Lost Or Dumped, This Dog Needs A Home

It had already been an adventurous evening of four-wheeling and fishing by the time Nephew Reece and I drove down the gravel path to admire the wildflowers blooming at the Lake Bella Park Tuesday night.

There were purple flowers, white flowers, yellow coneflowers and pink flowers in bloom, and it was a beautiful sight!

Then, just as I turned the car around and prepared to drive back to the farm, Reece spotted something on one of the paths.

I slowed down and, sure enough, here came a dog, panting and thin, seeking a friendly face and, undoubtedly, some food and water.

I rolled down my window and the black-colored, four-legged friend came over with his tongue hanging out and his tail wagging. When I didn’t open my door, he started to whine.

With no one else around, I immediately wondered if someone had lost their dog or – worse yet, dumped their dog in the middle of nowhere.

I started to drive toward the park’s exit, and the dog kept pace behind the car.

Reece wanted us to save the poor, lost pooch, and I did, too. Unfortunately, with my own dog in the front seat, Reece in the back seat and four fishing poles and a tackle box in the hatch-back, there was no room for another dog.

Thankfully, it was a short trip back to the farm to unload some of our stuff, including my dog, Molly. My folks encouraged us to go back and bring the dog home – at least for the night – so he could eat and drink and be safe.

Reece hopped in the car and we were back on the road, but we didn’t get too far before My little seven-year-old Godson just couldn’t contain his feelings anymore. He burst out bawling, not understanding why someone would ever drop their dog off to fend for itself.

Dogs are like babies – they need to be fed, they need to be watered and they need to be loved.

As I comforted Reece, I realized he’s a lot like me. He’s an animal lover, too.

When we arrived back at Lake Bella Park, it didn’t take long to find the dog. He was hanging around a trio of campers in the park, who had given it water and wondered, like us, if it was lost or dumped. When we said we would take it to our farm, the guy helped us coax the dog into the back seat.

This dog was found July 2 in the Lake Bella Park, south of Worthington.

“Have a life,” the man said to the dog, encouraging him to go in the back seat.

The dog, unfortunately, was just so excited to see people that he couldn’t stop wagging his tale and seeking affection – even a simple pat on the head would suffice.

It wasn’t until Reece clambered into the back seat and began to coax the dog in that we’d started to see some success.

Again, the guy there said, “Have a life. Go with them. Have a life.”

It was enough to bring a lump to my throat.

Slowly, the dog put his feet on the floorboard, and then on the back seat. A little coaxing from Reece, and a gentle push from me, and he had all four feet on the seat.

I shut the door, climbed in behind the wheel and then Reece asked, “What should I do?”

“Climb over the console and sit up front with me,” I said.

Seconds later, Reece was in his booster seat with the seatbelt snapped in place. I put the car in gear and started down the path.

Then, Reece burst out in tears again.

“What’s the matter?,” I asked, the lump still in my own throat.

“These are happy tears1” he exclaimed as the tears rolled down and he gulped for air.

Poor buddy, this dog rescue was just a bit overwhelming for him!

By the time we pulled in the farm driveway, Reece had decided to call the dog “Skittles”.

I tried to tell him that Grandma and Grandpa wouldn’t be able to keep the dog. After all, we already have Molly, and one dog is enough. We’d give the dog some food and water, and give it a place to stay overnight.

By the end of the night, I’d posted the dog’s photo on the Lost Pets of SWMN site on Facebook, and it was shared by a couple of other people. As of this morning, however, no one has claimed the dog.

Please, if you have lost a Lab-cross dog with a patch of white on his chest, let me know. Reece and I would love to return him to his owner. We need to know that he wasn’t dropped off in the country like a bag of garbage. We want a happy ending to this story.

11 Responses

  1. Daryl Donath

    We (Pierce County) used to have a wonderful Humane Society so people could surrender there pets rather than dump them to starve to death or be attacked and killed by coyotes or bear Ou county no longer has one and it is a shame-besides not having a place to put lost or abandoned animals it is a health hazard for animals to be running lose, getting diseased or becoming so self-protecting they can bite the hand that feeds them. Our County is back in the dark ages. We desperately need a shelter. Thank you to these wonderful folks that saw thes poor animals needs and helped him. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues and wonderful but can take no more in due to my own health problems. Bless you for having a huge heart.

  2. Tom Nelson

    Thank You for what you did, every good dog deserves a life. Keep us all posted on what transpires. Thanks again Tom

    1. Julie Buntjer

      Well Tom, saving the dog from starvation is one thing, keeping him was something else. We were able to get the dog accepted into the local animal pound. The hope is that someone will be able to adopt it. I’ve learned that the park is a popular place to “dump” unwanted pets, which is real unfortunate. I wish people would take them to the Humane Society – at least they would have food, water and a better chance at life.

  3. nadine froderman

    Reading seems to be the place to dump off cats. Last winter there must have been at least a dozen of all kinds, shapes and sizes scavenging for food. They became to plentiful that our old cat was afraid to go outside. Several decades ago, this was a place to drop off dogs. All pets deserve to be loved and cared for, not left to their own devices. Better yet, if you do decide to take one of these species into your home, be sure that they are spayed or neutered.

  4. I guess I don’t understand the concept that “one is enough”, I have 3. Also, I don’t understand the concept of a place calling itself a “shelter”, when it is, in fact. a place to take animals to be killed. I am happy that you wanted to help out the poor lost soul, but frankly I did not get all that good of a feeling from reading this.

    1. Julie Buntjer

      Thanks for your comment, Donna.
      I would hope that no one gets a good feeling about this blog. How can anyone feel good about a dog being dumped in a rural county park and be expected to fend for itself? I wrote the blog, sharing the feelings of my nephew and myself, so that people would realize dumping a pet has additional consequences. What if we hadn’t taken that dog to the family farm and fed and watered it until the animal control officer arrived? The dog could have been used as target practice by other, not-as-caring, park visitors. It could have been left there, getting more hungry by the hour and by the day. No one should feel good about a dog being dumped. Best-case scenario is that after the dog’s mandatory seven-day waiting period in the pound, someone will adopt him. Our local pound does its best to find these animals a home.

      1. Julie Buntjer

        There is good news to report on the found dog. It’s owners from Adrian – about 25 miles from the park where the dog was discovered – came forward last weekend and claimed their dog. 🙂

  5. Tom Nelson

    Great news about the dog, good to see a happy ending to a story in the newspapers these days, Bad news usually takes precedence , but not this time. I wish I had good feelings about the new look of the online Daily Globe. Not that I don’t like change but the new format is confusing. Great job with the dog however, Kudos to you. Tom

    1. Julie Buntjer

      I’m glad there was a happy ending – that dog sure roamed a ways from home!
      The new website is taking a while to get used to for us too! Hopefully it will come in time! 🙂

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