As many of you who read this blog know..we live in the country. The nearest tiny town is at least 7 miles away and the city is about 20 miles away. One of the great things about living in the country is the peace and quiet... our nearest neighbor is about a half mile away. Country people always wave to you even if they've never seen you before. You know you can count on your neighbor and they can count on you to be there for them. It's a wonderful place to live. This morning I had my first experience of the bad side of living in the country. My husband came home from work this morning and told me that someone had dropped off 3 puppies down the road from our house. He said they were there when he was going to work last night but he couldn't stop as he car pools and he was the driver this week. This morning when he came home the pups were still there so he came and got me and we drove down the road to pick them up. The poor little things were frightened but happy to see us...even then their little tails wagged. We put them in the front seat with me and I talked to them and scratched them as we drove home. They are about 2 1/2 months old lab cross puppies...two black one yellow...two males and one female. We put them in the garden shed in the straw pile and gave them some food and water and it wasn't long after that they were running around and playing with each other and feeling at home.
I can't help but wonder about the people who would do such a thing...leave 3 sweet puppies on the side of the road hoping that a farmer would pick them up and take them home. Did they ever stop and think that they could have wandered onto the road and been hit by a car? It was thick fog this morning when we found them! Did they ever stop to think that there are coyotes in the country? I shudder to think what would have happened if the coyotes who frequent our area would have picked up their scent! If they didn't want these puppies why didn't they just take them to the humane society where they would try to find good homes for them. Most farmers have dogs of their own and usually more than one. These dogs are going to protect their own property and if these pups had trespassed they probably would have been attacked. If we didn't already have 3 dogs I would have kept at least one of them. Instead we took them to Caring Hands Humane Society about 20 miles from us. They took as much information from us as we could give them and weighed them then took them away for inspection. The people were so kind and gentle to the pups. They told us that if they couldn't find homes for them (which they felt wouldn't be a problem) that they would be sent to Colorado to a place where they will try and find homes for them there and if that doesn't happen they are sent to an animal refuge where they will NOT be put down.
I'd love to find the people who left these puppies and give them a piece of my mind but I'm sure it wouldn't do any good. There will always be people like that out there. Thank goodness there are places like the Humane Society who take these sweet animals in and care for them and try their best to find them GOOD homes where they will be loved and cared for for the rest of their lives.