- July is Tribute to Pooky Month-(3) Brookedale Pack Walk
Next we will hit up Brookedale Park, this is another one of our favorites. Here a Flowering Bush was planted in the Rose Garden in her memory so its only fitting that we meet there 1st. (**Note new meeting spot) DIRECTIONS: RT 3 E/W exit Grove St. Make a R onto Grove towards Montclair. Proceed approx. 3 miles you will pass Applegates on your R. Entrance to the park is on the L. Park on the street once you enter the park, we meet on the R in front of the ROSE GARDEN. We will then walk the perimeters of the park.
- July is Tribute to Pooky Month-(4) Annual Hike-N-Swim!
Finally we will have our annual Hike N Swim at Ramapo Reservation. Pooky wasnt one to go swimming much but she enjoyed the hike there. As she aged she could no longer hike to the top, so we carried her. Nothing was different that Saturday 2 summers ago. My husband and I carried her taking turns until we reached the top. People asked how old our "puppy" was on the way to the top, they gasped when we said she was 14 1/2. It was a beautiful day. This day she actually went in and got her feet wet, she had the hugest smile and was so happy to be there amongst her friends. I remember walking back down and I got very emotional as her health was declining. This walk is one of my most cherished memories of her, she was so happy. She passed away at home 3 days later....Come and celebrate her life as we climb back to the top and go for a swim. This is a “moderate” hike, where we walk along one side of the pond then go uphill along a path to the top. At the top there is a reservoir where the dogs can go swimming. (Optional) *It is recommended that you use a long line if you would like your dog to go swimming so you can reel them back in. Here we will break for a little while then walk the same exact path back for an easy descent back down to the bottom, past the pond and to the parking lot where we began. This walk would take approximately 1 hour. Note there are some hills, wear sneakers! Bring water, poop bags and probably some towels! I believe the address is: 600 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah just past Ramapo College. Directions: From Route 80, Route 4, Garden State Parkway Take your highway of choice to Route 17 North, it will put you onto Route 17 in Paramus. Take Route 17 North for approximately 12 miles to the Exit for Route 202 (Ramapo Valley Road). At the end of the ramp make a left onto 202. Travel west approximately 3 miles on Route 202 (You will pass Ramapo College on the way) and you will see a large parking lot on the right hand side with a sign for Ramapo Reservation. From 287: Get off the exit for Route 202 and travel east on Route 202 for approximately 3.5 miles. A large parking lot for Ramapo Reservation will be on your left hand side.