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Cherry Beach is arguably Toronto's best dog park with its large leash free areas, lake access and attendance by mostly responsible owners who keep the place clean and relatively dog fight free.

It's on the other side of the city for us so Smitten doesn't get to go there all the time but when she does go, she likes to make the most of it. By the time we're done, she's wet, dirty and exhausted. Can't get much happier than that.

6 Comments to “Cherry Beach dogs”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a fun day Smitten had along with all the other dogs.

  2. Great pics, Fred, reminded me of how much my late dog loved the water. Is the black shep in the third pic Keaton?

  3. Fred says:

    No, not Keaton but looked like him. A little bigger.

  4. They look like they are having so much fun!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Holy Cow, Fred, I come home from a tough day into night at the office - I'm talking mega human crack-your-head-open mania - and you lift me up with your goofy guys. My whole mood soared. Of course, Smitten my favorite but I love how you manage to capture that thin edge beween robust good times and whacked-out eyeball spinning in the same frame. Like that boxer with the airbourne leap and north/south ears. Always love your blog but today was like taking a happy pill. Will more than do until I can get a dog. Another fan.

  6. Unknown says:

    Love the pictures! Wish we had a place like this near us.

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