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  • A Summer Day: The Dog Park

    Even people without pups enjoy spending time at the canine compound
  • You can't take a wrong turn at the Ashland Dog Park. As soon as you walk through the double gates, you'll be greeted by a number of athletic, over-friendly mutts and a few purebreds.
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    • Locals' suggestions:
      "I love backpacking trips and long day hikes through the forest with my dogs."
      — Chip Layton

      "Summer is the time in which we get color in our life through beautiful plants and flow...
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      Locals' suggestions:
      "I love backpacking trips and long day hikes through the forest with my dogs."

      — Chip Layton

      "Summer is the time in which we get color in our life through beautiful plants and flowers. Each morning I look forward to simply getting down and in the dirt. I'm completely in my space while planting the newest beauty from growers markets or small and large businesses that I shop at regularly. I collect just the right mix of sunshine."

      — Molly McBeth
  • You can't take a wrong turn at the Ashland Dog Park. As soon as you walk through the double gates, you'll be greeted by a number of athletic, over-friendly mutts and a few purebreds.
    Even if you don't have a canine, this 2-acre park still is a place to hang out. Kids love to watch other people's dogs swim in the plastic kiddie pools, throw them tennis balls and then pet the furry puppies.
    Adults do, too. After all, there's nothing like a little puppy love to make you feel young again.
    That's what Georgia Ross, 82, and Bill Davies, 92, think. They arrive at the dog park "just about every day," rain or shine, to let their dogs frolic.
    "I've been coming to the dog park since 1948," she says, with a casual wave of her hand.
    If you tromp around the grass and mud in the mid-afternoon, you'll meet the "3 o'clock crowd," as Paul Nylund calls these visitors. They swing by to let their dogs exercise, unleashed, while they stand around and chat. Nylund shows up with his yellow lab retriever, Chester.
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