Monday, September 22, 2014

NYC: Everything's Moving (except for the dogs)

Mike & I took the train from Pittsburgh to NYC recently. The ride was peaceful and easy, complete with fully reclining seats and lots of legroom. The train left on time and arrived at each station right on time. The big windows gave us great views of the rolling fields and majestic mountains of Pennsylvania. We stopped in little PA hamlets where life looked idyllic...

{'World Famous' Horseshoe Curve Altoona, PA}


And then, like a big smack in the face, we were in the heart of New York City. The train doors opened and all serenity vaporized! People were everywhere. Every. Where. Moving quickly in all directions. I would have stopped to wonder how all of these people could be moving at once without bumping into each other but there is no stopping. Stopping gets you trampled in NYC...



As we made our way out of Penn Station and up onto the streets, it was much the same... People everywhere moving in all directions. Moving, moving, moving. Within minutes, I saw many things that aren't usually seen in Ohio: A 'bag' lady with a shopping car of god-knows-what, Police on horseback walking down the street, Pigeons narrowly escaping death. I also heard many things that aren't usually heard in Ohio: Horns. Honking Horns. It's not so much that we don't hear car horns here, it's just different in New York a) because it's constant and b) because no one pays attention to them! Machinery from the day and night construction was a constant background noise as was the constant traffic.



We finally saw dogs on our second day. They say New York is America's melting pot and it's true for the dogs too. We saw tiny Yorkies and Poodles, medium sized mixed breeds, and large Doodles and Goldens. Of all the dogs we saw, none of them were in 'agility shape'. Also, we saw most of the dogs early in the day with sleepy looking owners as though they had just rolled out of bed and wished their dogs would hurry up and 'take care of business' in the tiny little square of dirt that was a tree planter. I imagined that as soon as the dogs were done, they were shuffled back to their apartment to spend the day sleeping while the owners went to work. We did see one dog at night and it was a Pit Bull sleeping with what we presume was a homeless man. There, without benefit of treats, a clicker, a front-clip harness or a leash, that dog was, demonstrating the most incredible go-to-mat behavior I've seen (complete with the distractions that a few hundred people walking by can bring!)

I sure hope that my impression (formed over a 2.5 day stay) is inaccurate... it just seems like for all the hustle and bustle, the dogs barely get to walk let alone run...

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