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Jann Arden has a bone to pick with Via Rail.
Or is it the other way around?
The singer, who played the National Arts Centre on Sunday night, got the boot from a train earlier in the day because she brought her dog, Midi, on board in a small bag.
“I took the train for fun,” said Arden, who boarded the train in Toronto with two friends.
Arden, who is wrapping up a cross-country tour, just finished two shows at Toronto’s Massey Hall.
“I was really excited about my train ride, and just looking out the window and relaxing for four hours,” she said.
Prior to getting kicked off, “we walked past at least five Via Rail employees,” she said, adding Midi was sitting on her lap with her head out of the bag.
“I had no idea there was any policy at all, wasn’t trying to hide her, wasn’t trying to do anything,” she said.
About 30 minutes later, the furry freeloader, who was napping, was discovered by a man selling coffee, tea, and bagels, who told her “dogs can kill people, you know, the allergies in the air.”
They offered to put Midi in a cage.
Arden declined, and was told to get off at the next stop, in Oshawa.
“I didn’t say, ‘Don’t you know who I think I am?’ ” cracked Arden.
“I felt embarrassed and I felt bad and I left my colleagues.”
She phoned her assistant, who hired a driver to get Arden to her gig on time.
Arden took to Twitter to vent, “and then the hatred ensued,” she joked.
“I fly with her (Midi), I travel with her 300 days a year.”
Arden’s next stop is Kingston on Tuesday. She’ll be riding the tour bus.
It’s a good thing Arden was not given any special treatment. This could have happened to anyone and it is not like the train employees were rude to her… they gave her the option to put her dog in a cage. Since she declined, they had no choice but to dismiss her from the train. So in reality she ruined her trip on the train because of her decision.