by Lisa Tome
Frequent users of Rising Sun's Triangle Dog Park go there for more than time with man's best friend.
The two legged dog park guests are also making friends of their own.
Rosemary Ragazzo relocated to Rising Sun's Fairview senior community from Kennett Square, Pa. two years ago. Ragazzo and her dog "Button" - a shih tzu/poodle mix, visit the dog park almost daily.
"I come here almost every morning for about a half hour. This gives Button exercise, she goes to the bathroom and it gives her a break from the apartment," said Ragazzo. "If there's other dogs, she's okay with it. It's always nice and peaceful here and quiet. I like that the small and large dogs are segregated."
And Ragazzo has also found some friends. "I've met other people. We get into conversations. This is the nicest park I've seen in a long time," she said.
Tom Conard is a frequent visitor at the dog park. He and his dog, "Buddy", a lab/hound mix, have made lots of friends at the dog park. Conard lives near the dog park. He teaches social studies at Christiana High School.
"In summer, I come here every day. I don't have a fenced in yard and I can't let him off the leash," said Conard.
Buddy also attends school at Christiana High. That school has a class where students learn to tend small animals. Buddy goes to school with Conard and helps students learn how to deal with dogs.
Conard meets a group of three other men at the dog park. His friends Bernie, Brian, and Cliff also turn out at Triangle with their dogs. "I came here for the dog. Now it's for a little of both (friends and dogs). We all got to be friends here at the dog park and the dogs get along too," said Conard.
The four men spend as much as two hours each morning together. "We pretty much cover everything that's going on. We talk a lot of sports and what's going on around town. Sometimes we may all go to breakfast," said Conard.
Conard's only issue is that there is no running water at the dog park. He and his friends bring their own. "I do wish they had a little water here. But I guess that's not going to happen," he said.