We recently returned from a trip to the French Quarter in New Orleans and I’d like to mention something I saw.
We’ve been to the French Quarter a lot, heck, I even lived near there for a year, but this year something was different.
There were A LOT more homeless people on the streets.
People holding signs saying “Homeless Vet: Anything Helps,” or just “Homeless: Anything Helps.”
Another interesting twist was that many of them had dogs with them.
And almost all of the dogs were some type of pit bull breed/mix.
I didn’t see a single dog looking malnourished, for which I was glad.
The same couldn’t be said about their owners. This made me sad.
I realize a lot of these folks may not actually be homeless.
I realize a lot of times people are just doing this as a business instead of working.
But, they know how to pull my heartstrings and that was by having dogs.
I don’t begrudge anyone having a dog, even if they are homeless.
If anything, having that dog and their unconditional love is something I think everyone should have!
So, during our trip to the French Quarter I made a deal with myself.
For every dinner we ate, I would save half and give it to someone on the streets IF they had a dog.
And that is exactly what I did for four nights straight.
I would even get a plastic to go bag and silverware and napkins to go with the food.
Then, as we would walk back to our hotel, I would find someone who looked hungry and I would hand over the bag – always with the request “please make sure your dog gets some of it.”
The response I almost always got was something like, “Thank you ma’am, he/she will probably get all of it”(meaning their dog)
I know it wasn’t much and I know they might have been scamming me/people.
But, it made me feel good to try and help just a little.
And, of course, I got LOTS of doggie kisses over those four days. :)