'Tis the season
by, 25th December 2010 at 01:54 AM (196 Views)
I just wanted to wish everyone on the forums a Merry Christmas. If you don't celebrate, then still I wish you a great Saturday. And as the song says, Christmas is a time to gather 'round an open fire and tell stories. While we may not have an open fire here, I hope you'll permit me to tell a story.
Yesterday, my father was driving around the neighborhood and found a small puppy, probably around six months of age. He came when my father called him, and is obviously somebody's pet. He has been groomed in the past, as evidenced by his trimmed coat and facial hair (he is a Schnauzer). However, though he has a chain-link collar, there was no tag on it, and he doesn't have a microchip identifier either. We tried introducing him to our dogs, but because he is not yet fixed, our boys (despite the fact that they are fixed) did not get along well with him. A woman soon pulled up at our house, but it was pure coincidence - the dog was not hers, and she had wanted to ask my father about something else. However, she agreed to keep the dog overnight.
Today, we offered the dog to our next-door neighbor, a single mother with two young daughters. It was painfully obvious that our neighbor had never owned a dog before, as she nearly panicked when he peed in the house out of fright. We calmed her down and she agreed to try keeping the dog again, but tonight she tried to put him in the garage to stop him from barking. While we may be in Southern California, it is still quite cold out tonight - especially in an unheated garage. In a fit of anger, my father took the dog back from our neighbor, and we are keeping him for the night.
You may notice that this story does not yet have an ending. But it is still, I think, a reminder of the season that we are in. We must all do our part to help those who are less able than we, be they man or dog or anything in between. We cannot keep this dog permanently, and we have not been able to find his owners yet. But this little lost dog still has a good, warm home for Christmas.
If anyone in the Temecula, CA area would like to or knows someone who would like to adopt this dog, please don't hesitate to VM or PM me. As I said, he is a black and white male Schnauzer puppy, by my approximation about six months of age. He is not fixed, but appears healthy. He is used to being bathed, being in a dog crate, and eating and drinking out of a bowl, and is quite lovable. He appears house trained. He does not yet have a name (though our neighbors called him Scooter and we have been calling him Harry, he does not reliably respond to either yet).
This is the season of kindness and goodwill. Even if you are unable to adopt this dog as your own, or know no one else who is able to, please take this story to heart, and remember it whenever you see a person or animal that is less fortunate than you. Take the time to do what you can to help them.
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