I had a completely crazy Portlandia moment and I have decided to post about it.
Today is an incredibly gloomy and cold day for Southern California. On days like this Oliver is usually pretty irritable and constantly wants to go outside. I think the gloom must unlock something in his Scottish bones, as for me I want to sit in my snuggie and catch up on some horrible reality television.
Oliver and I set out on a walk to the bank and because the grocery store is right around the corner I popped in to buy a Pepsi. I tied Oliver to the post by the door, where he happily laid down to people watch. I grab the drink and check out without having to wait in line. I am sure it wasn’t more than 5 minutes, but upon exiting the store Oliver was surrounded by 3 people. Our conversation went something like this:
Tall Lady: Oh you’re back, we thought he had been abandoned.
Me: Nope just grabbing a drink.
Man Kneeling to Check on Dog: Glad you are back we were about to call this in.
Me: I wasn’t even in the store 5 minutes.
(Tall Lady silently disappears. I think she realized how foolish she had been.)
Little Lady: You never know whats do happen.
Man: You have to be careful someone could steal your dog.
(Right. He waited with my dog, just to tell me someone could steal him).
Me: I guess I just won’t take him for walks anymore.
Man: Or you could take him into the store, that’s safer.
Me: You can’t take a dog into the grocery store. (Now you have proven you don’t own a dog, because you would know that crazy man.)
Man: Then yes you should leave him at home.
(Really? You are so concerned and then tell me its better to leave him home alone! Really?!? Man leaves. I try to leave, but little lady stops me. She wasn’t a little person, but I honestly felt like a giant next to her.)
Little Lady: You know, my friend have lots of dogs. So people leave sometimes. She saves dogs from behind Wal-mart. (Because the front of the grocery store is the same as the back of Wal-mart.) She have 6 dogs and her little baby Chihuahua get pregnant. She have 6 puppies, now she crazy. Too many dogs. People let their animals go, mostly I think Spanish people. (of which she seemed to be related)
Me: Well that’s not me. I just have one and I really like him.
Little Lady: Yes you dog is so beautiful.
So I left the parking lot feeling a little disgruntled. You can watch the Portlandia sketch Whose Dog Is This? and see where I am coming from.
I just wanted to get my dog out of the house and run an errand, instead I am now afraid that dog snatchers are out to steal my dog or at the very least set him free. What do you think were these people out of line or do you agree? I am looking for some feedback.