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Rump the puppy: A short life.

Updated on January 21, 2012
Rump looked similar to this puppy.
Rump looked similar to this puppy. | Source


I had just stepped inside the house when I heard the thud. I knew instantly what it was. I didn’t want to open that door and look outside. I didn’t want to see what I knew just happened. I did look. I saw his poor little lifeless body in the road. That cute little guy that did not ask for this. He did not ask to be born and now he’s gone.

I believe he was about 4 or 5 months old, but I’m not positive. All I do know is that his owners are irresponsible and uncaring fools. They should have kept him inside the house or outside in a fenced-in area. They should have protected him, but they didn’t. I didn’t want to do it, but I checked to see if he was really dead. I couldn’t stand the thought of him being out there in that cold road and still be alive and suffering. He was dead. Poor little guy. I moved him out of the road so that no one else would hit him. I did this not only for him, but for his owners, so they can give him a proper burial. Maybe they’ll do the right thing and show him some love at least once in his life.

Tennessee State Law (TCA) 44-8-408: it shall be unlawful for any person to allow an animal in the person's custody or a dog belonging to or under the control of such person, or may be habitually found on premises occupied by that person, to go upon the premises of another or upon a public road or street.

Source: http://www.mcgtn.org/animal-control/regulations

That’s the law in this state, and I’m sure most states have similar laws about keeping animals contained on your own property. Through my research though, I find that these laws often go ignored by individuals and local law enforcement. Probably due to lack of funding and general disinterest. This needs to change and it needs to change now.

That puppy didn’t have to die. I’m not sure but he might have been the same one I took into my home about 3 months ago. From my living room, I heard an animal crying and I was sure it was a kitten, but when I went outside to look, it was a tiny puppy. I looked all around to see if there were more, but he was all alone. I took him inside and fed him. Later I put him in a pet carrier so he could rest. I took care of him for 3 days hoping the owner would come and claim him. We even gave him the temporary name of “Rump”.

I put a sign on my mailbox that read “Found puppy”. Finally on that third day, a woman came by with a box full of puppies and said it belonged to her. She was a neighbor, but I didn’t know her. I don’t live in the kind of neighborhood where you talk to your neighbors. She took the little guy with her and I was a bit sad. I had already gotten attached, but I was happy he was going back to his littermates.

So, it might have been the same puppy, but even if it wasn’t, I’m sure he was from the same litter. I had such high hopes for them because they had owners that actually looked for them when they were missing. I guess I was wrong to dream so big. Why bother having them if you’re not going to take care of them? Most people will disappoint you if you give them half a chance.

My special guy Higgins. He's a Jack Russell/Pekingese mix. He stays indoors and is leash trained. He'll be 6-years-old January 26th. This picture is from his 2nd birthday. That's what he wanted as a treat!
My special guy Higgins. He's a Jack Russell/Pekingese mix. He stays indoors and is leash trained. He'll be 6-years-old January 26th. This picture is from his 2nd birthday. That's what he wanted as a treat! | Source
My chocolate Lab Butterscotch. She's 8 months old. I keep her inside and she's still trying to get the leash thing. She's very sweet and likes to pet and groom me! Silly dog!
My chocolate Lab Butterscotch. She's 8 months old. I keep her inside and she's still trying to get the leash thing. She's very sweet and likes to pet and groom me! Silly dog! | Source

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      poor puppy! some people care, some don't, unfortunatly the animals suffer when they belong to people who don't take care of them right... there are still many folks who do care though, don't forget.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      pjpitts: I know some people do care, but I'm still a little bit down. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I really do appreciate it!

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      RicoShae 5 years ago from Ballwin, mo

      Poor thing. Where I grew up, we lived in the middle of the country and the six houses in our neighborhood all let our dogs roam free, but they were still well taken care of and well looked after. Where I live now I would definitely make sure they had a fenced in yard to go outside and play in. It's so sad how uncaring some animal owners can be. Why bother getting an animal if you're not going to care for it properly?

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      RicoShae: I agree. I thought the whole idea behind getting a pet was to love it and take good care of it!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I had a brother who let his dogs loose because he couldn't stand them penned up all the time and as I was walking to his house one day I saw one dead in the road. Another time Mom and Dad gave him a registered pup of their dog and he let it loose to run away. They never saw it again, but I have a feeling my dad made sure it didn't get back to him if he found it first. I gave another brother a cat once and my dad was at his house when he said the cat was hungry and my brother said that is what mice is for. Dad picked it up on his way out and brought it back to me. Not everyone is awful but some just do not deserve pets. My cat now brought from my Mom and Dad's is 17! I have had her the last 10 years but before that she met my car at the gate every time!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Jackie, I agree that some people do not deserve pets. I wonder why someone that really has no interest in animals decides that they want pets? Is it their need to be in control over something? Maybe they don't have anyone in their lives to boss around or mistreat.

