Yesterday, during my morning walk, a strange dog ran up to me and
huddled-up against me. She acted like she was elated to see a human. She was polite, but not fearful. I
did what any responsible pet owner should do, and that was to ignore her. See, if a dog belonging to someone else comes
onto your property, you should be aggressive about trying to scare the dog away so they won't feel invited to stay.
In the same token, if you're off your property, you should ignore curious dogs, so they won't be inclined to befriend you
and follow you home. This is what I would want someone else to do should they encounter my dog under the same situation.
It encourages the dog to stay on their own property and protect it as their own.
Well, my attempts at ignoring the dog didn't work. She ultimately followed me home. My wife and I didn't
recognize her. A dead-end road in the country is not an unusual place for scumbags to dump their unwanted dogs,
but for the 12 years we've lived here, we've never had this problem. She didn't appear to be a dumped dog, though.
She had a collar. She was a little on the thin side, but not malnourished. I assumed her build was more related
to her adolescent
"gangliness". She wasn't afraid of people. She was well adjusted to the etiquette of meet and greet with our
other dogs. She even had some relatively fresh sutures on her neck. Whoever this dog belonged to, must have cared
enough for her to get her medical attention.
So we invited her into our home as refuge until we found her owner. We thought surely whoever lost her was missing
her. Who wouldn't miss this sweet, well-mannered dog. We made fliers and posted them around locally. We
knocked on doors. We called area veterinarians' offices. No one claimed her. None of the vets' offices knew
So, as a last ditch effort, my wife took her to our vet to see if she, by any chance, had an I.D. chip inserted.
No chip. However, Dr. Terry noted that the suture job wasn't professional. It was crudely done with--get this---nylon
thread. The idiot that did this had even burned the ends of the thread to keep it from unravelling. The 'sutures'
were removed because the vet knew something was amiss. It turns out the wound was abscessed.
Some jerk sewed up this dog instead of taking it to a vet. I understand times are tough, but when you get to the point
that you can't afford to care for your animals, you no longer have a right to them. You certainly don't crudely sew
them up. I still don't know if she was dumped or just lost. Either way, her previous owner had better not speak
up, now. She's mine. I've now paid for her proper medical care. After her wound heals, we'll get her shots
done, then we'll have her spayed. She is now a part of our family, and Gypsy fits right in.