Hail to Thee My Friend

There was a meeting today at the dog park in Evergreen.  An enthusiastic crowd gathered to catch up and race the rocky terrain.  Tails in the air, it was all joy and enthusiasm with the occasional quip about the weather and the price of kibble.  A new comer joined the regulars and though a bit shy at first she was soon drawn into the debate with a mild sniff and a mob hug.  Some of the old timers lagged behind the crowd headed for the far meadow, taking their time on the trail, careful to smell every tree as they passed.  It was very much like a meeting of old friends, young mingling with old, small with large, black with white, with seemingly no note taken of breed or education, it was an entirely unpretentious embrace of one and all.  When the cavalcade returned to the gate a drink was shared, allowing each his fill in turn, before the pile of rocks down the hill beckoned attendees for one more turn around the park.  There is a lesson here for onlookers.  When you enter a crowded room it is best to assume you are amongst friends.


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