Even in the middle of the city, it's easy for humans to be isolated from each other. We scurry along doing this and that, not getting enough time outside, oftentimes not socializing with any living being unless it's in the office or can get us a better office.
What's the solution? Well, frequently, it's dogs.
Is your dog going to poop inside? Advance your career? Make a complete stranger in the park smile and say "Good dog! What a lovely dog!" No. No. Yes.
But life in the city, and increasingly in the burbs (do NOT get me started on homeowners associations), is restrictive on dogs. Where to find others who want their dogs to run and play?
If you're in the Portland/Vancouver area, as I was on a visit home recently, you can check in at PortlandPooch.com. Find a service, find a park, check out the photo gallery (of which this photo is my favorite so far).