UPDATE: Dog found safe in Lowell.
Pebbles, a 4-year-old yorkie/chihuahua mix was stolen by two women around 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Street Whole Foods as her owner dashed inside to buy some dinner.
Her owner is offering a $1,000 reward for her return, no questions asked. If you spot a little dog with one ear up and one down, send info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I wasn't stolen: I ran. She was crazy. Cray-cray!
I don't have bladder stones, just occasional indigestion from the mice I sneak on the side. The vet told her that an organic diet of kosher soy milk and hand-picked sunflower seeds just isn't enough for a dog. She didn't listen though. She decided I had bladder stones.
And my name. Pebbles? PEBBLES. What kind of a name is that? Pebbles. I'm part terrier. A working dog. A run around and chase things and kill them and eat them dog. So she names me Pebbles. How emasculating.
The curly ribbons trailing off my collar were the last straw though. The first ten times I bit her weren't a hint, but I eventually gave in to wearing that hideous rainbow-colored sweater when it was terribly hot outside. I will not wear sparkly ribbons though. I will not.
So here we are. When she tied me up to go buy organic arugula, hand-washed with the teardrops of Mexican virgins at the store with the dirty hippies, I made a break for it.
I found a nice den near the Esplanade, and there are plenty of rats to feed upon. It doesn't smell like hemp and body odor and desperation, either. A DCR guy that saw me yesterday came back this morning with a big pork bone stuffed with peanut butter, so I think I'll be fine.
I'm also rejecting the name Pebbles.
My name is Frank.
Okay, would have been mildly funny if it weren't directed at someone dealing with the loss of a beloved pet.
I wonder how often this kind of thing happens? I see lots of dogs tethered outside of stores every day.
32% from last year, according to the AKC. Even though I have a Mastiff, I never leave him tied up while I go in the store. He'll go with anyone.
I can see stopping into a small store for 1-2 minutes where you can see your dog outside ... but go grocery shopping?
Besides - IT IS COLD OUTSIDE.
Take the dog home, then do your time consuming errands at places the dog can't go into. Simple.
My 40lb, build-like-a-tank mutt would happily walk off with anyone who touched her leash. If you're going for walkies, she is your best friend.
Even if that wasn't the case, I'd never leave her tied up outside defenseless in case a car jumps the curb, or some asshole decides to throw a kick in her direction, or - my worst fear - a bigger, more aggressive dog comes along. Maybe I'm a neurotic pet owner, though.
Isn't it "dog abandonment" when you leave your dog outside by itself?
It's perfectly reasonable to leave your dog outside when going into a store. Plenty of stores even have a little hook to attach the leash, and they put out a bowl of water.
Let's not let criminals define the boundaries of reasonable behavior.
There was a case about 20 years ago in which a Danish tourist was arrested in NYC and charged with child endangerment; she had left her baby in a carriage on the sidewalk and gone into a coffee shop. It was a high profile case (I think the tourist was semi-famous), and the police made some sort of statement.
The Danish consul then made a public statement something like:
If you visit Copenhagen, a city of two million, you'll see rows of baby carriages, with babies in them, outside every little store or cafe. It's what we do; we believe that fresh air is good for kids, and nobody ever kidnaps them, because we're a civilized country. Maybe if the police were focused on keeping the streets safe rather than on harassing tourists, it would be safe enough to do that here, too.
I'm sorry...that's just not a good enough reason to leave a beloved pet outside a store for any amount of time. This is Boston and things can get stolen. People would not leave their wallet, cell phone, laptop, or even favorite book outside a store with the hopes that they would be there when they returned. Why on earth would you consider leaving a beloved pet and family member outside without any protection? If you have shopping to do, leave the pet home or go back later...it's just not worth the risk!
I often run an hour's worth of errands by foot on a Saturday morning. My dog can either sit at home alone and bored, or walk with me to the dry cleaner's the hardware store, the library (bonus, next to the dog park) etc etc. The only place he can't go inside (he's small and well behaved) is the little grocery store where I'll stop to pick up milk or something small, so I tie him up for the 5 minutes that I'm inside.
Obviously I don't do a week's worth of grocery shopping, and I don't leave him outside if it's 20 degrees.
I'm pretty sure he'd rather come along for what he sees as a nice long walk, and spend a couple of minutes standing on a sidewalk than be left at home instead. At least that's what I gather from the way that he reacts to anyone getting close to his leash.
It is frightening that someone would steal a dog though- either for hope of reward or for more nefarious (animal research) purposes.
Would you lean your bike against the window, unlocked, while you went in?
If the answer is yes, then (cold and nasty weather aside)it is probably safe for your dog. If the answer is no, don't do it.
If you have been to the Whole Foods on Beacon Hill, you know that it really isn't possible to "just pop in" like you do at your grocery store.
Who puts their dog on a pole like a stripper?
Thankfully the dog was found - in Lowell! I would never ever leave my dog outside for this exact reason. What an idiot.
What a bunch of hard hearted bitches all ya'll are. The first post was really funny though. I am so glad the dog is home! I always dread that little sweet stolen dogs like this one may be used as pitbull bait.
As a dog owner, I want to warn other dog owners to NEVER, EVER leave your dog unattended. Dog nappings are extremely common. Leave the pup at home when you do your errands.