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Catherine Phinney: An owner’s thoughts on why dogs run

To the editor:

My dogs have taught me over the years that there are three reasons to run.

1. To race (easily won by creatures with four legs, if I would just let her go).

2. A game of tag well-known to all dogs, which ends with a wrestling match on the ground. (I have one middle-aged male friend who plays this game on my living room rug.) But nobody else, except dogs, likes this game.

3. A thief escaping the police, in which case it is our civic duty to apprehend this person.

I advise runners to stop and walk sedately past, or to keep to the far side of the street as it is difficult to control a dog on a leash if the runner brushes past. I advise dog owners to be aware that the friendlier their dog, the more apt it is to want to play the dog game, which can strike terror in the hearts of little children, and injure people trying to balance on two legs instead of four.

Catherine Phinney

Amherst

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