Just back into H-Town, after another failed attempt at adulting in New York, I was in search for a companion while getting back on my feet. I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of temperament, size, color and breed. My search lasted for several months before I came across the sweetest little, gerbil looking, black and white baby dog that could fit inside of my palm. I knew this dog was probably not the exact breed I wanted, as the image I was looking at was linked to a craigslist posting, but my gut and heart were dancing so I knew I had to investigate.
April 11, 2015, just out of work in my black pencil skirt, blazer and pearls, I roll up into an apartment complex on the outskirts of town. Inside of the chain linked fences that enclosed the complex was a rather large group of young Hispanic men with their cars parked in one large circle. The cars all had hydraulics and some even had neon lights coming from underneath. Craigslist… sweet, I thought. I had previously spoken to the woman who placed the add and I was under the impression that I was meeting with an elderly couple that were in the business of breeding but apparently, I had just arrived in shankville . In hindsight, I should have done a more thorough investigation of the place before going but I was a woman on a mission and abiding by that gut instinct that you are suppose to listen too. Ahem, anyways… I pulled up right outside of the circle of men in their white tank tops and hydraulic cars, parked my car and called the woman that had placed the add to let her know I had arrived. Moment’s later, and to my surprise, a younger than expected woman comes walking up to my car holding the sweet little baby dog from the photo. She had a trail of children behind her that were all missing several articles of clothing. The sight of this woman and her children reminded me of Rob Schneider’s character in 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler . The children scattered around the men and hydraulic car filled parking lot as she began to speak to me and hands me the baby dog.
It seemed as though the woman standing in front of me had no idea what she was doing when it came to breeding and/or pet care of any kind. My baby dog was full of fleas and barley had his eyes open. He was clearly too young to be on his own already and when I asked where the rest of the litter and the mother where, the young woman replied: Austin, they are all in Austin. At this point, I had given up on collecting factual data from her and was ready to make my payment and jet off to care for my new companion. 400 bucks later, I was on my way down the road with my baby dog all wrapped up in the blanket and carrier I brought for him and we never looked back. Lets get outta here. You are an uptown dog now! I told him, as we drove off. Me and my baby dog, my Obi Wan against the world.
: Shankville: unpleasant environment; opposite off Pleasantville.
: 50 First Dates: Playboy vet Henry sets his heart on romancing Lucy, but she has short-term memory loss; she can’t remember anything that happened the day before. So every morning, Henry has to woo her again. Her friends and family are very protective, and Henry must convince them that he’s in it for love; Released 02.13.04; Directed by Peter Segal; Screen Play by George Wing. Play Clip.