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Saving a Stray

Yesterday I was doing some office work and kept hearing a dog bark. I muttered to myself how distracting the noise was and continued working. About ten minutes went by and the dog wouldn't shut up. I decided to go outside and have a look and I thought the noise was coming from our neighbor's pool. They don't actually live in Paraguay, and they closed up their pool for the winter. Just then, Norb came home and I told him that I believed a dog was trapped under our neighbor's pool cover.

Unfortunately, I was right.

Norberto jumped the neighbor's fence with the other neighbor and they saved the poor dog who was literally on his last leg! He let them get him out without contest and barked a happy song when they let him go. I wish I would have had a camera to capture the moment. Timmy was quite excited about the whole affair, because it was daddy who saved the dog. It was especially meaningful since Timmy and I witnessed a dog being hit by a car this week. Needless to say, it made for some excellent teachable moments.

I feel for all the stray dogs in Paraguay. We have 5-6 friendly strays that are loyal to our neighborhood. Different families will feed them at different times and they fend off other strays who try and stake their claims to their territory. The problem of strays is so big, we need a massive group of vets to come and spade and neuter the strays so the population is contained.

In the meantime, I'm hoping that next year, when our boy is a little bigger, we can adopt a puppy who needs a home.


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