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California town unveils "Fountain of Woof"
Carmel, California (AP)

For dogs lucky enough to live in Carmel-By-The-Sea, life just doesn't get any better.

The upscale tourist town of art galleries and beautiful coastal vistas has a soft spot for its four-legged residents. Carmel now has a special place for dogs to quench their thirsts as well.

Carmel has dedicated the "Fountain of Woof," a dogs-only drinking fountain at Carmel Plaza. The recirculating water fountain features a life-size dog's head spurting water from its mouth onto a stair-step arrangement of rocky pools.

Mayor Sue McCloud inaugurated the fountain Friday before a crowd of dogs and owners. "By 'pup-ular' demand," she said, cutting a "rib-bone" to mark the occasion.

"Dogs have always been very much a part of Carmel," said McCloud.

Other amenities for pooches in Carmel include the right to run free on the city's white-sand beach.

Nora Brooke and her Doberman pinscher, Night, were among those who attended the dedication, which included a dog fashion show and the reading of a special poem.

"If you live in Carmel, how could you not be here?" said Brooke.

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