Photo by myself in Madison Square Park, at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue.
The dog run at Madison Square Park is appropriately named 'Mad Dog.' Here, dogs of all shapes and sizes get their run on.
Above, an eager Jack Russell waits for his owner to toss a tennis ball.
New York humans have their parks and fancy gyms. New York dogs, on the other hand, have their dog runs.
Without backyards to romp around in, dogs have to share their outdoor spaces and play nice. Public dog runs usually have separate spaces for big dogs and small ones. Often provided are fresh water and benches for humans.
It's not easy being a NY dog. You have to abide by a tacit set of rules (no humping, no biting, stop play when yelps occur). You have to tolerate traffic and crowded sidewalks. There isn't much grass.
Incidentally, check out the Times for a series called 'The Puppy Diaries', documenting a puppy's first year of life. This week, Scout, a gorgeous labrador retriever, visits New York for the first time. It's a familiar scenario, where an owner wonders whether the city is the right place for a dog.
Above, a Shibu Inu surveys all from his perch.
Related posts: Off Leash, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sharing a Moment and Keeping Your Dogs in a Row.