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Lost Dogs And Found People

Updated on November 8, 2010

Relaxing along the roadway

Murphy and me, sharing a  nap
Murphy and me, sharing a nap

I Like Animals

Having grown up on a farm, I have been around many animals. The normal barnyard stock included cattle, goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks and a mule. As kids, we kept rabbits, raccoons and squirrels as pets in addition to the array of dogs and cats. Releasing them back to the wild, was heartbreaking. It was the right thing to do, once they were mended. You learn that as well on the farm.

I like animals, both wild and domestic.

If you are going to be a pet owner, I think you should be a responsible one. Providing for and taking care of your animal is part of the deal. You should train them and develop their social skills. With so many hungry and homeless pets, I urge spaying and neutering, unless you have a well thought out plan regarding the animal offspring.

Pets I No Longer Have

When you are a farm kid, you learn early about the cycle of life and death. You learn this by losing pets. I have shed tears over most of them and truly grieved over some.

As a mother, I never questioned that my children would have pets. What pet they would have, how many were the issues that concerned me. They, too, had several through the years. I experienced the same things many parents face, teaching the child that a pet is their responsibility. One of my daughters learned very well, as my girls were preparing to go to Granpa's for the weekend, she stopped suddenly and asked, " Mama, will you feed Holly ( her cocker spaniel) while we're gone?"

Maybe, I was too forceful with the responsibility issue......

The Best Pet In A Long While

My current dog, Murphy has been with me for almost five years. He was rescued as a discarded pup on the verge of starvation. Perhaps an animal senses that you brought them back from a terrible fate, I really do not know. It does seem to me, that the best pets I have had have been those that were abandoned, wounded or facing terrible odds. Perhaps, I appreciate their fight for survival, maybe, one of my readers can offer some insight.

Back to Murphy, the rescued dog. He has been the best dog that I have had in twenty years. He is smart, he is polite, well behaved, quick to obey, likes people, especially those who play with him. He also understands what I expect from him, when I tell him, "you're on duty". He is an excellent guard dog. I am quite fond of him.

Even A Good Dog Is A Responsibility

 At this point, my life is the most carefree that it has ever been. 

My dues have been paid.  I have enough in life, there is no need to collect more things.

 My children are grown and pursuing their own lives.   It seems like my husband and I are free to come and go as we please, and we pretty much do. 

But there are times when we have to ask ourselves and each other, ' what about Murphy'?  This happens most often when considering overnight motorcycle rides, or weekend trips.

There have been times when we considered a second dog, and quickly discarded the idea.  One dog to have to walk in the rain is enough.  One dog to have to provide for is enough.  One dog to take care of is enough.

There are probably some of you, who have dealt with similar debates.

The New Dog

I posed her sitting....guess she is camera shy
I posed her sitting....guess she is camera shy

Dogs Do Follow You Home

Murphy is taken out regulary early each morning and late each night. On most days, we take a stroll or two around the neighborhood. My favorite route is almost two miles, and we make that most mornings, plus a shorter one in the afternoon.

One one morning earlier this week, as we were nearing home, we cut through the parking lot of a small truck stop. Murphy looks forward to being unleashed at this point and making a mad dash for home. He was sidetracked by a dog somewhat smaller than he is. They went into "play" mode. I surmised that she must be a female, and young, due to the lack of usual male dog posturing! Turns out, that I was correct.

The problem began, when the little thing wanted to follow us home. She would not be coaxed into going back to wherever she came from. She did follow us home. She and Murphy played in the yard awhile, until I called him inside, hoping she would leave.

I went out about three hours later and she was laying curled up on my porch. She was thankful of the food and water, she was given. She was very thirsty, and I gave her more water and took a closer look.

She is a pretty dog, gentle and friendly. She understands the commands to 'stay' and 'sit'. She is not wearing a collar, yet she appears to be too healthy and clean to have been on her own for long.

The neighbors do not seem to recall having seen her before. No one is responding to the "found dog" notices.

Hubby Meets The Dog

My hubby has a softer spot than I do....a point he has demonstrated time after time. When he returned home, he stopped to speak to her, on the porch. Murphy heard his voice and went to the front door, tail wagging. That was my cue to open the door!

Murphy greets the dog and then the hubby. As hubby walks through the threshold, he is saying, " I see, we have another dog". He then invites both dogs inside. Murphy comes right away, the new dog is reluctant. She will not be coaxed inside. In her former home, she must have been an outdoor dog and not permitted inside.

After explaining the story, and the fact that this is not our dog, to him, he suggests that we at least give her a blanket, as the nights are getting much cooler. He then rearranges some things on the porch to provide a wind break for her. We take Murphy for his last evening walk and the new dog  goes along. My hubby comments on how closely she is staying beside me. Like Murphy does, she stops walking when I do and resumes her gait right along with me. Oh, she is a charmer!


2nd Photo of the New Dog

This is a bit better
This is a bit better

She Is Still Here

There have been no inquiries or calls on the notices. After three days and two nights the dog is still hanging around. She and Murphy still play together. The only logical conclusion to her origins seem to be that she got out of a driver's truck and was unknowingly left behind. But it just a guess and she won't tell us!

I predict there will be a visit to the veterinarian in the near future, and to the groomer. She is still reluctant to enter the house, and I am curious as to how well she will ride in the truck.

