Book of the Month/Easy Hike - Washington Park, Anacortes -'The New Work of Dogs'

This months Book: (we can also finish discussing 'A Tale like the  Wind)

The New Work of Dogs: Tending
to Life, Love, and Family



Jon Katz
(Author)
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In an increasingly fragmented and disconnected society, dogs are often treated not as pets, but as family members and human surrogates. The New Work of Dogs profiles a dozen such relationships in a New Jersey town, like the story of Harry, a Welsh corgi who provides sustaining emotional strength for a woman battling terminal breast cancer; Cherokee, companion of a
man who has few friends and doesn’t know how to talk to his family; the Divorced Dogs Club, whose funny, acerbic, and sometimes angry women turn to their dogs to help them rebuild their lives; and Betty Jean, the frantic founder of a tiny
rescue group that has saved five hundred dogs from abuse or abandonment in
recent years.

Drawn from hundreds of interviews and conversations with
dog lovers and canine professionals, The New Work of Dogs combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, and it presents a vivid portrait of a community—and, by extension, an entire nation—that is turning to its pets for emotional support and stability
in a changing and uncertain world.

This Month's Hike - Washington Park in Anacortes (maybe we will spot some porpoises)

Washington Park sits on a peninsula at the west end of Fidalgo Island. The 220-acre city park features camping, a boat launch, and day use picnic sites. A scenic 2.2-mile loop road winds rough the park’s forested hills and meadows with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains.

From I-5  take Highway 20 west. Enter Anacortes on Spur 20 and take Commercial Avenue to 12th Street. Turn left on 12th and follow the signs  approximately 3 miles) to Washington Park.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Custer and I had so much fun :) Thank you for organizing these hikes. Oh, and you are also such a great photographer

    August 25, 2013

    • Vanessa

      Really enjoyed meeting you two. Hope that Custer continues to heal and we see you again soon.

      August 25, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Just looked over the photos...what a fine eye for landscape! And on quite another level, the shot of Lexus trotting down the trail that matched her coloring was a lovely portrait.

    August 25, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Turned out to be a lovely day for this hike. Last time I did this it was so foggy you couldn't see further than your nose and we had to stick to the road loop. Today we were able to venture onto the trails on the perimeter and there were actually wonderful views. Great day of exploring and yummy donuts too.

    August 24, 2013

    • Vanessa

      Very rewarding...thanks for the dogged organization, Kathy. F. and I both relished the good human and doggy company.

      August 25, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    There are a couple of parking areas in this park. We will meet at the day use picnic area and not the camping parking area. Look for my blue Hyundai Tucson.
    Bring a snack if you are staying for the book discussion. If the weather Is wet there is a great donut shop we can gather at instead.
    My cell #[masked] if you need to get a hold of me. Text of leave a message if I don't answer.

    August 23, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Kathy, I'd like to take you up on the offer of a ride from Mountlake Terrace tomorrow. Is that still open? What time? Thanks!

    August 23, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      I would like to hit the road at 8:30 so see you at the park and ride just before then. Glad you are coming.

      August 23, 2013

    • Vanessa

      I'll be there. Will text any problems. Thanks!

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If my daughter does not go into labor...count me in :)

    July 21, 2013

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