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They're Everywhere, they're everywhere!Posted Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 9:24 PM
Wandering the Ozarks.
With Thanksgiving being this week, I decided to pack up and head south to hold my new grandson and watch Barney with my granddaughter. My fur kids did not accompany me on my excursion. It was a lonely drive without the occasional lick on my face, or someone to look up to me with that, "are we there yet?" look.
My son and daughter-in-law are animal lovers as well and have 2 dogs and 3 cats. Their dogs do not come in their house, which with 2 small children, I can't say as I blame them. They are cared for and loved. My kids are continually quizzed about their pets and I have no problem doing some educating when the opportunity arises.
Tad's family recently moved to a different home in a different neighborhood. Their previous residence was in a tiny town where most of the animals roamed freely, including Tads. I have had numerous conversations why this is not a good idea. Everything from the danger of being stolen, hit by a vehicle, being a nuisance to others, etc. Now that he is a father of two small children that love to be outdoors, he has finally realized the importance of containing your animals on your own property. This realization also has hit home because now he has neighbors whose dogs roam freely. And guess what they happen to be? Yep, a pit bull mix, and a boxer. Both males, both intact.
I took a walk today with Berkeley, and came upon these two lost souls. They are not friendly, but not aggressive either. They simply seem lost. I asked a neighbor whose dogs they were and he told me the man's name as well as where he lived. He assured me they were no threat to me or my dog, and that actually they were both quite timid. They followed behind us all of the way back to Tad's house. I attempted to befriend them so that I could possibly return them to their owner and have a conversation with him about having them neutered as well as keeping them on his property. I was not able to gain their trust, but I've got the rest of the week to work on that.
Dogs are everywhere, dogs that are not spayed or neutered, dogs that are roaming freely, dogs that long to be a companion. Please help to do your part and educate those that need some gentle persuasion.
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer