Not Your Ordinary Walk In The Park

August 23, 2011 § 18 Comments

Sunday was not an ordinary walk in the park for Maple. Unbeknownst to her, we registered ourselves and the Lil’ Miss in the 2011 National Dog Walk—an event organized by the Singapore Kennel Club to raise awareness about responsible dog ownership, as well as to promote an active lifestyle for both dogs and their owners. 

Hundreds of tail-wagging pooches showed up that day at East Coast Park to participate in the doggie sports activities and mass group walk. With dogs of all breeds mingling in amidst the crowds, it was a fun spectacle for any animal-lover at heart. Maple had never before been in the company of so many canines, some of whom charmingly stole the show with their one-of-a-kind personalities.

We arrived shortly after 3:00pm and had some time to spare before the actual walk itself so, while Momsy spent a few minutes checking out the various vendors and stalls, Popsy disappeared with Maple in search of an afternoon snack. With so many adorable four-leggers curious for attention, however, I was eager to quickly end my browse through the booths and start snapping away.

Meanwhile, MM and Maple managed to find a shady place on the grass where the little tyke could play a few rounds of fetch while waiting for the group walk to commence. Maple currently has an overt obsession with her tennis ball—a new toy that I discovered during my recent trip home. The tennis ball, manufactured by Chuckit!, is available in ‘mini’ size which makes it a perfect fit for a petite gal like Maple. 

After waiting patiently for a good hour, our ears perked when an announcement was made for the commencement of the mass group walk. We could sense the anticipation building as dogs and their handlers queued up on one side of the ‘Start’ line while curious bystanders watched from the other.

I think the excitement got to Miss Maple—she requested for a last minute potty break just as we took our positions. Oh well, at least we got that business out of the way early. Once we hit the pavement, though, this little munchkin was raring to go!

The mass group walk was a leisurely stroll that took no more than 20 minutes to complete, and I think it was just about the right distance given the afternoon heat. As a reward to the dogs for being such good sports, slices of dog-friendly cake were distributed and shared amongst the furry ones. Maple invited her Beagle friend and blogging buddy, Lele, to a plate of cake. Lele, being the polite little lady that she is, was happy with just a few nibbles of the crumbs. Our greedy Miss Maple, on the other hand, wolfed down chunks of the cake—as much of it as she could stuff in her cheeks.

  

We don’t typically end our walks with cake, so Sunday was definitely not an ordinary walk in the park! I certainly hope Lil’ Miss Maple won’t be expecting a double-layered frosted treat at the end of every walk from now on 😉

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§ 18 Responses to Not Your Ordinary Walk In The Park

  • janicia says:

    Hey! I was wondering if I would see Miss Maple there, but there were too many red toy poodles!! =(

    • Hey Janicia! Lol, yes, there were quite a number of Toy Poodles on Sunday…and red ones at that! This was the first time we had the chance to meet so many other dog-lovers in one place—it was fun. Hope you enjoyed the event, too 😀

  • raisingdaisy says:

    That’s one happy Maple!! Sounds like a fun day – I love all the pooch pictures! 😀

    • Yes, I think it was a great outing for the furry ones. Maple got to see several different breeds of dogs that she normally wouldn’t otherwise encounter on a typical day. There was a Great Dane who mesmerized just about everyone, including Maple!

  • totomameee says:

    What an exciting event!! Hopefully Singapore become more pet friendly! TOto has a orange chuckit too but is full plastic 🙂

    Maple looks like she enjoy herself!!

    • I think this event was a huge leap forward in terms of promoting Singapore as a pet-friendly city-state. There was even a special appearance by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his four-legged companion, both of whom joined in on the walk! The dogs did raise eyebrows from fellow park users that day but, at the same time, I felt there was also genuine interest from some members of the public wanting to learn about the various breeds of dogs. We, too, hope to see more of such friendly events in the future 😀

      P.s. I imagine TOto loves his Chuckit! equally as much as Maple—she goes into a happy dance whenever we whip it out for her to play!

  • M.C. says:

    What a great group of walkers! And I love the idea that this walk brings visibility to responsible pet ownership.

    • It was quite the experience walking alongside so many participants—I’m not sure what the dogs thought of it all, but the humans certainly seemed entertained by the group walk! We definitely raised a lot of attention at the park on Sunday, and hopefully it was mostly positive attention 😀

  • Anny says:

    That sure sounds like a whole lotta fun. We have the Dogathon here every year at the big park at the UPM. It is a lot of fun to meet so many canines in one place.

    Glad Missy Maple girl have a great time and a big big chunk of cake.. hehehe.. love the last picture. She looks very happy.

    • Dogathon! Now, I can see that being the canine event of the year. We really enjoy going to such outings, if not for the scorching sun as you may also know very well. It was brilliant and sunny on Sunday but, whew, was it ever warm! The cake did temporarily take Maple’s mind off the heat, though 😉

  • Muffin_mint says:

    SM, you made it sound sooo fun! What a pity we missed it. Maple sure looked very happy in the pictures. However, I read from the newspaper that there was a fatal incident of one silky terrier being bitten by a rottweiler that day. It was really sad. Hopefully you and maple did not witness the awful scene.

    • The afternoon was indeed a lot of fun and the crowd appeared to be in good spirits—we couldn’t tell from the atmosphere that something had gone amiss earlier in the day. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that we learnt from Lele’s momsy about the fatal incident involving a Silky Terrier and Rottweiler. What a sad and unfortunate sequence of events. My heart goes out to the owners of both dogs—I don’t think anyone would wish to have their dog involved in such a traumatic circumstance.

  • Flora says:

    Stan and Joe were there! If I had known we all could have introduced the dogs.

    • We managed to catch up with one fellow blogger and her Beagle, but missed meeting many others whom we’ve come to know through blogging. We figured you guys might have been there. Hopefully there will be another occasion for us and our dogs to chat in person!

  • Looks like such a fun event! I’m sure Miss Maple was a show stopper. 🙂

  • I have seen those chuck it balls in the glow in the dark variety, which is fun if your pups like playing catch in the backyard at night, the way ours do…Maple might’ve eaten most of the cake, but she was still sharing…at least maple didn’t growl at le le.

    • We’re thrilled with how Maple has gone ga-ga over her Chuckit! tennis ball. I didn’t know they make glow-in-the-dark ones, as well! Oh my, I can imagine the fun Yuki and Rocket must have with them. Maple is pretty relaxed about sharing her food and toys but, at the same time, she does forget her manners at times and will steal food from other pups (lol)!

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