Olivia Michaels, New York City
Saved Abandoned Dog Tied to Car
Two years ago, in July 2008, I found my dog, Jack. He's a Fox Terrier mix, now about four years of age. When I first saw Jack, he was tied to the tire of a car on a local street. It was a very hot day, and there was no water or food in his reach. He looked emaciated and was panting heavily. I approached him carefully and checked for any signs of a collar. All he had was a rope tied around his neck. I didn’t have any pets, so I decided to take him in. Before I untied him, I used my pen and scribbled down the cars license plate onto my hand. Jack and I went home, where he lapped up a whole bowl of water and begged for more—he drank three bowls. After I fed him, I started tracking down the person who abandoned him. After a few phone calls and confused conversations, I found that the owner of the car was not connected to Jack in any way. I never found the criminal who abandoned Jack, but I did provide the lucky Terrier with a loving home. Today, Jack loves Beneful dried dog food and has a craving for ice cubes. I now have a four-month old daughter and Jack is her guardian angel. In a way, I'm glad the criminal gave Jack to us. When I found him, he had been shy and never came to me unless I called him. Today, he is healthy and energetic, the best thing that ever happened to our family.