.A. - Silverlake

It's difficult to compare dog parks. Having ushered the two mongrels from one enclosed canine playground to the next, the pee spots start to run together. There are parks that naturally stand out, and others that probably weren't even really parks, but the Silverlake dog park being the closest to us at the moment deserves a review.



The dogs seem to love it. Although in their short lives I can't say (with the exception of bath time, vet time, nail clipping time, and the moments following what was no doubt an exciting excavating the trash time, which quickly results into - bad dog time) they don't really get depressed. It's not like they aren't capable of sad thoughts, I just don't think between the treats and nap-time there's much room for a doggie downer. But there are issues with the park. It's isn't grass, it's sand. I'm not a fan of gravel parks or sand parks. The gravel is usually a trick for Lola's arthritis and sand soaks in a lot of what a dog can leave behind. And the part that is grass is supposedly a "no dog zone," and happens to be a chain link fence away from the doggie desert. The space of the park is large in comparison to other little dog parks, with water, poop disposal tools, and a bad-dog zone - a little patch completely closed off that Lola occasionally will find herself in. Slightly north of the little dog portion is an area for the bigger pups - which is also sand, but quite large.


The truth is, your dog is just stoked you're taking them to a park. They get to make new friends, discover hidden toys (like Mr.Dirty Green Frog...may he rest in peace), and spend time with their favorite human...you!

The truth is, your dog is just stoked you're taking them to a park. They get to make new friends, discover hidden toys (like Mr.Dirty Green Frog...may he rest in peace), and spend time with their favorite human...you! So despite the dust that may kick up in your face while tossing tiny tennis balls around, it is an enjoyable lovely park. You can stop at Lamill beforehand grab a latte and for Lola's sake leave your cell phone in the car.

It isn't necessarily about whether or not the dog park is your favorite, it's whether or not you're taking the time to enjoy being a dog companion. Friendships need room to roam.




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