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Ridgewood Dog Run Draws Year-Round Playdates

Tyler and his rescue, Shuggie. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Teaneck resident Lew Abramson and Roger. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
New friends are made and tongues are out at the Saddle River County Park dog run. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Hexe and Paul get ready to go home after an exciting afternoon at the dog park. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — A trip to Ridgewood's Saddle River County Park Dog Run is a big part of Teaneck resident Lew Abramson and his mutt Roger's daily routine.

The inseparable pair are lucky this week's weather has been nothing but sunny, but Abramson, 70, and his pooch — equal parts labrador, pitbull, beagle and boxer — are set for the inevitable snowy days at the run.

"We were here last winter when it was all icy and snowy and my son bought my wife and me cleats that go on your shoes," the U.S. veteran said. "All the young people were falling on their [behinds] and I was standing."

Dogs with boundless energy took turns retrieving a tennis ball that a young couple tossed around toward the back of the gravel-covered enclosure at the run Tuesday afternoon. Smaller dogs yapped from the other side of the wrought-iron fence.

A Ho-Ho-Kus resident stood on the outer edge of the enclosure watching her fluffy, black Newfoundland play with his new friend, Hexe the Rottweiler.

"I was spooked by a lady who teaches a puppy class... she was anti-dog park," she said. "She said sometimes dogs fight and people don't know how to handle it, but my husband and I started taking our dog and it gets a lot of his energy out.

"People are all really friendly and ask you about your dog," she said as a white pitbull darted by.

Dogs aren't the only ones who make friends at the run.

"There's a nice little community of people who come here every day," said Tyler, a Waldwick resident who brings his rescue dog, Shuggie, several times a week. "It's a nice sort of thing for the owners to do, too — it's a nice break."

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