I’m hanging out at the dog hotel this week and since it’s hard to have adventures of my own here I’ve been making up a story about a dog and his adventures. If you want to start from the beginning you can go back to the post on Monday, March 11th and follow the story from there.
“We can’t take him in.” The person behind the counter of the shelter looked down as he said the words. “This is a no-kill shelter and we can only accept additional pets as we have room for them. Right now we’re full up.”
“Do you have any suggestions?” Dad asked the man.
“I do,” said the man. “This young man of yours looks like he’s already attached to this little guy. I can take the information incase we’re contacted by the owners. Why don’t you take him back home with you? You look like you’d make good dog people.”
“That’s not an option,” said Dad.
“Dad, mom will adjust,” said Eric as he held a squirmy puppy tight to his chest.
“Eric, she’s just not ready yet. It hasn’t been enough time.”
The shelter man spoke. “I don’t like to mention this place, but there’s another shelter down the road that will take him. I don’t think he’ll last long there though.”
“Thank you,” said Dad. ”I don’t think we have a choice. How do we get to this place?”
Eric looked longingly toward the door of the second shelter as they pulled away. “Dad, they’ll kill him there.”
“That’s not our problem now, Eric.”
“But Dad, we could save this puppy. I already did once, and now it doesn’t seem to matter.”
“Eric, it’s just too soon after losing Benny. I don’t think I’m ready for another dog yet – especially a surprise dog like this. And I know your mother isn’t ready.”
Eric didn’t expect the tears to come again as he thought of Benny, the family dog he’d grown up with. He still missed Benny a lot, but he knew he could open his heart to another. He decided it was better not to say anything though and he and his dad rode home in silence.
“Why the glum faces?” Mom asked as the guys walked in the door.
Eric explained where they’d left the puppy.
“Oh,” Mom said.
Mom gave a deep sigh. “I didn’t think I’d be ready for another dog for a long time after losing Benny. I’m still not sure I am, but after seeing you with that puppy Eric – well, just because we lost one dog doesn’t mean we should condemn another one to death. Why don’t you two go back and bring that puppy home.”
“Are you sure hun?” Dad asked.
“I’m sure. Now go!”
“Race you to the truck, Dad!” shouted Eric as he ran out the door.
The door of the shelter wouldn’t budge when Eric tried to pull it open.
“We were just here,” said Eric.
“What does that sign say the hours are?” asked Dad.
Eric checked the sign and breathed out in disgust. “They just closed a few minutes ago and they won’t be open again until Monday at 8:00. I’ve got to be at school then.”
“I don’t have to start work until later on Monday. Do you have any classes that you absolutely can’t miss Monday morning?”
“Nope, I don’t Dad.”
“We’ll be here first thing Monday morning then.”
To be continued tomorrow.