One of the great things about a dog park is that it’s always full of friends.
There are the dogs, of course; many of them actually seem to prefer humans over other dogs. Then there are all the humans: Everyone in the dog park has at least one common interest they don’t mind talking about with strangers. In this canine domain you find an amazing slice of humanity.
There are married people, some with spouse or child in tow, others stealing a bit of time for themselves. There are plenty of single people of all stripes, which is why the dog park is the site of happy first encounter for many a couple.
This is a place where you can mingle with people of any age group, social class, or economic status with ease and camaraderie. A penniless writer like me can have an enjoyable chat with a first-year school teacher, a retired firefighter, and a Wall Street hot shot. We may not know each other, but we can pass a few moments in relaxed, friendly conversation without concern for the social and political constraints that usually separate us.
There aren’t many places where this sort of thing still happens. That’s why the dog park is one of those few remaining sacred public places our society needs more of.
October 17, 2017