Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Dogs of Central Park



If one wants to experience New York, one great venue is Central Park, when open, but before 9:00am or after 9:00pm. It is here that New Yorkers can walk their dogs off-lead.  The collection of dogs and owners is almost as wonderful and eclectic as the city itself.  While during the week, the strata are pretty rigid (the same people walk their dogs at 6:15, or 6:45, or 7:15, for example), during the weekend the schedules are relaxed and there is a greater mixing and matching.

And, of course, while regulars may never learn the names of the other owners, most know the names of all of the other dogs.








 

9 comments:

Grace said...

Darling photos! I always have a soft spot for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Kathy said...

You are so right that dog owners often know the names of all the dogs they regularly see, but rarely of the owners. Being a dog lover I loved this post!
Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

These photos just make me happy. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Bitsy

Ben said...

Muffy, I never knew that! Next time I am there, I am definitely checking out the dogs!

Anonymous said...

It is so unfair that New Yorkers have more space to let their dogs run than I do in a suburban town west of Boston!

Tracy said...

I don't know how you pick your topics - they always fit, and yet often enough are surprising. Similarly they so often make me smile, but I can't quite nail down the style of humor. Oh well - I guess the "je ne sais qua" is part of the appeal. Thanks for another great post. Now I need to get a dog. Or a scarf. Or a friend with three grand pianos.

non_such said...

"Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of War!," Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, last used in Antibes, France some months back.

Ann said...

I laugh when people ask how I know so many people in the neighborhood - it is the dogs! Dog people see one another daily and after a time it is impossible not to say hello.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. Our dogs love to be off-leash frolicking about with other dogs. I, too, know few of the names of people in our neighborhood, yet I can tell you what dog lives where, and their name. --Holly in PA