How a Slobbering Rat-dog Inspired me to Fight Crime


I witnessed a crime yesterday…

…and I did nothing to stop it.

Melissa, Maddie, and I were enjoying a quiet dinner on the patio at Saigon Cafe in St. Louis when we were interrupted by a high-pitched “Yip, yip, yip.” 

Startled, I dropped my chopsticks in my bowl of Bun Tom Heo Nuong Cha Gio, turned toward the “yips,” and locked eyes with a giant rat chihuahua.

I love dogs – especially my boy Moose.

But chihuahuas? Not so much. And this yippee rat-dog seemed to know it. 

Tucked under the arm of his Chihuahua-loving keeper, the rat-dog shot me a look as if to say, “Wha’ chu lookin’ at?” 

I felt a chill run down my spine.

Chihuahua-lover and her three pals plopped down at the table next to ours. And then she plopped the rat/dog down…

…not on the ground where dogs belong…

…but on the tabletop. 

She opened a single-serve bag of food and cheered on her rat/dog as he lapped up the kibble and slobbered on the table. 

The slobber glistened in the late-evening sun. 

I lifted the bowl from MY table and looked underneath…

…for paw prints…

…or worse. 

Then I turned my attention back to the rat/dog. 

Chihuahua-lover lifted him from the table, held him to her chest, and patted him three times on the back – as if she was burping a baby. 

Then she plopped the rat/dog…

…not on the ground…

… but on the chair next to hers. 

There he sat for the rest of the meal – yipping and burping(?) and giving me the stink eye. 

I wanted to confront Chihuahua-lover and her slobbering rat/dog. 

But I couldn’t summon the courage. 

So, instead, I whispered to Melissa and Maddie, “Do you think it’s OK for a dog to eat and slobber on a restaurant table or sit in a restaurant chair?” 

They whispered back in unison, “No.” 

Not OK! 

“Is that even legal?” I asked. 

I grabbed my phone and looked up the St. Louis City ordinance re: dogs “in outdoor dining areas.” 

Restaurants may allow dogs in outdoor areas, IF…

“…the customer does not allow the dog on a seat, table, countertop, or similar surface.” (1994 C., § 10.04.345; Ord. No. 67611, § 1, 2007.)

Ah ha! Busted!

I sprang from my chair, pointed toward Chihuahua-lover and her rat/dog, and bellowed, “You are breaking the law, madam.” 



…I imagined doing that…

…but I couldn’t summon the courage. 

So here I sit, ashamed that I did nothing to stop this heinous crime.

Now, I vow to never to stand idly by when a crime is committed. 

That’s why I’m writing today…

…to let you know…

…it would be a CRIME if you missed
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If you’re interested in being on the list, reply to this email and write “interested in the content-planning workshop” in the email. 

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.