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Monday, December 11, 2006

A Zen-like Experience

The battle for off leash rights in New York City is finally over. (Read coverage from AMNew York)What a relief!

Like many urban dog owners, I relish the hours between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. when I can take Roxie to my local park for some fun and frolicking without her leash.

Depending on the day, she'll chase other dogs or we’ll play catch and review basic obedience commands. Going to the park during “off leash hours” for exercise keeps my dog fit and I enjoy the fresh air and surrounding nature. It’s a Zen-like experience.

Bob Marino and his organization, the New York Council of Dog Owner Groups (NYC DOG), were instrumental in winning the legal battle to maintain the special privilege of dogs playing off leash during off hours at local parks. Anyone wishing to express gratitude or make a tax-deductible contribution can visit their Web site:

Now that it’s official, please don’t abuse this freedom. Be a responsible dog owner and leash your dog promptly at 9 a.m., scoop the poop, and allow others to enjoy the park as you do.

Got a great picture of your dog playing off leash? E-mail it to me and we’ll feature the photos on the blog.

Corris & Roxie pup

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