The other night, I responded to a crash and found a car in the middle of the intersection with front-end damage and fluid splashed everywhere. There was a man, a woman and a dog from the crashed car waiting at the corner.
The woman, who was in her 20s, was injured and was sitting on the curb with her dog, Picasso. He was small and had fur as white as snow. Even though his fur was white, I noticed his head had a Pepto Bismol pink tint to it.
Was this a new doggie hair style? I had to ask his owner.
It turned out Picasso and his owners went out for a snack that night. He got his own cup of vanilla ice cream, which he enjoyed in the back seat of the car. His owner was in the front passenger seat with a large bowl of strawberry ice cream.
That’s when a truck made a left turn in front of them and they broadsided it. The strawberry ice cream flew into the air and got everywhere, including on Picasso.
Poor Picasso got a double whammy that night. He was in a car accident and got a strawberry ice shower at the same time. In all my years of working traffic, this was my first case of a dog with a pink hairdo from flying ice cream.
Thanks for the pictures, Picasso.
Editor’s Note: John Roman is a traffic officer for an Orange County police agency who writes a blog, Badge 415. His posts focus on the human side of police work and safety tips. Roman, a cop for more than 20 years, has handled more than 5,000 accidents as a collision investigator. BehindTheBadgeOC.com shares some of his columns.