The Case Of A Dog Lost, Found, Then L...

The Case Of A Dog Lost, Found, Then Lost Again --

There are 312 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jul 30, 2007, titled The Case Of A Dog Lost, Found, Then Lost Again -- In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

This is a runaway dog tale with a twist. The dog, a 5-year-old Maltese named Lexie, was found, but now her owner is lost - lost without Lexie, that is.

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Hartford, CT

#356 Aug 2, 2007
give back the dog or else

Roslindale, MA

#358 Aug 4, 2007
This issue seems to have turned into the rediculous. Personally, imo, the issues are much deeper with this family than the dog. They should start dealing with their depression, imo.

I've driven down Stratton Brook and have seen a little foo foo white dog running around on the road. IMO, it's a good thing somebody else has that dog.
Underdog Fan

Peabody, MA

#359 Aug 6, 2007
I'll bet when mom got home the kids were not very happy the dog was given away. Maybe mom doesn't want the dog, but I'll bet the kids do. Stealing a dog from the kids, shame on you. GIVE THE DOG BACK!
Hartford Bob

Newington, CT

#360 Aug 7, 2007
What amazes me is how people assume the worst when they find out that Ms. Borrino and her husband are attorneys.

The commentors here are not really supporting what's right or wrong. Fundamentally, the commentors are saying, "Look, you wealthy lawyer, go buy another dog. These poor kids want their doggy back."

I'm sure the Goods could afford another Maltese as well.

The facts is, Ms. Good left the dog with the Borrinos. Perhaps it was a huge judgment error and Ms. Borrino is taking advantage. I don't know. It could also be that some people, especially in this day and age, tend to overstate the amount of responsibility that owning a dog requires. But whatever the amount of responsibility it takes, the dog got away. Then, then, Ms. Good decided to let Ms. Borrino keep the dog.

There's a very popular but politically incorrect term that we use for someone who gives something to someone only to request it back later on. Funny, I haven't read that term being bandied about by those who make up the court of public opinion.

For me, I see this issue as more in Ms. Borrino's favor. I do think it was a bit tacky to ask to buy someone's pet, but, reading between the lines, it seems to me that Ms. Good likely expressed something along the lines of really being tired of the dog, that the dog was a nuisance and maybe even used stronger language than that, which might have inspired Ms. Borrino to worry for the dog's welfare. So, she did what she thought was the right thing.

But then, to have Ms. Good return the next day and demand the dog back. This is where my behavior and Ms. Borrino's behavior would have diverged. I would have given the dog back.

But Ms. Borrino did not and that doesn't make her a bad person. She probably felt like she was being hussled. Then, Ms. Good makes these signs and gets the story in the newspaper. If Ms. Borrion feared that Ms. Good was manipulative, arrogant and selfish--the very things so many people accuse Ms. Borrino of being, I'm sure the giant signs, bashing, and harrassment proved it.

Whatever. I tend to see Ms. Good as the manipulator in this case and Ms. Borrino as making the mistake of being overprotective and digging her heels in after being publicly ridiculed and insulted.

I still say give the dog back, but only because you don't want to get mixed up with your name in the paper in a news story with a piece of trash like Ms. Good and her children seem to be.

But now that it's happened, what does Ms. Borrino have to lose? If everyone already hates her, then she might as well keep the stinking dog.

I say, take the dog out and do the ol' King Solomon and the baby with it. Cut it down the middle and give each woman a half.
Hartford Bob

Newington, CT

#361 Aug 7, 2007

If the law were so clear that Ms. Borrino had to give the dog back, then she would have. But the law isn't clear at all. It's interesting how many lawyer bashers know the law so well and would step up to do the job.
Chen Kuk Chow Chow

Newington, CT

#362 Aug 7, 2007
Dog is delicious. Send to me! I hungry!
Neighbor Too

Warren, NJ

#363 Aug 7, 2007
I am a neighbor to and acquaintance of both women. Borrino, as I recall, is trained as a mental health professional as well as working as an attorney doing child advocacy. Mary can put on a good front, but she is holding on to the ledge by her fingernails most of the time. Borrino should have recognized that the Goods were in crisis and were in no state of mind to make such a dramatic decision. However, failing to do so, out of common decency she should give the dog back for the sake of Mary's daughters. It seems like she's putting the welfare of a dog over the happiness of two kids.

For those of you worried about the welfare of the dog if it is returned to the Goods, hopefully this is a wake-up call for them to be sure the dog is licensed and vaccinated, and to take care that she is kept in a more secure place when the family is away.
Chen Kuk Chow Chow

Newington, CT

#364 Aug 7, 2007
I solve everyone's probrem and have banquet, too!!!
Dog Owner


#365 Aug 8, 2007
I am an acquaintance of the Borrino's and have seen how they treat their pets and their children. They are a loving family that would do only the best for Lexie. There is much more to this story than was reported in the paper - the care and condition of the dog were substandard. The dog had not been licensed or given shots in years which is a verifiable fact if the Courant should want to get both sides of the story and do actual investigative reporting instead of a fluff piece.

Springfield, MA

#366 Aug 14, 2007
Are you kidding me by stating "People in Simsbury have nothing else to do with their time or money.(I've seen it, I lived there for 10 years.)" You live in West Hartford, I seen some really wasteful things with your money, becareful of where you throw your stones.

Hartford, CT

#367 Aug 21, 2007
John wrote:
Are you kidding me by stating "People in Simsbury have nothing else to do with their time or money.(I've seen it, I lived there for 10 years.)" You live in West Hartford, I seen some really wasteful things with your money, becareful of where you throw your stones.
you be careful or i'll throw my stones at you.

Windsor, CT

#368 Aug 23, 2007
I suspect there is much about this episode nobody knows.

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