While out taking my dog Moose for a walk in the Navy Yard, I learned about an Old English Bulldog group that was going to “Meet Up” at Peters Park. Every month a group of Bulldog owners from around Boston get together to let their dogs play while they swap stories and information each has learned about their unique breed. There are other breed-specific groups that get together each month as well, in fact, I think this opportunity for people to get together and discuss a common interest is absolutely fantastic and watching a gigantic pack of Bulldogs play together is also incredible.
New To Your Neighborhood
If you just moved to a new city or neighborhood Meet-up groups like those found at meetup.com are a fantastic way to meet your neighbors. You will be able to quickly get the inside scoop of who to see for what in your area. This is essential for finding an appropriate veterinarian, dog walker, sitter, etc. In fact, meeting up with some like-minded people is a great way to make new friends when you move to a new city like Boston, San Francisco or New York. At the end of the day, dog people have a certain level of compassion that makes a great foundation for friendships.
The Old English Bulldog Play Group
I have to say, watching a bunch of Old English Bulldogs playing together is hysterical. They were like a mob of bulldozers. It seemed like great fun for the dogs as they were all similar in play capabilities. I have to imagine a playgroup of Boston Terriers would be fun to watch as well.
I should mention that at Peters Park they have a dog area for smaller dogs and during Sunday’s Old English Bulldog Meet-up, there was a second play group of French Bulldogs holding court in that area.
Getting a Dog And Trying to Find a Great Fit?
If you are looking to get a dog and are trying to decide if a certain type of dog would be a good fit in your lifestyle, drop in on a meet-up or play group. Take the time to talk to people who actually have the type of dog you are considering and learn the pros and cons of each type of dog. This includes wonderful mutts and rescue dogs.