maremma sheepdog at spokane riverfront park

Riverfront Park: Spokane is going to the dogs!

Bella hates going downtown.

Like really hates it.

There’s a lot of … wait for it …

I, however, was on a mission.

This week’s blog circle asked us to depict “city life” and I knew I wanted to showcase our beautiful Riverfront Park in the heart of downtown Spokane.

Trouble is, all friends with dogs have weekday jobs and no clients were scheduled for the opportunity.

Bella, you’re up!

Put on your professional dog model smile and let’s go.

Hot child in the city

Rare is the day that Riverfront Park isn’t busy.

Even on a Monday.

The water fountain was teeming with happily screaming children.

The lawn next to the Clock Tower was covered in construction equipment.

The cleanup crews were loading up portapotties from last weekend’s Pride Parade.

Bella’s loud noises anxiety was about to hit peak meltdown.

When she goes into one of her stubborn fits, she pulls me in the opposite direction of where I want to go, or she sits her butt down on the ground and refuses to move.

And when this stubborn 90-pound Maremma refuses to go somewhere, girl, you’re stuck.

Treats don’t work when she’s away from her safe place, home. I coaxed, cajoled and pleaded.

I’m sure it was a sight.

Yet, every time, right before I come close to sitting down on the ground beside her and giving up, she acquiesces.

Triumphant, I returned home with some fun images from Riverfront Park. I think she’s even smiling in a few.

In and around Riverfront Park

We tried to make as many rounds as we could.

It was hot. We’ve been pushing mid- to high-80s Fahrenheit (high-20s for my metric sisters and brothers).

Great thing is, we were right next to the Spokane River. While much of the area is barricaded away due to rapid currents and, of course, the falls, Bella found some respite and an unlimited supply of drinking water on the steps by the First Interstate Center for the Arts.

Spokane River at Riverfront Park

We made our way back for a dip a few times in between stopping at all the cool spots.

Like the Clock Tower:

Dog at Riverfront Park Clock Tower

The Childhood Express Red Wagon:

dog at radio flyer wagon in riverfront park spokane

The City of Spokane block letters:

city of spokane block letters in riverfront park

The Washington Water Power building, a.k.a. the Avista substation:

dog at Washington Water Power building in Spokane

“Under” the Monroe Street bridge at Huntington Park:

dog under monroe street bridge in spokane

Uh oh … see that tongue?

Hanging low!

We hustled back to the steps for one more dip and then it was time to head home for some editing and blogging.

And a good, long nap. For both of us.

All around the circle

illustration of a sleeping dogThat’s Riverfront Park in Spokane. I’ve been going there with my camera since I first discovered Spokane for myself in 2010 (two weekend visits in 2009 were limited to the Valley).

Despite our struggles with noise and stress, we are going to mark this as a #bellaapproved location.

Because it really is a great place to have a portrait session with your dog. There’s just so much iconic scenery and fun things to do. If you’ve moved here, it’s a great way to write home and say “look at this place!”

It was a great place to feature for our city life blog circle project, too.

Now we get to see some more city life from the other bloggers in the circle.

Let’s start with Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell and surrounding communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Read her post, then click the link at the bottom to get to the next one.

Travel through the circle and when you land back here, you’re home.

Right where you belong.

If you’re ready to book a dog portrait session at Riverfront Park, click this handy little button and let’s get started.

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