mom of rotties
August 17th, 2005, 12:02 PM
Well yesterday to my surprise a stray dog was walking up my driveway. I quickly went out milkbones in hand and got her to come into the fenced yard. She was soaked and very hungry. When she was comfortable with me I looked her over. She is tatooed so I called the SPCA to trace her. They have her owners on record and gave them a call. She is still at my house, seems the owners do not speak English so they are having a hard time talking. From the sounds of things they do not want her and dropped her off on the side of the highway. She is gorgeous.Shepard/chow mix. Her name is Lacey and she gets along great with my other dog. Have no idea what is going to happen but we have told the SPCA that we will take her. Just have to wait and see what happens.Some people are just IGNORANT....
August 17th, 2005, 12:07 PM
Hi Mom, If the SPCA feels the previous owners dropped Lacey on the highway they should lay charges. I would do everything to keep her if I were you. Good luck to you all, especially Lacey - sounds like she needs it.
mom of rotties
August 17th, 2005, 12:19 PM
They asked if I would keep her and I have no problems with that she is wonderful.I think they are trying to lay charges but they are having problems communicating with these people as they do not speak english. I just hope that they do something to these guys.
August 17th, 2005, 12:21 PM
Good for you Mom!! You may not realize what a sweetheart you are to this foundling and to the rest of us on this forum, but you are top dog :pawprint: to us!!
I was looking for something inspirational and happy to send to you because of your kind deed, but I found this rather poignant letter that spoke volumes to me and addresses this issue in a way that I was not looking at....
This may help you put it in perspective....perhaps you could have this translated into whatever language Lacy's previous owners' speak, so they can have an idea of just what an :angel: you are! Poopyheads!! Grab a tissue, everyone:
I Found Your Dog Today
I found your dog today. No, he has not been adopted by anyone. Most of us who live out here own as many dogs as we want, those who do not own dogs do so because they choose not to. I know you hoped he would find a good home when you left him out here, but he did not. When I first saw him he was miles from the nearest house and he was alone, thirsty, thin and limping from a burr in his paw.
How I wish I could have been you as I stood before him. To see his tail wag and his eyes brighten as he bounded into your arms, knowing you would find him, knowing you had not forgotten him. To see the forgiveness in his eyes for the suffering and pain he had known in his never-ending quest to find you... but I was not you. And despite all my persuasion, his eyes see a stranger. He did not trust. He would not come. He turned and continued his journey; one he was sure would bring him to you.
He does not understand you are not looking for him. He only knows you are not there, he only knows he must find you. This is more important than food or water or the stranger who can give him these things. Persuasion and pursuit seemed futile;
I did not even know his name. I drove home, filled a bucket with water and a bowl with food and returned to where we had met. I could see no sign of him, but I left my offering under the tree where he had sought shelter from the sun and a chance to rest.
You see, he is not of the desert. When you domesticated him, you took away any instinct of survival out here. His purpose demands that he travel during the day. He doesn't know that the sun and heat will claim his life. He only knows that he has to find you.
I waited hoping he would return to the tree; hoping my gift would build an element of trust so I might bring him home, remove the burr from his paw, give him a cool place to lie and help him understand that the part of his life with you is now over. He did not return that morning and at dusk the water and food were still there untouched. And I worried. You must understand that many people would not attempt to help your dog. Some would run him off, others would call the county and the fate you thought you saved him from would be preempted by his suffering for days without food or water. I returned again before dark. I did not see him. I went again early the next morning only to find the food and water still untouched. If only you were here to call his name. Your voice is so familiar to him.
I began pursuit in the direction he had taken yesterday, doubt overshadowing my hope of finding him. His search for you was desperate, it could take him many miles in 24 hours. It is hours later and a good distance from where we first met, but I have found your dog.
His thirst has stopped, it is no longer a torment to him. His hunger has disappeared, he no longer aches. The burrs in his paws bother him no more. Your dog has been set free from his burdens, you see, your dog has died. I kneel next to him and I curse you for not being here yesterday so I could see the glow, if just for a moment, in those now vacant eyes. I pray that his journey has taken him to that place I think you hoped he would find.
If only you knew what he went through to reach it... and I agonize, for I know, that were he to awaken at this moment, and (if) I were to be you, his eyes would sparkle with recognition and his tail would wag with forgiveness.
mom of rotties
August 17th, 2005, 12:33 PM
OMg god was beautiful. Hard to type with all the tears. If people just realised that dogs and cats have true feelings of loss.Thank you for that ,taking Lacey in makes me feeel ten feet tall. I have lots of room for her and I am hoping so bad that they will let us keep her. She is still a little shy but loves my son. Follows him around all day.I am just so glad she didn't reach the highway. Again thank you.
August 17th, 2005, 12:41 PM
I kinda figured that this would somehow turn out to be the "happy and inspirational" thing you needed to hear. You SHOULD feel 10 feet tall!! They always say that pets find you, not the other way around....This is an obvious case of that!! :p
Enjoy your new dog....you'll get to keep her....there may be some paperwork to make it "legal" but that's okay. Pretty sure if the other folks really wanted the dog, she'd have been picked up by now. Pet her for me!! :fingerscr
August 17th, 2005, 01:27 PM
Mom of rotties, it is great that you are taking her in. She will now know what true love and happiness is!
