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Joaquin miller dog park
Quenby was out of the house by 8am, so we grabbed some coffee, then headed to the local high school. I was hoping we could catch a few games of dodgeball in a gym, but after the first few seconds, I realized this would be a futile endeavor. The kids were too big and there was too much testosterone. Instead, we sat and chatted with some kids and their parents at the concession stand.
I was hoping to get Quenby a ball for the first time ever. This is not something that can be easily accomplished at a public school where balls can be hard to come by. So the next best thing is a gloveball. There’s something about giving Quenby a gloveball that’s like a kid finding his first pr of big boy underwear. It makes you feel good to see a kid excited about something so simple. After watching several kids play a game of dodgeball, I told Quenby he could have a go. It didn’t take him long to pick up the basics of the game and after he finished, I took him for a quick run around the school playing catch with the balls. The whole time we were having a good time. Quenby seemed to be enjoying himself as much as I was.
Quenby wasn’t the only one who got his first gloveball.
I can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m happy that Quenby is getting to have some fun. After all, I think it’s good for kids to have a healthy dose of both competition and fun. They learn how to deal with disappointment by being out of sync with their opponents, they learn how to work with their friends, and they learn how to have fun.
There are many more things that we could have done to have a great experience. It’s good that we made it as enjoyable as possible. But this post isn’t really about how to take a dog on the road. I’ve posted about that in the past, so if you’re interested, you can check out this post.
When it comes to the most important part of our experience, Quenby was great. It’s easy to forget that there are lots of things to be concerned about while we’re traveling. There are the logistics of packing and preparing. There’s figuring out where to go and how to get there. There’s making sure we’re safe, and there’s having fun. There’s also the fact that we can’t control what our kids do in their own homes and communities. But I’m reminded of that every time we go somewhere. Because every time we travel, Quenby is doing things we can’t control.
Quenby is doing something he never gets to do at home.
Quenby is playing with balls in a park he’s never visited before.
Quenby is having a great time while playing catch in a field that’s new to him.
When we travel, I don’t worry so much about the things I can’t control. I focus on what I can control. And I try to make it a fun experience for everyone.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to write this post for months now. It’s a good thing I finally have the time, because the past few days have been crazy busy. Quenby’s been traveling and I’ve been busy with a lot of work.
It’s funny how much a dog makes you understand about being a parent. While we’ve been out of the house for over two weeks, I’ve been thinking about our trip a lot. This morning, I read a few posts on Facebook where families talked about how they’d never take their kids camping agn after a bad experience.
This is part of the reason why I don’t take Quenby camping anymore. I learned how to do a lot of things wrong. I also learned about what to do differently this time.
So what exactly have we learned? We’ve learned what to pack, what to pack for each situation, and what Quenby can and cannot handle. We’ve learned how to plan for what to do in case of an emergency. We’ve learned what to do to help Quenby get along with other dogs. And we’ve learned how to make the most of each moment.
These are all things I’ve learned in the past couple of months. I don’t have any easy answers, but these are the things I try to keep in mind as we’re out of the house. If I can share these things