One of the beauties of Portland's light rail and streetcar lines is that they're not just any old "mass transit" affair: they're shiny and spiffy and if you want to ride, just hop on - no point in buying a ticket. And feel free to bring Poopsie along, because you're entitled; nobody better give you any crap about riding with your dog, not in this town!
Alas, things may not always go as smoothly as planned, as the owner of a pomeranian discovered on the streetcar yesterday evening:
KGW talked to two people riding the train Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. One passenger said four dogs, all with different owners, boarded about the same time at Northwest 21st Avenue and Lovejoy Street. A couple minutes later, a larger dog, which appeared to be a pit bull mix, attacked a smaller dog that looked to be less than 10 pounds.
Oh, my. The pomeranian assumed ambient temperature following the attack. The pit-mix is presently at Multnomah County Animal Shelter, the supposed "responsible owner" having run off. Most likely, that was yet another of the many "street kids" that are so attracted, like flies to rotting meat, to Progressive Portland. Of course, you're only permitted to have a service animal aboard (wink, wink); others are supposed to be transported in a crate. But this is Portland, where rules only apply to the Little People.
In any event, it was doubtless an interesting ride for all. Heck, down in places like Woodburn, Oregon, they'd be placing bets on the outcome. Just another Portland attraction.
Photo credits: top, Realty Imaging. Bottom, The Oregonian.