I saw this blog hop and figured I could help by posting. We got Boomer from a shelter, and I don't really mean it when I say I sometimes want to return him!
We have made 3 trips to a new dog park that opened this summer, about 25 minutes away. Anna has been to parks often, but neither of ours have been out socially. We took Anna first, to test it out, then brought her and Boomer back a few days later. Boomer is ferocious on the leash when we meet other dogs, but I was hoping it was only because he was leashed. There was a little growling and barking through the fence, but he was a perfect gentleman one inside. He even ignored the other male dog there trying to mount him, repeatedly, until he finally told him to knock it off.
So, we went back yesterday with all 3 of them. Rosie did not get carsick, so that was a huge plus. However, because someone rushed the dog loading, Boomer got out there without a leash or choke collar. We figured we could get two in there and come back for the 3rd, but our car erupted into a dog circus when we pulled up. Ameranth was nervous since Anna sometimes gets a little touchy around noisy, nosy dog crowds, and she didn't want to handle two at a time.
So I attached the leash to Boomer's regular collar, and grabbed Rosie's collar, since she is waist high and can walk next to me. I thought. Boomer twisted into the air, pulled his collar off and took off for the gate. Rosie walked on her back feet, husky howling all the way, as I called Boomer to no avail. I couldn't have planned a more conspicuous entrance if I had tried. We got them in and they magically transformed into model dogs. Whew! It went very well, and I don't really think that the pit bull owner left immediately because of us.
Now, if I do this correctly, it will link to the Pedigree Facebook page and you can 'like' that if you want, to get another bowl of food donated.