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  • Anon

    I saw these pups in front of Target over the weekend!

  • JS


  • Jerry Grundle

    No, just the sign of a really bad pet owner.

  • Ally

    Who the heck leaves their dog tied up outside of a store where anyone can take or hurt him/her?! Not all people are nice and dogs in DC get stolen all the time. And I think I just won the Captain Obvious award.

  • mtp

    I also saw these pups in Columbia Heights, outside Ft. Target, on Thursday night – the lil black one is TOO CUTE and the owner seemed to know what he was doing.

    • textdoc

      Was the owner inside the Target? (Or returning to the dogs outside from wherever he/she was beforehand?)

      • Anon

        When I saw them they were with the owner. He was cuddling with them on a bench. The owner seems to be a little… different

  • eggs

    Seriously, this needs to stop. Those poor pups – anyone could walk up and take them. Would you leave your child outside like that? What about your elderly parent in a wheelchair? If you’re in charge of another life that is dependent on you, be responsible. /rant

    • barry

      I think the people who think this is a bad practice are mistaken. I tie my dogs up outside stores all the time. Generally it is in front of stores where I can see out a window (I wouln’t do target). Now maybe this depends on your dog. Poor lexington was a defenseless miniature old punkin, but I would hope my dogs would put up a little fight. Steal them at your own risk. I probably wouldn’t tie my child up outside a store, but mostly because children are allowed in most stores. For stores with a no child policy, I tell my kid to wait by the door and don’t steal anyone else’s dogs.

      • eggs

        Great, but I’m not chancing that my dogs get stolen in a city where this has happened and still happens.

      • Kelly

        Agreed. We lived 5 years in Austria. While our dogs were allowed in most stores, they were not allowed in grocery stores or places where food was exposed (like a bakery, sandwich shops). In front of those stores were always hooks to tie your dogs. My two pups are thoroughly used to this practice and sit nicely waiting for me to run my quick errand. The alternative is leaving them home and then they don’t get the extended walk…

        • llinds

          DC is not Austria. I’d think you could handle both an extended walk during which they don’t get tied to a hook and also solo shopping trip…

      • HaileUnlikely

        Without comment on whether this is a good practice or a bad practice, this is an illegal practice.

      • anonymous

        Uh no, sorry. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to jail. You should so not be allowed to have dogs if you think this is OK.

  • n=1

    I think you guys are overreacting. The owner can, presumably, see their dogs from the salon chair and tying them up while popping into a store is not remotely inhumane. It’s not like this is a sealed car.

    A dog owner

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    • anonymous

      See under “missing the point entirely.”

  • Anonymous

    It saddens me that the social contract is so broken in the U.S. that you can’t do this.
    All over Europe people tie their dogs and leave their kids in the stroller outside stores, restaurants, cafes, etc while running their daily errands. They can do this because generally people are respectful, mental health care is plentiful, and people can generally afford to lead their lives with economic security – all of which leads to very low levels of crime. Fix yo’ sh#t, America.

    • anon

      I would venture to guess you could safely leave your dogs outside in most places in the US, even many densely urban areas. I wouldn’t do it in Columbia Heights, though. I hear what you’re saying, but Europhiles tend to go way off the rails in idealizing that continent and looking askance at the US. Europe also has a very ugly underbelly if you look at it closely.

    • anon

      Agreed. But I’m not optimistic enough to think that since we’ve broken that social contract, that any amount of mental health care and other European-style social-democratic economic safety nets could change this society back to one of normal, caring people – not in my lifetime anyway. I’d like to see us try, though.

    • eggs

      Totally agreed. I wouldn’t have the same comments about this being done in a rural town in the Midwest. I just do not feel comfortable leaving dogs tied up here with the stories of dogs being stolen.

  • textdoc

    IMO, tying up small, cute, VERY PORTABLE dogs is a terrible idea if the owner can’t see them from inside, and a questionable idea even if he/she can.

    • LittleBluePenguin


  • Tsar of Truxton

    Are there dogs in this picture? All I see is two briefcases, each filled with 10k in cash.

    • Anonymous

      Haha. But that’s only if you steal the right dog. Don’t steal a poor person’s dog (or someone with too many student loans). Thieves really ought to get a holistic view of the pet owner’s financial situation prior to stealing the dog.

    • textdoc


  • jeffb

    I have a question: is this a bad practice only if you have cute very friendly small dogs? My dog is not a small designer dog (medium sized herding dog) and is more aloof, meaning he won’t cuddle up to someone who walks by but at the same time he is properly submissive with people. I live in Cap Hill and would not leave him in front of a store on Penn Ave but I do in front of the small grocery by Lincoln Park. Would a dog like this be taken from a place where there are mainly just Cap Hill locals? Have there been dogs like this taken in places like this in Cap Hill? Or is this just risker in places with more through-traffic and/or with cuter, smaller, designer dogs?

  • AdMoLady

    Refer to the MANY posts on Popville and DCist, etc., asking for help finding dogs who were taken while they were tied up outside stores or restaurants. Here are a couple:



    Even if you can see your dog(s) from inside an establishment, you are screwed if someone grabs them, jumps in a car, and speeds off. I used to tie my little dog up outside when I needed to run in somewhere on an errand but I stopped a few years ago because of this very issue. Whether you think it’s your right or not, just don’t do it and save yourself the heartbreak of having your dog stolen!

  • anon

    I leave my dogs like this sometimes (though prob not in that particular place given the surroundings). It makes me uneasy all the time and I’m constantly checking on them through the windows. But I do it, because the alternative is leaving them at home when I’m running quick errands on foot, and denying them a walk I’m already taking for no reason.

    • flieswithhoney

      So your common sense is telling you it’s a bad idea but you’re doing it anyway? Sounds like you might want to rethink whether it’s best to leave your dogs at home for errands and walk them later.


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