how much is that doggie in the window?

Arf arf!

Okay, so this puppy learner has learned one major downside to warmer weather (or at least the in-and-out promise thereof) are puppies front and center in those storefront windows that have remained vacant for many many months. Yeah. They’re vacant no more.

I noticed the other day en route to ballet that there was a big sign on the window that pronounced “the puppies are back!”. Don’t these people understand I am trying to be a responsible social Manhattanite who knows she’s probably not ready to quite be home enough to allow her to join the ranks of the plethora of puppy owners on her block? Why why why flaunt these cute puppies I want to plunk down my dough on at every street corner? It’s just brutal!

My mom and I were up by Bloomingdale’s yesterday and I found him. HIM. The perfect one. The one I wanted to run away with ASAP. The one that could pee all over my apartment with and I’d still be able to squeeze out a smile. The one I’d willingly don sweats, sans showering, to promenade around the block and pray that he’ll decide to do number one or two quickly, yes even though it’s raining, so I won’t be late to get ready, late to get to the train, and ultimately late to work – requiring skipping the occasional morning cappuccino.

He was, but of course, sitting shiningly in the window. He was surrounded by little puppy punks, one of which was biting the tail of it’s poor neighbor and I wanted to just smack it straight. What little white fluffball has the right to gnaw on it’s neighbor’s tail? C’mon you little yapper! Anyhow, he was sitting like the perfect little gentleman in the corner, playing with the toys and not having anything to do with the tomfoolery that was abounding all around the remainder of the glass pen that conceptually I still find a little cruel.

When the little white yapper came and attacked MY cute gent Yorkie (the perfect combination of the black and caramel color that I want my Yorkie to possess), he almost politely but yet firmly snapped back. It was clear it was only in defense. He had such a sweet and loving personality about him. If I’m going to reprioritize my life for a pet, I’d like to think they are at least appreciative. He would clearly be that. Ohhh. I just wanted to whisk him away from his glass pen-mates and take him back to LJ’s safe haven land. I caved.

I strolled in and passed a threshold not yet crossed. And before I knew it, I heard myself utter the following words: “Excuse me – how much are the Yorkies?”

I was referred to a man behind the counter and I then strolled over to restate my question to a new audience. I braced myself for the answer. Gasp. I wasn’t prepared for what he had to respond.

Without flinching, he responded, “Oh, the Yorkies are $3,800-$4,000. Let me know if you would like to hold one.”

Hold one? I was already attached to my little gent. The last thing I needed to touch was pure gold in a fluffy form. I somehow managed to squeak out a polite “okay, thanks…” before I spun on my heels and marched back out the doors I’d so emphatically avoided.

I asked my mom to make a guess. Her mid-$1Ks sounded paltry all of the sudden to the mountain o’ moolah I’d just been quoted. I tapped one last time at my little gent and we walked away.

I have to say, sitting here, I’m getting all riled up again. Ridiculous. I hope Muffie or Mary Katherine Socialite who comes along loves him and enjoys him like I would have. I mean goodness, we’re talking willingness to push the social life to the side a bit from yours truly. That’s some c-o-m-m-i-t-m-e-n-t and promise of love. I hope someone with a big fatty check book but yet some genuine care for animals comes along soon to rescue him and gets him out of that horrid place. Wish it could have been me :(

9 thoughts on “how much is that doggie in the window?

  1. i came across your post from google, as cute as the puppies are…the sad truth is almost all puppies sold at pet stores come from a puppy mill — where dogs, puppies are bred in deplorable conditions and often times carry disease that require extensive vet care (surgeries, medicines) or worse have to be put to sleep. the truth can be found at

    please consider adopting of your pet — the shelters in nyc and america are overflowing with abandoned pets that deserve a second chance

    or go to, where local rescue organization have pets of all breeds available for adoption. it’s the most responsible option….and the most rewarding.

    thank you!

  2. I’m sure you can find a Yorkie much cheaper if you buy from a breeder instead of a pet store. Better yet, why not call around to the animal shelters and see about rescuing one?

  3. Oh I absolutely know. I just had to ask for the heck of it. I’d looked at some of those sites, but a lot of them are old and I want to help out dogs in need as much as anyone else, but I’m pretty specific about what I want when I do get one. And I also know, sad as it is, I don’t want to get one too old. That’ll make me too sad when it passes away – I won’t be able to deal. I still remember that feeling all too well :(

    I’ll have to look again when I’m more serious. Last time I looked, there were a lot which were either very old or had extreme medical conditions. I definitely can’t afford to support that!!

    And I definitely don’t want to encourage the puppy mills, etc. But I did want to just run away with that cute lil guy. He was just too darn perfect!

    I just want a small dog and I intend to get one from a breeder back in Bama, where the pricetag is at least a third of that. In my teensie Manhattan apartment, I can only do a small dog. It’s just all that would be feasible for me in the foreseeable future and, honestly, is what I want – period.

  4. I want to bring a cute little guy or girl home too!!! Also a fan of the yorkies. I want to name mine Holly Golightly, after Breakfast with Tiffany’s! My favorite!!! She will wear a pink sparkly collar and have the most adorable bag to be toted around the city in! Yes, I have thought this all through!

  5. Megan – LOL you have it all thought out. I’m with you. I would love a little one I could take with me to explore the city. How perfect :)

  6. I’m a little late in reading this…being the dog lover I am I had too though:)
    Let me just say that for my 2 MONSTERS that are full blooded Weimeraner and Bullmastiff, we paid $700 and $2000 respectively. So, $4000 for a pup that is about 1/1000th of the size of them?!?! That’s insane!! You will find MUCH better prices with a breeder (that’s where we got Calvin, the weimeraner). We got Brennan at a pet store and got ripped off a little, but I had already fallen in love with him…truthfully we weren’t even thinking about getting another dog, but when I strolled in there one day and saw him I just had to have him. So I suckered Jeramy in to see him and his heart melted too:) Plus he has a star on his chest just like Calvin (you know, Dr. Suess) and I figured it was meant to be. So, I will be thinking about you and hoping you find your ‘meant to be’ pup soon (and at a MUCH cheaper price)!

  7. Hey – thanks for your comments! I agree. I can pay for a ticket to come back to AL (so get a vacation/trip out of it) and buy one and make off like a bandit in comparison!

    And that is too cute on your dogs and the stars on their chests! What are the chances of that?!? Too cute!

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