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Day 84: Dogs, Separate but Equal

September 20th · 1 Comment

I happened by a dog park on the East River today that had been divided in two. The smaller section had almost no dogs and the larger one was full of dogs. Why the dividing line? I asked a woman emerging from the large one with her Corgi on a leash.

“This one is for big dogs and that one is for small dogs,” she said.

But all the dogs are small.

“Yeah, well….you know how small-dog owners are a little weird?”


“That’s where they go, the ones with the chihuahuas and the yorkies. They don’t want their dogs to be part of all the roughhousing.”

Where I grew up, a local high school was situated right next to an old folks’ home, and a high fence separated them. This dog run adopted the same idea. The Big-But-Actually-Small Dogs ran around the big pen, growling and sniffing and chasing tennis balls, while the Small-But-Even-Wimpier dogs (there were only three) wandered around looking kind of lonely and sad.

I came home and did some research to learn this is a brand-new dog run, finished just this summer. There is a lesson here about the sort of city that New York is evolving into, but I’m not sure what it is, or what its parallel would be among humans.

Maybe a 50-story wall, topped with razor wire, between the Upper East Side and Harlem?

Tags: Sights & Scenes

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Sulley // Sep 21, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    How about a Golden Gate Bridge toll so expensive it keeps all the riff-raff out of San Francisco. How about a two-hour parking ticket for $50 to run out all the peasants. Oh, I know, maybe use taxpayer money to build a new lane on the freeway, but limit the use to about 10% of the population.

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