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The Day I Found A Rottweiler
The day I found a rottweiler ! So Hot a day.
It was a very hot day. The kind of day when there wasn't a whisper of a breeze. My hands were burning as I was driving along, as the sun had heated the steering wheel so much that it was unbearable almost. I was driving from my antique store in Wigan, going in the direction of Liverpool. It was early in the afternoon. I was wearing shorts and a very skimpy denim waistcoat so my legs and arms were very exposed. The tops of my legs were burning
A Big Dog
I entered the motorway and relaxed as I drove along the almost empty road enjoying the Beatles music that was playing "Here comes the sun" then it changed and the Kinks came on singing "Sunny Afternoon" Suddenly I passed a black form in the road and looking through the mirror I realised it was a dog, a big dog. It was just lying on the hard shoulder.
I really should have not stopped,never mind reversed,as I was on a motorway. Sometimes we are victims of our emotions and on this occasion I was right to obey my gut instinct and stop for the dog.
Without any power over my actions I pulled to a stop and went into reverse. I jumped out expecting the dog to bolt. It didn't. It just looked me in the eye. I realised it was a pretty big rottweiler. In my reckless manner I opened the rear of my silver cortina estate and said in my most authoritative manner "In Boy" and it just jumped in.
It was around the time that all the newspaper headlines were full of gloom and despair about the big breeds and it all came flooding back to me about the attacks. The media were having a ' field day' vilifying and persecuting all the ' Big Breeds' even though they are usually the gentlest of all. But even so I was a little nervy. I steeled myself to jump in and drive,trying not to think of things like huge dog bites on my lovely suntanned bare arms.
I heaved a huge sigh of relief as I realised I had picked up a 'Big Softy' as it leaned forward on me from the back of the car both paws on my shoulder as I drove the next twenty miles to Liverpool.
Normally I would have had Ben and Bella with me,Two of my Three Boxers,fortunately that day they were with the family otherwise I don't know what I would have done.
One hour later I pulled up outside my house and went to tell my story. My only option ,which I didn't like at all, was to take the 'Big Boy' to the local police station.
Only an animal
When I got there the policeman on duty was a nervous,nervous person, Well as regards dogs anyway! He didn't like dogs! I told him he would need food and water for the dog and his reply was "Ughm, Will you take him to the kennel? I don't like dogs". Well he had no food for the dog and seemed amazed that I should be at all concerned about such a matter. "It's only an animal" he told me "We are all only animals" I replied "I'm not " he said.
I left and returned in a while with a large tin of dog food. Luckily there was a different policeman on duty and though there was no tin opener available he was helpful in using his penknife then we split the food between the two dogs as there was now another lost dog to keep the 'Big Boy' company.
Next morning I phoned every local radio station I could think of and told them of the dog I had found. Next morning I had a phone call from a radio station saying a listener had recognised the description I had given of the dog and had got in touch with the owner.
A Quiet Day
Apparently the couple had been shopping and on their return drove into their pathway instead of as usual reversing in.They carried their shopping in . The dog jumped out and into the path of a car which luckily only grazed him but scared him enough to make him race away. He took off over the fields and ended up on the motorway where I found him,thankfully on a quiet day without much traffic.
Soon I received the expected phone call from a jubilant Rottweiler owner who was overjoyed to be reunited with her 'Boy'.She sent me a lovely thank you card(which I put with all the others)with a sum of money which I strongly refused but unable to sway her otherwise.
Anyway as luck would have it that very sum of many went into an advert to say I had found a lost 'Yorkie' a few days later....And so it goes on.......
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