Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Great Places To Visit - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia- Parklands

Melbourne is a very diverse city. Being a country girl at heart I never thought I would be able to live happily in a city. Melbourne has proved to me that I can with its many park lands and reserves.  Having purchased a black miniature poodle to save my sanity, and make me walk more, I have begun to seek out areas where I can take her that are dog friendly.

Right on my doorstep is a bike path that winds its way along Darebin Creek and onwards. I enjoy taking Miss Lily along the many pathways within the Darebin Parklands, as they have sections which are dog friendly and clearly marked  "off lead" areas where your dog can run free, chase a ball etc. Of course you are expected to be considerate of other people and their dogs in these areas and it is your responsibility to ensure your dog is obedient even off lead and friendly towards other dogs and people.

Miss Lily is very friendly, and mostly obedient. Occasionally she might see another dog her size and run to say "hello", sometimes she doesn't listen and come back, but once she has said "hello", and waggled at her new found friend, then she comes.  It seems that way with most people's dogs, and as I would only let her off lead because she is so friendly, I hope others think the same.  So far that has been the case, and generally speaking, the owners get together and have a quick, friendly chat whilst the dogs have a little social interaction and fun. Then its's back to their owners and if necessary, back on lead and moving on.  So love being able to allow her this freedom and meeting other people who love their dogs enough to train them and allow them to "meet and greet", other owners and their dogs. There are also bins provided with bags attached throughout the park lands so you can clean up after your dog. Great idea. Keeps the area clean for everyone.  Personally, I always carry a plastic bag with me when I walk Miss Lily, even if she has been to the toilet at home, just in case. You can get fined if you don't clean up after your dog. Personally, I think it's irresponsible not to clean up after them, after all, I hate coming out to my mailbox and finding dog droppings on my nature strip, so I make sure Miss Lily and I don't leave them on anyone else's nature strip. 

Anyway here are some pics from this mornings walk, around Darebin Parklands in Ivanhoe.
I Love trees

Miss Lily standing on a rock -Queen of all she sees.

Morning sunlight on Darebin Creek

Darebin Creek

Miss Lily checking out something in the dewy grass.

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