Dog and cat, united in love at opening of dog park

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Neil MacDonald of Riverhead proposes to his girlfriend Camela Dwyer Saturday at the opening of the ‘Duke’ Dog Park at Stotzky Park.

While Saturday’s dedication ceremony for the new dog park was a big day for Move the Animal Shelter leader Denise Lucas, it might have been a bigger day for her brother, Neil MacDonald.

He proposed — dressed in a dog costume — to his girlfriend, Camela Dwyer, who was dressed in a cat costume.

She said yes.

A kneeling Mr. MacDonald then put the ring on her finger.

“This just goes to show that dogs and cats can get along,” Councilman James Wooten said.

Mr. MacDonald, from Riverhead, met Ms. Dwyer, who is from Tampa, Fla. on a cruise, he said. He was supposed to go with his parents, but they canceled when his step-father got ill, and he went alone.

He and Ms. Dwyer often volunteer at Move the Animal Shelter events, they said.

“We help Denise as much as we can,” Mr. MacDonald said. “Through our entire dating, a lot of our time is spend with fund raising.”

“We’re happy to share our special day with Denise’s,” Ms. Dwyer said.

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