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Bonita Beach Dog Park, where Dogs and People Run Free

This was a big day For Mimi. Her first outing at Bonita Beach Dog Beach Park. Driving from Fort Myers Beach towards Bonita Springs, it's located just before The New Pass Bridge on your right hand, south of the Fort Myers Beach city limits. It's about one mile and a half South of Lover's Key. It's a Lee County Park and Recreation Facility and its free. It's a great place to let your dog or dogs let loose without leashes. Mimi just had a heck of a time frolicking with labs, terriers, bulldogs, poodles, Maltese, collies, sheep dogs and other proud mixed breeds.

The centerpiece of Bonita Beach Dog Park is a narrow white white sand bar which streches for about a third of a mile. The Gulf of Mexico faces you in the West and behind you at high tide like today you have to walk across stretches of water to reach the small beach. Its not a big deal and even during high tide, as the depth is only a foot or two. Mimi had never been in this free of an outside environment and of course, we were a bit curious to see how she would get along with the other sniffers.  Fort Myers Beach, our home, does allow does on the beach, but on leashes only, even when swimming.

So, off goes the leash and up she goes. Jumping and running along the shore line. four larger dogs greeting her with the formal sniffing etiquette and shortly after exchanging names, e-mails and cell phones, she was part of a furry and exuberant posse. They looked so proud!



Published Saturday, May 7, 2011 2:42 PM by LLoyd Nichols

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