Sadie Fowler

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Sadie Fowler of Shelbyville is a former editor of the Times-Gazette and current independent freelance writer who may be contacted at sadiekillian@yahoo.com.

You can save a dog's life

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I was pulling up to a gas station a few days ago to get my usual morning necessities -- watermelon gum and coffee -- when I noticed something new to the scene. I was greeted by the cutest little dog I'd seen since I left my house early that morning.

Rough and snaggly, this white haired doggie with a bit of a pug/shih tzu like face was just as sweet as he could be as he stood at the front door of the store waiting for someone to notice him. I entered the store, trying to ignore the fate of this dog I knew was likely inevitable.

"You probably need to call animal control," the gentleman in front of me told the store clerk.

The clerk nonchalantly agreed. It happens all the time, I guess.

Drop offs. Extras. We can no longer feed you so we'll just drop you off kind-of-beings.

Last week, I met another one. She had just had babies, but they weren't with her. The basset hound lab mix, apparently named Daisy, had such an upbeat way about her that you almost wouldn't know her ribs were protruding from her body, she probably hadn't eaten in days. That is, if you couldn't see her. I came as close as I ever have to taking a stray home with me but I feared she might be aggressive toward other dogs, having just been "separated" from her babies and all.

This is nothing new around here or other small towns. It happens all the time, I guess. But it nonetheless burns me up every time.

Earlier this summer I came home to the devastating news that my terms that my Lizzie had been taken from me. I was out of town and fireworks scared her away from her baby sitter's house. She'd been missing for an entire night and day and we were certain she had been unable to defend herself against predators that night.

We were all devastated, completely despondent that our Lizzie was gone.

When we received the call the next evening that she had been found I felt like God had given me another chance to hug our beloved dog and let her know how loved she is.

I'm not sure the gas station dog or Daisy had the same lucky fate as Lizzie.

Bedford County Animal Control, 205 Lane Parkway, has a new adoption policy. To learn more call Brenda Goodrich at 685-1130.

-- Sadie Fowler is lifestyles editor of the Times-Gazette. Send recipes, story ideas, comments and questions to sfowler@t-g.com.

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  • Bedford County animal control also takes owner surrenders. PLEASE do not dump animals other people if they are nice will call animal control anyways so just take them there and give them a chance at least. If people are not nice they will ignore the animals, or be mean to them scream at them shoot at them or worse shoot them dead. I see it all the time. They will die of a slow miserable death that only the person dumping them deserves to die of. Animal control does resuce waggin, they do fostering and adoptions and they get grants to help people with spay and neutering and there is the new spay and neuter low cost clinic in bedford county. Dropping animals is not the answer. There are so many other options!

    -- Posted by Thatsmystory on Sun, Sep 4, 2011, at 7:23 PM
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