Day Off in the Dog Park

I work in a really casual office environment but for me, shorts are off-limits. I usually prefer skirts anyway (in or out of the office) because they seem more polished—and just as cool on a hot day. That said, I’ve found a few new cute pairs of shorts lately (you’ll see them in posts in the days to come). My veganhosen were just the beginning.

at the dog park with Frankie

Top: TJ Maxx
Shorts: Forever 21
Shades: Convenience store
Bag: Shiraleah
Shoes: Naturalizer

Even though I don’t wear them to work, shorts are perfect for a day off. On my day off, I went to Marymoor off-leash dog park with Frankie. The sun was out and the temperatures was in the high 70s! Proof that summer isn’t over yet. Frankie wore his dog cam (I’ll post the results soon) to document his version of our outing.

sunny day

I picked up this gauzy top earlier today while I was killing time waiting for my car to get serviced. It’s such a simple design (a rectangle folded in half, with a hole cut in the middle for my head. The sides are sewn part way up, leaving a make-shift armhole).

scarf top

I bought the top because I like it, but also because I’m going to use it as a pattern and buy scarves at Goodwill so I can make more of these tops.

color combo

I’ve been to the Marymoor off-leash area literally hundreds of times but today I found The Dog Garden, a tranquil, well-manicured place where people can scatter their dogs’ ashes and have stones engraved to commemorate their furry friends. When we entered the area, Frankie went straight to the memory wall and sat down. He stared off into the distance contemplatively for a few minutes and then continued his tour.

the memory wall

I couldn’t help but wonder if he knew what the area was for and if he was thinking about some of his friends who are now gone. My favorite quote read, “Whatever souls are made of, yours and mine are the same.”


After paying respects to some of the best friends a person could ask for, we continued back into the regular park and finished our walk, covering most of the 40 acres before going home for dinner.


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7 responses to “Day Off in the Dog Park

  1. Taimi

    Wow this is such an amazing dog park! Looks like a nice time. Glad you got to wear those super cute shorts 🙂

  2. Thanks for writing! It’s a great place–fields and trails and river access for dogs who like to swim. I’m glad I got to wear the shorts before fall officially arrives.

  3. carmen

    Your pics are beautiful! I spent quite a bit of time looking at them, my mind reminiscing of my own dear Pierre, my childhood companion.

    The second pic is a dog’s-eye view, looks like Frankie took it and this is how he sees you!

    The sun shining suits your colourful outfit and reminds me of a skirt I made by sewing two scarves together. Hmm? Perhaps I should get out my sewing machine (if I can find it).

    Frankie, by the wall, certainly seems to be reflecting. And the one of him by Foster’s stone looks as if he is paying tribute and remembering those who have gone to the beyond. I’d be interested in seeing more of the memorial stones: people write some touching words of their beloved, tail-wagging friends!

  4. I love that style of top…I too have thought of making a similar one from scarves…but I have bad luck finding good scarves at thrift stores 😦
    I love that you wore it with such bright shorts…I love it!

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  5. Thanks Carmen! Sometimes the picture-taking is the most fun part about blogging. I never thought of the second shot as being a dog’s-eye view. I wish Frankie had taken that. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    Natasha, thanks for your comments too. Now that I’m on the hunt for scarves, I will probably not find any. I have seen good ones in the past at Value Village and Goodwill.

    If either of you make a scarf-top, I want to see pictures!

  6. I have two tops like that. I call them my blonchos. 🙂 They’re so easy and flattering! I don’t have any in fun patterns like you though and I didn’t even think of turning unused scarves into one. Hmmmm. . . .

  7. Bloncho – like blouse + poncho? I love it! I bet you could make a nice blonco from a scarf.

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