I was up on the side of a house, scraping paint and not really minding it since it was perfect painting weather yesterday. Nice Dutch Colonial belonging to a friend of mine who is a VIP in town, and a farmer, really hard working self-reliant guy. Keeps his place nice, has tractors, antique hit and miss engine collection, etc.
The road he lives on has gotten really busy. That road is probably 175 years old. Well, I noticed a commotion going on from my high vantage point, traffic was stopping in both directions, a couple horns beeping. Then I see a lady in a white suv pull over in front of the house, and then a little Yorky goes bopping across the lawn. I get off the ladder, and the lady asks if it's my dog. I said no, and realized the dog almost just got run over a few times.
I asked her if she wanted to take the dog, and went over to it. I picked it up and it had no collar. I gave her the dog and my card. We had a really brief conversation about how to locate the owner. I said I could put an ad up at the supermarket, or maybe there would be an ad on Craigslist.
The lady drove off. This all took place in less than a minute.
As soon as she drove off, I see people obviously calling for their dog two houses down! So I'm thinking WTF. Short moral dilemma ensued in my head; I ended up going over there. A kid about 14 came out, then his sister. I had to tell them I just gave their dog to a stranger. The damn dog had no collar or ID so what was I going to do? I took their number and gave them a card. The mother called a few minutes later saying her kids had called in hysterics. I explained everything, and she expressed fears that the lady would keep the dog.
When I went home I put an ad in lost and found in Central Jersey Craigs. Then I ruminated. (Oh freakin great, I handed somebody's foo foo dog to a stranger and now a couple kids are suffering because of my actions. How do I get drawn into these bizarre situations?? That lady sold the dog to a vivisection lab, had it for dinner,etc.)
Woke up at 8 this morning, phone rang before I even started thinking about it, the lady had seen my ad on Craigs. Really nice lady. She expressed concerns that the dog was neglected; she had taken it someplace to be bathed and checked out. I didn't think the dog was neglected, it came from an affluent suburban home. Plenty of dogs stink but are still cared for. I gave her the owner's number. She called back a while ago, dog is home and will be re-united with the kids after school today, and I found out it has a puppy that cried for its mother all night!!
If the people had the damn dog registered maybe this wouldn't have been so harrowing!!
Last edited by Richard S.
on Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:26 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Moved to pets