San Antonio probably has the highest stray animal population anywhere. I don't like it, it pisses me off....but it is what it is. You can't change most people when it comes to their opinions on animals. I just do what I feel is right with mine and if a stray comes my way, I do what's right for them, too.
This morning, I was having my coffee and reading journals......and heard this clacking noise. I got up to see what it was and got a glimpse of a black furry behind disappearing around the corner. A dog snagging one of the dog food cans from the recycle bin. (Yes, I know....I stil feed them raw food but it's harder while I'm here at my moms...) Soo....I went outside and saw a big black dog laying in the grass on the side of the house licking out the remains from the empty dog food can. Now, there's only a small space to get through between the houses so I thought I'd better make sure the dog wasn't going to rip my arm off when I came to retrieve the can....so I baby-talked her...and her ears went down and her tail wagged a mile a minute...and then I saw her flea collar. Clearly not a stray, but still...here she was looking for food.... so y'all know me...I feed anything that looks at me.
I went and got a bowl of food and some water, and made a friend. I loved on her, she licked me...we had a moment. Heh.. I left her to her business on the front porch, and she promptly ate, drank, and curled up to nap in peace. Every once in a while, I'd go out and scratch her tummy or sweet talk her..... and then go back in to tend to stuff....
Adrian said "We should make Lost Dog signs for her...."
I mulled that over for a bit while making a sandwich....and then I saw a car driving slowly down the street, and suddenly it swerved into our driveway and a kid and a mom jumped out yelling "Lucky!!!!" and 'Lucky' jumped up and ran towards the car, jumping in like she was nuts. The mom and kid were loving on her....so I came out and said "I hope you don't mind.....I fed her and gave her water......"
....and the mom looked at me and burst out crying.
I knew that feeling. oh my god, did I know that feeling. My beloved BooBoo had gotten lost once and it was so awful....it's like losing a child.
I just pulled her to me and hugged her while she cried. She leaned back "......thankyousomuchshe'sbeenmissingsincesunday"
I shushed her and let her cry on me some more til she calmed down. All the while, the kid and the dog are in the car jumping around and hugging each other like crazy.
Then *I* started to cry. Then we both cried a little more. Then she said "We just moved and she was supposed to be in my mother in law's back yard, but she got out.....she's been missing since Sunday. Oh, it was so awful.....Oh! My name's Veronica."
I looked at her and said "Honey...it doesn't matter. You just got your dog back." :)
She smiled this teary smile and I said "Go on..." and nodded towards the car. She hugged me again and ran back to the car....
and I.......went back in the house and smiled a little myself.