I was at the checkout, all three items at uncrowded dollar store, when an irate woman accosted me, asking if I was the person who left my dog in a car.
“Well, yes, that is my dog.” BIG MISTAKE.
What followed was a lecture on dog care, dog in car care, just how wide open the windows need to be, that it was against the law to leave a dog unattended in a car, and she was going to call the police because it was against the law to leave a dog in a car, and my dog was panting. Well, there isn’t a law, yet, though one has been proposed. It would make it a misdemeanor or possibly a felony to leave a dog in a car under conditions that would endanger the life of the dog.
I have no problem with that proposed law. I do have a problem with people threatening me because they have jumped to conclusions that have no basis in fact.
My 13 yr old rescue dog has severe separation anxiety. If she can’t see me, she fears the hounds of hell will barbecue her for dinner. If I so much as I leave the room, she freaks.
So what would y’all have done? I guess it’s time to get a smartphone and take videos. Perhaps that might have shut her up. I only identified my car/dog because this lady’s first question to me was did I own the white van with puppies in it? Which I now think didn’t exist.
What to do in this situation?
There was no reasoning with her. She was way too close to me for comfort. A sumo wrestler compared to skinny me. And someone blocking my way to the door wreaks havoc with my anxiety. I feel I made a mess of it, though I doubt our rent-a-cop will be calling. Just hope I don’t meet her again.