In New York City, not much raises an eyebrow anymore.
Guys dressed as girls? Must be taking Mom out to brunch. Same-sex couples making out on the park bench? You can see that in a VW commercial. Naked guy on the subway? Well, the A/C works in this train, so we’ll just stay put.
Truth is, virtually anything that might have once been considered taboo in this town is most likely featured in a Broadway musical.
But in the city’s dog runs, many of our hairiest residents engage in one of the few acts you’ll see in public which can make New Yorkers uncomfortable: canine humping behavior. Whether it’s fast humping, slow humping, hard humping or soft humping, there’s a chance that at least one pet owner will be none too happy about it.
On a crisp fall day at Madison Square Park’s dog run, canine couplings elicited a wide range of emotions. And of course there was a lot of hot canine-on-canine action, providing an opportunity to see the unedited response to this instinctive behavior.
My Dog Humps Another Dog!
On the outside at least, most of the people in the park seemed unperturbed by dogs humping other dogs, and take on a “live and let hump” attitude.
“My take on it is that this is just what they do,” said Sue Levine, a creative consultant in advertising who watched with amusement as her “malty-poo” Tony made the moves on a much larger Doberman. “If you take your dog here, this is going to happen. I mean, they are fixed, and it’s not a sex thing anyway, it’s more about dominance.”
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Levine’s acceptance of the act comes with a qualifier, and one that repeated itself over the course of the afternoon: Why should it make a difference if it’s just one mutt trying to get his no-longer-attached rocks off, or an instinctive urge to mount and conquer? Those who seem comfortable with the act prefer to couch it in terms of dominance, perhaps to spare themselves the embarrassing prospect that it is indeed the alternative.
After all, many pet owners like to view their animals as extensions of themselves, and in this day and age, it simply isn’t appropriate to go around mounting whatever catches your eye. As a result, the owner of the “top” is often embarrassed, as if the dog’s randy behavior reflects on themselves. Likewise, the guardian of the “bottom” can feel as if their pet — and as an extension, themselves — are victims of an unwanted advance by a stranger.
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