The Dog Who Didn't Want to be Helped

Thunder and Lightning

It was a stormy day yesterday. I was trying to get home from running the many errands that I usually have to perform daily (boring I know). I was just about at the turnoff for the subdivision I live in, when I noticed just ahead there was a small dog running up the road, and low and behold it ran right out in front of me, and stopped dead in it's tracks staring straight up at me (or so it seemed). I blew the horn to scare it off of the road, it took several honks for it to eventually move out of the way. I really couldn't believe it, but I realize now that it must have been the headlights on my van that mesmerized her.

My first instinct was to keep on going but the dog then ran out in front of another vehicle as I turned into my subdivision. I am a dog lover and strong supporter of Animal Rights (which of there is very little in Mississippi). So of course I stopped, got out of the car, called to the dog and she came to me. The poor thing was very thin, she had some scrapes on her nose and stunk to high heaven. She had on a collar with an owner name and number.

Meanwhile it is storming to beat the band, I am wearing a pair of swede boots, and a lovely scarf that is dry clean only. I open up the back of the van, pick the dog up, and place her in the back without any difficulty. She was a friendly little dog and didn't mind being lifted up.


I arrive at the house put the little dog in the garage and give her something to eat.  Poor little thing she scarfed it down in two seconds.  I got a look at her collar, and decided to remove it.  Pitiful condition the dog was in, she had fleas and was covered in Mississippi red clay mud.  Not to mention bone thin.  

Now I have two dogs of my own, so there was no way that I could keep the dog.  She was obviously a puppy as her feet were still bigger in proportion to the rest of her.  I knew that I could find an appropriate place for her to live.  I decided to clean her up because I couldn't let her stay in the garage or anywhere else with the way she smelled and looked.   

Bathed, Pretty, and Vamoosed

I put the dog in the bathtub and gave her a flea bath...Did I mention she was covered in fleas? She was a very good dog, and endured the flea bath. Pitiful thing, she was absolutely filthy, and had sores all over. I also noticed there were numbers tattooed in her ear. I believe she was maybe a beagle breed. She even endured a little blow dry.

After the bath I secured a gate and placed her in the kitchen. She started to whine and looked as though she needed to go to the bathroom, so I let her out the back door. She did her business, began sniffing and looking around the way dogs do. I went about my business and went to check back on her after about two minutes. There was no dog to be found in the back yard or the kitchen.

The next thing I see is the poor dog clambering up the embankment behind the house, onto the train tracks, and away she went as fast as she could. There was no way I could catch her now. I still had the collar that she was wearing. I only pray that some good samaritan found her, or even animal control. At least with animal control here, they try to find homes for the animals they find.

The Collar With Name and Number

I suppose the dog really didn't appreciate my treatment of her. I suppose a dog would get used to being starved, if that is the only thing a dog knows. She didn't know I was trying to help her. All she knew was that I did things that she didn't really like, so she was going to go back to where everything was familiar.

I still have the collar from the dog, and I have called Animal Control. I made a complaint about the dog's condition, and gave the police the name and number on the collar. No dog should be starved, have injuries, and be covered in disease carrying fleas. I can only hope the police go see about this dog. I won't ever know the outcome but at least I did something about it. I also hope that there are not other dogs there that are in the same condition.

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resspenser 7 years ago from South Carolina

Beagles love to run and (track) smell outside. Once she got "in the wind" she probably could not find her way back even if she wanted to!

Still that was a nice thing you did and maybe she will show up again and you can find her a new home.

Nice hub.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

resspenser, thank you my friend. Thank you for being my first comment. I hope I do find her again. She was really sweet. Not deserving of being starved and neglected.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Tammy

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You have a big heart, Tammy. I'm sure that if this dog knew better and could talk, it would thank you. It sounds as if this dog was practically wild! You did a very benevolent thing, Tammy. Good for you.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks for taking the time to read Dohn, I wish I could have done more.

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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Tammy - That pup didn't know what it was missing.

