They call them “doglers,” or at least the New York Post does — dogless people who like to watch and enjoy other people’s dogs.
“There’s a hidden club of us,” said Hannah Spencer, 28, of Brooklyn, who uses her morning runs as an excuse to drop by Fort Greene Park and watch the dogs.
“I know my own levels of responsibility and I just can’t have a dog,” said Spencer. “So you can get this vicarious pleasure out of watching other people’s dogs.”
It was Spencer, the Post noted, who coined the word “dogle.”
She says dogless New Yorkers dogle, or ogle dogs, because their hectic lifestyles and tiny apartments prevent them from actually owning one.
“We just don’t have the time or the space to provide a dog a good home right now,” said Donald Cutler, 27, who regularly checks out the Carl Schurz dog park on the upper East Side. “Watching dogs is a nice way to get outside of the hustle that is the city. Dog parks are one of the nicer places in New York.”
Greer Griffith, 64, the manager of Animal Assisted Therapy for the ASPCA, is not surprised by what the Post officially labeled a trend, which is what the news media call phenomena that they haven’t previously caught on to.
“There are studies that show that animal-assisted therapy brings people out of depression, lowers blood pressure and can be tremendously helpful in dealing with loneliness at extended-care facilities,” said Griffith.
“It confirms what I already know about dogs,” she says. “They change the energy around them and make people smile.”
But maybe the best part about dogling, the Post noted, is that it’s all the perks — and none of the poop.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 13th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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