human nature

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi(he said, part 1)


“My other half wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We got on Petfinder one Sunday morning as an exercise because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.

We started the application process and filled out our first application, in which I realized Mike, my other half and I were talking about two different dogs.  I said, it’s a 10 week old puppy in Mississippi and we’re never going to get him.  Well, two hours later they called and said, he’s yours.

I was mad because I didn’t want that dog.

I asked the woman on the phone how this happened so fast.  She said she just googled me and saw the trailer to my last movie.  She said, anyone who made that movie, has to have a heart, so we fast tracked it.

When I got off the phone with her, I said to Mike, that’s our dog.

We’ve never looked back.”

Seymour, the well behaved Miniature Schnauzer (part 2)


“We put a lot of time into training him and we can bring him anywhere.  We take him  shopping at Bloomingdales and we take him on the train to Long Island, and no-one  ever complains.

He’s a most friendly and affectionate dog and he is playful with other dogs when he comes to the dog run.

I think he really behaves appropriately.  He adjusts his behavior around children.  We have two nephews, with the eight year old, he plays more rambunctiously; but with the two year old, it’s almost like he monitors him.  He watches him toddle along and makes sure he doesn’t fall–it’s almost like he babysits him.

He’s done wonders for our lives.

We have learned more about ourselves by putting Seymour first.

It’s opened up a whole conversation about having kids.  Having Seymour has taught us to explore another, more nurturing side our personalities.”

Laura, the dog lover without a dog (part 2)


“I had friends that I met at the dog run.  their dog and I were in love with each other.  They had a wonderful dog, tchotchke.  If she liked you it was a love fest every time you saw her.

Then when she got old and sick it was very sad.

A couple of days before she died she was in the dog run and you could watch her go up to each of her people friends, as if to say goodbye.

She was an articulate dog.  She didn’t like puppies and small dogs bothering her.  She had a very polite but firm way of letting them know to leave her alone. She would lie on the ground, turn her head toward them and let out a low growl of warning.

The best was meeting, getting to know and spending time with such loving people and their dog.

The worst was when their dog died, followed by their leaving New York.

We still keep in touch.

I still come to the dog run in good weather a few times a week.

I have some physical disability with my arms and the dog run is a good place for me to come for some gentle exercise and amusement.

One of the great things about the dog run is that you see people you meet in the dog run on the street, and develop a relationship outside the dog run.

There is a real community at the dog run that overflows in the neighborhood.