When we were house hunting, one of the things that surprised me the most about the South, is the amount of stray dogs roaming around. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that not in all states do you see dogs in baby strollers, dressed up in costumes for Halloween or tiny heads sticking out of very expensive bags. We lived in an area where pets are treated more like fury humans(because they are) than actual dogs.
On one of our house hunting adventures, a dog started chasing my parents car. I told them to slow down so we could at least give it something to eat. We started rummaging through the mini van and found some popcorn and threw it out the window. The dog sniffed it and then looked at us like, “What else you go?” Then my mom found something better, “OH a protein cookie, that will help him!” and out the window the very expensive protein cookie went that she has been buying for my brothers. We put water in a cup and he drank a sip. And then we realized…he had a collar. He wasn’t skinny and there is a house near by. We concluded this dog is not a stray, he just likes to chase cars I guess. And we’re the suckers feeding him all our good food.
But there is still no excuse for letting your dogs roam free to go breed with the neighbors dog, wild coyote, or mini horse. And then when crazy puppies come out, dump them on the side of the road because you don’t want to pay the money to surrender them to a shelter. Our realtor has a pit bull puppy because she found him in the middle of the street at 7 weeks old. She never planned to keep him, but it’s pretty hard to give away a pit bull, so she kept him. That seemed to be a common theme among some of the home owers who had tons of dogs. These dogs just ended up showing up at their houses and they kept them because what kind of black hearted person would send a hungry dog away? My husband, that’s who. He has strict orders for me not to ever come home with a stray dog. He told me if I see strays, I need to just keep on driving. He’s right. If I stop and look into their eyes, they will steal my soul and before I know it, I will be pulling into our driveway with a dog in my passenger seat and wonder how I even got there and why there is a dog sitting next to me. I really need to just get a bucket of dog food and a shovel and do drive by feedings and put my blinders up and keep on driving.
We are still planning to get a shelter dog, but I was also hopeful that a dog would just show up in our yard. We’ve been down here a little over two weeks and that has happened already, twice. The first was a howling beagle type dog. It had a pretty serious collar with a long antenna coming out of it. We assumed he was under house arrest. But it turns out, it was a high tech tracking collar because the dog was a hunting dog. So unfortunately for me, keeping a dog that had a tracking device would probably not work out when they came to our door and I’m like, “What dog? I don’t have your dog” as I try to muffle the howling and the device is going beep…beeeep….BEEEEEEP!!! Then when the second dog showed up I was like…
I ran outside calling, “Puppy! Puppy! pleaseeee come back.” But the dog just looked at me and saw the huge hearts in my eyes and thought I was going to Elmyra Duff him to death so he ran away. I didn’t even have time to throw a protein cookie at him.
So another stray dog has a few more days to show up before we go seeking one. Come on dog, I’m here waiting for you.