The Stray

I’m currently in the Rio Grande Valley for work. It’s an interesting community and culture with a lot to offer, and a lot to stay away from. While I was on a site, I saw a medium-sized dog lapping up water from a muddy puddle.

I’ve mentioned before that I love dogs. I’ve also mentioned recently, yesterday, that I’m dying, from the plague, which is actually just the flu, and I’m a baby. So with the combination of my love for canines and my weakened state from my illness, you can imagine how I felt for this dog. I had a break while my tests were running, so I called the poor little guy over. Of course, he came right over, anything for the hope of a scrap of food. As he sauntered closer I noticed his ribs were showing and he had no collar. He was covered in fleas, extremely malnourished, and mastered the whole sad puppy eyes thing.

While I’m contemplated how I’m going to sneak this dog in and out of a hotel every night and take him with me on the road every day and love him and protect him and care for him forever, he caught a whiff of something and wandered off to another place. Clearly a one-sided relationship. It was never going to work between us anyway.

Now for the serious part of this. How the hell do people do this to dogs? Or animals in general? If you’re going to neglect your pet, then you don’t get to have a pet. If you can’t handle a pet in your life, then you don’t get to have a pet. If you have a pet and I see it on the side of the road with no collar drinking water out of a muddy puddle and his ribs are showing, then you’re a piece of shit and I’m going to call you out.

Take care of your animals. Do your research before bringing one into your life. You should know ahead of time if you have the time and resources for a pet. Animals deserve better and you don’t want the trouble that animal neglect can bring you. Also, how hard is it to just be a decent human being? Have some damned compassion. I can’t look at other people’s pets without making super annoying baby sounds in my head that I’m sure the animal would love. So have a heart. Animals need all the love they can get and they need it from us. If I can figure that out while my insides are leaking out of my nose because of this stupid flu, then you can figure it out on a good day.

Stay classy, and I’ll see you at the next stop.

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