We took advantage of the sunny weather over the long weekend by investigating a new dog park. Honestly, I am surprised we haven’t visited Hemlock Ravine sooner as it encompasses two of my nerdiest loves: dogs and history. The area was originally the home of Queen Victoria’s father, Prince Edward, while he was commander-in-chief of British Military Forces and staying in Canada. A heart-shaped pond was constructed by the entrance in homage to the love shared between Edward and his mistress, Madame de St. Laurent.
Shiva seemed more interested in the bugs floating on top of the water than romance.
While the park isn’t very large, it does feature many different looping trails, including an off-leash section. Given that it wasn’t very busy yesterday, we broke the rules and let Shiva run leash-less for the majority of the walk. I figure as long as she leaves people alone, no one will get upset. It’s not something we could have done a year ago.
I can’t get over how lucky we are to have so many great parks in our city. In general Halifax isn’t overly dog-friendly. I can’t think of any restaurants or stores that openly welcome dogs. But the city councillors do seem to recognize the need for park space. As long as dog owners continue to be responsible, hopefully the current off-leash parks will remain and even expand.
Just look at this happy face. Who could deny Shiva her fun?