Saturday, June 14, 2008

Where is the love?

In a city named after Saint Francis, patron of animals small and large, it was a bit odd to see this little dog waiting outside a pub on Valencia street.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Lucia said...

This is quite sad, however, I did just meet a woman in a cafe in San Francisco today who had to do the same thing because her dog really doesn't like strangers, but has a tendency to just go in for a the bite instead of letting out a warning bark first. Perhaps this owner had a similar problem.

Not easy to take in, but there may be a reason behind it.

June 17, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger Mathias said...

Hi Lucia,

I am sure you are right, there must be a good reason for this, with nothing mean about it; after all, it IS San Francisco, and people do like their pets here! Still, this dog has such a look of sad dignity, it's hard not to want to pet it...

June 21, 2008 5:40 PM  
Blogger Noah Simply said...

Please tell me, what exactly is sad about this? Do you know this dog or her owner? Offensichtlich nicht. Our story is long and complicated, but it has taken a very happy turn for both of us ever since I rescued her from a horrid existence. I assure you the love is all right here. You want to know what sad is, you should see where she once "lived". She has good reason not to blindly trust all humans, and has a right not to be groped by complete strangers, which makes her extremely uncomfortable, and might result in a nip to the hand. Some foolish and inconsiderate people do not realize that you should NEVER approach a strange dog, especially without the owner present. Ergo, the sign. Leave her be, and don't be so quick to judge others.

September 15, 2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger Mathias said...

Dear Noah Simply,

I am sorry if my post came across as judgmental; I hoped it would be clear enough that the title, which I only intended to be snappy, should not be read literally. It was not the case, and I regret it.

I know that unfortunately, animals with a traumatic experience forget that "hands are for petting", in the SCPA's own words, and assumed something like that was behind the sign. From your passionate defense of her, I am sure she has found a loving and caring environment, and I wish you both a great relationship.

Still, I stand by my comment that "the dog has such a look of sad dignity, it's hard not to want to pet it", which is really what made this image striking to me. It's not a statement about how the dog is treated, more about how moving it looks, and how, when looking at her, well, I really felt like petting it...

Sorry again that I offended you, and maybe you can pet your dog for me and apologize to her too?

September 16, 2008 4:53 PM  
Blogger Noah Simply said...

Sehr geehrter Mathias,

Thanks for clarifying your opinion. The text which accompanies the actual post seems to imply that she is not loved enough by her owner, but your comments seem less assuming. It is true that many people want to pet her, but it just is too overwhelming sometimes, especially if she is tied up and can't see where I am (I, on the other hand, always keep her in my view).

Many people are perplexed by the sign, or they think it's a joke(?), or perhaps think it doesn't apply to them, or that it is MY wish rather than HER wish not to be pet.

Occasionally, however, someone will understand completely why she might have the sign, and will say "ok, I won't pet you", but unfortunately those people are of a rare breed.

Your gracious apology has been whole-heartedly accepted by both of us!

Hals- und Beinbruch!

September 18, 2008 5:26 PM  

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