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Dog park offers fun for pups and people

Dog park offers fun for pups and people

April 14
02:40 2016

Sadia Saeed | Staff Writer

Wiggly Field Dog Park is a dog park whose open ground and breezy air brings hundreds of owners and dogs together. Past Argyle High School and parallel with Interstate 35 lies the park, situated among another park and a country club.

From daily drop-ins to weekend specials, Wiggly Park provides the opportunity for all dog-lovers to come together and give their pups a place to mingle. Only 13 minutes from UNT, many students bring their dogs while others enjoy a leisurely stroll through the area.

“I went there about a week ago for an early morning run,” computer science freshman Triston Blessing said. “I don’t have a dog but I went there with a friend that has one.”

The park prides itself on being dog-friendly to all and takes precautions for its smaller visitors. As such, the park offers separate fenced areas to keep the peace.

Education senior Mindy Dobson takes her dog there every weekend.

“I do not have to worry about [my dog] being loud with her barking or talking,” Dobson said. “She gets very talkative and loud sometimes.”

The park’s purpose is to provide a place where dog-lovers can come together, which may sometimes get hectic. This is why certain Wiggly rules exist to address safety concerns. The park offers a “time-out zone” for when the dogs get too wild and kiddy pools for them to splash around in.

English Bulldog and Boxer mix Addie anticipates as owner Amy Camp is about to toss the Frisbee. Kemi Feyisetan | Staff Photographer

English bulldog and boxer-mix Addie anticipates as owner Amy Camp is about to toss the Frisbee. Kemi Feyisetan | Staff Photographer

“Another really good thing [at Wiggly] is a pond that the dogs can go swimming at,” Dobson said.

Overall, the park has clean surroundings and a nature that offers furry friends the freedom to enjoy life. Whether it’s the friendly atmosphere, the comfort or the weather, the park attracts the most energetic dogs, making them more social as they get ready to leave. For many Wiggly Park is a ground for all new residents and old ones who have a leash, poop scooper, doggie bag and a sense of adventure.

“It’s such a pain in the butt and my doggie doesn’t do well in the car,” said aviation logistics sophomore Leslie Taylor. “But I find that it’s worth the trip.”

At the end of the day, Wiggly Park is a small, cozy niche that the residents of Denton have made a part of their lives. The increasing popularity and reception towards the park has the city of Denton planning on constructing a new play area soon.

“She loves it there,” Dobson said. “I first went to the park when my dog, Bailie, a border collie, was almost a year old. She has never met any dog, cat, frog or human that she did not immediately fall in love with.”

Featured Image: Bryan Foster, right, and Labrador Norm, 3, plays catch as they chat with friends Lynn Mikkelsen, left, and dog pal Charlie, 3. Kemi Feyisetan | Staff Photographer

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