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Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« on: August 08, 2005, 02:37:35 pm »
So, the post about things we CAN'T do with our big dogs got me thinking...  what are some of the most unusual or out-of-the-ordinary places you HAVE been able to take your big dogs?

I think the most unusual place that Ranger and Gwen have been is the Miniature Railroad in Balboa Park here in San Diego (see below)...   ;D  We take the dogs there to walk them around the park pretty often, and one day we were walking them when the train pulled into the station.  The Engineer began talking to us about the dogs and I said, half-jokingly, "They want to go on the train!".  Next thing I know we were cramming two people and two over-100 pound dogs onto the kiddy train!

I was so scared that Ranger was going to jump out, but he didn't and they had a blast!   We looked so ridiculous smooshed into the tiny little cars...  I wish we had gotten some pictures.

Where have your puppies been?
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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2005, 02:39:26 pm »
way cool!  You guys must be in the way back...caboose! 

We haven't been any where strange. 
We took Lady to Chow Hound once...when she was the size of a pea pod...and she didn't want to walk through the store so we put her in the cart and pushed her around the store.

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2005, 02:42:44 pm »
I go into alot of people's yards that I normally wouldn't have without my big dogs....When I am walking my guys so many people who are in their yards want me to bring them over to see them...If I wasn't walking my dogs we would probably just exchange a wave or not even that.

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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2005, 02:43:31 pm »
way cool!  You guys must be in the way back...caboose! 

We didn't get any pictures - that is just to give you an idea of what the train looks like...

But, funnily enough, we did sit in the caboose.  I figured that way if Ranger jumped out and I had to jump out after him at least the rest of the train wouldn't run us over!   ;D 

(Although, you can see from the size of the train it probably wouldn't have been life-threatening - it would have more like "Ow, my foot!") 
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2005, 02:47:17 pm »
at least in that caboose he could blow the horn...or kick off the trouble makers.  :) 

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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2005, 02:59:06 pm »
We've taken Bear to the Arcade after some schmoozing with the owner but most other places he been is a result of seeking out where he is allowed to go. Last weekend however Jaime and I went to a restaurant at our local Mall area and asked if we could eat on the patio with our dog. First the answer was no but then some higher-ups allowed it. Once we were seated however the manager came out and whispered to me that he had pictured a smaller dog and that this wasn't going to work. OK?? Well I promised he would be fine as Jaime and I both pushed on one end and pulled from the other to relocate him under the table and out of sight. Well he wasn't really out of sight and the REAL problem actually were the spectators gathering to meet him.. NOT his behavior. In the end I went back in to thank the manager and he proceeded to tell me how surprised he was that Bear was so quiet and well behaved and then thanked me!

Not surprisingly, the more well behaved big dogs have the bad rap while the obnoxious heel biting little dogs have full access.

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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2005, 03:00:14 pm »
Well I don't know if you Boston people know this (I'm about an hour from Boston) but you can take your dogs to Fanueil Hall, and on the Freedom Trail.  I'm planning on taking Sanity soon.  There's some pub that has a place to eat with the dogs too but I forget where.

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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2005, 03:08:06 pm »
Well I don't know if you Boston people know this (I'm about an hour from Boston) but you can take your dogs to Fanueil Hall, and on the Freedom Trail.  I'm planning on taking Sanity soon.  There's some pub that has a place to eat with the dogs too but I forget where.

Anky, where are you from? Did you know you can take dogs on the T too? I don't know if it is technically allowed, but I've met a bunch of dogs on the T.

I can't really think of any crazy places we have taken zoey right now. One thing that is funny though is that when zoey was a baby she used to ride in my lap in the convertable (she couldn't even fit in the back now though  :D )
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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2005, 03:12:28 pm »
At the beginning of the summer there was a huge sailing race that came into our harbour, and some of these boats were several million dollar yachts. Well the hubby and I both love to sail so we had to go down and oogle at these boats. We were amoung many spectators and the crew was weary of answering the same questions over and over so many of them sat on the far sides of the boats so they wouldn't be disturbed by all of the questions (sort of sounds like us with our big paws getting weary of answering all of the same questions!) Of course we had Abey and Hutch with us and everytime we came to a new boat the crew would come over to chat with us about the dogs! So we in turn got to ask all we wanted about  the boats. We even got invited onto two of the boats to have a look around! We had to pass, imagine lifting a near 200 lb dog up on to the deck of a boat!
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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2005, 03:13:33 pm »
I'm from Nashua NH.  We take the T everywhere.  Good luck finding parking in Boston.   :P  I think I read that's allowed too.  I read this all on MSN'S pet friendly city listing
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2005, 03:24:18 pm »
I took Merlin to a hockey game....As it was over and we were on our way out, one of the rink guards stopped us and started yelling that we couldn't have the dog in there. I gave him an exasperated huff and said "I know, the nerve of some people!!! I was just escorting him out!" I headed for the exit while he was still sputtering. LOL It was great!
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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2005, 03:24:28 pm »
We had a small train experiance too........... ...

Some years ago my ex girlfriend, her little girl, Lucy and I went to the Pumpkin Patch near Canby OR. When we pulled in the kids directing traffic all made a big deal about how we should take Lucy inside, so I dropped everyone off and went to park the car. By the time I got to the line for the train tickets Antionette (the X) was fuming, Samantha (the kiddlett) was upset, and Lucy was looking around for me to hide behind. It seems the woman in front of us was terrified of dogs and pitched a fit, insisting her son (who I was assured by all bystanders wanted to pet Lucy) was scared of dogs, how dare we bring a dog in there, how dare we have a big dog in out public, BLAH BLAH BLAH, made a huge scene I'm sure you all know the drill......... ..... When we got to the ticket booth the woman working there apologized, sold us our train tickets, and we qued up for the train. Still right behind this woman that had BIG DOG ISSUES........ ........

Shortly after a fellow walks up and asks me "I understand someone has a problem with your dog?" I try to explain our situation, we're just here to have a nice family day out, and the folks outside told us to bring her in............ .......... The fellow cuts me off an says " I own this farm and I like dogs better than people! And Now we're gonna show them!" The train had just pulled up and he made a point to lead us right under this womans nose to the head of the line and sat Lucy in the front car right behind the engineer. You shouldda seen her face.

After pumpkins were chosen and friends were met up with we went to the picnic area for lunch. Soon the same fella shows up and announces "We give the broken sausages to the pups" and takes some off the grill and hands them to a very grateful Lucy. Then every once in a while he'd come back and break a few so he could give her some more.

All in all that was a red letter day for the big girl
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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2005, 03:28:59 pm »
That is a GREAT story!
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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2005, 03:33:53 pm »
I took my dogs to church a couple times hee hee.  Everyone loved them.  I would take the dogs to our church picnics too.  They were a hit :)

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Re: Some Things You CAN Do With Big Dogs...
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2005, 03:43:08 pm »
read this all on MSN'S pet friendly city listing

what is this listing you speak of?

i mentioned this in the other rant about not being able to take dogs, but in our town there is a whole street that is super dog friendly.  The banana republic even alows pups and has treats for hte well behaved ones.