Fetchin’ Fun, Pawesome Play at the Oakland County Waterparks

It wasn’t just another day at the park.

Oakland County Waterparks are officially closed for the summer. The closed sign prominent at the front gate, but last weekend families and their dogs were invited in for a little fetch and a lot of fun.

Tennis balls littered the pool as dozens of dogs dove in from all sides, using their best doggy-paddle to reach the closest one.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation‘s Waterford Oaks Waterpark and Red Oaks Waterpark hosted the 11th annual dog swim on September 10th and 11th; and it was clear, all dogs were in heaven dipping and diving into the blue water of the park’s wave pool.

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It’s a Fetchin’ Good Time

Fetch is the game, dog park is the name! Whether your four-legged friends are putting their doggy-paddling skills to the test, or racing for a sailing tennis ball, Oakland County Dog Parks provide three locations where all dogs can run, jump and play.

Vast open spaces, complete with trails, lakes and fields, give way to an earthly heaven for all dogs (and their owners). It’s the perfect place for you and your pooch to exercise and socialize.

All Oakland County Dog Parks, including Red Oaks Dog Park, located in Madison Heights, Lyon Oaks Dog Park, located in Wixom and Orion Oaks Dog Park, located in Lake Orion are open to the public.

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The Bog, the Swamp and the Dawn of Spring

The Wilder Side of Oakland County

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In these warming, waning days of winter, signs of spring’s approach are everywhere, but she leaves her most obvious door-knocking notices near our bogs and swamps. Henry David Thoreau wrote His soft warble melts in the ear, as the snow is melting in the valleys around. The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds.” Those words are true today: the eastern bluebird flits above meadows of crusty snow and perches on branches and old fence posts at the edges of swamps on the wilder side of Oakland County. At this very moment, something seemingly odd and other worldly is happening in our swamps. It’s an event that always seems to occur just as the warble of bluebirds sweetens the day. Continue reading

Scent of Love Spices the Air: Romancing the Skunk

The Wilder Side of Oakland County

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A skunk captured under a deck in a live trap presents a removal challenge for the homeowner.

Courtship is well underway for Mephitis mephitis, the often maligned striped skunk, and that means the scent of love is in the night air. Romance for the skunk is a simple affair: wander about under the cover of darkness and search for a suitable mate. Yet, during these nocturnal searches, as winter slowly wanes, skunks may encounter other critters of the night: raccoons, coyotes, fox, cats and dogs. If these creatures do not give the hormonal-driven skunk, with a mission of mating on its mind, a wide berth, the skunk will swing into defensive mode. First comes a warning: the front paws pound up and down. Perhaps that message serves to say, “Do you remember me from last time?”

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