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(Stray) Puppy Love

April 11, 2011

This morning, as my boyfriend was heading to work, he came across a stray puppy wandering around outside on the steps. When he came back to the apartment and asked, “Guess what?!” I thought he might’ve unexpectedly had the day off. Wrong. I looked down and saw a little furry head peeking through the door; he had found a stray dog.

“What am I supposed to do with it?” I asked, incredulously. He didn’t seriously expect me to hang on to it while he was at work, did he? Yes, folks, he did. Normally, I wouldn’t even blink twice in this type of scenario — I love dogs — but seeing that I already have a dog, this presented a huge problem. My dog, Bailey, is also a puppy and isn’t really socialized yet. And, because she’s much smaller than the stray (Bailey is a long-hair chihuahua, the stray looks like a jack russell terrier mix), not only is she extremely suspicious, but the other pup plays too rough for Bailey’s liking.

All day long I’ve been babysitting, playing referee and cleaning up accidents on the carpet. Needless to say, I was at my wit’s end by the time the BF returned from work. Since the animal shelter was already closed (we planned on seeing if she was microchipped), we decided to take another walk around the neighborhood to see if we spotted any ‘Lost’ signs or people looking for her. Luckily, within five minutes, we came across her owner, who was definitely relieved — and to be honest, so was I.

During this whole ordeal, I couldn’t help but roam through my mental catalog of romances, trying to figure out if any of them ever included stray dogs. I mean, this seems like the kind of situation a quirky, modern heroine might find herself in, right? That’s when I remembered Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie! In it, Lucy Savage decides to mix things up after she finds out that her (now ex) husband cheated on her. “Mixing it up” includes a bad dye job and — you guessed it — taking in a stray.

“So, I’m changing. I want to make my own mistakes and mop up after them myself. I want to talk to my ex-husband without you threatening him with death. And if I want to dye my hair purple or adopt another ten dogs or . . . or . . . ” Her eyes twitched to the man across the room. “. . . or go out with inappropriate men, I want you to stay out. It’s my life. I want it back.”

But wait, it doesn’t stop there. Not only was there a stray dog in Getting Rid of Bradley, but they’ve appeared in many of Crusie’s books, including:

Even though I love dogs, I have to say, when it comes to strays, I much rather keep them in the pages of my contemp romances…since, you know, they usually come with dark, smoldering heroes.

ROAMING QUESTION: Have you ever found a stray animal? If so, what did you do about it?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Liza permalink
    April 11, 2011 10:25 PM

    Take it to a vet and have it scanned for a microchip, call and leave a report at your local shelters, put up posters, put something on Craigslist (be careful with that though), maybe call the businesses near where he found the dog. It’s better if you can keep him at your place or find a friend who can, if you take him to animal control he may get put down after a few days.

    • April 11, 2011 10:33 PM

      Luckily we found her owner! The woman was very relieved, since the pup had been missing since yesterday. However, if we hadn’t come across the lady, then we were planning on taking her to get scanned for a chip. Glad everything worked out though!

  2. dogsear permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:28 PM

    I have a lot of stray stories, but here’s a good one: When I was small kid, my brother and sister each had a cat, but I did not. Then one Christmas morning, my very own cat appeared on the doorstep! “Look what Santa brought me!” When I was older I learned that a) the people rotten people down the street moved away and purposefully left their poor cat behind; and b) my parents didn’t want yet another pet, but try and say no to “Look what Santa brought me!”

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