Thursday, December 16, 2010

East Coast Millan (Part 3)

Before we knew it, we were at the house. My GBF had been driving. He turned onto the block and cut the lights a few houses down. We silently rolled up alongside the curb and shut off the engine. We all looked at each other and started to argue about what to do. I was scared. It was all very Pulp Fiction/Seinfeld to me.

While my GBF was arguing with his GBF, I looked out the car window up at the house. It was an older looking house. It was unkept. There were only a few lights on inside. The house was scary. The neighborhood was scary. Gay guys can argue forever so I finally said, “Let’s just go around back. See if there’s a ton of dogs or anything going on back there. If that doesn’t work, you two can knock on the front door, while I hide in the bushes. I’ve got the cops on speed dial, if we need them.” We quietly got out of the car and ran up the side of the house. There was a lock on the fence into the backyard so we had to hop it. I had on high heels. Dog ownership can be brutal. This was turning into a nightmare. The backyard was empty and an overgrown mess.

We walked around the entire backyard and found nothing. We were walking around the side of the house to go back over the fence, when a car pulled up. We threw ourselves up against the broken shingles and ducked down. A tall guy got out of his car along with two puppies. Mutts. He walked right into the house. We listened for barking. Nothing. My dog barks when someone enters a house. Any house. Even if it’s a house on TV. Always. The panic on my face that we didn’t hear anything coming from the house must’ve been obvious because without speaking we all jumped over the fence and ran to the front door. GBF’s GBF ran right into the house, so we followed him.
Not knowing what to expect. Crazy high on adrenaline and fear. Hoping we would find my dog and get her out of there. And then I saw her and screamed her name. She was sitting on some old guy’s lap. She leaped off his lap, and jumped into my arms. East Coast Millan was there. The other guy with the mutts was there and confused. GBF started saying my name. My dog was wagging her tail. I looked over at East Coast Millan and screamed, “What is my dog doing up here in Westchester? Why haven’t you called me back? What the hell is going on?”

East Coast Milan stuttered and stammered from shock and from my demands, but before he explained anything, he introduced me to his father and brother. As I started to calm down, I noticed his father was in a wheelchair. He brought my dog up to see his wheelchair bound father. As it turned out, his father loves Dachshunds, and he thought it’d be a nice thing to do. His brother is also a dog trainer. All of them love Dachshunds. This is what I get for having a pure breed.

I realized I was standing there in front of three grown men and that one was in a wheelchair, and maybe that should’ve been enough of an explanation, but it wasn’t. I yelled at him for not calling me back. For taking my dog out of the city. For worrying me to death. It was very unprofessional. How could he do this? My friends chimed in and backed me up.

East Coast Milan didn’t know what to say, and his father who was in the wheelchair felt bad for me. He apologized and told me how much he’d enjoyed spending a few days with my dog. It reminded him of when he was younger, before his stroke, when he could walk. Then I felt bad. Really bad. As soon as anyone pulls the “when I could walk” card, they could puke on your face and you’d be apologizing to them.

Then GBF, GBF’s GBF, Me, East Coast Milan, and his Dad and brother were all hanging out hearing stories about when East Coast Milan’s Dad was a dog trainer and some of the dogs he trained. He and his sons both had taken such a liking to my dog. They were really nice, and I was happy my dog who had disrupted and barked at everyone for months brought joy to someone else’s life. We ended our visit/kidnap/rescue mission with hugs and directions on how to get back to NYC. East Coast Millan assured me that my dog was now a quiet well-behaved dog.

Driving back to the city nobody spoke. I had really been wrong about East Coast Millan. He was weird, but he was all heart. The best part was that my dog was cured. My friends dropped me off a few blocks from my apartment. I walked my

dog, and she was quiet like a mouse. Wagging her tail. Happy as could be. It had all been worth it. I walked into my building, and I was talking to the doorman. Usually my dog would be going nuts, but she was calm. It was so nice. But then a Doberman walked out of the elevator and my dog barked and barked and barked some more. And then a woman walked out of the elevator without a dog, and she kept barking. All the way up to my apartment, over to her bowl, she stopped to drink some water, and then she barked over to her bed. I started cracking up laughing. After all that, but I was just glad she was back.

28 comments:

  1. Hahahahahahaaaaaaa...(^_^) this was like an episode of Will & Grace :-D...glad everything turned out okay.

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  2. exactly! this should be an episode on a sitcom. then you and your dog could get royalties ;0) how cool would that be?

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  3. Ha! Totally called the sitcom thing. One question though, why were you wearing heels? Those are not practical kidnapping/breaking in shoes. No... I don't know from experience...

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  4. This post makes me howl too!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  5. I think wearing high heels while you went on this caper was smart. After all, you could have hit someone in the eye if needed.
    Glad it all worked out well. I had been waiting for you to finish this!

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  6. I was thinking the EXACT same thing Bernie was! LOL When I pick out something to wear I always think "ok, this could totally be used as a weapon if needed". I'm sooo glad you found your dog, I've been stressing over days about this. ;)

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  7. You're lucky that East Coast Milan doesn't have a loose screw. He could have stuffed you, your GBF and your dachshund in a trunk under the bed.

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  8. Now, you are truly a girl after my own heart. I have worn nothing but heels since I was about 14. Of course you wore heels to kidnap your dog back from a kidnapper. I'm so glad this turned out so beautifully. (Well, except she still barks, that is.) Dogs bark. My dogs bark, but I can blow a whistle and they quit. My daughter uses a shock collar on her English Bull Dog, but I find that inhumane. She swears it isn't. Hmm. Dachshunds are brave dogs and they don't know they are small. A prowler wouldn't think she was small either hearing her bark. I'm so glad she's home where she belongs!

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  9. Girl, you tell a good yarn! I'd been imagining all sorts from the last post(you really dont want to know!). Just happy that all is well that ends well. Methinks East coast milan owes you some refund though..

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  10. Phenomenal! I could not stand to lose a Pet even for a few hours! Glad it turned out OK!

    John

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  11. loved this story!

    great line: As soon as anyone pulls the "when I could walk card"....hahaha HILLARIOUS!

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  12. Yay! A happy ending! I'm so glad your got your dog back and that she was okay. This really does sound like a Seinfeld episode :-D

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  13. This could be made into a movie... When I was in high school, we had a golden lab that we think was stolen (there were a number of labs that went missing at the time). It's a horrible feeling and I could identify with you going to rescue him.

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  15. My friend over at Bernie told me about your 3 part article and how she was bitting her nails till the end, she assured me it was a "must read" and she was right. What a wild tale, truth is truly stranger than fiction!! I am so glad the story had a happy ending! I am now a follower and am looking forward to more harrowing tales from NYC. :)

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  16. what a great read :) first time reader....as the big guy said...i'll be back!

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  17. Aw...little baby. Some things cannot be changed. She's obviously a little barker at heart. Ya gotta lover her anyway.

    Great story, sweetie!

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  19. Bernie of "One Mixed Bag" suggested your blog. It's a delight and I'm glad she did. I am your new follower and will return to read more of your posts.
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  20. Can't believe you fell for that Old-Man-In-A-Wheelchair bit. That's a classic scam.

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