Esther Fleischer: It’s a Dog’s World in West Philadelphia



Photography and Text by Esther Fleischer, Copyright 2018




Back in elementary school, my friends and I would always ask about how others see color. What if when I hold up my favorite blue Crayola marker, someone else sees the green one instead? What if girls see pink as blue-is that why girls like pink and guys like blue? How can we tell? Are there special glasses that we could use, or a way to transport ourselves into another’s mind to see through their eyes?

I never did completely get answers to those questions, but whatever the answer to the above may be, dogs do see color differently than we do. Rather like a form of color blindness called Protanopia, dogs only have two types of cones rather than the three that the average person has. Without the third type of cone, dogs see on a spectrum that ranges from yellow to blue to dark grey rather than the standard rainbow.

Wandering through West Philadelphia, searching for anything that would catch a dog’s eye. A squirrel, streaking across the park, running away from you as you get closer to it. It climbs the tree and stops, staring at you.

A bright fire hydrant, yellow in the dog’s view. A flag waving in the bright, clear sky. A car, a trash can, caution tape surrounded by leaves on the brick sidewalk.

Most importantly are all of the friends you meet along the way. Another dog in the park. A kind person willing to throw a stick.


About The Author: Esther Fleischer is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021. To access additional articles by Esther Fleischer, click here


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