Friday, March 6

A face with a name.....

A Quebec-er encounter:

A couple times a week or more I see what I presume is a homeless man and his dog. When I leave for a long period of time I find myself looking for them when I return. Today, he and his dog were walking down my street. I took this opportunity to speak to him since his dog, the size of Snuffaluffagus, was check'en out Sam in a "you wanna be my peep kind of way". Once again, I started with a bit of confidence explaining that I speak French a little, in French. He replied that we can speak English...in English. (This is where the camera turns back to me and I make an of course you can speak English look.)
(Inside thought) What do I say now?... (Out loud) "He is huge, what kind of dog?"
Perhaps homeless man,"he isn't a kind, he's a bastard"......
Me in an awkwardly high pitch voice, "Oh! What kind do you thing?" (Here is where I realize that Barbara WaWa makes interviewing look easy.)
He looks at me like "I don't give a ^*%$".

His big, smelly dog is now checking me out....I tuck my tail under. I learn the dogs name and then they both tire of me and my amateur conversational skills. (This normally isn't a problem.) They tromp away, walking in the same direction as before...heading no where or some where?

So, is he homeless? I don't know. There isn't evidence of unhappiness. I always think I can help, but what would I be helping. Maybe he is always present when I need help. A gentle (and a little stinky) reminder. ? ? ?


Sam the dog update: We slept in....ahhhhh. Then we went for a walk, then we went for another walk, then we went to the dog park. We were alone at the dog park. A desolate dog park is one sad sight. The new blanket of snow did however cover the doggy poo, which always makes me gag a little. Sam has taught me how to throw and fetch, what a smart dog. Great she can speak French and teach me tricks.

13 comments:

Jen said...

look at all the things you're learning from sam! i need a dog in my life...

that story kind of cracks me up. "he isn't a kind...he's a bastard!" i'm going to start referring to my cat as "fat bastard" in homage.

i wonder if he's homeless or just walks the same path at the same time every day? hard to say. but good on ya (i think that's canadian-esque or at least minnesotan) for approaching him and trying to get to know him! braver than i am for sure.

one more reason to get a dog: it improves your social life. hopefully the dog park livens up for you soon!

Butterfly Kisses said...

You definately had more guts then I would. At least you were trying to be friendly with the guy. Me and my husband have thrown sandwiches at some of the homeless guys standing on the corner. You can't help but feel sorry for them.

Jill said...

So he was an unfriendly, possibly homeless, bi-lingual man with a large, bastard dog...interesting.

Scribbit said...

Funny :) Makes me want to hear more about this guy. And his dog!

Jules said...

Aren't pet's wonderful! They don't pass judgement, they don't argue(well not out-loud), they always greet you with a smile(tail-wag), and they always want to be with you.. now that's love!!

I always put my foot in my mouth when it comes to saying things to strangers sometimes, don't know why. Never thought about it though, are some people really happy when we think they're not?
I don't know, some people are just too complicated for me.
Anyway, take care!! ;0)

MaryRC said...

well we cant all be barbara wa wa!

Upstatemomof3 said...

Hey at least you spoke to him :0 I wouldn't have had the guts to do even that.

Debbie said...

My goodness. That whole experience is kinda unsettling to me and it must have really been to you.

Bee and Rose said...

I loved the "and the camera turns back to me.." I could totally picture that! lol!

Sounds like Sam is a wonderful houseguest! He's getting you out on the town, mixing it up with the local color...what a fantastic buddy!

Fantastic post!

Veggie Mom said...

Well, all of God's children need pets to keep them company, right? BTW, I'm starting a new Pop'rs Giveaway tomorrow!

blueviolet said...

I hope your dog has a little more life and pep in him than Snuffaluffagus does. That creature is so depressed it's scary.

Joy said...

Maybe "mutt" or "Heinz 57" would've been nicer than "bastard". Maybe the dude was the...

Joy <---zipping it now! ;o)

Maggie May said...

Ah homeless cold people= instant panic. I feel the need to help and am not sure what to do.
I stumbled here and am glad I did :)