Okay, something different from what you are used to, but I want to get this out. Those of you, who follow my Instagram, already saw yesterday, that me and my dog managed to save another dog. I want to give more details about what was going on.
We were on our way home, from my dog’s regular walk, when I saw a Maltese bolting it over a 4 lane road. When he got to the half of the road, he was almost hit by a car. Thankfully, the driver was present enough and managed to stop just in time. I did not see anybody running after the dog, so I thought the owners do not even know that he escaped. He continued on his merry way and I decided to follow him at a distance first (so I do not scare him), and later went closer and closer. By the time my dog finally managed to get his attention, he was just about to pass another road. My dog is just over a year old and he is very energetic and will play with any dog. Thankfully, the Maltese took the bait and started playing with him, and by doing so, I was able to get him to a safer spot. I had a million thoughts going through my head, as to what to do next. I was searching the internet for the phone number of our local shelter, and at the same time keeping an eye on the dogs.
Now, only positive things started happening from that point forward. Firstly, nobody answered my phone call at the shelter. You might think that is a bad thing, but it actually turned out to be a money saver. If you call the shelter and they come to pick up the dog, the dog owners have to pay a fee to get him back. And it is not a low one either. Our shelter and the people there are awful, but I will not go into that. To continue the string of positive things, I saw an elderly couple with their dog, who is only 4 months old, and he got the Maltese’s attention. They did not even think for a second when I asked for their help, and the wife managed to lift the dog up. We were scared that he might bite strangers, but he was a real sweetheart. She saw that he actually had phone numbers engraved on his dog tag, so I was able to get into contact with the owner. Just as I thought, nobody was home, so they did not know that he escaped. The couple gladly accepted the role of babysitting the dog, while I ran to my flat to get a leash for him, so he does not escape again. I came back, put the leash on him and we waited for the owner, who eventually showed up.
For the record, I know why the dog escaped. While I had him on my leash, he was barking, marking and crying a bit. It hit me that he is not castrated, as I saw the same signs in my dog, before I eventually got him neutered. He probably picked up a scent of a female dog, and almost got himself killed trying to follow it.
This is my warning to all the dog owners out there. If you leave the dog alone, please put him inside your house. Especially, if the dog is not fixed. This story had a happy ending. Your dog may not be as lucky as this one. Please take good care of your little friends. There are millions of dogs in the world, but only one has you in his heart and vice versa.