On a walk through town with Aluta and Tillie, I saw a young man chasing a dog and calling after her ‘Molly! Molly!’ But Molly was off like a flash and I watched as I saw the distance between man and dog grow longer and longer.
Fast forward twenty minutes or so, and my girl dogs and I are only a short distance from home, when who should we see dodging out of traffic, but the very same Molly. Thinking surely her owner must still be searching for her, I took Tillie’s lead off and put it on Molly and brought her back to my place. I phoned the local animal protection people to see if anyone had called looking for her. Nothing yet. I left my details and Molly’s description with them and did the same with the local dog warden. Meanwhile we wait.
I am anxious about Molly. Molly is anxious as well. This is not her home and she just stares at the back gait, refusing nibbles and water. What happens if no one comes forward to claim her? I cannot keep another dog. Apart from living in a rented property, where two dogs is a generous concession on the part of my landlord, I am struggling like mad just to feed myself and dogs I have. I cannot afford another pet. So what happens? Do I just open the back gate and leave it to Molly to find her way back to her people? If I did that I’d worry endlessly that she’d come to harm in the traffic. Do I surrender her to the local animal shelter? They’re surely over-full of stray and abandoned pets as it is and won’t likely have room. The dog warden is out of the question. I am fully aware that if I were to do that and she was not claimed within the week, she’d be put down.
Meanwhile, Molly still stares at the gate in the back garden.
My here and now resolve is as follows. Molly will remain my house/garden guest for today. I will take her out walking with Tillie this evening in the direction where I first encountered her. Perhaps she’ll be spotted, or will lead us in the direction of her home. Someone is bound to turn up for her. She’s a sweet, well looked after dog, and she’s missing her people.
Update: Molly (who is actually, ‘Dolly’) has been claimed! We are ALL relieved.