Last weekend Mr. Sith and I took Darthypie to Mount Vernon. This is the home and estate of the first president f the United States, George Washington. The entire house and surrounding lands have been made into a national park. On some special weekend they have all sorts of festivities. This weekend thy were celebrating fall harvest days. They had wagon rides, a straw bale maze for kids to run around in, corn husk doll making, all sorts of great stuff. The estate is HUGE and much of it is outdoors so service dogs and pet dogs are allowed on the grounds. (just not in the buildings) So why do I mention that dogs are allowed? Well, It was a beautiful crisp fall day. The sun was shining the air was cool (around 65 degrees) and the leaves were changing color. Picture perfect. We arrived at Mount Vernon around 10:30 AM. This was about an hour later than i wanted to be there. Perhaps if we had arrived at 9:30 we would not have seen THIS
|I was tempted to not obscure the a-holes license plate in the photo above, but I don't want to get sued or break any privacy laws.|
You are looking at a dog, a real dog, sitting in the back window of a car. The car is all black with a black interior AND all the windows are rolled up. There is no water in the car for the dog and no fresh air coming in. Now this car had already been parked by the time we go there so we figure it had been there since at least 10:30 if not earlier. You see. although it's a nice crisp fall day, the sun is out, and the sun creates HEAT. something this a-hole didn't realize. The sun will heat up a car and literally cook its contents in a matter of hours. Even if it is only 65 degrees outside, the inside of the car can get much warmer and stifling. Keeping a pet in a locked car with no air or water is beyond stupid, it's cruel. There was another couple near us that also spotted the dog and both them and Mr. Sith immediately took pictures of the car with the dog in it. We both went to the park police about it. They explained that the parking was not in the jurisdiction of the park and that the local police would have to respond. They said they would alert the police. We all went about our day hoping for the best, but Mr. Sith and I were wondering if we shouldn't have broken a window of the car and rescued that dog.
Fast forward to 4:00 PM. Yes. That's right. Almost 6 hours later. We are walking back to our car and we see the same couple that took pictures of the car & dog standing on the corner. We were surprised to see them. I certainly thought that by now the owners had come to claim the dog or that the police had rescued the poor thing. Nope. Nothing had happened. almost 6 hours later and that dog is still in that sealed up car panting away. Mr. Sith was about to take our car escape hammer and bust open the window.
The couple told us they called animal control and they were waiting for them to show up. about 10 minutes later the animal control van shows up. The "officer" and I put that word in quotes for reasons you wills see in a minute, was confrontational as soon as he stepped out of his van. The situation was explained to him and he took a quick look at the panting dog and said. "I don't thinks this animal is in distress. there is nothing I can do." To which Mr. Sith said, "You're joking right?" The Animal control officer just was not interested in hearing anything else. He said "It's not that hot out." even though it was explained to him that the dog had been in the sealed car for over 6 hours. At that point Mr. Sith surmised, out loud, "You just don't want to rescue this dog because you don't want to do the paperwork. It's almost 5:00, it's the end of your shift and it's the weekend. You just don't want to be bothered." The animal control "officer" turned red and said, if you have a complaint you can call my supervisor, handed Mr. Sith his card and drove off. Seriously. He just drove away.
A few moments later the OWNER of the car walked up. Oh boy. Did he get an ear full from Mr. Sith and the other couple waiting for him. He seemed to think he had done nothing wrong and was annoyed and bewildered as to why anyone would be concerned. He eventually said. "OK. Jeesh. I'm sorry, alright?" Mr. Sith was like, "Don't apologize to us. Apologize to the dog!" Of course that wouldn't have made a difference...the poor thing was shaking and panting so hard. The owner drove off and a bunch of people THEN came up to Mr. Sith and the other couple and said "You did the right thing" or "That guy was a jerk" or something.
So that was our Saturday. Fun. Oh and I got a migraine from being out in the sun too long.
On To The Poll.
1. Blush Of The Day? - Le Metier de Beaute creme fresh tint in Mystique. you can read about it HERE. It's a pretty pale lilac-y pink.
2. What would you have done in the situation above? - Personally I wanted to break the window but I had Darthypie with me and well...I'm not sure that would have been legal.
3. Anything coming in the mail, beauty or otherwise? - I'm waiting on a pair f jeans from Old Navy and a hoodie. I got my makeup goodies earlier this week. (See my post on Sephora Friends & Family)
4. Do you have any pets? If so, what kinds and what are their names? - I have a English Bulldog named Floyd (Floydiepie) and a Tabby Cat (grey & black) named Cujo.
5. Favorite season for makeup? - The fall. So many neat colors come out and the weather is cool enough that my makeup does not slide off my face by mid day!