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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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