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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEM BER 2, 2012 Page 7 BROWN FUNDRAISER at Stanza dei Sigari You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Urban dog runs allow dogs and owners to let loose. Dog parks of varying size and description abound in many large cities. If you thought city dogs are perpetually deprived of grass, trees and all the natural wonders, then think again. New York City probably tops the list with 49 designated runs, but San Francisco is a close second with 26 designated play areas. And Chicago is also chgqk-full of pli~ces where~carl urban pooch, c~,,rt~., fveo.~,~ MAJOR URBAN PARKS New YorkCity's Central Park does not have an offi- cial dog run. Dog runs have historically been opposed by both the Parks Department and the Central Park Con- servancy, groups that claim that dog runs are not in keep- ing with the park's original 1858 design. Still, dogs are allowed off-leash before 9:00 am and after 9:00 pm in certain clearly marked areas. There is no fenced in dog run in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, but it is also arguably one of the most dog friendly parks around. Off-leash rules are liberal. Dog fountains are equal in number to human fountains. Between 7:00 am and 9:00 am on the first Saturday of every month, a "Coffee Bark" is held in the Long Meadow; coffee, muf- fins and dog biscuits are served. SMALLER URBAN RUNS Smaller parks also have dog runs and each has its own culture. Tompkins Square Park, in New York City's East Village, is known to be one of the roughest. Union Square has a dog run with a tamer reputation. Washington Square Park's dog run is also reputed to be tame but, even so, owners must take heed. One owner of a Wheaton terrier in New York City said "I used to take Sally to Washington Square every day where sb~c~is~n~ happily after dogs that were racing around. But one day the two dogs she was following turned on each other and fought in earnest. Somehow Sally got caught in the middle. The noise was horrific and I was terrified for her. The big dog owners ran in and pulled the threesome apart and no physical dam- age was done. But Sally has hated going into dog runs ever since." Another dog owner who used to bring his mixed breed, George, to Washing- ton Square said that certain aggressive and/or large dogs always put him on alert. "If I saw a pit bull or Ger- man Shepherd I'd snap on the leash and we'd leave, it just wasn't worth taking a chance." TIlE DOG PARK VIBE The vibe at most urban dog runs tends to be one of coop- eration. People are expected to understand dog park eti- quette and be responsible for their dog's behavior and clean up promptly after their animals. Owners have been known to chastise other owners who are not atten- tive to what their pets are doing. Dog owners are very concerned that every- one respects the double-gate rule (only one gate open at a time) because an escaped dog could easily end up lost or killed. Dog runs can be very social places. Friendships forged at the dog run are extremely common and there have been instances in which two dog owners fell in love and married. So it's worth check- ing out the local dog run scene, where both dogs and their humans get to meet, mingle and on some happy occasions, form a new, two- dog family of their very own. If you can't find one in your neighborhood you might want to consider starting your own dog park. By the way, we have a new Ruff committee in the North End that you might find very interesting. They seem to be a wonderful group of people that are trying very hard to keep our neighborhood streets clean and have dog owners become more responsible. Check your North End local News- paper for the next Ruff (dog) meeting. That's all for nowT Remem- ber to pick up after your dog and keep our Streets clean. David and Gina Riccio, U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Jerry and Linda Riccio. North End supporters for the re-election of U.S. Senator Scott Brown gath- ered this week at Stanza dei Sigari on Hanover Street. U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Dino Pasquale ZUMIX Names Will Dailey Artist Ambassador of the Year ZUMIX is proud to an- nounce that, after an exten- sive nomination process, they have named Boston- based singer/songwriter, Will Dailey, as their Artist Ambassador of the Year. Dailey will hold this pres- tigious title for one year. He will have the opportunity to give back and collaborate with ZUMIX, a nonprofit RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 PPivote Func|ion I ooms foe anti Occasion Donato Fraffaroli donato @ music, arts and youth devel- opment organization with values close to his heart. Over the course of the next year, Dailey and ZUMIX will work together in several ca- pacities, including co-host- ing a fundraiser to benefit the organization. He will be highlighted in ZUMIX's promotional materials in- cm~umg their ~ite, social m~dia and el~'ctronic and paper mailings. Candidates for ZUMIX's Artist Ambassador of the Year Award were artists who have achieved mastery of their craft, have a true pas- sion for and dedication to the arts and will serve as a positive role model to inspire ZUMIX youth. In 2011 Will Dailey & The Rivals released their self titled album on Universal Republic. Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist, who is a two-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Dailey has released two full-length albums (Back Flipping For- ward and Torrent) through CBS Records and his music has been featured on over J (Continued on Page 15) U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Frank Pizzano and Jerry Riccio Angelo Picardi, A1 Ponte, U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Sal Giarratani (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei PO.XJ p (I T(L. 617-Z27-1562 FAR. 617-74Z-792.7 Bistro Beer * Wine