I just wanted to share what happened to me today. I was driving up a state highway which, while not an interstate, is a busy 6 lane route. In the median, looking lost, is a small dog.
Of course, I stop, thinking the dog will run away from me. She doesn't. She comes right to me, and I put her in my car, and drive home. I had no idea what to do with her at the time, she's a small (~15 lb) beagle who has obviously had a litter or two of pups. She is torn up with fleas and ticks, scarred around her face, missing some fur on her rump, but her face is so sweet I just melted.
So I bring her home, give her food and water (I have one very large dog). She eats like she hasn't eaten in months (she probably hasn't... she had a ragged collar that left obvious marks around her neck but no tags, clearly she's never been to a vet). I gave her not 1 but 2 baths, pulled off the ticks I could find, dried her off, and sat her on the deck to try and decide what to do.
So I called everyone I could think of... I can't keep this poor animal because my dog would never adjust and I don't have a fenced yard. I made a promise to myself when we bought Jessie that I wouldn't get another dog until we had a fence.
So my significant other's nephew comes by. His mother is at a bridal shower, so he calls her up, and it turns out his Aunt Diane has a beagle that is failing and will probably be put down soon, and she'd love to have her.
So..... she'll definitely get the hookup and be spoiled rotten by this time next week.
This adorable lil pup is currently in my living room, in Jessie's old kennel. I put blankets down and she's sleeping contentedly, enjoying the air conditioning, and watching television (its so cute the way she cocks her head and looks at the screen). We'll drive her up to Aunt Diane's tomorrow morning.
I hate to let her go, she's so sweet and even-tempered. A docile little thing. But I am overjoyed that she is going to a good home.
She'll be able to see a vet, get her immunizations, be spayed, get on heartworm/flea/tick meds... and generally be a spoiled dog living the good life.
I just wanted to share because this is such a happy ending... usually things never turn out this great in real life. I feel fantastic about this because I'm sure this dog would have been hit by a car if she stayed where she was... and now, she's a very wanted dog who is going to a good home to live a good life....
Definitely a great thing for all concerned.
Thanks for listening!