There is this show on T.V. called "What Would You Do?". It hides cameras and hires actors/actresses to act out different situations and see how people in the general public would respond. Last night we were at Wal-Mart and Jeremy was looking for the hidden cameras. He thought what was happening had to be a trick.
We went to Wal-Mart to get some stuff to set up our garden. As we are walking towards the front doors we see this lady parked in the handicap stall open her door and yell to the dog on a leash running in the parking lot. We ask her if it was hers, I thought it had jumped out of her car. She said, "No, but I'm afraid it will get hit." The dog ran to a cement pole and marked it. It was there long enough for me to get close to it and step on the leash before it ran away. The poor dog wanted to go into the store, we thought the owner must be inside somewhere. So we tied it to the fence by Garden Center. Jeremy went inside to Customer Service and asked what they could do. The lady said not much.
We did our shopping, the whole time thinking about the poor dog. I thought about bringing it home for the night and in the morning taking it to the pound. BUT what if it was sick, I can't risk my dogs' health. The dog looked to be well loved, it had a soft coat and looked healthy. Someone was going to be missing this dog.
On our way to the car we stopped by to see if the owners had found it. No such luck. There was a lady and a girl there petting it and giving it some water. We talked to her for a couple of minutes but then she had to go, the rest of her group was done shopping. SO, we are standing here next to this dog that is so cute trying to figure out what to do. We can't leave it tied to the fence it will die, we can't just let it go it would get hit, and we can't take it home because we need to think about our dogs first.
As we are standing there feeling lost on what to do another lady walking to the store stopped to help us figure things out. She has two dogs and can't take it home for the night. We sat there petting the dog and brainstorming what we could do, for like 20 minutes. An idea was to can Jordan River Animal Hospital and see if we brought the dog in if they could scan it for a microchip. It was late and all shelters and other vets were closed, AND because we use them for emergencies we had their number in Jeremy's Ipod. Jeremy borrows the other lady's cell phone and calls.
" YOU LITTLE STINKER, I'M GOING TO KICK YOUR HAIRY BUTT!!!!!" As Jeremy is talking to the guy at the animal hospital we here this from across the parking lot. The owner was inside Wal-Mart with I'm assuming her mom and son. She came running over to us, asking where we found him. She had left him is the car and thought the window was up enough he couldn't jump out. She was so happy that he was safe. Jeremy said' " It is no problem. It is what we would want for our dogs." She seemed to understand that we are fellow dog lovers.
We are so pleased how it ended, and played out. IF we would have just taken the dog home that poor lady would be still looking for her dog. If we were at Wal-Mart a minute earlier or later would we have seen the dog to help it? I feel we were meant to be there to help out. We were at Home Depot looking at stuff for the garden and the prices were good on stuff but I had a "thought" to go to Wal-Mart.