When my wife latched onto an unidentifiable runaway little dog, our "War Dog," a wee small rat terrier, she put a collar around his neck and left him in my care while she went shopping, cautioning me to "take care of him." War Dog and I sat out on the patio. Then the phone rang inside the house. I fastened War Dog's leash to the chair and went to answer the phone. When I got back to the patio, War Dog was gone, leaving an empty dog collar and the leash still tied to the chair. I caught you-know-what when the boss returned. That evening the rain came pouring down. In the morning there was scratching at the front door. It was the very bedraggled War Dog who wanted "in." He got into the human house and I got out of the dog house. Thus today, whenever I open the bag and pull out one of those "Pupperoni Treats," War Dog and I are still good buddies, and Esther actually still talks to me whenever I behave.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

LOL Mr Gus how sweet! Thanks for the story. Dogs are really worth their weight in gold. My husband can't stand it when I find strays...but in the end he gets used to them and loves them as much as I do.

Thanks again Gus! Happy Holidays to you and yours!


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TINA V 7 years ago

Not many people would like to care for this kind of puppy. Indeed, you have a big heart to manage and take him home with you. The dog was lucky to meet you in the middle of the road. You are so responsible enough to call the Animal Control. May you continue to inspire others to take care of their animals.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks Tina for the afirmation. Wish I could have done more.

Happy Holiday to you and yours! Tammy

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

How sad Tammy the poor little thing I hope she is going to be o.k. here on the West Coast where we live many people left there pets in their homes when they foreclosed and cats were astray everywhere. We are dog lovers but a kitten kept clambering over our fence so we fed her and found her a home she was as thin as a bone to and needless to say 2 days later we had gotten a call that she past away. I do not believe that people who cannot love them and take care of them, should even own them. I cannot stand animal cruelty and you did the right thing by calling them in, I certainly hope they get what they deserve. :)

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

AEvans, I know it runs rampant here and there is no ASPCA help here just the police animal control. I don't think people should have pets if they can't take care of them either. All three of the pets that I have were unwanted strays. I am still thinking about that dog. I hope there is a happy ending for her.

Thanks for reading, Tammy

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komal93 7 years ago from The beautiful and wondorous land of India!!!!

hey...i really hope dat lil baby turns out 2 be f9....dun wry tammy she be all gud......

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

komal93...Thanks for reading and commenting.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I hope there is a happy ending too! We have the ASPCA and I believe it should be nationwide that poor little dog I just keep thinking about her since you wrote about this. :)

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Frugal Fanny 7 years ago from BC

That's the thing with Beagles and other hound dogs. Once they catch a scent, they're off after it. Sometimes they get themselves so turned around that they can't find their way home if they wanted to.

Some dogs just can't be without a leash if you wish to keep them, or so it would seem. :)

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author glad to know another who loves animals as much as I do!

Frugal Fanny...Too bad she got under the fence...she was a really sweet dog and would have made a great pet for someone. I have learned something about that breed though thanks for that. Thanks for reading.

Happy Holidays, Tammy

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! You sound just like me when it comes to animals. Maybe the beagle will find its way home.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Habee...I can only hope the dog is safe. I can't stand for any living thing to suffer. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Tammy

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bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

I agree with dohn 121, if the dog could talk he would thank you. Kind regards Bearclaw

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

thanks Bear for reading, and commenting. Always a pleasure.

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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Aw that was a sad story. I found my cat under some similar but different conditions with a bit of a happier ending. Well Tammy, hopefully the dog found a better path, they are resilient creatures.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks Ben...visit again and I am sure the dog is fine you gotta have faith.

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Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

Being a critter person your run-away-dog really got to me. I adopted a second Cocker Kid this week and am in the middle of the old dog-young dog stand-off - which, too, will pass! Thanks for a great Hub!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Angela...Thanks for reading and commenting. I really have been enjoying your hubs too! I love animals as much as I love children.

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Steppeno 7 years ago from Jones Road Farms, 1785 Ben Jones Road, Clarkesville, Ga. 30523

Beagles are a great family dog... Small enough for young children to play with without getting too roughed-up. Loving and loyal to no end, but they do have a tendency to wander off when they get on the scent of something... After all ... They are a hunting breed of dog...

