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Hi Gene,
I'm a New Yorkers who has my own little urban "sanctuary" with two dogs, two cats, three ringneck doves, and the occasional foster houseguest from The Wild Bird Fund, currently a pigeon named Theresa who flies backwards and is convinced she's a person. But I digress.
I lived in NYC more than a decade ago with no animals, and I then moved back a few years ago with a dog and a cat. I have to say, living in New York with a dog is like living in a COMPLETELY different city. New York is a remarkably friendly place when you have a dog. And you (almost) hit the nail on the head when you noted that the dogs "connect and comiserate," which leads the people to interact as well.
The "almost" has to do with your suggestion that the dogs and people are "comiserating" -- some of us (and, I suspect, some of the dogs) actually like it here :)
In any case, I saw you speak at the New York Public Library last month, and just want to thank for all of the remarkable years of work you've put into changing the game for all of these creatures, and for us human creatures, too. I'm sure it's been a long, hard slog but you've inspired some truly meaningful change and I just wanted to tip my hat and heart to you, and say thank you. People like you give me hope that the collective good might actually win out in the end.

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