This day started out perfectly fine! Beautiful weather, feeling good from dance last night.... I was walking with my head held high. I turned the corner of my street and came upon a black cat walking across the street to one of my clients houses. I think to myself, "well that's cute! He is visiting." Then he walks inside! I get over there and see that the door is wide open, seems that there is work being done in the house. I step in, look at the cat, and say, "What are you doing?" He turns around and leaves. The odd thing is that I don't see the 2 dogs that live there. I yell hello, but there is no answer. I shut the door and call the owner to let him know what just happened, and that is the door is open again, he may come home to a black cat in his house.
The rest of the day is going smoothly, and then... THEN I go get one of my favorite dogs to walk. We go on out normal route down Kimball. He likes to visit the cats that live by the garden. He stops almost at the end of the street and poops. As I am reaching for a poop bag, this woman comes out of her house, hands up in the air, loudly sighing, and saying, "Oh come on!!!" And I look over and say, "What?" She says, "What do you think??!!" And I said, "Oh, that he pooped? Don't worry, I'm picking it up." She said, "I know. I've seen you before. I have you on camera picking up the poop." Um, whaa??? So then she goes into a rant of where I should walk him, and why don't I walk him behind CVS, and "don't make it a habit of walking him down here!"
I'm proud of myself for remaining completely calm to her condescending tone, but I told her that I am a dog walker, and I pick up after my dogs which is more than most owners do around here. And that this is a sweet older dog who pooped on city property. I pick up and throw it away, there is no need to get mad. Then she gets all snarky and tells me that that particular part of the pavement the poop was on was private property owned by that particular business. There was a truck and an open garage door, so I said, "Oh! Well, I can go in there and ask them if they mind me walking the dog on their property if I pick up after him." She quickly said, "No don't, they won't mind. I just want you to know it's private property." So I ended by telling her that we live in a city full of dogs, they are doing no harm, and to have a nice day. I did however walk away fuming and now feel compelled to walk him there EVERY SINGLE DAY just to piss her off for being such a bitch to me! Why do people do this? How do they have so much time on their hands that they feel the need to hover at the door to scoff at passers by. And how was my walking a dog down her street more annoying than the 2 pomeranians who bark incessantly out the window 2 doors down and the young guy drinking a 40 on his skateboard at noon? But the quiet girl with the golden retriever gets a comment. Ugh!!!