THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS & DOGS
Brooklyn Boy sent me the article Mystery cat takes regular bus to the shops, which reminded me of a similar story about a local dog.
I worked across the street from a dive of a bar called the McClintock, upon which I based my Spud Shelanski story. The owner had a beagle named Buddy who sunned himself in the front window while putting on a great show for passers-by. During the Christmas season, he’d bark and howl at the horse drawn carriages.
Buddy was known for visiting area restaurants. He'd trot right in the front door and someone would give him food. His was a discerning palate, according to his owner, because he’d bypass a few of our local eateries causing him to wander far and wide for his culinary delights. So his owner attached a medallion to his collar which instructed anyone who found him to put Buddy in a Vet's Taxi. (One time the cops found him toddling along the interstate.) The taxi drivers knew Buddy and would deliver him back to the bar where they would get paid.
Buddy’s activities were such a hoot that the McClintock owner and the Vet’s Taxi owner got together and made this hilarious TV commercial using Buddy. "Have a carefree evening of fun at the McClintock and then let a Vet's taxi safely take you home." There was Buddy shown hopping out of the taxi, trotting into the McClintock and hopping upon a bar stool. Later, there was Buddy trotting out of the bar and into the taxi out front.
Everyone loved Buddy, but the health department finally banned him from the bar, which made no sense cuz Buddy was the cleanest thing there.