Friday, June 28, 2013

A Dog Walk Through the Newest Piedmont Park Expansion

Rocco, right, and his pal Nicky check out
the newest entrance to  Piedmont Park
Our local city park, Piedmont Park, got even better this past week as the newest section of the park opened, adding 12.5 more acres and an entrance that's easily accessible to my neighborhood.

So naturally, Rocco and I headed off to check out the newest acreage, complete with wooded trails and bridges and paved paths, perfect for all sorts of outdoor adventures! Rocco's Havanese pal Nicky's been staying with us this past week, so Nicky got to come along for the adventure too.

After crossing over the bridge into the park, Rocco and Nicky discovered some new steps up to a wooded trail...


So peaceful, it's hard to believe these trails are right in the middle of Atlanta just a few miles from downtown!

Even though there was lots of shade, remember that dogs can overheat quickly...

Rocco and his pal Nicky take a moment for water break and a rest stop in the shade
... so be sure to play it safe if you're out with your pups this summer:
  1. Don't over do it. Take rest stops in the shade often.
  2. Bring along plenty of fresh water 
  3. Start your walk in the early morning or in the evening during the coolest hours of the day
We started out early and finished our walk through the cool and shady Six Springs Wetland trail, an area that was completely covered in Kudzu and considered unusable just a few years ago. Now look how beautiful it is!


We used the new Instagram video feature to record this video. You can also watch it on Instagram here!

Piedmont Park has come a long way in the last five or so years, and this was just the latest phase in its grand restoration plan. All in all we covered about four miles, a terrific walk to kick off a FitDog Friday!


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Peggy's Pet Place to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!) and to help combat pet obesity. Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.





30 comments:

  1. WOW! it's a large park. Oh I see steps, one of my favorite workout. Happy tired dog. We have not tried the video in Instagram, will give it a try. Happy FitDog Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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    1. There's lots more steps at Piedmont Park too. Maybe we can run them when you come for BarkWorld!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  2. That looks like a great place in the middle of town. How cool. Glad you had a fun time with your pal Nicky. Have a fabulous Friday Rocco.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. It is a gem of a park in the city, and they've done a great job with the restoration! Happy FitDog Friday!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  3. Hey Rocco, Glad to see you're getting your exercise in, even in Hotlanta. Nice park - hope your house guest enjoyed it too! Happy FitDog Friday!

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    1. Nicky's having a fab time playing with Rocco and joining us in all our activities! When he goes home from our house, Nicky's folks say he sleeps for days! ha!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  4. I love the way Rocco and Nicky trot along on those little legs. That's a beautiful park. Hey, we all did videos today. You'd think that you, me and Slimdoggy coordinated something!

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    1. I love their short little legs too! Amazing how fast they are!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  5. That is so great that the park is so close to the city. The Twin Cities recently won some awards for having so many parks in the city, some are bigger than others, but it is important to have them so the people in the city have a place to go to.

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    1. Love the Twin Cities too, though I usually don't get to see parks and things like that when I visit. Maybe next time!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  6. What a nice part, beautiful day for a hike
    Benny & Lily

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    1. So nice! Hope you kids are doing well!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  7. How lovely that they expanded the part. It looks fabulous!
    Oz

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    1. Is is! If you're here for BarkWorld maybe we can play there!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  8. Hot & tired doggies. Thanks for sharing the new section. I haven't had the chance to get out there.

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  9. They've made amazing changes to Piedmont Prk since I lived in Atlanta...I don't remember there being anything like this beautiful trail...Oz & I will be at Barkworld together...Maybe Rocco will take us on a tour?

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    1. Awesome! Rocco can take you on a great tour of Piedmont Park and a dog-friendly restaurant too! Are you getting in early... like before Thursday?
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  10. I miss you Rocco! You have a twin! What a beautiful park to have so close I foresee lots of lovely walks! Love Dolly

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    1. We miss you too! Hope we get to see you in Chicago. We'll be there mid-August!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  11. Oh how pretty! Looks like a really nice trail. You pups sure are lucky!

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  12. What a nice place to walk and good advice about getting out there early before it gets too hot!!

    Wyatt

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  13. Hey Rocco,

    Have you got a girlfriend already dude? She's very cute!!

    High paw,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    1. hehe! Nicky's a boy! But I don't think Rocco cares. Rocco's a real dog's, dog ... he knows how to have a good time with anyone!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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