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Whose fault is it?

Published 4:49pm Thursday, August 1, 2013

My wife had asked me the day before why I was crying in church. All I could think of was that this poor boy doesn’t know any better, he thinks that this is how life is supposed to be. He’s very sweet and will attempt the Boxer wiggle for the least bit of attention, but this is not because of its owners, it is in spite of them. There ought to be laws against such things happening and if there are, let’s find a way to enforce them better.

No matter what the circumstances, this puppy should have been cared for sooner but all I heard were excuses. He’s an outside dog, whatever the heck that means. I think of two people in charge of watching a puppy and somehow it escapes and falls into a pool. The two people stand there and argue about whose fault it was while the puppy drowns. If you think that’s a bit harsh, welcome to my world.

On Monday evening I received a call from the Boxer’s owners, they were going to pay for his medicine and care for him at home, and they would pick him up on Tuesday. I was also told a new shelter was being built for him. There wasn’t anything I could do so I asked if I could visit him in a few weeks to see how he’s doing.

“No problem,” I was told, “come any time.”

On Tuesday morning I went to visit and pray for him because I couldn’t make my usual promise that all will be alright. I learned at that time that his owners were offended that I had interfered on how they should care for their dog. Isn’t that typical?

I hope that someone who has authority reads this and makes a visit themselves or with me. I also hope I’m made the fool and the dog in question becomes a happy and healthy companion in his owners’ hands.

Thanks for listening.

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