It’s Our Job to Keep Him Safe

July 18, 2011  

Stubby lived his life on a chain until one day he broke free and ran away. A Good Samaritan found him and brought him to the shelter. Now his real story begins…

The giant cage started to move. Everything moved by the window so fast! Part of me wanted to stick my head out there and part of me wanted to curl up into the tiniest ball possible and pretend like none of this was happening.

“It’s okay,” Lily promised me, “we’ll be home soon.”

There was that word again. HOME. I thought the bad place was my home. Then I thought the shelter was my home. But here I was, heading to another place to call home. I hoped this was the last new place to call home, and by the way Lily, Matt and Marnie treated me I was pretty sure it was!

“Should we stop on the way to get Stubby some more treats?” Matt wondered.

“It’s not safe to leave him in the car by himself,” Marnie said. “It’s too hot and even if it was, I don’t want Stubby to think that we’re leaving him. That’s why I wanted to bring him back on a weekend – so we have plenty of time to get to know each other.”

The car slowed and Lily leaned in close. “We’re here, Stubby!” She jumped out of the car and Marnie clipped a leash on my collar.

Marnie smiled at me and motioned for me to jump down from the car seat. The sun was bright and the pavement was warm on my paws. I sat, just like the girl and Carl had taught me to and waited for my next command.

“Remember. Stubby always has to be on a leash,” Marnie reminded the kids. “It’s our job to keep him safe.”

As Marnie led me inside the giant building, I knew that it was my job to keep them safe, too.

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