This isn’t a random thought that just popped into my head. This is a question that has been with me for months after hours of observation and running hundreds of trail miles in state parks throughout Massachusetts. In my travels I have crossed paths with runners, walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. Occasionally I see families enjoying the great outdoors together, but what I see most often is couples and their dog(s). I have to say that couples with a dog outnumber couples with a child by at least four to one.
I have no explanation for this. I’m merely sharing my observation. Has anyone else noticed or am I just imagining it? I love dogs but I am not a dog owner. I don’t pretend to know much about them. I probably couldn't tell the difference between a bloodhound and a basset hound and I certainly can’t identify most of the exotic dog breeds I see on the trails. Should dogs be added to the list of status symbols for the upwardly mobile along with Beemers and 6000 square foot homes? Can you really one up the Jones’ by acquiring a Komodor when they “just” have a Chinese Shar-Pei?
I haven’t a clue.....ruff, ruff