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The Texas sun beat down on his back just like it had every day this week. Sweat was pouring down his face as his stomach gurgled and cramped in response. He was lucky to have found some scraps left behind by messy eaters, but nothing to quench his parched throat. It had been a week since he was kicked out of the house. A few friendly faces smiled as they walked past, but they never did much more.

After roaming around aimlessly, something caught his eye across the street.

"It couldn't be?" he said to himself. "It's too hot for any puddle of water to still be around."

But he couldn't resist the possibility of finding water at last. He leaped into the street and started running.


He was stopped dead in his tracks as a giant vehicle tried to race past him. All he could think to do was crouch as it zoomed over him. He whimpered as his rear got caught by the underside of the truck.

I was getting ready for work when my phone rang. It was my roommate describing this scenario above. But it wasn't a homeless person. It was a stray dog. Nonetheless, it's a situation I've heard of far too much lately.

Take a minute to think about how you would feel if someone left you behind in an area you weren't too familiar with. It's possible he got loose, but he didn't have a collar on before he was found. Would you let someone you love be left behind walking around shoeless in the Texas summer heat with no water and whatever scraps you find on the road? Too many people think it's OK to run over these animals.

My friend was on her way from one school campus to another when she saw a car drive right over a dog on Laurent. He somehow got lucky and only his back was nicked. The car was tall enough and he crouched somehow, but it was all enough to give him shock. He wasn't moving when my friend ran over to see if he was OK.

The next thing she knew, she loaded him up in her car and asked me to help call around to find him a place. Adopt-a-Pet didn't have a vet on hand, and both Dorthy O'Connor and Adopt-a-Pet are full until next week. I was a little worried how my own dogs would receive him.


They welcomed him with wagging tails and lots of sniffing you-know-whats. Normally, they are a barky bunch when it comes to strangers and other dogs. So I take it as a good sign that this little fella is a sweetheart. So, for now, he's hanging out in the backyard. But, he needs a home. My house has enough rascals. Of course, I'd never turn away a furry stranger in need. They're not just an "it" if you see it from their eyes. That's the point I was trying to make with the scene I wrote at the beginning.

If anyone is interested in giving him a home, please let me know. He looks like a pitt/lab/pug mix of some sort. Now, I know the controversy behind Pitts, but in my opinion, you can't just leave a furry someone like that. Have the decency to drop them off at DOC or Adopt-a-Pet if or the nearest no-kill shelter.

Anyways, please help me find him a home before I start calling him Muttley or Buster and talking dog talk to him and all that nonsense you do to dogs you keep around.