I saw the most disturbing thing on my way home tonight.
I was deciding whether to wait for the street car or walk further north to take the more direct streetcar. On the way, I saw a guy asleep in a bush shelter with a couple sleeping bags and a couple backpacks, and and adorable puppy. I’d say the dog was about 7-8 months old. I think it was part pitt bull. It was golden brown and had the sweetest face I’d ever seen.
I started to walk north and then heard the streetcar coming. I rushed back to the stop and as I was getting on the streetcar, I noticed the same sweet face in front of me. It all happened so quickly. I kind of said to myself out loud “Wait, did they just take that guy’s dog?”
Now I’m not going to lie; I’d had some gin. It was a really good friend of mine’s birthday and we were dancing and drinking, and my responses were not immediate.
So I got on the streetcar, and I saw some girl giving that same dog a bone. I looked her straight in the eye and said “Did you just take that guy’s DOG?!” She said, very matter-of-factly that yes, she had. She “saved” the dog.
I got into quite the argument with her. My point was that you can’t just steal something from someone because you think you can take better care of that thing/person/animal/ANYTHING. That dog obviously belonged to that guy and I said “Great, way to go, that dog was probably the one thing that kept that guy going.” AND SHE SAID “Good, he’ll probably drink himself to death anyway.” And I just couldn’t stop saying that just because this guy was homeless, doesn’t mean that she has the right to make decisions from him and STEAL from him!!!
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I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE JUST THOUGHT SHE COULD TAKE SOMEONE’S DOG! That dog doesn’t belong to her, and the dog was in no pain. AND!!!! And, and AND!!! She told ME to mind my own business!!!!
I am appalled by the fact that someone would think to steal a dog to ‘save it from the cold, and from the homeless guy’ but would just then just leave the guy on the street. More compassion for dogs than fellow humans? I just don’t get it.
I felt outnumbered and anxious on the streetcar. There were people who seemed to think along the same lines as me, but who told me to just ‘let it go’ but there were more people who agreed with this dog theif. I eventually just got off the car because my heart was racing and I was on the verge of tears.
I am still so upset by this I just don’t even know what to think.