Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rainy Day Fun

After seeing the weather forcast for today which predicted 100 percent chance of rain all day we were a little uncertain to go ahead and pick up the hire car. We decided we would and stay local so we took the girls to Yoyoji Park Dog Run. The big dog run was flooded so we opted for the one for small dogs between 3 and 12kgs (actually Jazz is 13kgs!! but anyway). It was pretty muddy in there but Jazz and Dixie got to run around a bit and play with a Jack Russel and another Beagle that were also braving the mud! After that we took a walk around this wonderfully green park. Before putting the girls back in the car I washed them off a bit. It was really clouding over so we thought we'd head for an indoor dog run which we couldn't find even with the help of the Navi. By now it was raining so we headed home for a bit of lunch and a nap.

In the afternoon we headed back out because it had stopped raining. This time we took Jazz and Dixie to Rinshinomori Park known as the "oasis of calm in the heart of Tokyo" , with many tall majestic trees, some of which are rarely seen in other metropolitan parks. The park started its life as an experimental nursery, established in 1900 by the Agriculture Agency but was later donated to the Tokyo Parks Department and was opened to the public in 1989. It really was beautiful to see such huge trees and very dense vegitation right here in Tokyo. We came across a few sign boards telling us about all the species of bird, insect and reptile that lived in the park as well as the usual 'dog manner' signs. Jazz and Dixie also met some of the local park stray cats which weren't at all bothered by Jazz and Dixie's presence! Then it started to pour with rain so we dashed to a nearby foot bridge and sat out the worst of it before heading back to the car. When the thunder started Dixie was even more anxious to get back while Jazz moped along at having to be out in the rain! Anyway between the down pours we managed to have a good day out and about right here in Tokyo.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Too bad it was raining but it seems that you all got to go to a beautiful park anyway. Have a great weekend..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Girasol said...

After all you girls had a good time, don't you?

Noah the Airedale said...

The dog parks in Tokyo sound absolutely fantastic. So many choices, even an indoor one. This area is hopeless considering so many people have dogs.


Lorenza said...

Glad you had a great time even with the rain!
Kisses and hugs

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Oh.. it's raining everywhere. But you gals still had fun. that's pawsome

~ Girl girl

BenTheRotti said...

Hi Jazz and Dixie, gosh you got awful close to those cats! Did they get their claws out? I'm glad you got to have fun despite the rain, it always rains here (thats maybe a slight embelishment of the truth) and its now officially the end of the summer so I get to look forward to 6 months of rain..yipee.. not hehehe

Ben xxx

Xsara ... said...

you have very nice parks in tokyo!

by the way, regarding your question: Xsara stays in her crate while I work with other dogs, and she has a chewie and fresh water in the crate, but she usually sleeps. we always keep the crate near us and make sure that it's in the shadow if it's hot outside or under a roof if it's raining. we take her for walks during the whole day because trials usually last all day. before and after her runs I do some warming-up or cooling down exercises to keep her in her best shape.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Hello Jazz and Dixie,
My name is Mango, Maltese breed living in Texas, USA. My parents plans to go with a group to Japan early April next year to see cherry blossoms. I found your blog tonight and I loved it. You two girls are adorable, can we be friends, please?
Please drop by my blog and sign my guestbook, thanks.

The Army of Four said...

Oh, I love to walk in the rain. I wish I'd have been there, we would have had a great time. I would have had to sit and stare at the cats, though!
COOL pictures from the Olympics! What a great experience it must have been!
Play bows,

The Army of Four said...

Hi girls! Please stop by when you can - I gave you an award today!
PS: Does that one sign at the park mean "no brushing your puppy"? If so, I'd like to order one of those signs for our house! :)

Katherine and Pippa said...

I want that ginger cat!


Dughallmor Beagles said...

Aww, your Beagles are beautiful!