I was on my way to work at the thrift shop, and as I pulled into town, this little sweetie was in the highway!!
I stopped, and she came right to me. I picked her up and walked up to the house the she was in front of, the only one near that has full time residents. The door was open, I could hear a TV and there were lights on in the house. I held the dog so she could be seen through the screen, and I knocked. No answer, no sound in the house, so I knocked louder. No answer, so I pounded. No answer. OK, either it was not their dog or they weren't want to have the dog back. I took her to my truck and drove the four blocks to the thrift shop. She was delighted to be in the car with me, wanted to sit on my lap and her tail wagged non-stop. Cute little girl!
Now .... the dog had tags. Rabies from 2005 and 2006, and a village dog tag from 2006. The vet listed on the tags was not my own vet, but one that is very involved in animal safety. By this time I was thoroughly angry that someone has neglected an animal like that, allowing it to go without shots and wandering around, especially in the highway, although the speed limit at that point is just 35 mph. She was well fed and had on a flea collar, but she is neglected. The other women at the shop said that the dog is in the highway all the time! I couldn't believe it!
This cute girl sat in the window and watched traffic (as in the pic) or in my lap the whole time! She is such a lover!! If I didn't find her home, I would have brought her home overnight, and then I would look for a good home for her. She would make an excellent buddy for someone.
I placed a call to the vet who was not in today. I left a message for her on her cell phone, explaining the situation, and expressing a hope that she could help me identify the dog and get her home.
A few minutes later, the local Barney Fyfe came in the shop. One of the other women ran into him after leaving the shop and told him about the dog. He said he knew where she lived and would take her home. I protested saying I had a call in to the vet because the dog was not getting appropriate medical care and was roaming the highway on a regular basis. He said he was returning her to her home and walked out with her. There was nothing I could do.
Minutes later the vet returned my call. She knew the dog. She said the dog had been brought to her clinic multiple times, and the owners sometimes don't pick her up for two or three days after she has called them!!! This vet is a great humanitarian, taking in any stray animal and keeping it until the owner is found or adopting it out when owners do not come forward. She does this to prevent them going to the shelter. At this point, I was fuming. I told her that she could deny hearing what I said next if she wished, but if I find the dog out again, I'll find it another home! A loving home that would protect her! Know what the vet said? "Good!" She also said that if she comes into her care again, she will not return her to the owners!
I talked to several friends this afternoon, and I found out that all of them, ALL OF THEM, have seen her in the highway, stopped and moved her into the yard or a couple have even put her in the house. They say the owners go to work, leave lights and TV on for the dog, a window open, and she jumps out!!! WTF??? All of them are going to be watching out for her. If they find her out, they will get hold of her, call me, and I'll take her till I can place her safely. But you didn't hear/read at this blog that I'm planning to be a dognapper. Jes' sayn'.
Close this window NOW, and forget you've ever been here. Jes' sayin'.
I ABSOLUTELY HATE PEOPLE WHO TREAT ANIMALS WITH SUCH DISREGARD!!!!!!