Photo by Doug Thompson

Photo by Doug Thompson

There’s an old saying that “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.” But what if the big dog ain’t running? What if he is a weekend staple on the riverfront in Alexandria, Virginia? What if he just lies there, patiently putting up with all the attention from children and adults alike? Then you don’t run with the big dogs. You don’t even walk with the big dogs. Nah. You pet with the big dogs. Or, more accurately, you pet the big dog. And pet some more. And then pet some more. Don’t worry. He loves it. So do the kids.

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