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Roadside Encounters: Sarah

Name: Sarah

Breed: Pit bull

Age: 7

Encountered: In a parking lot in Cave Creek, Arizona, where her owner sells cowboy hats at a roadside stand.

Backstory: Everyday, Michael Chazan, of Phoenix, sets up his tables on a dusty parking lot and hawks hats from Guatemala. At first, he would bring his daughter’s dog with him — partly for company, partly because, he’s found,  dogs can help bring in business.

When she moved away, he debated whether he should bring along his dog, Sarah, who he’s had since she was a pup. While amazingly and unwaveringly friendly, she is a pit bull, and while he knows she’s a sweetheart, some customers, he feared, might shy away.

He gave it a try anyway, and Sarah proved to be as good for business as she is at being a friend.

I picked up her affectionate vibe from 50 yards away. When she saw me, her tail began wagging wildly. She got down on all fours, shaking with anticipation of meeting someone new.

I had no choice but to go over and say hello. And now — though I’m not the cowboy hat type — I’m wearing a cowboy hat.

Michael says Sarah is good at luring in customers, and while he sometimes tells customers that his dog will eat them if they don’t buy the hat they tried on, one look at Sarah’s smiling face lets them know, if they didn’t already, that it’s a joke.

Sarah is good with other dogs, too, Michael said, and she seemed to adore Ace, licking his face and prancing around him.

He, as is usually his way with assertive females, all but ignored her.

I, on the other hand was smitten – and not just because we both have big heads. It was her sweet disposition that hooked me, reeled me in and sealed the sale, with a big sloppy lick.

(To see all of our Roadside Encounters, click here.)

Comments

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time December 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

What a delightful couple tales of your new hat, the hat proprietor, and Sarah, the beautiful, enchanting pit bull. Where else but this blog could I get such a glimpse?! It really made my morning! Truly makes me wanna go to AZ just to meet Michael & Sarah!

Comment from Two Pitties in the City
Time December 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

What a beautiful dog. She reminds me of our Miss M, from the looks to the description of her greeting. I secretly think Miss M wants us to go into some type of sales, just so she could have a job greeting customers.

Comment from debbie
Time December 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Love this story. I must admit I do have a special place in my heart for Pit Bull Terrier’s after sharing a short journey with our pit mix Hunter. Hunter was the love of our lives. Didn’t have a vicious bone in his body. Hunter was maliciously shot on our property in Oct of 09. He died a few days later..We think about him everyday. I support any positive stories towards the education and hopeful enlightenment of this misunderstood breed..

Oh.…. John by the way, love your cowbody hat. It looks great on you…..Yee Haw

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