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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

* A GROCERY STORE ENCOUNTER.....*

I posted this on Facebook this evening and want to share it here, too. 
 
I stopped at a local grocery store today, to buy just one thing....a very important thing. A package of rawhide bones for our dear Vern! (Actually, I bought two packages because he goes through them pretty fast.) Walking from my car to the store entrance, I saw a woman standing on the sidewalk about 50 feet from the door, holding a leash with what looked like a beautiful, very young black Labrador puppy. For a brief moment, I thought she was waiting for a car to come and pick them up, but when I saw her talk to another shopper in front of me, I was pretty sure what was going on. As I got closer, she called out to me, "Would you like to have a puppy?" I kept walking and replied, "I would LOVE to, but I can't right now!" I thought how ironic it was that I was there to purchase chew-bones for my beloved, Vern, who is 14 years old, has a bit of dementia, and cannot hear any more...and I worried about that puppy. I thought about saying something to the employee inside at the Service Counter. Did they know the woman? Was it legit? Should I call the Humane Society? Usually someone has a cardboard box with a sign "Free Puppies" on it, and so I just didn't feel right about it...and yet I did none of those things, but hoped that someone would stop and give that beautiful puppy a loving, forever-home. What would you have done? I'm still thinking about that little puppy....





 
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” - Dean Koontz

7 comments:

  1. Probably just what you did. And ached for the dog, and for the woman who is forced to give it up.

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  2. It's so tough. I want to save all of them, and we can't. In Georgia, the GA-SPCA will take in dogs/puppies, cats/kittens, and either board them at their facility (I volunteer there, and it is clean, with big spaces and hammock type beds for the dogs) or find foster homes. The sad days are when we have to turn people away because there is no room and no available fosters. The next time you see someone in that situation, suggest they contact the local SPCA or rescue organization. It may be that one of the Lab rescue organizations in your area would be able to help the woman find a foster home for the pooch. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know these organizations exist. Sometimes informing someone is the best we can do.

    And look at Vern! So handsome. I remember when you adopted him. Happy day for all of you!

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  3. Hey Becky - Blogger hates me. It ate my comment. I'll try again. :) Many people don't realize there are rescue organizations that may be able to help them. This particular lady might have called a local Lab rescue and been offered help from them. We want to save all the fur babies, but sometimes the best we can do is offer information so the owner can seek proper assistance.

    Vern is so very handsome!

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  4. Okay, so no Blogger posted both comments. lol Please delete one of them.

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  5. Boy, that's a tough one. Not sure what I would do in that situation, but likely I would do exactly what you did. And then worry about it.

    Hopefully, all went well for this little pup.

    =)

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  6. Probably just exactly what you did.

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