"Dogs force residents to get out of their units and interact," said Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership. "Dogs are part of the glue that creates a more interactive downtown."
The Downtown Partnership organizes dog-friendly happy hours and has set up other small dog runs in unused corners of the city. A dog Census will be part of the organization's next report on city dwellers.
There's even a Facebook group, Downtown Neighbors & Dog Lovers, started by a downtown resident, that has grown to more than 70 members in five months.
"My sense is dogs are more important than cars for a lot of our renters," Fowler said.
That rings true for Goodell, who takes Asher to the roof to play at least four times a day.
While he seems prepared to catch the ball for hours more, Goodell says it's time to go. Asher leads the way to the elevator and down the hall to his eighth-floor home, with a tail-swishing swagger that says he is not only welcome here, but wanted.
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