So apparently Jann Arden is all in a flap over being told her dog wasn't allowed in the passenger car of the train she was on...
Juno-award winning singer Jann Arden has unleashed a furious Twitter tirade against Via Rail after she was kicked off a train for travelling with her pint-sized dog Midi.
The Canadian singer-songwriter was on her way to Ottawa from Toronto on Sunday to perform at the National Arts Centre, but was asked to disembark in Oshawa, Ont., because the company doesn?t allow pets to travel in passenger cars.
Arden, 49, immediately turned to Twitter, where she shared her displeasure with about 38,000 followers.
?Midi and I got booted off of via rail on route to Ottawa . . . scrambled and am in a town car now,? she tweeted at 11:03 a.m. She added soon after: ?To clarify the kicked off train thing . . . you apparently can?t have little quiet dogs in bags who are sound asleep I might add. S?balls . . .?
The acerbic singer?s Twitter feed was active for much of the afternoon.
She told the company to ?eat my bra? and asked what it would have done ?with an 86 yr old woman with a little dog in a bag? Dump HER at the next station??
And she claimed she was dropped off ?in the middle of nowhere,? when in fact it was Oshawa, where she said she hired a car and driver to bring her the rest of way to Ottawa in time for the concert.
?The show will go on!? Arden tweeted.
Sunday night, at the NAC?s stage door, Arden said many Via Rail employees saw the dog without informing her of the policy before the ?drink cart guy? made an issue of the three-year-old female ?morky? ? part Maltese, part Yorkshire terrier.
Arden added that she travels most days of the year with the dog and that on airplanes the dog, which was silent and calm backstage Sunday, is kept on the floor beneath the seat in front of her.
She said she wasn?t looking for special treatment from Via and just didn?t know about the rule.
Sunday afternoon, however, fans and foes alike soon responded to Arden?s angry tweets.
While some were sympathetic, others tweeted that it was inconsiderate to bring her dog onto the train where other passengers with allergies could be exposed to it.
Arden was also attacked for claiming Oshawa - just 60 kilometres east of downtown Toronto ? was ?in the middle of nowhere.?
Via claims it wasn?t being insensitive when it asked Arden to get off the train. It was just following the rules. Guide dogs are permitted, but pets must travel in the baggage car on trains that offer checked baggage service, according to the company?s website.
Via Rail spokesman Malcolm Andrews confirmed the Arden affair in an email to the Ottawa Citizen.
?As we replied to Ms. Arden on Twitter, we are very sorry for this unfortunate situation. Service animals only are permitted on board with their owners. All other pets must be checked and are carried in the baggage car (heated). They may be visited as needed, and walked at designated stops on longer trips.
?Ms. Arden may not have been aware of this policy prior to her trip, and if we slipped up on that front, we apologize. We would certainly welcome the opportunity to have her on board again.?
But the singer, who said she decided to take the train Sunday ?for fun? and for a change of pace, may already have other plans.
?Air Canada looks better to me every second,? she tweeted.
So... was Via Rail in the right or the wrong? This is the policy, but should an exception have been made due to a) the size of the dog; b) due to the fact that she was a celebrity; c) due to any other reason? Or should the rules be applied fairly across the board (ie rules are rules... doesn't matter *who* you are)?