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Astoria Characters: The Canines' Constant Companion

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Hey, Dog Walker!" The shout-out bounds across the street like a puppy fetching a stick. Erin O'Meara, leash and iPod in hand, waves.

Astoria Characters: The Dogs' Best Friend

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

At the top of the stairs, Dexter the pit bull is waiting exactly where Wendy DeSarno told him to sit when she went to answer the door.

Astoria Characters: The Fabulous Frenchie King

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Oskar -- like Cher and Madonna, he doesn't need a last name -- is only 3, but he's also the reigning monarch of Astoria's French bulldog kingdom.