TIME: 2:16 PM
PLACE: 5227 Gravois, St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT: Trautwein’s Shoes sign
DQ, SD and I went down to South St. Louis on a grave marker hunt at St. Peters & Paul and Gatewood Garden Cemetery. I found the stone I was researching at St. Peters & Paul, then we drove across the street to Gatewood. No luck there. We had the windows down in the Jeep and on the way to the front gates of the cemetery, I heard a jangling which sounded exactly like the noise Oreo’s chain collar and metal tags make when she shakes her head. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a dog. He looked like a much skinner Oreo. I stopped because he was running in front of the car and I didn’t want to run him over. When I stopped, he came up and put his front paws on the window ledge. He was very stinky, like he rolled in something dead. How appropriate for a cemetery. He was friendly - too friendly - he jumped in through DQ’s window! I opened my door, got out and drug him out - I didn’t need a stinky dog in my car! I was able to grab him long enough to obtain a phone # off his collar; DQ called but an answering machine picked up. A couple minutes later, a truck pulled in the gates, a guy got out and the dog took off towards him. He was the dog’s owner, who also owned a house on the grounds. He said that he had found the dog in a garbage can, he was an escape artist and hoped he didn’t bother us. Except for the smell, it was no bother *grins*. We stopped at a QuikTrip to get gas and wash the stinky dog aroma off our hands. This sign was just down the street from the gas station. Wish I would have thought to take a photo of the “demon dog” when he was leaning in the window. Now THAT would have been an excellent photo of our day.