detecting a pattern

On my walk home today, for a time I was behind a couple walking their dogs: a tall and blond woman, followed by a very short and stocky man — so short that I wondered if he was wearing boys’ pants. Their dogs: a golden retreiver and a small gray terrier of some sort, whose legs were so short that he lagged — waddled, really — 10 feet behind. The similarities between dogs and owners were painfully obvious.

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