It was nearly 90 degrees Sunday afternoon. I decided to seek refuge from the heat in an air-conditioned movie theatre in downtown Silver Spring. This poor pup, dressed in his best black-terrier coat, was not getting a reprieve from the beating sun. He was tied to a lamp-post while his person, presumably, as reported by a bystander, went to have lunch at the corner Panera. The dog tugged and whimpered. One passerby brought him a bowl of water, another stroked him for a bit and tried to calm his anxiousness with soothing words. Several people knelt down and gave him a quick pat before continuing on. I watched as a small crowd of people asked each other what should they do, and wondered, What if the dog wasn't a cute little Toto-look-alike? What if he was a big, strapping pit bull lunging to get free? I also questioned why would the dog's person think that, being tied to a lamp-post in summer-like heat, on a busy road, would be an enjoyable outing for a dog? Regardless, a cute terrier or a stocky pit bull, a tied up dog should not be approached, better still a dog should not be tied up, and especially never left tied up and unattended.