(scene: a chubby pregnant woman (CPW) in a large black ankle boot holds a squirming and naked toddler in the chilly October air. She walks as quickly as she can after a small, fox-like dog, who is avoiding being captured by darting back and forth across a busy road. She is followed by a small but wordy 7 year old, an older woman, who is presumably her mother, another 7 year old boy and an 8 year old girl. She looks miserable as she calls out to the dog)
CPW: “Auggie! Come here Auggie!” (she struggles through the neighbors lawn, where the dog is currently exploring just out of arms reach)
Rest of the cast: “Auggie, come here boy!” (in falsetto, what is supposed to be reassuring tones)
CPW (trying to keep any hint of anger from her voice): “Come on home, boy!”
Suddenly, the door to the house of the yard that they’re all occupying swings open. It’s a neighbor, one that CPW knows and tentatively likes. Hoping that perhaps the neighbor has a solution as to how to get an 11 pound dog who runs away back home, as her foot throbs painfully, CPW looks at the door hopefully.
Neighbor (mumbling through the screen) “…leash law.”
CPW (still smiling stupidly): “What’s that?”
Neighbor: “I SAID that there is a leash law.”
CPW (uncertainly): “I’m aware. But he escaped from my house.”
Neighbor (rolling eyes): “Well, there is a leash law.”
CPW (angry now, as she’d already been feeling badly about the dog roaming through the neighborhood): “I know this. We’re TRYING to catch him” (gestures wildly to the group of people behind her all trying to catch this wily dog).
Neighbor: “I’m sick of cleaning up dog shit on my lawn.”
CPW: “My dogs don’t go out front. They don’t do anything on your lawn.”
Neighbor (as though the change in emphasis is going to change the situation): “There is a leash law.”
CPW: “WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO DO? THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT.”
(annoying stupid dog runs into the road, interrupting this discourse. The group follows the dog, still calling out in vain)
CPW glares openly at her neighbor as she hobbles after the dog, still wobbling around holding toddler and limping.
After another 20 minutes of following the dog through the neighborhood and calling out futilely, he is finally captured.
Now the question is what to do with this dog.