I hate to see animals of any kind mistreated... Even farm animals... I have a small farm (Jones Road Farms) where I raise Rabbits, Chickens and Ducks. I feed and water all my animals twice a day, 7 days a week, because having animals in pens or cages means they depend on you to meet their needs everyday. Having pets or farm animals is a great responcibility that many people don't realize when they first take on the task. Their welfare should be your top priority.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Steppeno...I totally agree some people give animals as gifts to children expecting them to take care of them and train them...Having a pet is a big responsibility.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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K Partin 7 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Hey Tammy great story. Sounds like something I would do for sure. that was a wonderful thing you did. Beagles are a funny breed thy love to wonder and run. Very hard to break. Thanks for sharing a great story. K.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

K Partin, Thanks for reading and commenting. I love your avatar. I read your first hub for hubpages just now. I am now following you too. Thanks again!

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AuthorLMS 7 years ago

wow, what a story! Sad, though that she ran away not to mention surprising but perhaps it sensed you were not going to keep it? Great hub!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

AuthorLMS...Ya I plan on trying to help the shelters this year so I can do something to help unwanted, neglected and abused animals.

Thanks for reading and taken the time to comment.

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Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

That was a pretty cool story. My mom and I don't own a dog, but owning a dog is my preference. We presently have two cats, which one came from our local shelter(MSPCA) and the other was given to us, because the person who found the cat on the street took it in, but the person already had 4 other cats, and they were treating it very badly, so we took it. :) I loved your article. Thank you for sharing. :)

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hey Tam, youre really a caring woman, I salute what you did for the dog, Maita

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Cagsil...Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. One of my goals this year is to do more for animal and human charities. I am so glad that you adopted a pet. There are so many animals out there that need a home.

Maita...Thank you for your kind words they are always appreciated from such a lovely soul such as yourself. Thank you!

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sweet keebler 7 years ago

my heart goes out to that poor pup. I used to work in a vet's office, and it made me sick the way some people treated their pets. not like living creatures, but like property, and ways of making money. I wish there were more people like you, who would take the time to take care of a stray, and show htem that there are people out there who love them.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Sweet Keebler...I wish there were more people who had respect for all life. The world would be a better place. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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Micky Dee 7 years ago

Very good effort to help another life form. A lady did the same for me once. She picked me up in the rain. She took me home and gave me food and then a flea bath. But- I ran away. Some of us are just not house/home broken. It's not your fault. It's ours. Keep being a positive force for good in the world. Arf!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Micky, thanks for the chuckle. I will take your advice. Thank you for taking the time to read and make a comment. Peace...Tammy

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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

Aww least you tried to help, many people would not. We just took in a lost dog 3 days ago. Beautiful dog, no fleas, well groomed and sweet personality. I have been putting up signs around my neighborhood trying to find the owner...I hope they are looking for her and didn't abandon her but she gets along well with my shih tzu. I'm an animal lover too as well as a Guardian member of the ASPCA.

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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Tubbs...They have an ASPCA in Louisianna? They don't have one here. It is badly needed though. They don't have tough enough animal laws here. Thanks for dropping in...I hope you find the owners but if you don't your shihtzu will have a new friend. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

Hi Tammy. Here they have the Louisiana SPCA and in Mississippi they have the Pearl River County SPCA. They both rely on local donations and sometimes grant money from national groups such as the ASPCA. I have membership in both the ASPCA and LSPCA. I know the Pearl River County SPCA are fighting hard for tougher animal laws there. If you get a chance, check them out. I'm still trying to find this lost dogs owner...taking her to the only vet in this area today and see if she has electronic ID under the skin or if he recognizes the dog. The stray stole my Shihtzu's bed and she is not a happy camper!! LOL!!

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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Thanks Tubbs, I will have to check out the Pearl River County SPCA. I hope you find the dog's owner. Thanks for the info.

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