Lezzerpezzer, that story made me cry. If only people took the responsibility of owning a pet more seriously, this wouldn't happen and we wouldn't have shelters full with unwanted pets.
They always say that pets find you, not the other way around....
How true! That is how we got Misty our beagle. She was 6 wk old undernourished, flea and intestinal worm infested pup and dumped on the side of our street under in an underpass. After she was never claimed she became officially ours. Medical bills and all!
August 17th, 2005, 02:30 PM
BeagleMom, I bet she has never stopped giving you kisses since! All of my pets were castaways too! Mind you, I looked at local resues and shelters for most of them. Some came from ads in local papers, and cost a fortune medically, but that's okay by me.....ear mites, fleas, epilepsy, need to neuter...all part of the budget in our house :p They are the most wonderful collection of critters ever!
August 17th, 2005, 02:38 PM
She is a big kisser! Always jumping up to try and reach your face for kisses! I find that the ones that are adopted/rescued tend to be some of the most loving animals out there. Almost like they are thanking you for saving them, but they do it throughout their whole lives.
mom of rotties
August 17th, 2005, 04:10 PM
I get to keep her. Lacey now belongs to our family.I have some paperwork to fill out and vet check.They are going to waive the adoption fee and have thier vet give her a once over then she will go to my regular vet. They are charging the family but won't tell me all the charges as is against the law. UH so is throwing your dog away.........It all ends well what a relief.I will post pictures of my babies later.
August 17th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Bless your heart!! :angel: :grouphug:
August 17th, 2005, 04:16 PM
Yay!!!! :grouphug: I don't have a million smilies, but picture me doing the happy dance... You know what they say about garage sales - one person's garbage is another person's treasure. Lacey is your new treasure. Happy days.
August 17th, 2005, 04:25 PM
YAHOO ! Good for both of you!! Let's hope that the "dumpers" get what's comin' to them, with no mercy! I'm very happy for you and your new "daughter". Can't wait to see photos!!
August 17th, 2005, 04:26 PM
OMG lezzerpezzer, I sit here typing in tears so bad I can barely see!! that story hit home for me, as I was in the same situation a couple years ago!
I still see that dogs poor dead body on the side of the road(the image is burned in my brain) and I still curse the cold hearted as*hole/s who dumped him!! My only hope was, that e went quickly when he was struck by the car, and did not suffer!!
I, so sorry mom of rotties, this is a happy occasion for your family and Lacey :) and your an :angel: for taking her in!!
August 17th, 2005, 05:08 PM
You are absolutely fantastic to take in Lacey. I hope there are some strict charges brought onto the last owners, the ones who dont speak english. How ignorant can people be?
We have 2 ex stray dogs that we picked off the streets of syria, in desperate condition. One had a broken leg and we had to go all the way to lebanon as the vets here kept screwing up and poor snoopy baby broke his leg 4 times in a cast. so in lebanon, we got a pin inserted in his bone. Headache but he is such a nice boy, it was all worth it! He is so cute! Strays are the best, and rescuers are the best!
my husband who is from the Netherlands (I am British-American) is applying for a job in the US or Canada to move before xmas. Pray for us that we get a place, a dog friendly place for our dogs like the US or Canada...Australia or Britain would also be good but strict quarantine and dont want them caged up for 6 months!
We just want to play with our dogs all their lives,nothing else matters for us! I am just hoping every day that he wont be shipped to another dog unfriendly place like this one where people throw stones at our innocent cuties who trust too much..........
August 19th, 2005, 09:12 AM
This subject has quickly hit very close to home for me too!
Last night, my husband told me he had a sad story to tell me. I did not want to hear it, but he told me anyways, on how that evening he was driving on a new busy road in Orangeville, and he saw a small animal walking in the ditch. He thought it was a kitten. So he stopped and got out of the car, and it was a very malnourished chihuahua. He tried to capture it, but it ran away. I of course, was so extremely mad at him that he did not try harder. I can't stop thinking of this poor chihuahua, and now today it is pouring, and i wonder if he made it through the night. When he told me this story, all i could think of was the story "i found your dog today". So much that i want to take pieces of it, and put it in the classifieds of my local newspaper (But i don't know if it is legal - and then i have to find which paragraphs to include to get my message across without making it too long). Any advice or help on that would be appreciated.
And finally, Mom Of Rotties, thank you so much for taking in the dog. I don't even know you or the dog, but that just means so much to me. :grouphug:
August 19th, 2005, 11:12 AM
Savannah, I just found the story, "I found your dog today" while surfing the net for something inspirational after reading the post about Lacey. In most cases, the story is credited to "unknown". But, when I type in as a Google search, I found your dog today, there is a site where it is credited and copyrighted:
I Found Your Dog Today
by ©Bonnie L. Jennings
So, you would be infringing on copyright laws, I think. But you could be brave! The odds are that Bonnie doesn't read your local classifieds!! You could also tell the authorities that you found this published by "unknown"! :o