“Today, I found Nobody’s Dog. Her ribs were beginning to show through a once shiny black coat. At first, she tucked her tail tightly and ran, then, ever hopeful, returned with a tentative wag.
I bet she was cute as a puppy. Somebody picked her out special, took her home, and made her believe she would always be loved; but some humans change their minds and their loves as often as dirty socks. Even so, the betrayed black dog is still loving them, futilely waiting for them to come back for her. She had a name once, and now she can’t understand, for you see, a dog’s love never dies.
Today, I found Nobody’s Dog, one of millions abandoned each year by owners that take the coward’s way out. They won’t see her slowly starve or freeze to death, be hit by a car, or live at the mercy of strangers as she begs for a scrap of attention.
Today, the Shelter rescued Nobody’s Dog. There, she’ll be fed, she’ll be loved, and hopefully she’ll be claimed by a more fitting, deserving human. If not, she’ll go to an even better place, one where dogs are always loved and are never thrown away on a cruel whim. But she still yearns to be Somebody’s Dog once more. . .” (Excerpt from THE DOG COMPANION, copr Amy Shojai, 1992)
I wrote that in my very first published dog book but it rings true 19 years later. My friend Jan Fletcher emailed me this week about these two sweet, well-mannered fellows. The pair of 4-6 month old lab mixes just showed up next door on Hazelwood Road in Sherman, Texas, “. . .about the time a work-over rig crew came to work on a pumping site next door to us. The first week we thought they belonged there. This last week we asked and the workers said no. Our neighbor, Mike, made the mistake of feeding them wieners when he cooked outside. So now they won’t leave his house.”
Jan has made it her mission to find a place for these brothers–a rescue? a shelter? Or even better, a permanent home. I suspect they’d make some family incredibly happy, perhaps even be stellar sniff-aholic huntin’ dawgs (as in the Ask Amy video, below).
Have you ever rescued a pet? My Seren-dipity was a dumped kitten. What have you done when faced with that waif on the doorstep? Can you have it in your heart to welcome Nobody’s Dog and transform him/her into Somebody’s Dog? I can put you in touch with Jan . . .
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