      I'm so glad you gave that cat a chance at life. I'm sure she's lived a lot longer than if she had stayed where she was just looking for mice!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...oh my oh my there is a lot of electric fusion in your big beautiful heart - not to mention the gift of telling one of the moving stories ever in my history at Hubpages - you will see your star shining brightly over my Facebook page with a direct link back here and here I sit with a proud heart myself for finding you in this cyber wilderness and reading this beautiful transcript from you ....... lake erie time ontario canada 5:54pm

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Since you, like me, are a dog lover, I wanted to pass along an alarming blurb I just caught on the local STL news. There is a warning (but not a recall) on "chicken jerky treats" for dogs made in China. The warning states that 600 dogs have gotten sick, with some deaths, after dogs have been given the treats. No brands were mentioned, and the news said to avoid these treats, period.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      epigramman: Thank you so much for your very nice comment! I really appreciate you sharing with your friends at Facebook, too! Rump's story needs to be shared. Maybe it will make people wake up and be responsible pet owners! Protect those furbabies!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Amy Becherer: Oh, I know! I've seen those recalls and I'm very careful about what I feed my pets. The only thing they get is Milk Bone puppy snacks as a treat. My little Higgins even does a dance for me when he wants one! He'll stand up on his back legs and spin around in a circle. I didn't teach him that, he just started doing it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My beloved companion is an 8-year old, wheaton-colored, Scottish Terrier, MacGregor. He is very charming when he sits up on his hind legs, tilts his head, knowing its a sure thing he'll get a treat. I've had to cut back, however, as he's weighing in at 40 lbs!!! That is an indicator of how well he's honed his "cuteness" skills.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Amy Becherer, that sounds like the perfect name for a Scottish Terrier! I bet he's cute doing his little trick!

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This past summer I had a terrible scare with Mac. He suddenly went profoundly deaf. He was like a lost soul, no longer participating in anything. I talk to him all the time and had to hold him against my throat, where he felt the vibrations and he would get all excited, wag his tail and act like his old self for that small period of time. I did a poem about "The Bagpipes, they don't play anymore" regarding that time. I finally point-blank asked the vet to please, please, please prescribe an oral antibiotic instead of just the eardrops he had me using. On about the 3rd day on cephalexin, MacGregor could hear 100%. I suspected he had developed a middle-ear infection. The vet said his ear canal was swollen and he could not see the eardrum. It is very disconcerting to me that I had to insist on the medication that saved his hearing. I expect and pay for expertise. I wonder if he would have been so cavalier if it had been his own beloved pet.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Amy, I bet it did give you a scare. I can't stand it when my babies don't feel like themselves. It's times like these when I wish they could talk!

      I think it's time for a new vet. I wouldn't have been too happy with him either! Actually, I have to find a new vet because mine just retired. I've been dreading his retirement for a long time!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      A sad little story. Puppies are so innocent, people forget that they need to protect them like children. In Thailand, most dogs live on the streets, so unfortunately I have seen what you describe quite a lot.

      Voted up and beautiful, thanks for SHARING.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How sad. Some people actually think they're doing a favor by letting their dogs loose obviously we know that's not so. Hopefully your hub will be a reminder to those who don't realize the importance of keeping their dogs safe by using a leash and/or a fence. Voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a sad story, but good information. I wish more people would take better care of the pets. When you take on a pet you have a responsibility to take care of it! I have writtin a simular hub about an abused dog that we took in, you may enjoy. Thanks for sharing your story. Voted up and interesting.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Brett, I'm so tenderhearted I'd try to take all those dogs into my home if I lived in Thailand! Then I'd be guilty of animal hoarding!

      Thanks for the comment and votes!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      tillsontitan: It would make me so happy if just one person took notice and changed their ways after reading my story.

      Thanks for the vote!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      sgbrown: Thank you for the vote and coming by! I will definitely check your hubs for that story and I'm sure it'll make me cry!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Lisa, you are sooo beautiful on the inside I can't even rhyme abou it . the good lord has a special place in heaven waiting for your beautiful heart and soul.

      You are the best kind of person any one could ever meet.

      Much Love,

      Michael

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, you make me smile. Thank you!

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