Photo by myself outside the dog run in Madison Square Park.
Owners and dogs convene inside these fenced areas to run around, blow off steam, sniff each other and chit chat.
Dog runs are usually covered in gravel. There are often smaller pens nearby for the smaller dogs. In the heat, kicked up doggy dust gives off a distinctive musty, doggy smell.
The days here continue to be super hot and humid. I doubt it will end anytime soon.
Keeping a dog in the city is a status symbol, of sorts. You have to have an apartment bigger than a postage stamp, a flexible schedule and often, a dog walker.
Some New Yorkers train their smaller dogs to use wee wee pads indoors. This way, the dogs essentially walk themselves.
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