Last week brought about some sad pet stories from Lincoln County.
The story about Peanut, http://www.gastongazette.com/news/lincoln-60447-services-news.html.
And the one about the 100+ dogs taken from a “puppy mill:” http://www.gastongazette.com/articles/operation-60518-rescue-animal.html.
But I thought this blog would be a perfect opportunity to share a good animal story.
I’m a dog lover and have had many pets through the years.
About a decade ago I met Daisy. She was owned by an abusive man whose estranged girlfriend asked me to take her.
Daisy was a cutie, but she wasn’t meant for the set up I had living in downtown Lincolnton. Part Beagle, she would dig her way out of the fenced in yard and run into the street. My parents eventually took pity on the little brown dog (and me) and adopted her.
My dad was never a big fan, but he muddled through. Daisy and my mom became quite the pair.
All three of them have aged over the years, of course. And Daisy has mellowed. My dad has gotten into the routine of walking her daily and treating her like a true member of the family. The two bonded even more this summer when my mother suffered her second stroke.
Daisy has spent some afternoons at my house recently when my dad had caregiver duties. I live in a different house now, but it’s still downtown with a fenced in yard. Daisy isn’t too fond of my two big dogs. So Saturday she made an escape.
It’s been years since the old gal was on the run and we all immediately panicked.
A few frantic hours passed. The family drove around calling and looking for her. Finally, in a last ditch effort, my dad went to the animal shelter. As he described Daisy, the worker there pointed at a flyer and said, “Is that her?” And on the bulletin board was a description, a picture and a phone number.
Sarah Hovis had been running on Main Street and saw Daisy. She and her husband ran passed. But when they looped back around and the quivering dog was still there, they picked her up, took her home and made the flyer.
After two months in the hospital, my mom came home this week. Last night she snuggled on the couch with Daisy. If the considerate Lincolnton couple (who incidentally have a I Heart Dogs bumper sticker on their car) hadn’t gone out of their way, an important family member would’ve been absent for the homecoming.