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Trip in the Snow

Tonight I had to take Hazel to the vet. She had a weird lump on her bottom, that needed looking at. This vet is about 2 miles away, and wbe are having a snowstorm. (Very early in the year-- usually we don't get sticking snow until after Thanksgiving.) But it is pouring down outside, sticky snowman snow. 

We got a taxi to the vet, that was fine, although the man driving it was pretty timid. Still we got there. 
Her visit went ok, they did a needle aspiration, and the vet said not to worry too much.

But when we went to leave, there were no cabs to be had. We called and called, and we could not get anything. We ended up taking Hazel on the subway, which we had never done before. She was fine, she went through the turnstiles, and sat down just fine. Everyone was very nice about it. (It is against the rules, except for service dogs.) I was worried, but nobody did anything but smile at her.

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esmerelda_t
Nov. 8th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
It's not uncommon to see dogs on the underground here outside rush hour, everyone always smiles if there's a doggie in the carriage!

Hope Hazel isn't too uncomfortable with her lump, haemorrhoid maybe?
eglantine_br
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
They have some stupid rule here that dogs have to be in a box. I heard of somebody who had a large dog, and just got a big box and cut leg holes in it. That is the sort of thing that would traumatize Hazel forever!

I guessed, correctly, that nobody would mind, with the weather so miserable. The thing I worried about was running into a cop dog team. They have those on the subway, in the station sometimes. There are beautiful German shepards, and handsome young men, wearing bulletproof everything. I have admired the dogs before, and spoken to them, but you cannot pet them-- they are at work!

But no cops last night. All was well, my crime went unpunished!
provencepuss
Nov. 8th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
as if you in NY didn't have enough to deal with - snow is a real pain. Stay warm and safe.

We see dogs everywhere here - even in some restaurants (pauses to hear the Americans gasp in horror ;) )but they are well behaved if they are let in - and the waiter always brings them a dish of water at least! come to think of it they are often better behaved than some kids.....

Edited at 2012-11-08 08:06 am (UTC)
eglantine_br
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
I think that is much the better way. It teaches people to treat dogs kindly.

I don't mind pretty snow in the winter-- but this is a little early in the year for me.
mylodon
Nov. 8th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Maybe there's a still some 'pull together' spirit left post storm. Hope the snow isn't too bad. *hugs*
eglantine_br
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
Yes-- that is probably it. Most people like Hazel, if they like dogs at all.

As you may know, I have the goal of petting every dog I see. If I cannot pet them, I at least smile and compliment them. So far it is working well.

I have found that young men with scary looking pit bulls are especially pleased to have their dogs noticed and praised. They and their dogs become wiggly lumps of jelly. I was thinking about that last night, how good it feels when people are nice to your dog.

rikibeth
Nov. 8th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that too, about the young men with pit bulls. And, so often, pit bulls are just great big friendly softies, and only look scary.

Hope Hazel's fine and it's just a random cyst or something.

Oh, and I just spent an hour shoveling all our wet, sticky, HEAVY snow off our driveway. B only shoveled out around her car before she went to work. I am declaring victory because I got the shared part clear BEFORE the neighbors drove over it in their Jeep and made ruts that are hell both to shovel and drive over. Explain to me again why I'm the one in the worst spot in the driveway when I'm the only one without 4WD?

Edited at 2012-11-08 01:02 pm (UTC)
anteros_lmc
Nov. 8th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Ownership of AmericanPit Bull Terriers here is controlled by an act of parliament, it's illegal to own one without a court exemption. Staffordshire Bull Terriers and crosses are very common though. My sister's parter has a Staffie, and he is the most beautiful dignified dog I have ever met. It makes me sad that they are often mistreated and have such a bad press.
eglantine_br
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are often misunderstood here too. Most of them are delightful dogs.
anteros_lmc
Nov. 8th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
I saw pictures of your snow on the news this morning. You are certainly having a lot of Weather over there. Stay warm and cosy.

Hope Hazel is okay. Sounds like she enjoyed her ride on the subway. She's getting very brave in her old age!
eglantine_br
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
I was so proud of Hazel.

And you are right about the weather. People in NYC sometimes spend so much time indoors that the weather is not a real life factor. I think that is a poor way to live, but right now I am tired of weather!
anteros_lmc
Nov. 8th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Well you have certainly had more than your fair share of weather there recently!
katriona_s
Nov. 10th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
I love seeing people taking their dogs or cats in the train when I travel abroad (It's very rare in Japan and maybe prohibited except guide dogs). I wanted to see your Hazel being good girl on subway XD
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