Day 13 of Lupe’s 2012 Dingo Vacation to the West Coast.
Today, Lupe was going to see the ocean for the first time ever! Well, not the broad expanse of the open sea, but she was at least going to see Puget Sound in Seattle. Lupe was nearly to Seattle already!
First things first, though. Lupe’s day started with a visit to a dog park along the Cedar River in Renton, WA just to get some exercise and sniff the morning air. The dog park turned out to be long and narrow, as it followed the Cedar River. There wasn’t any access to the river itself, which flowed down in a steep narrow gorge. A bike path went through the park. Lupe had to be careful. Bikers whizzed silently by with some frequency.
Even though the dog park was in the city, it was cool, shady and not too crowded. Trees and blackberry bushes grew along the bike path. There were grassy areas where Lupe could run. Lupe searched the trees for squirrels with some success. In the meantime, Lanis and SPHP discussed where to go next. Lanis was interested in seeing the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.
The Washington Park Arboretum covers 230 acres. A wide variety of trees, bushes, flowers and plants of all types were growing in great profusion. Lupe, Lanis and SPHP wandered the pathways looking at the displays. It wasn’t long before SPHP noticed that Lupe was stopping frequently to lick her left front paw. On examination, there was a little round circle on her biggest pad. Lupe had stepped on a blackberry thorn back at the dog park in Renton.
Lupe’s sore paw put an end to touring the Washington Park Arboretum. Lupe needed help getting that blackberry thorn out of her paw! At a Safeway store, SPHP bought tweezers and a set of needles. SPHP operated on Lupe’s paw. Lupe was very cooperative. She clearly understood that SPHP was trying to help her. Unfortunately, at first SPHP didn’t seem to be making any progress removing the thorn.
Suddenly, with a little flick of the needle, the blackberry thorn popped out. It came out all in one piece, leaving a small round hole in Lupe’s pad. Her paw wasn’t sore anymore. She quit licking it, and forgot all about it. A few days later, when SPHP examined her paw, there was no sign of the hole where the thorn had been.
Once the painful blackberry thorn was removed, it was time to go see Puget Sound. Lupe saw the ocean for the first time at Golden Gardens Park.
Ravens were flying around looking for tidbits on the lawn near the parking area where the Element was parked. Lanis became interested in feeding them. The ravens seemed to like graham crackers. Lanis’ flock of ravens grew rapidly. Seagulls noticed the action and started joining in.
The decimation of Lanis’ graham cracker supply led to a loss of interest by his flock of followers, which soon abandoned him. Although Lupe hadn’t been allowed on the beach, she had at least seen the ocean. Lupe had to be content with that for the time being. Maybe it was time to check out the Space Needle?
Lupe saw the Space Needle, but there wasn’t any open parking nearby. Lanis was ambivalent about paying to go up in the Space Needle, anyway. Carolina Dogs aren’t generally that interested architecture, although Lupe would have liked the view from the top. SPHP was pretty certain the view would have been fabulous. However, since Lupe probably would have been prohibited from going, and there didn’t seem to be any place to park the Element, Lanis drove on.
It had been 5 days since Lupe’s first experience with the luxury of motel life back in Bozeman, MT. Lanis and SPHP both needed to get cleaned up, and were looking forward to soft beds again. Lupe certainly wasn’t going to object! Soon Lupe was checked into a motel in Tacoma. Now that she had a better idea what to expect, Lupe acted like living in a motel was the most natural thing in the world.
In the evening, Lupe, Lanis and SPHP went to a park. There was a big pond, trees fully equipped with squirrels, and a very spacious lawn for Lupe to race around on. The park was a popular place. Lots of people and other dogs were around. Lupe played Frisbee with Lanis and SPHP. Sometimes Lupe invited herself to play Frisbee with other people when their Frisbees strayed conveniently close. The sun set. It grew dark. Time to head back to the motel for a long luxurious snooze.