I consider myself sort of a super hero.
Because I know CPR.
And I once saved a dog.
I rescued the dog on New Year’s Day which is a really good karma way to start off a new year. My husband Rick was at work and I was doing whatever I did before I had kids. That part of my life is very fuzzy but I think I was just leisurely wandering around the streets of Manhattan.
As I walked down 73rd street on the Upper West Side, I happened to notice this rogue dog, just running around without a leash or a collar. No one seemed to know who he belonged to so I brought him home with me.
I started calling different shelters and animal rescue places but they were all closed for the holiday. Meanwhile, my own dog Martini, who is extremely territorial, was none too pleased with our new canine house guest.
Then my husband sauntered in. Since he was completely exhausted from a lingering New Year’s Eve hangover combined with a day of work, he was very jazzed to learn that we had a new dog in the apartment. And that we needed to find his owner before Rick could just sit down, relax and watch some football.
I took a picture of the dog, made “Lost Dog” signs and then Rick and the stray went to Kinko’s to make copies. Yes, dogs are excellent at making copies.
Rick put up some of the signs in the neighborhood and then called to ask me,
“Where did you find this dog?”
“On 73rd between Columbus and Central Park West”
He had an idea. Rick took the dog and started asking the doormen on 73rd street if they recognized him. And sure enough, about three buildings in on 73rd, a doorman said…
“Sure! That’s Rufus. He lives in 2E.”
This building was pretty much the EXACT location where I had found the dog. So I’m not sure if I rescued the dog or stole the dog or maybe a little of both.
But the owner seemed grateful and dropped off a gift basket a few days later.
Every super hero likes a nice gift basket.
P.S. This post was inspired by my friend Smeredith who recently saved/stole a dog herself. Thank god there are people like us to keep all the dogs safe from harm.