11/29/2012

"Dear Dog Owner"….. A Note Home to Irresponsible Pet Owner.

I may have saved a life today. The life of a sweet old dog, that is.  At least twice a week I see the same old labrador retriever wandering down our street, in the middle of the road. Oblivious to cars, people and the world - he wanders down our street and tears into people's trash and eats whatever nasty spoiled food and food packaging he can find. He takes a potty break where ever he sees fit, and tromps through people's yards, flowers, and back out into the street. Cars dodge him but keep going. I never see anyone come get the dog, he just wanders back home to wherever he came from.

I work from home and am on the phone most of the time. I have called animal control, for fear the poor dog will be hit by a car, or will get sick or poisoned from the garbage he eats. They've cruised the neighborhood but usually by the time they come, he's gone. This has gone on for the last 5 months to no avail. I sometimes knock on the window or stick my head out and say "go home!" and he trots off up the street and I don't see him for a few days.

Today I wasn't on the phone when the dog tore into our trash, so I went outside and called him over. I looked around, and as usual, there was not a soul to be found on our street. I petted him and noticed he had a collar with tags (but of course - no name/address. Guess I should've written down the rabies tag number but I didn't). I went back inside and got a piece of notebook paper and a pen. I wrote a note to his family and slid it through his collar and stapled it. I figured maybe his owner would see it, be curious and read it.

I wrote: " Your dog wanders the streets, knocking over and eating everyone's trash, making a mess. He poops on people's lawns, walks in the street and almost gets hit by cars. He's a sweet dog. You need to keep him on a leash or in a fenced yard, or he's going to wind up getting killed in the road - or get picked up and taken to the dog pound".   I am hoping whoever is letting this dog out to roam will get the hint and do the right thing.

(Not the actual dog…lol. Photo borrowed from the internet)


I guess we'll wait and see. I would've loved to have seen the look on the dog owner's face when their dog lumbered into the house and they saw the big note stapled around his collar. LOL.


3 comments:

Mel S. said...

I hope the owners snap out of it. Poor dog. I hate when I see this in our neighborhood. It breaks my heart!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

What a good idea to attach a note! There is a dog that is always loose on a busy road near my house. Whenever I'm out for a run I wave at cars to make sure they see the dog and they all give me the dirtiest look as if it's my dog who is running around like that. Just trying to keep the thing alive!

Retro Girl said...

I just didn't know what else to do. I saw that dog eat chicken parts/packaging from trash that sat out in the hot sun before, almost get hit by a car a couple times…he's such a sweet looking dog. It was the only thing I could do. I hope I won't see him this week on Wed/Thurs trash days in our area!

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