Kelly Mays McDonald is a Los Angeles-based writer and animal behavior professional. You can find her online here. Follow her on Twitter, where you can mainline breaking gentrification news and the best animal gifs on the world wide web."
It’s a sticky afternoon in June and I’m standing in a manicured field in Long Island. There’s a leash attached to my belt loop. On the other end of the leash is a blonde woman named Mandi barking out commands.