Monday, April 7, 2008

Dog and Man on Magazine Street

I'll try to relate here that which would work much better on film. This is perhaps one of those instances when you'd have had to be there:

Yesterday, I was in class in a yoga studio on Magazine Street, down by the Jewel Food Store. Yes, thanks to classes there, there are actually moments in which I'm kind of centered and not ranting about something or someone because it's hard to talk while doing yoga.

During a lengthy, quite contorted pose, I noticed on the sidewalk outside the studio windows a white sheep-looking dog, walking on an extendable leash beside his or her owner. The practicing yogis inside were a great source of amazement to that dog, enough for him/her to strain on the leash, making his/her way right into the alcove leading to the front door. The dog then stood in the doorway, peering into the glass door, captivated, for quite some time. I swear that dog was really grinning.

The first question that may come to mind is what the owner was doing all this time: He extended the leash as far as he could, and stood off to the side, with his eyes averted, as the dog took it all in. When the man glanced over, ostensibly to check on whether the dog was even near ready to go, I waved out because this scene was so damn funny to me. The man responded to my wave with a look that seemed to say, "I know, I know, I'm not being a creepy voyeur here, honest, it's just that Dog is having the time of Dog's life. I'd be a real asshole to haul Dog away." He averted his eyes even further and then faced the street for good measure.

When dog got ready, dog returned to man and the two walked off.

It wasn't just me. Yoga Instructor had been much more inverted/contorted than anyone else at the time, but once she released the pose, I asked, "Did you see what just happened??" She was right there: "What a DOG!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great scene ... don't need the film, I see it.