A customer came in the shop last week and dropped a heartbreaking story right in my lap. Her mother’s dog, a golden retriever named Bailey needed a home. Her mom passed away 4 years ago and her dad didn’t care much for the dog. After being a house dog, he put her outside where she cried and howled to come in again. Bailey began to wander to the neighboring farm where she found a man who loved her and defended her. That man died about 6 months ago. Bailey’s owner entered a care center about a month ago leaving Bailey with no one. The family fed her on an irregular basis and brought her a bucket of cold water. They didn’t even provide a heated bucket. She slept in the garage alone and unloved. I couldn’t even sleep after hearing this story so of course I said I’d take her in. She is a wonderful soul, 9 years old and eager to please. Telly is not crazy about her so if I could find her a good home, I would count this time with me as foster care. I’ve always been a foster failure because I get so attached but she deserves a family who loves her and thinks of her as a member of the family. I will consider nothing less.
Stories like this haunt me and I am not all that happy with the customer who knows how I feel about animals. No, this dog’s future was not my responsibility but I am what I am and I couldn’t say no. And the customer knew that as well.
So that’s Bailey’s story. What would YOU have done?