Happy Dogs and People at The Daily Refresher’s Yappy Hour. And Buffalo Trace

Happy Dogs and People at The Daily Refresher’s Yappy Hour. And Buffalo Trace

[Leo’s owner with Buffalo Trace at The Daily Refresher’s Tito’s Yappy Hour, 7/29/16]


Dexter Park, Providence, Rhode Island

# 7

Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend, D & C

As seen in Letting dogs and humans step to the music which they hear at the Dog Rock Concert for Nuts for Muts, Shadi was ideally suited to cover the first ever Tito’s Yappy Hour at The Daily Refresher this evening.

Alas, Shadi was unavailable so I was pressed into dog-centric duty despite some lingering psychological trauma from a childhood bite.

But I had partially recovered in the early 2000s when living in Providence, Rhode Island where I walked my friend Joe’s black lab in the Armory District’s Dexter Park.

Developing a soft spot for Pace [pronounced  ‘p Aa ch e’ (the e in set) as Joe is Italian], I learned the rudiments of dogspeak, conversing with the other owners about name, breed and age.


Bowls provided by Tito’s

I also was amused by the rather polymorphously perverse eroticism of dogs that makes the Human Style look tame. Pace’s neutering did not prevent him from being the Don Juan of Dexter Park whose pansexual successes humbled his walker.


Roxy the Boxer, Micki the Shithtzeu, Monte the Pug and Sadi the Sherpherd collie.

In collaboration with Tito’s Vodka, this was the inaugural Yappy Happy. Tito’s had brought a whole rack of Dog People water bowls and leashes. For humans, the cocktail specials were Tito’s of all flavors.

I immediately was taken back to the good Dexter Park vibe of people and canine socializing.

Upon arrival about a dozen dogs and thirty people were enjoying this delightful July evening in Daily Refresher’s back courtyard. Right away, I met Roxy the Boxer, Micki the Shithtzeu, Monte the Pug and Sadi the Sherpherd collie.


I learned the Ellison Dog Park is one of the most popular walking spots in town where unleashed dogs can splash in a pond.

The owners of Clover and Granger, a lab dachshund mix, often take their dogs to Corbett’s Glen in Brighton or Turning Point Park in the city, both offering doggy bags or special garbage cans

Jilli, a golden poodle

They elaborated on the differences between quick walkbys and quick smells, as well as expanded my dogspeak lexicon by including temperament and origin, especially whether a dog was rescued or bred.

Granger under human male on bench. This human about to pet Clover.

By the time I petted Clover, memory of the childhood bite had all but vanished.

Like the Park Avenuers with Sami, I could tell the Penfielders — who walk Jilli in Harris-Whalen Park and Spring Lake Park in Perinton — saw their pets as their babies.

In the back bar was Buffalo Trace looking forlorn and lonely. Trace felt that dogs not bison — not to mention humans — get all the love.

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Leo’s owner with Trace

Leo’s owner did comfort and befriend Trace, but said under her breath that Trace would have to do in her golden retriever’s absence.


With Pace in Providence [Photo: Joe] see On Clinton era nostalgia, Rhode Island style

Empathizing with the second fiddle Trace, it was like being back in Dexter Park when Pace literally got all the love: human, canine and in between.  see On Clinton era nostalgia, Rhode Island style



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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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