We kind of nodded and smiled "hello" at a couple of passers by, and saw one guy who looked like he was doing a snail's pace circuit of the park while doing some kind of martial arts kata (we gave him a wide berth). I can't say that I minded, really.
I had my thoughts, Elka had her sniffs, we did a couple of recalls, a couple of "paws up" exercises, and all was good. No accusations of Elka being a mixed breed. No horrified looks at the BigScaryMeanDog I was walking. Just some peace.
It was just slightly too cold, so I didn't allow Elka to have any puddle action. She didn't really press the issue! I was a little surprised that there were no kids on the playground, at the very least, but considering we saw the actual sun for about fifteen minutes, I guess it's not much of a mystery.