Archive for July, 2012

Explore the Dinosaurs at Hisey Park

Friday, July 20th, 2012

As I rested in the cool comfort of my house, my human rousted me and loaded me in the car for a trip down the Yakima Valley on a rather hot and sunny day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good car ride but the air conditioning was just not cutting it.  I made enough of a nuisance of myself, that my human pulled over at Hisey Park in Granger.  “Yes!  My plan worked!”

Now if you didn’t know, Granger is the land of dinosaurs.  They have replicas of these enormous creatures throughout town, making a drive through the town very interesting.  Hisey Park has many of these statues within its grounds along with a lake, walking path, playground and amphitheater for summer concerts.  Every year the town holds the Dino-In-A-Day event where the community gathers and builds a new dinosaur.  The newest addition was crafted on the park’s playground.

With joy and excitement, I jumped out of the car and charged down the hill toward the wonderful round thing filled with water.  My human was nagging on me to slow down but the water was calling to me, so I pulled her down the hill to the edge of the lake.  I was about to embark on my swim when I was distracted by a couple of ducks in the water along the shoreline, which my human also noticed.  Next thing I know I’m being pulled back from what I wanted to do the most and instead walking along the path around the lake.  Finally a shady spot without a duck in sight and I’m allowed to soak my toasty self in the refreshing water.  Relief at last!  The water was so pleasant and I couldn’t resist diving for sticks.  There’s nothing like putting my face in the water up to my ears only, but sometimes a complete submersion is necessary.  Swimming is a favorite activity of mine, but a roll in the grass and dirt followed by a good shake comes in a close second.  As far as I’m concerned Hisey Park is a great stop to cool your jets on a hot Yakima Valley day.


**Human swimming is not allowed and scout for ducks before jumping in, as they inhabit the lake and shouldn’t be disturbed.**

A Hidden Kibble, the Central Washington Agricultural Museum

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

I was planning my week of eating, playing, sleeping and swimming when KIMA TV asked if they could shadow me on a “work day.”  They wanted to tape me during my research for one of my entries on the Doggie Bloggie.  I had forgotten to include work in my plan but my human informed me that my work day was already scheduled so I told them to tag along with my on my visit to the Central Washington Agricultural Museum.  “Reality TV here I come!”

The Central Washington Agricultural Museum (CWAM) is a hidden kibble located at Fullbright Park in Union Gap.  The museum educates humans about the lifestyle and techniques within central Washington’s agricultural history,  through displays in more than seventeen acres within a park-like setting.  The collection is extensive and includes items like horse drawn and early mechanical farm machinery, farmstead displays and over 3,000 antique hand tools which are displayed in the Magness Room.  The little humans will enjoy viewing a working sawmill and learning how to churn butter or wash clothes by hand.  These are only a few of the many things to do and see at the CWAM.

The museum is volunteer driven so volunteers are typically out in the exhibit, restoring equipment or creating new exhibits.  They are more than willing to give you a pat and can answer your human’s questions about the collection.  It has multiple paths throughout the exhibits and a nifty driving tour to accommodate those who would rather be chauffered, like I do.  There is a picnic area that is perfect for romping in the sprinklers, especially on a warm day or sniffing out a bunny or two.  I sniffed out at least two bunnies and I swear I caught a faint scent of something up on the side of the hill.

Nick Schultz & Cooper



Nick Shultz, President of the CWAM, invites canines and their humans to come out and peruse the various agricultural displays.  So make your human stop in so you can say hi to Nick and his fantastic group of volunteers, think of all of the attention and kind words you will receive!