When we lived in Denton, Dottie used to make sure that all the neighborhood birds knew that it was HER birdbath, not theirs.
I cannot believe that it was a year ago – almost to the hour, that my husband called me at work to tell me that he could not find Dottie. He had been looking for her for 3 hours before he called. He had the day off and had let the dogs out for 20 minutes. My terrier scratched on the door (his usual routine) and my husband let him in – but there was no sign of Dottie… and to this date, no sign. No bones, no collar, no Dottie.
While you may never find my precious DotCOM – you may find another dog. Even if you are CERTAIN that the dog has just been dumped – please get the dog scanned for a microchip. I had Dottie microchipped in 2000, when she was 5 months old and was being spayed. At the time, I lived in suburbia – now I live in the country. City folks drive all the way out ‘to the country’ to dump their dogs. It’s disgusting. We cannot take them in – once you live out in the country, you know that it’s just not possible to take in dozens of dogs. Yes – dozens. You can tell when a dog has been ‘just’ dumped by their owner. The poor dog is so confused – if you drive by them, they look up at you, making eye contact, wondering, “Are YOU my mommy? Where did my daddy go? Why was I left here? When are they coming back?” It is so heart-wrenching. Within days, the abandoned dogs that are not picked up by animal control or other organization are bloated carcasses out on the county road, being picked off by vultures.
People out in the country know this – so I keep thinking someone saw Dottie and figured, “some evil person dumped this poor, blind dog out in the middle of nowhere!” and never thought scanning for a microchip would be worth their time. Dottie is a red heeler – a common country dog. While some people love their pets like family, others use up a dog as a tool with some smarts. As soon as the dog can no longer guard, hunt, see or do whatever duty the owner felt was their purpose for existing, there are some that will drive a dog out to the middle of nowhere, thinking that somehow, it is better for them there than in a shelter.
I could have easily been the person to pick up a dog like Dottie, thinking she was dumped, and never having a microchip cross my mind. Please remind your friends, coworkers, and relatives – thousands of dogs & cats are chipped every year. The amazing reunion stories you hear about on TV and radio where a dog or cat is found on the other side of the country – they are reunited because someone remembered (finally!) to check for the chip.
Please check for chips. It may be too late for me to be reunited with Dottie. She may have died for all I know – but by checking for chips, you may help to reunite a dog or cat with the person that would walk through fire for them.
PLEASE CHECK FOR CHIPS!
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