Before we got our dog Griffin we hardly knew anyone in our neighborhood. I was always so envious of my friends Janet & Randy, who live in the very cool neighborhood of Kensington a few miles east of us. They know all their neighbors and actually hang out with them all the time. I have been to enough gatherings at their neighborhood that some of their neighbors are now friends of mine, as well.
We’ve had Griffin for over a year and a half and it is as if a door has been opened. We never walked our other dogs; they took their bathroom breaks out in the backyard, and they had plenty of room to tear through the house, and even be out on the front terrace with us at times.
But Griffin was about 2-3 years old when we got him. His previous owner had given him twice-daily walks. So guess what? He gets those walks with us, and sometimes with a couple of our other dogs as well.
Griffin has been such a blessing in our lives, and getting us out for frequent walks in our neighborhood has been the icing. I am grateful for the dog-friendly neighborhood I have, that gets everyone out and familiar with one another.
My neighbor Madelyn, I have known since we moved here, but we never really hung out. Now I consider her a good friend.
I met Jeffrey as he would walk his dog Brady while pushing a baby stroller.
Marilyn is a peach of a lady, who has a cute Rat Terrier who walks with a limp. His name is Limpy. Sometimes we see Madelyn’s husband Jim walking him as well.
Maureen and her daughter Tess. They don’t have a dog, but are thinking about getting one, as they have come to realize what a dog-friendly neighborhood Hillcrest is.
Arturo and his Wheaton Terrier, Riley. I might like a Wheaton someday.
Tom and Carlos, with their cute Brussels-Griffon Jack. I ham heading over to their house this morning to see their Halloween Decorations. Afterwards we’ll head back to my place for some brunch, and they can check out my Halloween decorations, too.
I don’t now all of my neighbors, but I see many familiar faces daily, as they either walk their dogs, or just get out and enjoy the neighborhood on their own. Perhaps I will get to know some of them better as time passes. Griffin will see to that, I am certain.