Dogs seem drawn to David Feldman, with good reason.
Heâ€™s an animal lover, and lives with dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and ducks at his little farm in Ipswich. And he said that he has lived a life devoted to animals.
The certified small animal massage therapist was perched on a mat at the Gloucester Dog Park booth adjacent to the Cape Ann Farmers Market on Thursday afternoon, first with Luci, a terrier mix who normally does not like men, her owner says.
Youâ€™d have never known it, however, to see her leaning in against him, enjoying the massage around her head and ears, between her toes and along her back and stomach. She was smiling, her mouth wide open and tongue out, bright-eyed.
â€œHeâ€™s a big draw to the booth,â€ Tom Schauer of the Gloucester Dog Park group said of Feldman. Feldman is available, as a volunteer with the group, to give the massages free of charge, and advice to dog owners about how they can massage their pets at home correctly. He will be with the group at the next three events they will be holding at Stage Fort Park on Aug. 16, Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 from 3-5 p.m.