I routinely wake up in the morning to the sounds of barking dogs who’ve been tied up outside a cafe. This seems to be a routine practice for some people in New York City, to take their dogs with them while they shop and leave them tied up outside. I’d never do it myself simply based on safety but on top of this many of these dogs bark for their owners. Also, to make matters worse, many times the owners will sit down in the cafe for 30 to 40 minutes as their dog sits on the street barking wildly. It’s not fair to their dogs nor to those trying to catch a few last zzz’s. And with all these dogs barking how am I supposed to hear the Fire Truck’s blasting by? Or the drug dealers arguing on the street? All the necessary sounds to put a lifetime New Yorker to bed?

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