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!