A Sad Tail

I try not to be a know-it-all about most things, but there is an area I’m quite passionate about, and that’s people who leave their dogs tied up outside while they shop or dine.

Quite often you’ll see me in front of the post office kneeling beside a pooch whose owner is inside buying stamps, my heart pounding in its defense.  It’s so easy to steal a dog, especially a small one. I’ve seen it happen, and the culprits are so quick it would make your head spin.

I find myself cautioning those who casually act as if they live in Oregon or Iowa where canine kidnapping is at a fortunate low.  Even if I tactfully say anything, I’m often received with arrogant resistance.  There was a time I’d get all fired up, yelling at their carelessness, but learned, on the animal’s behalf, gentle persuasion is the better course to take.

This leads me to the source of this post.

Flyers are pinned up everywhere over the disappearance of a little chihuahua named Theo, taken while its owners ate in a pizza parlor on the Upper East Side.

As I read it, even though they’re offering a 1500 dollar reward, no questions asked, I know, that dog is gone.

This is a hard piece of info to relay, but he was probably sold to a dog fighting ring, big business in these parts.

He looked just like Rocky Mazzilli, a dog I babysat for just a few weeks ago, my friend Chris, never letting him or his sister, Coco, out of his sight.

Animals depend on us when they don’t live in the wild.  A slice of pizza, stamps or a cup of coffee, isn’t worth putting them in harm’s way.  If you have to go someplace where they aren’t allowed, then simply leave them home.

My heart aches for this little guy, who was a tender victim of someone’s reckless stupidity.



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 Amazon.com. Thanks.
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12 Responses to A Sad Tail

  1. micklively says:

    Is the problem caused by shop and restaurant owners who forbid dogs on their premises? Our family outings are often spoilt by such short-sightedness. Hygiene is often the defence but this is based on superstition, sooner than any science. Folk are far more likely to catch something off me than my princesses: canines and humans don’t have many diseases in common. “She might piss on the floor” is another. “Well, so might I, but neither of us will, though, I have to say, I feel tempted, given the accusations you’re flinging about. I hope you contract kennel cough!”


    • The laws are strict and come with a hefty fine if broken, but people shouldn’t take that out on their pets. It is what it is. I’m sure you didn’t mean to say, you hope I contract kennel cough. If I had a dog, I’d be brewing coffee at home, for two. 🙂

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    I feel so horrible for that poor little pup. Being pampered and loved (though with thoughtless neglect) one minute and then possibly thrown into a dog fighting ring. It breaks my heart.

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  3. Elle Knowles says:

    We have a few resturants that allow animals in because of the fact that dogs, cats, etc. are treated more like family members these days. If that’s the case, would you ever leave your child tied up outside an establishment if children weren’t allowed? No…you’d get a sitter or not stop there. Pet owners should plan ahead as parents do. ~Elle


  4. I’m so upset for this little guy. I’ll pray he makes it home safe and sound.

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