File - Youth walk their dogs in Beirut, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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If bipedal Beirutis acutely feel the dearth of open spaces, their canine companions certainly must feel even more claustrophobic. While humans have made some progress on this front with the reopening of the Rene Mowad garden in Beirut, pets are not permitted in this manicured green space, and several disappointed dog owners have been turned away at the door. BEIRUT WATERFRONTThe new Beirut Waterfront has become a veritable hub for dog owners and their pets, particularly in the early evening hours.Ali Hayek, a dog lover and animal activist, takes his dogs swimming at the Jbeil public beach where pets are welcome on weekdays.BAABDA FORESTLeashed dogs are also permitted in Baabda Forest, a significant green oasis not far from the heart of Beirut.
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