Dogs to Our Rescue

Towards a more civil society

Frank Bruni, one of my favorite New York Times op-ed columnists, has a marvelous opinion piece entitled “Dogs Will Fix Our Broken Democracy” in today’s edition. (I hope you’re able to read it, although the NYT paywall may be an obstacle.) His main thesis is that, as the subhead reads “We need more reasons and prods to step outside of our narrowest selves.”

The “prod” in this case is his new dog, a black-and-white, five-and-a-half-year-old Aussie/Huskie mix named Regan. He doesn’t go into where or how she came into his life six months ago, but it’s nice to hear she’s an adult. This smart, “telepathic” girl seems to have sparked something in him, if nothing else, the necessity of taking her for walks. In their case, the venue is Central Park during the park’s “before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.” off-leash hours, where Bruni mixes with other dog people and she sniffs up new canine friends.

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