Any frequenter of a bodega–no matter the street corner of Bushwick–knows that any shop owner worth his weight in Brooklynness will have a cat (fuck, even a litter of ’em) hanging around the store to look cute and kill any errant rats or mice scurrying around.
And while it’s almost equally gross to think about cats wandering around foodstuffs you might buy considering all the unsanitary shit they be doing all the time, one supposes it’s better than the alternative of letting vermin run rampant. And yet, that’s just the risk the storeowner of Bourgeois Eats, Maurice LeMain, a 45-year-old who immigrated from Alsace twenty years ago, plans to take by instilling a bodega terrier instead of a bodega cat at his location on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Bleecker Street.
Terrell the Terrier, as he is lovingly dubbed by LeMain, will be lounging around and yipping about in lieu of your standard bodega cat starting early tomorrow morning, just in time for you to get your breakfast sandwich. “He is not very friendly, but he looks like a rich person’s animal and I think he will kill rats,” commented LeMain. Will this one-off switcharoo soon become a trend at every bodega? Stay tuned, and let us know if you see any King Charles spaniels mucking about at Brooklyn’s Natural or L-Mo’s.
Written by Genna Rivieccio