Tucked away in a corner of a lily-padded pond toward the south end of the Long Meadow in Prospect Park is a wonderful dog beach. I don't know how this beach came to be, but whoever thought of the idea is brilliant! We took Milo there last Saturday. Apparently he loved to swim in the lake when he was a baby puppy growing up in the woods of the Adirondacks before he came to Brooklyn.
It was the perfect activity for such a hot day, now that New York City's infamous horridly humid summer days are here. Milo got to cool off in the water, while I stood on the sidelines with the camera and the other, water-fearing dog who refused to even touch the water.
Even if you don't have a dog, it's worthwhile to stop by on a walk through the park for some cute overload. Dogs leaping to play fetch in the pond, splashing, playing, treading water, carrying sticks in their mouths. It's an adorable spectacle that gathers quite a crowd.
ED Note: Apparently the dog beach is filled with giardia, so it's actually not such a great idea to take dogs there. But fun to stop and watch the unsuspecting dogs whose owners don't care, nonetheless.