On the announcement board there was a posting with a picture of the cutest puppy. The title of the poster was "Lost Dog". We both gave a little "awww" and immediately started to feel sorry for the poor owners who had lost this little puppy and they probably haven't even owned the dog for very long.
As we read on to get more details, we saw that the dog was not actually lost but was stolen. I can't remember the exact wording but it was something like "taken from outside the 7-11 in Shawnessey". We both looked at each other and started to get angry.
First of all, the dog isn't lost, it was snatched. Furthermore, it was stolen from outside the 7-11! The owners actually brought this puppy with them to the store and left it tied up outside while they went in for Slurpees and a chocloate bar? Nothing make us more angry than seeing a poor dog tied up outside a store. In almost every occasion where we have witnessed this, the poor mutt always appears stressed out and scared.
Think about it, the dog is tied up so it can't escape from this strange place, it's left alone to fend for itself and has no idea why or for how long. There are always tons of peole coming and going. If it is a gas station 7-11, there are cars and trucks rumbling by at very close range.
Strange people and children feel drawn the poor dog and want to go up to it and pet it. The dog is stressed and may not react normally to people and kids approaching it. Now the owner can face trouble that comes along with a dog biting someone on top of it all!
So now I don't feel sorry for the owner who "lost" his dog, I feel mad that they would do this with a puppy no less! Now I feel like they deserved to lose their dog and hope that the person who took him thinks the same and now the dog is in a better home than where it came from.
These are the initial thoughts and feelings we had at the moment but really we do not wish this on anyone. The owners abviously care about the pooch as they took the time to do up flyers and distribute them around the neighbourhood and local businesses.
Let this be a lesson people! Don't bring your dog to the store and leave them tied up and alone while you go in to get your smokes and bon bons!