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“Neighbors” appears in Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship by the editors of The Bark. Copyright © 1999 by Michael Paterniti.
This story is true, but on the other hand not true. I have been taking my dog, Grace, to the dog park for 7 yrs. now. It is true that I still do not know some people's names,and I do know all the dogs names. To be honest I have made many friends there over the years. In fact, I have 3 very good friends with whom I interact out side of the park very frequently. We regulars, there are about 20 of us, converse every day and not just about our dogs. We have watched each others dogs when needed, helped each other get to places when cars were being serviced,gone out to lunch with some of the widowed, brought donuts and treats for our birthdays as well as our dogs. A dog park can be a great place to meet people and make new friends. Not only is it wonderful and helpful to our four legged friends, it can be a treasure trove of new experiences for us two legged walkers also.
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