Helping dog can get you barked at

CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: August 5, 2009
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en she came up with a backup plan. She went inside, had the store manager page the car owner, went back outside and stood around some more.

"Finally, the owner came out and basically he said, ‘What’s the deal?’ I said, ‘Did you hear the page?’ and he said yes. And I told him, ‘I’ve already called the police.’ And he said, ‘You did?’”

This is when Debbi realized maybe standing sentinel at the car wasn’t the best idea.

"I wouldn’t recommend it,” she said.

Calling the authorities and paging the dog’s owner: good idea. Waiting for him to show up and be mad: bad idea.

The dog’s owner was pretty mad, mostly because he thought Debbi overreacted.

Debbi eventually calmed him down. She’s a retired federal probation officer, so she’s probably used to making hot-headed guys take a breath. They parted ways.

But she does wish she had said one more thing: "Go home and put on a coat and get in your car and roll your windows down a few inches and see how warm it is.”

Then again, maybe that’s one of those good ideas that isn’t so good.


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