This morning I was 2/3 of the way to work when I spotted two dogs rooting through the trash out on the sidewalk across the street. There was no one around and they were obviously roaming free, so I crossed the street to see if they were lost or hurt. They were two young, friendly pit bulls with no collars or tags, happily sniffing the garbage bags. I stood back a bit to avoid scaring them, but one immediately trotted over and started licking my leg.
I debated what to do as the first dog happily slobbered all over my feet and begged me to play with him and the other continued his methodical inspection of the trash. Just as I was getting out my phone to call the police non-emergency hotline to report them to animal control, a door opened up the block and a man came out with his recycling. I asked if he knew who the dogs belonged to and he said they lived a few houses down and he'd knock on the door and get the owner. I left, looking over my shoulder after a block to see the first dog sitting down, head cocked, watching me. His companion never stopped digging through the trash, which, by the way, was placed illegally on the sidewalk without a trash can. Five days before trash pickup.
I'm happy that I didn't have to be responsible for sending these dogs to the city shelter where they'd likely be put down. They were friendly, they seemed to be well-treated, they have a home. But this kind of blatant irresponsibility makes me fume. You cannot let your dogs roam unattended on a very busy street with no identification! They could run off, be hit by a car, be antagonized by the hoodlums that roam that neighborhood, bite someone who threatens them. If you're too busy to put a collar and a leash on your dog and take it for a walk in the morning, then maybe you shouldn't have a dog in the city. In fact, you know why I don't have a dog? Because I live in the city, I travel too much, and I don't have time to take it for walks. If I didn't have a cat who spooks at the sound of a truck driving by and if I didn't live in the world's smallest house, I would have rounded up those dogs and taken them home. Take note, people who live on that block. Your dogs are cute and next time I might just steal them.
Other than my feelings of hostility towards irresponsible city pet owners, life is good. I spent the last two weekends celebrating: first, a friend's bachelorette-hood at the Jersey shore, and then our wedding anniversary in Colorado. Both included copious amounts of sunscreen, one ended with me vomiting in a Wendy's restroom. We returned home on very late on Monday night and found a killer parking space right on our block. As much as I love traveling and friends and fun, man, it's good to be home. What have you been up to, internet?