You Had To Be There

From Google Images, but this is exactly what the puppy in question looked liked.images

It was around 7ish in the morning as I walked through the Central Park.

It’s quiet and peaceful at that hour, so when I heard someone yell, it immediately got my attention. I couldn’t hear exactly what this runner in black spandex from head-to-toe was saying, but the essence of anger was clearly felt.

A dog, from what I could see, was playfully chasing him. His owner, an elderly black man, calmly walked in the distance undisturbed by the man’s over-the-top response.

I stopped to observe, on the dog’s behalf, so I thought, and felt my blood go up like a broken thermometer.

“You better keep that fucking dog on a leash,” this guy yelled, “you have no right to let him roam.” Actually he does, till 9 a.m. dogs in all their glory can run free.

I was impressed by this old man’s magnanimity having seen fights ensue for far less then this.

The funny part was this dog who was as vicious as a circus clown, was never a threat to this man. He was just happy to be out, having a great time. A rescue to be sure, something I know without asking, just the way he looks to see if his master is coming…a doggie smile from ear to ear.

Dogs who get a second chance show it and it’s a wonderful sight to see.

The runner, though the dog had now joined his owner, was still screaming.

I stepped up to the plate not being able to help myself. Whenever I encounter anyone who thinks he has special park privileges, I see red.

“Who the fuck are you yelling at that way,” I said, calling him out. It didn’t much matter to me he loomed a good 2 feet over me.  A handsome, male model type fancying himself no doubt, as a great athlete affected by the playful audacity of what he obviously perceived, as a dumb dog.

“Are you talking to me?” he said, shocked…I mean, if I wasn’t so mad, I would have laughed at the look on his presumptuous face.


Boy, did I come out swinging.



Yeah I know, in my own way, I was as crazy as he was.

The old man, still serene as can be, said, “Come on now Miss, let’s just get on with our day and let the man get on with his,” the dog at his side still smiling.

The idiot runner who I so wanted to punch in my post-Prednisone stupor finally went on his way, but if I see him, again, I’ll be right back in the ring.

It’s interesting how I had never seen him before…but would remember him like a wanted poster hanging at the post office.





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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20 Responses to You Had To Be There

  1. micklively says:

    I support your cause but fear for your safety.
    Good piece.


    • When it comes to an animal, or a kid along with the elderly…I become a one-man vigilante. I know it comes from being beat up as a kid. No one ever stood up for me. I stand up…it’s like breathing for me Mick, and yes, safety should be more of a consideration, but when you don your armor, it’s the last thing on your mind…in my case what’s left of it 🙂

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    The old man sounds like such a serene being. I hope you have a new park friend.

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  3. Hahahaha! I am crying … lol! because I know that feeling when you just can’t help yourself from boarding the crazy train. Someone told me to put Chester on a leash. Chester?! Who walked at the pace of a snail. This guy just wouldn’t let it go and I screamed “Put your wife on a fucking leash!” All aboard…. chug chug chug

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  4. Elle Knowles says:

    I bet he won’t be as verbal next time a dog’s off the leash. If nothing else you probably embarrassed him and we all know men do not like to be put in their place especially in public places. Yes, I fear for your safety also Susannah. ~Elle

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  5. Patricia says:

    I see four sides to this. The silly runner who was afraid of the dog but would never admit it. You, always at rhe ready to defend the defenseless of those who won’t/don’t defend themselves. The old man who was just enjoying his morning. The dog just doing his dog thing probably laughing at the two screaming humans. The last two will never have ulcers or migraines. Thevfirst two need a punching bag to batter. 🙂

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  6. Yep, you took a ride on the crazy train. The guy was probably embarrassed that he was afraid of the (non-threatening) dog or maybe he had a bad dog experience. Glad that the dog wasn’t affected at all! Woof, woof!

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  7. I think we are kindred spirits…. I can go off like that too. I have been known to go toe to toe like this, but, please be careful… I would hate for something to happen to you. Dogs are so special, I really know that always, but, with our pup not doing well, I am reminded daily of how short a time we get to enjoy them and they deserve lots of love. DAF

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