Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Black Dog has moved on to another neighborhood

A legend has passed on to easier streets. Black Dog roamed the near West End for years. At first, he was just an elusive target for 'the dog catcher,' but as time passed, sighting him became a small coup for those who walked, ran beside, and drove the streets and alleys of the area. I saw him at least twice, so unexpectedly that it took me several seconds to realize "Hey, that was Black Dog!" He inspired a protective feeling in the neighborhoods he frequented; most people not really trying to catch him so much as trying to provide shelter and food for him in his wanderings.

At first, as the public safety representatives started receiving reports of sightings, they thought people were seeing several different dogs, but as time went on and descriptions coalesced, they realized that, yes, Black Dog was not just a figment of our imagination. They had a hard time understanding how he could survive for so long, roving the busy city and suburban streets.

If you would like to learn more about this sojourner, access the Times-Dispatch today and check Local News. I don't know how long the item will be on the current page, but it will probably be archived. Today, it is located at: www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/DOGG04_20090703-221802/277955/

Some day, I hope to see Black Dog again. Maybe he'll let me pet him.

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