Just as I would almost drift off to sleep, the howl of a mournful dog would erupt in the silent night, just outside my window. I had heard the dog barking and howling since 7 pm. It was now midnight. I thought it was coming from the neighbor's house across the street. They are good and considerate people, but I wake up around 6 every morning. I was beginning to chew through the metal bed posts in frustration. At 12:30, I crawled out of bed and begged Arvo to call the neighbors, and ask nicely that they bring their dog in.
It turns out they had rescued the dog, which was almost hit by a car. They called animal control who said they would show up, but thus far, had not. What could we say? They were doing the poor lost dog a kindness. At 6:30 am, this morning, as I almost drifted off to sleep, the dog, with a very hoarse voice, began his mournful lament again.
I felt really bad for the dog, even sorrier for him than for myself. I had not logged an hour of sleep, but neither had the dog. And I was home surrounded by family. He had a collar on, but no identification. He was lost, and bewildered, and all alone. If anyone of you has a dog, I am making a very simple request right now. My own dog does every thing in his power to escape, so things like loose dogs happen. But if you love your dog and your community here are some very simple rules:
1. Spay and neuter your pet. The world doesn't need any more dogs.
2. Put identification and contact info on the dog's collar.
3. Microchip your dog.
And if you can't adequately care for your pet over the long haul, don't get him in the first place. Nothing breaks a loyal dog's heart more than to be abandoned by the person he loves. He won't care if you are a creep. He will love you no matter what. God and Dogs are the only beings that share that characteristic.
Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.
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