‘IT WAS THE LEAST I COULD DO’
Man bitten by dog finds generosity from animal’s owner
Lisa Baldwin, owner of Chantilly Blue in the borough, has had a tough last couple of weeks. She is being sued by a person who slipped near her store, someone shoplifted from her store, and a couple of her customers wanted a refund for clothing purchased back in May.
And just when things appeared they could not get worse, her dog, a rescue Shih Tzu mix, bit a man walking on the sidewalk near her store last week.
Joel Fishman, who works in the lower floor of The Market at Liberty Place, decided to leave for a cup of coffee at Philter, just a short walk away. Baldwin was walking her dog, Rocco, on the same sidewalk and approached Fishman.
“She was on the opposite side of the sidewalk,” Fishman said. “She went to move over and had the dog on a leash. She shortened the leash, but the leash got tangled. The next thing I know, the dog bit me. She yanked the dog back, but it was too late. The dog bit
me, and put a hole in my jeans, my favorite jeans.”
Baldwin was surprised her dog attacked Fishman. She had acquired the dog only a couple of months earlier, but she said the dog had been abused by its previous owners. “Somebody was really cold to him, and I am thinking he had been kicked,” Baldwin said of her dog. “But really, he’s a good boy.”
Baldwin told Fishman her dog has had all of his
shots. But Fishman told Baldwin it was no big deal, and continued his walk to Philter. But Baldwin followed, telling him she was sorry. She offered to replace his jeans.
“I told her to forget about it,” Fishman said. “I was bummed out about my jeans, and I told her it was OK, but she said it was not OK.”
Fishman told Baldwin his waist size was a 36, but Baldwin, who is in the business of selling clothing, told him he was a 34.
So Fishman gave Baldwin his business card, and forgot all about it.
Until last weekend, when a package arrived at his Kennett Township home with a pair of jeans.
“I couldn’t believe she really sent them,” Fishman said. “These are not inexpensive jeans. I thought this was a really sweet gesture.”
But because Baldwin did not label the address properly, she was unsure if Fishman received the jeans. So earlier this week, she arrived at his office at the Market at Liberty Place, and gave him a box with another pair of jeans.
“I told her I was in the process of writing her a
thank you note,” Fishman said. “She said she wanted to make sure I got the package, and wasn’t sure if UPS had succeeded.”
Fishman offered to give her money for the second pair of jeans, but Baldwin refused.
Baldwin said Fishman is one of nicest people she has ever met.
“It was the least I could do,” Baldwin said. “He could have sued the pants off me and had my dog destroyed. But he is a nice guy. He was doing nothing wrong, just walking along. But really, I did is what everyone should do. That’s
how I raised my kids.”
Baldwin said Rocco had a choker chain on at the time. She said she is surprised Rocco bit Fishman, because she had a rottweiler who died earlier this year, and that dog never bit anyone.
Baldwin said she is now thinking of muzzling Rocco when she takes him for walks on the streets of Kennett Square.
Fishman said there are so many angry people in the world, but peace and comfort comes when people are nice. He said recently, he was at a fourway stop sign on Hillendale
Road, and it was his turn to proceed through. But a woman followed the car in front of him, cutting him off, and flipped him off.
“We Americans live in a time of divisiveness and name-calling and selfishness and just plain inconsideration for others,” Fishman said. “Sadly, as a result, it becomes news when someone does the right thing, and goes above and beyond.”
I hope she has the best Christmas ever,” Fishman said of Baldwin. “Here is somebody just being kind and nice, and responsible.”
This dog, Rocco, bit Kennett resident Joel Fishman, inset, ripping his pants, and the dog’s owner bought Fishman two pairs of jeans.
Chantilly Blue in Kennett Square is owned and operated by Lisa Baldwin. Baldwin’s dog bit a man, but Baldwin bought him two pairs of jeans.