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A relay race in the back yard where the baton is never passed off. Each member of the team simply grabs hold when his or her turn arrives and everyone runs together.

Tug of war.

Singing together around the piano, but everyone sings a different song.

Tag.

Grab the tail off the donkey.

Musical chairs, where shoving is allowed and you can sit on more than one chair. The big guy in the jeans jacket always wins.

Good-byes:
A real dog party, of course, would never stop. So we have to introduce another group of humans who gradually arrive to pick up the guests. This is no easy task, as the target guest runs off when called. There’s a lot of milling around and loud confusion as the caretaker humans go after the guests, sometimes grabbing them by the collar or the arm and hauling them away while the guest looks back at the crowd, waving joyfully.

Outside, on the sidewalk, a passerby is knocked down by a group of departing guests.

Everyone looks very happy, and the good-byes are loud and enthusiastic.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 19: Summer 2002
Erica Schoenberger is professor of geography at Johns Hopkins University, and Melissa Webb Wright is associate professor of geography and women's studies at Pennsylvania State University.

Illustration by Brian Biggs

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