The New York Times recently published this article about New Jersey beach communities that are wrestling with dog lovers and non-dog lovers, and the desire that both have to enjoy the sun and surf.

Kim Kavin, author of “The Dog Merchants” book, is quoted several times, discussing how such arguments are part of a bigger-picture societal shift that pits people’s love of their canine companions against age-old laws that define dogs as property.

“It’s history banging up against current culture,” Kim told the Times. “It’s law banging up against our feelings for our dogs today.”