Dogs Are Living Things

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Just a few hours ago, Carol and I headed home from our morning jog and spotted a little dog in the distance.
 
In the sunlight, I could see the reflection of a collar, and it appeared the animal might be lost. We tried to approach the dog, but she appeared skittish and frightened. We got on the ground and spoke softly to the pooch, who approached us quite carefully. As she drew nearer, we could see she had been injured.

It took a while to gain her confidence, but once we did, we noticed she had two holes in her side. We stayed with the pup long enough to pet her, and I read her tag. My wife called the grateful owner who met us by the side of the woods near the jogging trail.

That is the happy ending.

Unfortunately, we subsequently discovered the holes in her side came from BBs fired into her by some lunatic. As an animal lover, the incident disturbs me greatly. What would possess some sick mind to injure an animal in this manner? In any event, tiny Aimee is doing fine.

I know there are punishments for animal abusers, but in my opinion, they are not strict enough. In my world, anyone who would shoot a twenty-pound dog is capable of injuring a child just as easily.


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  1. Many of my closest friends are dogs. Isn't that sad? Not really, they are beloved animals that surely don't deserve the wrath of some feeble minded idiots that walk our lovely earth, and who believe selfishly that taking a BB shot to a pup or cat or other creature that can't fight back is fun???? I'm hoping that all those bullies out there right now shooting those guns for fun, get their own karma.... You two are just so awesome for saving the day for that poor little pup and her owner! Angels can't do it all, sometimes, we have to step up and care!

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    1. Karen, I agree wholeheartedly. I never met an animal I didn't like. With respect to humans, I would have to give it some thought.

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  2. This made me cry and then made me want to come down and track down that person and shoot them with a BB gun. I find that I am getting terribly full of retribution these days. I don't know what to make of that.

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    1. I understand the feelings, but that is never the answer. They will eventually receive their just desserts. Although the wait is frustrating, a human being cannot rise above the level of his or her character. That's just the way of Nature.

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    2. Clearly I wouldn't act on it, but it was the FEELING I had. As Jasmine commented, and many before her, people who abuse animals tend to abuse children. Pretty much anyone weaker than themselves. They have a cruel, but cowardly nature. And that just rubs me terribly wrong.

      I am so glad THIS story had a happy ending. Or at least I hope it does and this little dog survives. At least she was returned to her owner(s).

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    3. What can I say. You're right. And don't worry. The little pup is fine.

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  3. Oh how sad! So glad y'all were there for that little helpless baby. There is just no explanation for some people.
    I have a terrible memory of watching a black lab die after being shot at with a BB gun. One of the BB's went into her brain through her eye. It was horrid and I'll never forget it.
    No matter what someone thinks might be a joke or the like, it can turn tragic. Animal abusers are generally people abusers as well.
    Thanks for sharing a story that had a happy ending. Lately humanity has been a little tough to take...

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    1. Jasmine: That is a human tragedy.

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  4. That was so disturbing to read, it's extremely unsettling to know that there are people out there capable of such sadistic acts of cruelty. Thank goodness that you and your wife happened along to help little Aimee. Poor little thing! It's scary to think how many other animals have fallen prey to idiots like them.

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    1. Kath: Animals are like children, and it is always disheartening to see them abused.

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  5. I agree with you, JJ. Abusers of any kind should be severely punished. Freedom is, in the essence, respect for the others (including animals and plants).

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  6. Horrifying. How long was the dog lost? I'm guessing children. They really can be Bad Seeds. Identification chips area good idea. The owners didn't protect their dog good enough in my book.

    When our dog bolted out the front door, there were no computer chips. There was just me and my car. I hit the road till I found my wayward child, herded him into the dogmobile and home for a cookie. I loved that animal; I was a responsible owner.

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  7. The dog was lost for one week. A child opened the door and let her out, and was very relieved upon her return.

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  8. No wonder the dog was skiddish. That's too bad that someone would do such a thing. I just adopted a little dog two weeks ago, and I've been nursing him back to health. He got sick from being in the pound. After several vet visits and care and love, Dr. Pepper is doing wonderful. He is such a sweet dog, but doesn't like males. It makes me sad to think why he doesn't like men.

    How anyone could injure an animal is beyond my comprehension.

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    1. It is beyond comprehension. Somehow, they hate themselves inside.

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