Pictures with Pumpkins
My dogs are my kids. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that last weekend I planned a fall photo shoot with the dogs. “Planned” might be a bit of an over statement. I decided that I would take the dogs to a farm and take pictures of them sitting in front of a field of pumpkins. I knew the potential for failure was high but I did not realize how many obstacles I would face.
Obstacle #1 – Most Farms in the Metro-Atlanta Area are not “dog friendly”
In my naiveté, I Googled “pumpkin farms near me” and started looking at the sites based on proximity. Looking through the websites I started to see a theme. The majority of the sites listed strict “No Pet Policy’ due to health regulations. This doesn’t make sense to me. It is a farm, there are other animals but my trained domesticated dog would be breaking health regulations? Are people gathering in the field to eat raw pumpkins? This must be a fad that I was not aware of. You know you are getting old when you don’t get the memo about pumpkin farms being the new must try eateries.
I noticed that Big Springs Farm in Woodstock, GA did not specifically list any pet policy. Before I let myself get excited, I decided to use the email listed on the site to verify what their pet policy was. I explained that I was looking to pick out pumpkins and was hoping to bring my dogs along for the fun. I was careful in my wording because I didn’t want to initiate an impromptu Pet Policy amendment by mentioning I have 4 dogs. The email received an immediate response from Shellee confirming that dogs were welcome. I was officially excited!
Obstacle #2 – I’m from New York but I’m More Country Than You
I had not shared my weekend plans with Paul until I found Big Springs Farm. Ideally, I wanted to bring all 4 dogs but I was not sure if Hammy and Oso had met farm animals. Tucker and Nala met a horse and a chicken once… My memory, if you are willing to trust it, didn’t include any negative reactions to the encounter. Tucker seemed nervous, but I couldn’t recall if he barked, and Nala was just mesmerized by the size of the horse. Paul agreed we should try to bring all the dogs. He wasn’t concerned about the dogs as much as he was concerned about my expectations. Paul had to remind me that we live in Metro-Atlanta and not upstate NY.
I was sure he was wrong. Sure, the farm might be smaller than those of my childhood but they were selling pumpkins! They would surely be spread out on the ground for you to walk through. There might not be a whole acre to walk through but it would likely cover a football field. I had deduced this much because the local churches that sell pumpkins usually have at least enough pumpkins to fill my living room floor. What does that have to do with a farm that sells pumpkins? I just assumed that the farm would have at least 10 times the options. Why else would someone drive out to a farm when churches on every corner are selling pumpkins?
Big Springs Farm had a nice selection of pumpkins of all varieties. The problem (only because my desire was to have a photo shoot) was that all the pumpkins were set up in a pole barn. It was a gloomy day and the lighting in the pole barn was not great. Additionally, the pole barn was not conducive to a doggy photo shoot. There was no way to separate ourselves from the action, distracted dogs do not make good models.
Obstacle #3 – The Donkey was Not Dog Friendly
There was a petting zoo area near the parking lot. Walking in, I saw sheep, some goats and a donkey. None of the dogs seemed to notice or mind the animals and vice versa. On our way out we took the same path we’d taken to come in, passing the animals one last time. The donkey noticed this time and began to charge the fence. “Fence” may be more of an exaggeration than my previous use of the term “planned.” The “fence” looked to be made mostly of chicken wire and may have been a temporary structure that was put together for the occasion. There was a moment that I was sure that the Donkey was getting out and I was going to find myself in a much bigger adventure than I bargained for.
Fortunately, the Donkey did not get through the fence. However, he did thoroughly startle the dogs and they lost all sense of manners. Nala was jumping on two back paws and barking. Meanwhile, Tucker was attempting to charge the fence. He clearly thought that he would come out victorious in the Battle of the Asses. Oso had a similar reaction to Tucker, boys will be boys. It should go without saying that Hammy was bewildered but behaved. They all seemed to think it was great fun and that is all that really matters in the end.
So where are the pictures?
I only got a few pictures worth sharing. If you follow us on Instagram, you have already seen them. If you don’t follow us on Instagram yet, you need to! There was only one picture that even had a pumpkin in it so this post might just get a sequel! I am researching to see if I can find any other pet friendly farms and if I cannot I will be heading to one of the churches with my fingers crossed that they don’t ask us to leave!
Posted on: October 16, 2017, by : Kara