Until I began my daily 'health' walks I never realized how many dogs we had in our neighborhood. Honestly, I think there is a dog or two attached to every other yard that I pass. They run up to the fences loudly barking their protests of my intruding on their territory, madly wagging their tails. Some bark and stop and just wait to see if I'll get into conversation with them. Some keep barking until they see the very last hair on my head leave their sight. I know those pups feel they've done their job as protectors of the property.
It doesn't matter which route I take from my house, I always run into pooches that I'll have a little chat with. "Hi fella. How ya doin'? What's going on? I'm Joy....what's your name? Okay, see ya later, bye little guy." Most are very accommodating. Some are downright adorable. Some are not "chatty" material. In fact, there are a few I have learned to walk by quickly....rather angry souls. Fence or not...they make me a little uncomfortable, so I just pick up the pace.
My neighborhood has probably always had a lot of dogs....I just never noticed it when I was busy raising kids in it. Now when there are very few kids to be seen running down our sidewalks and through our yards, at least there are always an abundance of little furry friends to stop and say hi to.