dogs waiting.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


new yorkers tie their dogs up to run inside for a cup of coffee, pick up a few things at the grocery, or drop off a package.

the look on their face says it all.

25 comments:

Blair said...

oh my goodness, that dog!

too cute to be left outside by itself- i'd have the impulse to run away with it.

Greetings from Texas! said...

Is it safe to do that? Do you do that with Sam Wiggins? I would get nervous. But if its the New Yorker way, I'll get on board.

Erin said...

My dog is such a flight risk that if I even attempted this he'd be in the next state within minutes. Not that I would, though; my mom got one of her Boxers stolen a long time ago that way (she got him back, thankfully).

Michelle said...

I'm nervous to even leave my dog in the car for a few minutes. But then again she weighs 10 lbs and is adorable - easy to run away with.

Patrice said...

I know it's common practice, but I don't think I could ever do it. I love my coffee, but I'd love my pup more.

Sydney said...

Poor little guys! That what my dog does too. I'm glad that for the most part the dogs don't get taken!

rebecca said...

megan-
i don't do it with sam wiggins mostly because i'm an over protective momma. the dogs are always tied up safely and appropriately. though stories like erin's support my over protectiveness.

Miss Bibliophile said...

Aw, I can never bring myself to do that with my dog. Sometimes I even feel tempted to wait with other dogs I see tied up outside of shops! We need more dog friendly places, I think!

rebecca said...

miss bibliophile-
ed and i sometimes pat them on the head and reassure them their owners will be back soon. :)

EvaForeva said...

Oh, how sweet! They do the same thing in Europe. I miss having a dog...

Kim said...

Aww, San Franciscans do that, too. I always make an effort to give pups tied to garbage cans and bike racks a little bit of attention :)

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

oh gosh, these pics are adorable. do the poor doggies ever get stolen??? i sure hope not!

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

If I have my camera on me, I tend to take shots of tied-up dogs, mainly to keep an eye on them until their owner gets back.

Dogs do indeed get stolen here - small ones in particular are sold as bait for dog-fighting. And what if another dog or unattended child provokes a tied-up dog into biting? I've heard of dogs tied to meters that have stepped off the curb and been hit by a car.

I wouldn't leave a child tied up - hell, I wouldn't leave my purse unattended on a sidewalk. No way in hell I'd leave my dog.

rebecca said...

kate-
couldn't have said it better myself.

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

awww poor little guy...I'd be too scared to tie up my doggy

Lottie said...

He does not look impressed!

Teaka said...

Awww well good things New Yorkers aren't trained to do that with kids! Kidding.
Such an unhappy dog. But seriously a cute one!

Franka said...

My dog will never wait outside!
She's a lucky one becaus she is mine!

:-))

♥ Franka

benson said...

I don't even let our dog go for a quick trip to the store in the car unless husband or I stay in the car with her...I would be over the top with anxiety thinking of what could happen.

Susan said...

Awww...I would never. It is an issue our country has such a problem with animals in public places. Most of them are cleaner than a toddler!

Abby (Diligent Joy) said...

When the weather is warmer, I walk to the convenience store with Hazel. I tie her up right outside the door and she looks in and watches me the whole time I'm stocking up on candy and drinks, like I'm going to sneak out the back and leave her there forever.

Colt warns me that someone is going to dognap her. Has that ever happened in NYC?

rebecca said...

abby-
according to the above comments, it has happened!

sumslay said...

I like you, Rebecca, but if I ever saw Sam Wiggens alone, I'm stealing him! :P Jk (no, i'm not - that's a cute freaking dog!) ;)

I'm surprised NY isn't more dog friendly! I assumed it was.

I'm always tempted to take my mutt, Daphne Devereaux, out when I just need to walk to the store for milk, but I can't because I don't know what I'd do with her (I live in Dallas...not a lot of bikes or meters or anything here anyway, not that I'd dare leave her outside even if there were). I wonder if I can make a fake "Service Dog" vest? Illegal, probably, but....it's not going to hurt anyone!

Susan mentioned the toddler thing, and i couldn't agree more. I worked in retail for about 3 years and (at separate places) had kids (like, 6 yo, not toddlers) pee and deficate the floor. My dog would never!

Nicole said...

I agree, I could never leave my pup tied up like that :( When my honey and I go to Starbinks on a nice day, one of us always sit outside with her while the other goes in to buy the drinks. I guess not so easy to do if you don't have a honey or friend with you, though.

By the way, Abby @ Diligent Joy... we too have a HAZEL DOG!! :) Our Hazels should meet.

Anonymous said...

I often will leave my dogs tethered outside a store when I run in for something. I won't do it if I can't see them from the store and/or expect to be more than 2-4 minutes. Today I stopped to get coffee and the store was really busy and there were other dogs and people outside, so I tied my dynamic duo up one scaffolding pole further than I usually do. When I got out I was LOUDLY chastised by a woman to the point where I was really upset.

If you are concerned about a pet that is tied up....shaming the owner is really not the best way to get the message across. Say what you need to say and perhaps you will make a difference . But do it in a way that shows you care about the animal....and the owner. Antagonizing either is really not the way to go.

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