Dog Parks

I haven’t posted much about politics in this blog, but there is a political change that’s made a major difference in my life over the last year or so.

Sunny, May 2006 My dog Sunny is well-trained indoors, but by no means impeccable outside when he thinks he knows how to get food. The nearest official dog park to where I live, Fort Washington Park, was for some time enclosed by a fence with several ungated gaps in it. The railroad track between the park and MIT is a hangout for homeless people who make use of the shelter on Albany St. at night. So one of Sunny’s major activities at the park used to be running out on the railroad tracks to steal the food from the homeless people. This was embarrassing to me on any number of levels.

Over the last couple of elections, one of the issues in the Cambridge City Council race has been who is most interested in getting more and better dog parks, and last year, this finally translated into some money for putting in a new gate and closing the other gaps in the Fort Washington Park fence. So now instead of my trying to police a food-obsessed dog, Sunny and I just go to the park and hang out with our friends.

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