Wednesday, April 16, 2008

where o where has my little dog gone?

Plus je vois l'homme,
plus j'aimie mon chien.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) dog lover, mathematician & philosopher

while on our walkabout yesterday, ms. t and I encountered this sweet dog patiently waiting for his human. I thought that it was a shame that american shops don't have the same sensibility as many french shops have when it comes to dogs. when visiting france, it isn't uncommon to encounter a wee dog like this accompanying his human into a shop. ms. t and I were most impressed with this friendly pup and I was most anxious to meet his human. after taking his picture, I went into the shop and soon found her. I asked permission to post a picture - given - and asked about his name. the dogs name is lagniappe - a new name/word for me. this is what the name means - quite fitting and ironic given my musings about dogs and shops, n'est-ce pas?
Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added Date: 1844
: a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure


R.L. Bourges said...

sweet dog. sweet picture. And the name is fitting in another way for me as I often call tiny dogs who have nothing but their bark between them and the big bad world "petit niap-niap" :-)

Barbara said...

Europeans consider their dogs to be part of their families. It's really too bad that not everyone in this country agrees with that idea. We have such strange rules in the name of sterility!

Bobby D. said...

In some little cafes in nyc people bring dogs in--the ones that you can put in a tote bag--and the staff fusses and brings the dog a scrap of meat --but then these are well behaved, quiet, small dogs. I was approaching a small bookshop outside of Galway and noticed several signs in the window and on the door saying absolutely no dogs allowed in shop --then I went inside and there was a dog lounging at the feet of every patron, and a dog sleeping near the cash register! Apparently the signs were for some local bad dogs, or certain dog owners.

Bobby D. said...

oh Kimy I and You were in Texas at the same time... were you by chance, anywhere near the Alamo?

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

He looks like a very loving dog. Spouse and I went for a walk the other day and saw so many lovely dogs that when we passed them, tried to pull back and smell us or say hello but the owners just kept on going, dragging the dogs on and my Spouse said,
"too many people don't think about what the dog needs."
If I had a store, I'd think it wise to let my customers bring their dogs in- if I couldn't enter a store with my dog, they'd just have to get by without my custom.

Anonymous said...

Aww. It's interesting how we accept Visa but not the things we really love.
Well. I can understand why. If you let one person bring their dog, you have to let another. Then someone will want to bring their cat or their parrot or their grandmother, and you have to let them in too.
Pretty soon, you have a shop full of people asking for water and treats and the poor proprietor is too busy to notice someone's dog eating someone else's annoying cellphone.
Well, maybe that wouldn't be so bad after all.

Unknown said...

Well Kimy, living in that place where pooches are allowed everywhere, you kind of get immune to seeing a dog poking out of a handbag here and there, but... I just don't like dogs in restaurants. There was one occasion where throughout our whole meal the dog at the table next to us begged for scraps louder than our conversation and the dog was fed everything from magret de canard to apple crumble. OK, it's not the dogs fault, it's the owners, but!

Steve Reed said...

One of our newspapers in Louisiana has a column of brief news items titled "lagniappe." That's how I learned the word.

Some shops in NYC allow dogs, though technically they're probably not supposed to. I think it has something to do with outmoded health department regulations.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

lee - I like your pet name for tiny dogs - it is much nicer sounding than the term I often employ.

barbara - we are strange, that I will completely agree with!

ched - love the story of the bookshop in galway. I do remember the alamo and have been near near it on a few occasions - ;)

te - insightful spouse! I love encountering animals in shops!

seraphine - I like what you said!

v - dogs acting up most often always comes down to a problem with their humans

mouse (aka kimy) said...

steve - i dream of a truly peaceable kingdom

Dumdad said...

Lagniappe - I'd never come across this word before. So, thank you, another word to tuck away and bring out at a suitable moment!

dennis said...

dennis thinks seraphine has a poem there!

dennis said...

Dennis wants Kimy to know that Tiger is in Saint Louis with Coyote and Tony Tiger is OK again!

WAT said...

A great pic, and I love the saying in French you posted; similar to one in Spanish that goes: "Entre más conozco a la humanidad, más quiero a mi perro."

Translation, "The more I get to know humanity, the more I love my dog."

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Some shops in SF let people bring their dogs in, others don't. My questions is why he was on top of that newspaper stand?