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l’azile » dog day… euh, day

November 7, 2007

dog day… euh, day

catherine @ 9:57 pm

This morning, while being shuttled to work by paratransit services (”shuttled to work”, what a nice way of putting it), I saw a dead dog on the street.

He had most probably been hit by a car a little while earlier and he (she?, but never ever it) just lay there on his side in the street, abandoned and alone, while morning traffic drove around or just plain over him. I must admit, “ça m’a rentré dedans” as we say here, it just… got to me (inadequate attempt to convey that expression in English but somehow, it just does not seem to do it justice).

I just felt so bad for this poor creature who obviously had not been properly supervised in some way or another if, among other things, he could still be lying there and, more importantly, who probably had no idea what was happening to him at the time and why he was in so much pain, however fleeting it may have been (and since I have been there and done that, this is something I know a fair amount about so believe me when I say that, like a child, he could not understand what was happening beyond pain and bewilderment).

As he sped past, my driver tried to reassure me, told me that he had seen someone go to pick him up but I knew it was not true. I saw the same thing he did, just a dead dog on Saint-Zotique street, cars weaving past in their rush to get to wherever.

And strangely enough, as the rest of the day revealed, life goes on.

2 Comments »

  1. Well, life goes on, but I never find it as particularly bright and shiny or the faces of people as caring or compassionate afterward. I have been the person to stop after seeing many pass by, been honked at, and the feeling it gives me is ‘tired’ - It tires me to be disappointed in humans once again - but then, I tend to identify with all things hurt, run over and left by the side of the road.

    Comment by elizabeth — November 11, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

  2. Ouf, I know exactly what you mean :/

    Comment by zara — November 11, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

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