Unusual for us we decided to go to the garden on a Saturday. Normally we go in the middle of the week. Because it was hot we left later in the day. We also knew it would be a better light for taking photos.
We expected it to be crowded and many of the parking spots had been taken. The gates are closed at 5.00 p.m. (it's the kind of barrier that you get at some of the train crossings, a single pole that is pulled down across the road. It was already 4.15 p.m. No cars would be able to go in or out, but people would be able to leave once they had taken their walk around the garden. We parked beyond the pole on the side of the road. The photo below shows an old shell of a building and there is no identifying information nearby. At this link you will read: "Nestled into the hillside, the thirteen-foot square, four-chambered structure is mortared cobblestone and brick with a thin coat of concrete. We’ve long referred to it as the “fermentation tank” because descendants of Fountain Beattie, who lived and farmed at Green Spring from 1878 to the early 1900s, described its use as a tank to ferment the juices of fruits grown on the farm."
The garden didn't feel crowded at all. We saw more people than normal, but it was very pleasant, and no one was in each other's space. There are several benches in various spots. We were sitting on one overlooking the second pond. It was warm but there was a very nice cool breeze blowing through the whole time we were at the garden. It couldn't have been a more perfect day for a walk.
At this link I read more info. They mentioned that in the latest Pixar film ‘Coco’, there is a dog called Dante. He had the role of a stray spirit guide pup that was adopted by the protagonist, Miguel. Dante is actually a Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short. In the photo they included at the website, at the beginning of the page, Dante has his tongue hanging out just like our sweet dog here. I seem to remember the man we met at the garden telling us that it is a deformity that happens in this breed of dog, but I haven't checked my facts completely.
Similar in appearance to a Pharaoh Hound, with a sleek body, almond-shaped eyes, large bat-like ears and a long neck, the breed’s most distinguishable feature is their lack of fur, which is said to be because of a hereditary genetic malformation of the skin. Our new friends were 13 and 14 years' old respectively. Because of their age they have a special lotion rubbed on their backs to keep from drying out. (The hairlessness of the breed may have helped in the hot climate they came from.) They have a lifespan of 13 to 18 years and are said to be loyal and mellow. They make excellent watchdogs but are said to be extremely wary of strangers.
Xolos come in three different sizes: Toy, miniature, and standard, and they weigh approximately between 9 lbs. to 44 lbs. They are mostly black or blue-ish gray in color.