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Being Sherlock

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7:08 PM

Sometimes there are days when I have to be Sherlock Holmes. A while back we got a stray dog in the shelter that carried an old Marshall city dog license tag and an old rabies tag on his collar. He was a small long-haired, dirty, ill-kept dog, but friendly enough. I called the Police Dept. to track the city license and got a name, address and phone. Called the phone number, it was disconnected. I then went to the phone book to check for the name, no luck. I was getting ready to give up, then I thought I would try other households with that same unusual last name. Eureka! I reached the son of the lady owner, who told me that his mother had passed away a few months ago, and he did not know who the dog belonged to now. He did give me the name of a sister who was the executor of the estate. I called her, and she said the dog had been given away but she couldn't recall the name of the person, but she would come in and see about the dog. Not long afterward she arrived with another lady. They ended up taking the dog home, which seemed like a good ending to my day. But wait! There's more!! The next day the lady and her friend pulled up in a van. My heart sank when I saw and recognized her; These gals returning to the shelter did not seem like a good sign at all. I guess she saw the look on my face, because she said "don't worry, I'm not bringing him back, but I have something I want you to see." I approached the van, and inside I saw a very different dog. He had been to a groomer and was all trimmed up and washed and shiny and clean, with a cute fall bandanna tied around his neck. I barely recognized him, but he seemed happy enough and I was glad for him. So, my lesson for the day was........persevere! A little extra effort can make all the difference in somebody's life.

Speaking of making a difference, YOU can make a difference today. If you or someone you know has been considering adopting a dog, now would be the time to act. We have a variety of sizes and types of dogs, and lots of medium to large sized dogs. Not all of our dogs are currently pictured on the Saline Animal League or Petfinder websites, so come visit us today to see all the dogs in person. THANKS for your support.**

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