a zip and a prayer
I’m constantly amazed at how insensitive, uncaring and thoughtless some people can be to drop off a dog or puppy beside the road and zip away in their car. It must be easy for them to shut out the reality of their mind and not think about how the puppy will likely starve or get run over. So many days spent being alone and being hot or cold without food or water.
I’ve seen this event play out over and over during the years – rarely does the animal find a new and caring owner soon after being dropped off if at all. One of the earliest memories I have from such an event was seeing a healthy dog sitting beside the road from where his owner dropped him off. He sat in the same spot waiting very patiently without moving thinking his owner would surely return to pick him up – he just needed to wait a little longer. Surely thinking his owner wouldn’t leave him all alone and without food or water. Days went by and the dog didn’t move ten feet from that same spot and with each passing car you could see the excitement in his eyes which was quickly followed by sadness that the vehicle kept going by without stopping. I saw him from the school bus window and I was too young at that time to take care of an abandoned animal but I told some adults about it. I never found out if someone finally picked him up but the fact he was an adult dog probably didn’t help his chances of being adopted by a stranger. Where i grew up as a kid was a popular place for people to abandon animals.
Some days ago my wife found a puppy wondering down the road towards the end of our driveway. The puppy was starving and very emaciated with her ribs showing. We’re going to try to make her story a happy one. Meet Katy…
She’s still looks sad sometimes but her ribs don’t show quite as bad as when we first got her. And she’s learning to play and be a happy puppy again. She was playing with my shoe earlier today.
And her new best friend, Nala who just survived a a moccasin bite. Nala is still getting over the moccasin bite and getting used to her new friend – she’s not used to another dog invading her space but they play well together so far. This is Nala’s face when I told her we were adopting Katy. Nala is used to being the center of attention. LOL.
If you know anyone that is considering abandoning an animal beside the road talk them out of it and talk them into taking the animal to a shelter instead. And if you need Nala’s help use this picture of her stare down. Hopefully no one can resist it. 🙂