En route to Grand Central catching the train home, I notice a kid in his 20s sitting on the pavement sketching.
Next to him was a beagle so old it looked stuffed.
What got my attention was his cardboard sign that said..EASE ELP OD LESS
Mr. beagle was sleeping across it turning it into an eye chart.
His ears made me think of a certain basset we all know and love though hers are three times the size, causing my heart and wallet to open handing them my last dollar.
There’s something about someone in need who brings along their pet, whether it’s to stop a softie like me, or because they stick together no matter what, that’s humbling right down to your socks.
A man who worked at The Humane Society once told me, homeless people…those down on their luck, take better care of their animals than those with homes.
I was all set to buy a kaiser roll to go with the tuna salad I was making for lunch from a bakery I like in Grand Central. Alas, the beagle inspired me, if nothing else, not to eat bread but to give it away.
PLEASE HELP GOD BLESS
Dedicated to Chester Pop, a famous beagle we all know and will always love…see picture.