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Thursday, May 26, 2011

all leashed up

Oops! Forgot to publish this yesterday!
A few weeks ago Dental Student relayed this story to me:

He was walking Havi by the park attached to our building when he ran into a dog walker with two little pups. Havi played briefly with the pups and then Dental Student walked away. Then Havi heard the dog walker yell "please, stop." Dental Student turned around to see a man trying to take the small pups from the dogwalker! He went over and asked what was going on. The man starting exclaiming that these were his wife's pups. The dogwalker shook her head wide-eyed. Dental Student and the dogwalker stood inside the park and called the dog owner and the police. The police took the man and Dental Students statement and walked away. This week, the District Attorney's office called Dental Student to state they were most likely pressing charged for attempted grand larceny! At first we thought this was silly, but then we realized how upsetting this must have been for the woman - we were certainly disturbed by it!

Dental Student and I started talking about all the pups around the city who are tied up outside restaurants and stores and how easy it is to steal them. As dog friendly as most of NYC is, sometimes they do prohibit dogs. Recently, our laundry room and local CVS placed "no pets allowed" signs outside their doors. While we certainly understand that not all people are pup lovers, we would much rather just not take Havi on these errands than leave her outside. In the course of a mere 2 minute errand, your pup could be taken, a lose dog could attack your leashed up pup, or a little kid may taunt her.

Additional pit bull food for thought: this event made us realize Havi would make the WORST guard dog, as she happily licked the man trying to steal the little pups. Yes, pit bulls are oh so scary!

6 comments:

  1. That would certainly of been a scary incident but also proves the point about the necessity of having your dog micro-chipped - it is not just for when the dog gets lost but if it is stolen or that you have to prove the dog is YOURS !

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  2. I have chills just thinking of the incident; could not imagine being there. Kudos to your husband for helping out.

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  3. Hahaha Havi licked the attacker, she is just so sweet! That is really scary and disturbing, lucky Dental Student was there to save the day, that poor dog walker must have been terrified!

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  4. So scary! I can't believe the guy tried to take them right from the walker. It always gives me anxiety when I see dogs tied up places, and people do it so often. Once this guy tied up his beautiful pitbull, and I wasn't with the dogs and I told him not to, and he just gave me a dirty look. One other scary thing...Heather said her friend got her pitbull stolen at the dogpark. I guess some guy came up to the entrance with his own dog, called her dog over, snatched him and took off.

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  5. About a month and a half ago, a guy asked his friend to watch his 8-week old English Bulldog and then friend took him to Safeway, tied him up, and the puppy was stolen. It was caught on camera and everything. Effing ridiculous: who DOES that, ya know?!

    haha Elli will give a warning bark (I trained her only to do one) whenever someone knocks at the door, but then as soon as she sees it's a person on the other side of the door, she is all wiggles and wags. And I'm sure she'd happily clean their faces if they'd let her lol. So typical pitty. :) <3

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