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A Dog’s Day At the Park

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Four Mile Run between South Walter Reed and Shirlington Road was clear swimming for the dogs on an unusually warm Sunday afternoon.

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Penny waits on a rock for a moment before taking on the run water.

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Harley and Franklin greet in the off –lease run in the park.

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Jenn Tucker and Penny wander out on the stones in the middle of the run.

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Two shepherds, Hans and Luke, greet the new dogs coming into the park.

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Rocks to prevent erosion on the creek bed also make a natural stairwell down to the run.

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Walking on the beach, a young dog waits for a ball to be thrown.

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A Jack Russell Terrier parades down the walkway with a prized stick.

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A young dog makes it through the crowd after retrieving a ball in the park.

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Children play on the sandbars with their pets.

Sunday, with weather climbing into the 60s, hundreds of two and four legged walkers and runners filled the Shirlington dog park. Arlington County now has eight dog parks. The one in Shirlington, located off of Four Mile Run has a water feature, the run. And on Sunday it rippled with sunbeams and splashing dogs.