"You have to find something else to do besides take care of people and rescue dogs" my father observed as I showed him my latest "find".
A lady on the next block was practically throwing away puppies-she had two female dogs (looked like Glen of Imaal terriers, aka scruffy) and a male chihuahua in the backyard, and a litter of pups on the ground and a baby of her own due in 6 months. Of course, the girl pups were already spoken for.
I really wasn't going to take one, and then the one I was going to take didn't have a nice personality, but Oliver, the one I took, kept making eye contact and wagging his tail hopefully. He was the lady's son's favorite too, and he really wanted him to find a "good home"...although I could have taken the whole box of pups and they wouldn't have cared. But that kid really did like this little fellow, and it showed in how well socialized he was compared to the others.
No, I can't save them all, so I wasn't going to save any of them. But Oliver just kept staring and wagging his tail.
Neutering him alone will help rid my neighbhorhood of hundreds of potential unwanted dogs. Housebreaking will give him a fighting chance for a forever home. Crate training him will give him an even better chance.
Oliver has his father's tan coat and his mother's scruffy hair. He didn't get any masks or markings like his siblings did. My hairdresser, who works from her built in garage across the street will be delighted that one of the litter found it's way into a place where it will be neutered.
And Daddy IS right, I do have to get off my ass and start generating revenue again. But, while I'm doing it, I can also take care of one more little scruffy dog no one wants.
Daddy sees an ugly dog. I see an old person's face light up at a visit from a scruffy dog, or kids laughing at tricks he could learn. At the very least, I see a lot of unfathered puppies who will never be born, and one dog who will not end up at the end of a needle.
Yes, I believe in everday angels, every day miracles. Today, a free puppy sign caught my eye and I could have ignored it, but I didn't. Sometimes, in the absence of a master plan, you just have to pitch in and do little things to help make the world a better place. And, I think the world will be a better place if Oliver is fed, vetted and neutered.
And yeah, I fully realize I am picking a small thing I CAN do because there are so many big things looming that I can't seem to do right now....but you know what, at least I picked something.