February 3rd 2012 8:03 pm
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Monday, January 30th while en-route to pick up my dear Baby's ashes, I came across a traffic back-up on a busy street. It turned out that two dogs -- a Pitbull Terrier puppy about 4 months old, and an adult Setter-mix were in the middle of the road.
As is unfortunately the usual case, no one had decided to pull-over & assist the dogs, the %$#@* motorists, mostly mothers heading to a nearby elementary school to pick up their kids, just tried to dodge hitting the dogs.
The puppy was oblivious to the cars, whereas the Setter seemed to know it shouldn't be on the street, but yet it didn't want to leave the puppy alone.
I pulled over & hopped out of my car with a slip-lead I always keep in the car for such purposes, and with a pretty unpleasant look on my face I let the oncoming motorists know that they'd better stop, then I changed to a 'happy face' & voice to try to get the puppy to come to me. She did, I got the slip-lead on her & then tossed her into my car so that I could focus on the Retriever. I got her off the road, then contemplated what to do with them -- neither had tags on, I didn't want to take them home, but nor did I want to drop them off at the local shelter & risk the dogs I'd just potentially saved ending up being euthanized. Thankfully, a few moments later the owner of them walked-up to me & claimed his dogs.
He said he lived down the block & had just let them out of the house to go to the bathroom about 10 minutes prior. I was of course already extremely emotional at having to go pick up the ashes of one of my own dogs, and here I was, dealing with a guy whose two dogs were almost killed, due to his irresponsibility. Luckily, I just gave him a hard look & told him that both dogs had been in the middle of the street (a relatively busy throughoughfare -- Main Street in LaVerkin Utah), and that puppies are curious and do like to explore.
Then I got into my car & left to pick up the ashes of my Baby.
Had Baby not died, I would have been over 100 miles away at that time of day, and had I not been there to intervene, I'm quite sure that at least the Pitbull puppy would have been hit by a car & killed, maybe the Setter too.
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