We all like to pair our stogies with a fine scotch, bourbon, or wine and maybe even a cup of joe or espresso, but on a beautiful spring day after the winter thaw I could find no better pairing than with my dog. That’s right, cigars and dogs pair very well. Long walks with your best friend, puffing away, playing in field or park is one of my favorite past times. This past saturday, the weather here in Detroit was perfect for taking the pooch for a little ride to a dog park. A quick search popped up one of the coolest places – Orion Oaks Dog Park located in Lake Orion, Michigan. It was a short 40 min drive from where I am staying so I packed some water and treats, loaded my handsome Brittany spaniel, Rufus, into the car and off and I went with my wife to explore Lake Orion.
When we got to the park, it was just as described; 900 acres of green grass and fenced in running and play places for you and your furry friend. Saturday was one of those beautiful days. The sky was crystal blue with a gentle and breeze of spring air.
My wife Dianne, unloaded Rufus and I took out the first stogie of the day, La Hoya – Autentico Maduro -. You have the review of this fine cigar a few months ago here in Space Coast Cigars. We let Rufus run around and feel free for the first time since getting up here in Michigan. Though he is 13 years old, he ran about like he was a puppy, enjoying the sun and cool air as I stood back, puffed away, and let him enjoy the moment. After about 30 min or so, maybe half of my stogie in cigar time, we decided to go on a hike in this beautiful park.
We leashed the dog and the three of us set off on a mid afternoon hike to explore and see what we could find. I love to hike while enjoying a fine stogie. Out in the wilderness smoking what is all natural and taking in the wonders of nature.
Lake Orion Park is a beautiful place and after a good 45 min we came upon the lake. What better place to relax in the afternoon sun enjoying the rest of this fine cigar and gazing out at the thawing lake with your best friend next to you. A most tranquil moment it was., knowing that winter is behind me and spring has arrived. I looked up and could only wonder what this must look like at night as the crescent moon was visibly clear in the afternoon blue sky. The evening stars must be magnificent and inspiring. But that will have to wait until another time.
As I finished the final draw of this fine vitola, we headed back, only to stumble upon an expansive meadow of what I assume would be filled with wild flowers and butterflies in another month as the full spring warmth arrives. Yes my friends, today I paired my stick with man’s best friend.