Dobermans, terriers, poodles, as well as other furry friends and human companions travel from near and far to enjoy a frolic at Ashley Memorial Dog Park in Auburn.
On Tuesday, a schnoodle named Scruffy traveled from Downieville to enjoy the fresh green grass, the big bowls of water, the flowing waterfall, and of course all of the possible playmates for playing fetch and chase.
A toy Australian shepherd named Dixie regularly makes the trip from Sacramento with her human.
"It's so clean here," said Dixie's companion. "It's fenced, and all the dogs are so friendly."
The dog park, located behind the duck pond at Ashford Park, was built in 2005 in honor of Ashley Harris Haupt and her dog, Chewie and is supported by the Ashley Memorial Dog Park Foundation.
Emmy, a cairn terrier particularly loves the grass, and her human companion enjoys the scene.
"The people are friendly," she said. "We feel safe here.
Plus, dogs of all sizes are welcome. There's even a smaller fenced-in area for petite pooches who might feel intimidated by the romping Marmaduke-sized dogs in the main section.
For humans, there are plenty of benches where a frisbee thrower might take a break, rest her tired arm, and chat with other fur-loving friends.
A couple of covered patios even offer a spot of shade.
A beautiful dog park like Ashley doesn't just happen, though. It requires volunteers, donations, rule-following, and picking up after the pups. It also means that the park is closed when the grass is wet.
Those rainy, wet-grass days seem to endear the park to dog-loving hearts all the more. Absence makes the heart grow fonder -- and, in this case, the grass grow greener.
"This is the best dog park around," said Emmy's human.
For more information about Ashely Memorial Dog Park, or to make a donation, visit its Facebook page.
Ashley Dog Park is located at 1601, Auburn Ravine Road.
For rainy day closure information, call 530-885-8461, ext. 3