Thursday, June 17, 2010

I stole your dog today....

I Stole Your Dog Today

I stole your dog today. No, I didn't set a foot on your

property, but from the condition of your dog, I can

imagine what it looks like...the word 'junkyard'

comes to mind.

I found her along a road, with a heavy chain wrapped

around her neck, still attached to rotten boards from

her doghouse, with rusty six-penny nails protruding.

Not only did I know that most of the town had already

ignored her, judging by where I found her, but I knew

that if she had gotten into the woods the 'cross' that

she dragged behind her would have wrapped around a

tree until starvation or thirst killed her.

The local populace is usually deaf to the sound or blind

to the sight of an animal in need, unless they decide

to shoot one for trespassing.

That her ribs showed, that her ears were filthy, that

her overall condition was poor and that her coat and

eyes were dull, were good indications that you didn't

deserve her. But just to make sure, I checked with the

local authorities for a report of a missing (unlicensed)

dog matching her description and to see if you'd placed

a 'lost dog' advertisement in the local newspaper.

You hadn't, which I can only surmise means that you

do not miss her. That's rather convenient, because the

fact that she is not spayed, probably unvaccinated,

and possibly heartworm positive means that restoring

her health could cost me around a thousand dollars.

Perhaps it may be some small comfort to know that

she doesn't miss you. In fact, her very act of escape

made it clear that she'd had enough of your brand of

pet guardianship.

It took her about a day to realize that I'm not you,

that I won't hurt her, that despite our brief

acquaintanceship, I love her. It took two days for

her to realize that the other animals who live here

accept her and that one of the joys she has been

missing has been the companionship of other dogs.

It took three days for her to appreciate the ecstasy

of a home cooked meal and that a couch is meant to

be reclined on, and that she no longer has to sleep

outside - in fact, when the thunder starts, she'll get

a hug and her ears rubbed, and I'll make a fool of

myself with baby talk.

She has a beautiful name now. Already in the first week

she has come to look more like she should. Her eyes

sparkle and she has learned to wag her tail in

greeting. She has stopped flinching when I make a

sudden movement, because she knows now that I

won't beat her, in fact, she rarely leaves my side.

She's even become brave enough to bark at a cat

and today I watched from the window as she initiated

play with the other dogs.

No, it's clear she does not miss you or her former

life of neglect on a chain. Of all the things that have

become apparent from my brief relationship with

her - such as the forgiving nature of the dog, their

wonderful ability to heal and to trust, the fact that

love can work miracles - one of the most apparent

is what a fool you are. She was possibly the most

trusting, loyal and loving being in your life, and you

consigned her to a life of filth and loneliness until

she made the best choice she's ever made when

she broke free.

Perhaps her guardian angel helped her escape.

Lest anyone should mistake me for an angel, I will

admit that one day I hope to be as good as she;

I believe she forgave you within the first twenty-four

hours of her new life for the about four years of her

previous 'life,' while I still wrestle with the part of

me that hopes that one day you will burn in Hell.

It's not clear yet whether she'll remain here or whether

I'll find her a loving home where she can count on

more individual attention than I can give her, but

one thing is certain, this is one bit of stolen 'property'

who is never returning to you. So sue me, prosecute

me, plead with the courts that she is rightfully yours...

I'm convinced this is the best 'crime' I've ever committed.

Hardly anything has pleased me more than the day

I stole your dog. I need only look into her beautiful

brown eyes to know that she'd defend my decision

with her life. If we have one prayer, it is that you will

not replace her, and if we have one special day to

commemorate together, it is the day I stole your dog

and the day she stole my heart.

Copyright Jim Willis 2002

1 comment:

  1. so true-- we love them so much in a short time. And do all we can for them--