Today I was driving toward home on State Line Road, which is a very busy two-way street dividing Kansas and Missouri.
As I neared 72nd Terrace and State Line, I slowed down when I saw a brown and white Cocker Spaniel darting across, running into the street, dodging cars that barely seemed to notice or care. I came to a complete stop as he ran right in front of my car and then into a yard on the corner of State Line. I quickly turned onto that side street, jammed down the parking break and scrambled out of my car.
“Come here, sweetie,” I called, not knowing what to expect, or even if the dog was friendly, but if there’s anything I can’t handle, it’s stray animals and roadkill of any kind.
Luckily he ran over to me and I grabbed him by the collar. He was so wound up (I don’t know if it was because he was lost, scared of all the cars and traffic, or if he was a puppy) it was hard for me to even hold onto him and we staggered together to the grass. It took everything I had to keep a hold on him.
Fortunately two other women, one a stranger and one a dear friend, pulled over at the same time. Another woman came out of her house with a leash and I asked her if she could bring out a bowl of water for him.
The kindness of strangers. Thank you all.
Fortunately he had a collar on with a phone number. We called his owner, she wasn’t far away, and she came to get him.
PLEASE put a collar on your pet with a phone number & address, EVEN if your pet is microchipped! The collar made it easy to call his owner and she rushed over to pick him up. He was a feisty little guy & I’m glad I grabbed him before….who knows what could’ve happened. I can’t think about it.
So the next time you see a stray or loose pet? Consider stopping to help. It could mean saving that animal’s life.