So today I went to Petco to pick up some stuff for Ribbon. Namely a kitty litter catcher so that when he kicks his litter around it's not all over the carpet and a cusion thing to put on top of my clothes so that my clothes don't get all furry and I don't have to be a towel short.
Anyways I was on my way home at the stoplight waiting to get on the freeway and what do I see but this tiny dog trotting across the intersection with a collar and a leash trailing behind him and no owner in sight. Well he makes it across one side of the intersection and proceeds across the other. Then there's me in the car not sure what to do seeing all these other cars just slowly trying to go past the thing and beeping hoping he'll get out of the way. I was terrified he was going to be run over in front of me. My light was still red and the dog was kinda heading towards me so I roll down my window and yell puppy and he stops IN THE MIDDLE of the intersection to stare at me.
I couldn't stand it anymore. I put the car in park put on my hazard lights and got out of the car to go get him. The poor thing was terrified. I felt so bad for him. As I'm getting back into my car with the dog this woman pulls up next to me and asks if he's alright. I said yea but he's scared and he's not mine. She suggested I try the car dealerships on either side of the street in case he belonged to a customer and had gotten away. So I did to no avail. By this time I'm a little freaked out. What am I going to do with this poor little dog who is clearly winded and still slightly scared himself? I can't take him home as we already have a dog and a cat and are allowed no more pets and who knows how they'll react. Although by this time I'm thinking if I have to I'll take him home for awhile.
I called Sumit and he was not suprised that I somehow ended up with a dog in my car. He suggested I drive around the area trying to see if anyone was loooking for a dog, which I did. Still panicking I called my friend Jessica who's been really involved with animal shelters in the area. She didn't answer her phone, but called me later, and then I had a flash of brilliance, I would go back to the Petco. Maybe someone there could help.
So I get to Petco and the poor dog is still freaked out and it took a lot to get him into the store. Anyways once I get there I feel like I must be babbling. The employees were nice enough to take him and say that they would give him some food and water. If anyone came by to claim him they would give him to the owners, if no one came by they would give him to the ASAP who do not kill the animals but try to place them so I felt better but still bad at the same time as I was leaving the poor thing. I felt so bad like I was abandoning him. I still don't feel good about it and I was so scattered that I didn't even think to leave them my name and number. I think I might try and call them tomorrow.
Anyways I feel like I should have done more. Tried to look harder, taken him home and just put an ad in the paper. I dunno. I just feel like I just left him there all alone and scared. Like I gave up and handed it off to someone else, which I kinda did. Poor little dog. I hope his owners find him.Posted by nuala at June 24, 2003 06:50 PM