August 19th 2010 10:26 pm
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Dad noticed a problem with the boat trailer a coupla days befure the end of our trip. So we went into the closest town to our campsite, Page, Arizona, in search of repair supplies.
We were on our last errand, to get gas, when Dad saw a little beagle headed straight for a very busy intersection. We were stopped at the intersection with one car ahead of us. All Dad could do was honk his horn hoping to alert the other drivers to watch out for the little guy. Poor driver in front of us was scared to death with a big, old motyhome honking behind him. Meanwhile, Mom was screaming her head off, sure that we were going to witness a tragedy.
Anywoof, the beagle made it across the intersection unscathed. My folks watched to see if any peoples were in pursuit and maybe she just got loose. No such luck, nobody cared, nobody stopped to help this little dog.
So Mom told Dad to pull over and get gas at the gas station right on the corner. She grabbed a dog biscuit and one of my leashes and off she went to try to round up this little dog. She got across the intersection to where the beagle was. The Beagle found a nice patch of grass where she seemed safe fur the time being. Mom approached her showing the biscuit but apparently got too close, too quickly. Oh no! Off went the little beagle again!
Mom walked away from the street into the nearby parking lot and suddenly Miss Snoopy decided she was, indeed, interested in the biscuit Mom was holding. Yay! Mom tossed her a piece of biscuit and let Miss Snoopy do the approaching this time. At furst Miss Snoopy was a little scared of Mom but she soon figured out Mom was only meaning to help her. Mom managed to get a leash on Miss Snoopy.
Miss Snoopy had a nice collar but no tags. She looked relatively healthy, a little dirty on her backside, but mostly seemed well cared fur. Mom didn't think she'd been a stray for too long. She didn't look malnourished but she acted quite hungry. She pawed at Mom's leg fur the rest of that biscuit.
Mom walked her back to the gas station where Dad and me were waiting. Dad did a very naughty thing and asked Mom if we should keep the little dog. Oh temptation! But Mom knew this was not the place, time or method to take on a new dog. If Miss Snoopy's fambily is lookin' fur her they deserved someone to put up found dog signs and/or take her to a vet to check fur a microchip. As tourists we were not prepared to put forth that kind of effort.
Mom left Miss Snoopy with me and Dad at the motyhome to give her some water, while Mom went in to ask the gas station clerk to call animal control. The guy was a little hesitant about getting involved at furst. Mom explained that she is a tourist and while she's not going to stand around and let a dog get hit, she couldn't wait around fur animal control. She had 3 fambilies waitin' on her to cook dinner that night!
We found a safe place in the shade to tie up Miss Snoopy. Mr. GasStationClerk was now responsible until the police showed up.(Turns out Page does not have animal contol.) We left her with a bowl of water and some kibble Mom had handy in a ziplock fur the lunch I refused to eat that day.(was havin' too much fun swimmin' to eat) Mr. GasStationClerk wasn't too happy Mom also left him an empty poop bag (just in case). BOL!
Once Mr.GasStationClerk realized what a sweet little girl Miss Snoopy was he softend up quite a bit. Turns out he was quite a nice guy. He even thanked Mom & Dad fur helpin' out a little Arizona dog. While Mom & Dad were not unkind, they sorta bulldozed the guy into helpin' Miss Snoopy. In the end we think he felt good about helpin' out.
The next day we were listening to a local Page radio station and they had a program about lost and found pets. They mentioned our Miss Snoopy as a friendly, female beagle found the previous day! We're glad they're helpin' Miss Snoopy find her fambily! She's a sweet girl who deserves a sweet, luvin' fambily, as all dogs do!
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It gladdens my heart that there are still kind caring people in this world.
Hey Ebby, thanks fur the kind comment!
Hopefully Miss Snoopy's people will find her. That's great your parents were able to help her.
I am so glad your peeps 'did the right thing'! Wish the world had more of these...
Glad to hear, too, that Miss Snoopy got herself into the world of fame, to be on the radio, looking for her owners or a new furmily if need be.
Certainly a high spot in your travel memoirs!
Hi Whitley & MrJack, yes, we're hopin' she has a fambily who cares about her and came forward.
You're right, Jack, this was a high spot in our trip. Funny how somethin' not at all in the plans ends up the most significant, memorable event.
Yu an' yur fambly r da BESTEST, Pepper ♥ ♥ ♥!!!
Thanks Zaidster. Good to see you're back.