Since we got our dog, Chuy, we have been getting to know our neighbors. When you walk a dog (especially one as awesome as ours) neighbors come out of the woodwork. People are just more apt to talk to a person walking a dog than walking alone. People that walk alone are watched cautiously from windows, but walk a dog and somehow you have passed some kind of screening process. I guess people that walk dogs are just more approachable. Easy conversation. Talk about the dog.
One neighbor I have gotten to know is Sam. I had seen Sam working on his yard before and exchanged nods, but had never introduced myself. One day while walking Chuy, Sam was sitting in his garage with the door open and he called me over. Sam is about the easiest person in the world to talk to and he does not even need a dog.
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