Well, the last thing I wanted was another dog. Perhaps she and Murphy will be good company for each other on those overnight rides. In the time to come, I may become quite fond of her also. She seems to be a good match for him. She is well mannered, and teachable. After just a short time, she is learning that I do like to be greeted by a dog jumping on me.  She seems quite content with her little place on the front porch.

You may not be able to see it in the photos, but she has a white blaze on her chest. A light eye and a dark one.

It may be a good thing this little dog found Murphy and me, we didn't even know we were lost!

I am taking suggestions for a name, it doesn't seem fair to keep calling her the 'new dog'.............

Your Pets?

If you have ever given a home to a stray animal, did they make a good pet for your family?

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    • onegoodwoman profile image

      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Welcome to my hub, Kenneth Avery.....

      In time, we did find the dog a new home, complete with kids to play with! Gee, how time flies. I have been in my new home for almost a year now.....still, that dog walks through my memory. She would be great company for Murphy, here in our new place, complete with pasture.

      Thanks for coming by~~

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Peaceful Greetings, onegoodwoman, LOVED this hub. GREAT reading from a wonderful talent, YOU! I appreciate your warm style of presenting your subject matter. I voted up and all the way across. I am now a fan. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from a small, rural town in northwest Alabama, Hamilton, a town that easily reminds one of Mayberry, where Andy and Barney worked.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      It is always good to see a new reader on my hubs.

      I am glad you liked the story.

      Just this weekend, Murphy wanted to accompany me

      on a chore, but I would not let him go. He hid himself

      under the house. I told my hubby that he was behaving

      like a sullen teenager!

      Thanks for finding your way to my hub.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I always say a dog or a child is more than a responsibility - it is a lifestyle change - your world is turned up side down.

      LOVE my dogs - miss them terribly. I know the cycle of life - still not atune to that...I prefer to ignore it.

      Beautiful Hub - GREAT Title and very endearing. Thank you!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Looks like this one will not be the exception to the rule.

      Thanks for coming by and reading. It's nice to meet a new person who share interest in animals.

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      bynow4413 7 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      My best dogs have always been the ones that found me. Thanks for a great reminder.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      I do think so....

      Hubby is now referring to her as " your dog ", as if Murphy were his! Men.........

      She will make a fine pet.

      Thanks for dropping by :)

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      NCBIer 7 years ago

      Congratulations to you all, a good dog to a good home with good company. You will all benefit tremendously. Maybe Destiny?

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Thank you Creativeone59,

      She is adapting to us well.

      I like Lacy, it may work!

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      I think you are all blessed to have found each other and the name Lacy came to me. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Deborah Demander,

      She is fitting in well. I am pleasantly

      surprised how well behaved she is.

      thanks for comeing by.......

      to you, as well!

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Looks like you got yourself a new dog. It's just as well, I'm sure Murphy enjoys the company. She is in good hands now. Just where she was meant to be.


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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Thanks Kiddo......

      You are a pretty good egg!

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      nicolecy2 7 years ago

      I remember Holly well. I do so miss Jodie the most though. My "foster dog" is named LadyBug and I honestly love her. I am hoping she becomes permanent. I think that Lady Jane is a beautiful name and yes, that maybe it is time for Murphy to have a mate. Momma i will say this now, thank you for this hub. It makes me smile knowing you have a new friend, even one who came along unexpectedly.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Dave Matthews,

      You are certainly entitled to feel that way, and I will not attempt to convince you otherwise.

      Being as the dog has been domesticated, I think the greater cruelty is to let them roam the streets hungry.

      Thanks for coming by and reading.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Being born and raised and living in a big city, I always thought it inhumaine to have a pet.

      Brother Dave.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Murphy is a 'pack dog'.

      I am trying out Lady Jane, not sure if it will fit. When I took them out for a walk earlier, the light hit her grey coat, and it seemed to shimmer with a hint of silver......hubby suggested 'Slyvia', which is fitting, but it doesn't roll off of my tongue well.

      She has manners, I am sure someone lost her. I can't believe she did not have a collar and tags. Her hair doesn't have worn know what I mean? You know how you can tell someone has recently removed a ring that is worn alot? There is no evidence of that.

      I am glad you came by...

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      It is so nice to see you here!

      I appreciate the work your daughter and law does.

      One of my daughters, took training with her dog, for search and rescue missions. Another daughter, shelters, "foster dogs".

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Long time , no see.....

      There are some that are quite endearing to us. I meant that part about shedding tears and grieving over some.

      I am trying out " Lady Jane".....

      Thanks for coming by.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Thanks Fetty,

      I got her into the house tonight. She is very calm and sticking nearby.

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      Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Love this! When I was reading this I thought you know Murphy needs a Lady, and here she is. Dogs are relational and pack oriented, they truly thrive if they have another to play with. Sounds like God was thinking of Murphy's needs. Do you think the name Lady fits her? Names are so personal. We as a family have always named our dogs. We now have two yorkies, Jack and Joey who are the best of friends.

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      Fiddleman 7 years ago

      Good hub. My future daughter in law loves animals and works at a shelter. Your comments tat pet owners should be responsible is a good one. Pets need TLC too.

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Sounds like a good deal for all. I gotta' say when you mentioned the cocker spaniel it got to me. My son had one named Colt that was the best dog I've ever been around. He lived 14 years and has been gone for 2 and I still think about him all the time. Good luck to Murphy and the new girl (whatever her name becomes) Peace!! Tom

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      This is a real charming story. I wish you the best for your new found pet. Heart warming hub.