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#1 -Kate-

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    Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:23 PM

    Today I was walking from the courthouse to my office. To do that I have to cut through the sheriff's office parking lot. As I was going through I saw this dog running around barking and howling. I saw it had a collar with tags on it, but it wouldn't let me come close enough to get to the tags. So I called the humane society to come and get it.
    Well, I waited in the lot because I didn't want the dog to run out in the road and I wanted to keep an eye on it to point it out to the animal control people. The whole time the dog would just bark and howl at me if I tried to get close. I finally sat down on the curb and ignored it. After about 45 minutes (yes, I sat in the lot for like an hour) she finally came up and sniffed my back. She let me pet her and as soon as I did that she was totally friendly. She was just so scared before. Oh, her eyes we also super crusted up - like she probably could only see out of one eye which I'm sure didn't help her fear.

    So, I check her collar and call the number on it. I'm like "did you lose your dog?" and the lady is like "maybe. let me call my husband." He calls back and get this: He's a long haul trucker who lives in Vancouver WA (not close to Seattle) and he made a delivery to the sheriff's office way earlier this morning. She travels with him and she must have jumped out of the truck cab when he unloaded. He totally thought she was asleep under the covers on the bed in the truck with his other dog! He was about an hour away when I talked to him. So he unhitched his trailer and drove his big ass semi cab back to my office to get her.
    While we were waiting, I called a coworker who has a leash in her office and she brought it out. We took her into our office and I cleaned up her eyes. I guess her tear ducts don't work so she gets really goopy. She chilled in my office with a blanket and a fresh pig's ear (don't ask why we keep this stuff in our office). She was happy to see her dad and her other dog friend.

    Point of the story: I could NOT do what TammyB does. I was SO in love with her after 5 minutes I didn't want to give her back. For real, I was sad the rest of the day because I just wanted to take her home with me. Tammy - I don't know how you are so strong!!! You absolutely AMAZE me with what you do for those puppies.

    #2 Aimless911

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      Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:28 PM

      Ok...GREAT story...I love happy endings!

      And I'm with ya...I want to bring all animals home with me! I was the one in grade school always raising their hands saying YES! I'll take the baby chickens after we hatch them in the incubator!!! (As my dad is in the basement at 2am trying to figure out how to build a chicken coop!)

      Thank YOU Kate for taking that hour (plus!) to spend with the dog...too many would have just given up on him!

      #3 Jessica

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        Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:30 PM

        aww, that story made me happy. what a nice ending! you did a great thing.

        and i agree, if i did what tammy did, brian would be divorcing me right now because he house would be packed full of dogs!

        #4 DanielleNDerek

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          Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:32 PM

          I could never do what Tammy does either. But I know how much she is really helping those dogs which is great. Fostering is a really hard thing to do and the people who do it are very special and caring. Thank god for people like Tammy
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          #5 tvt

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            Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:32 PM

            aww that's such a great story!

            #6 jmill130

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              Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:33 PM

              I am such a dog lover too! Jason and I have a 2 year-old weimeranier named Lily! We adore her... I could never give her up. I have so mush respect for those who help animals find homes!

              #7 -Kate-

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                Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:35 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by jmill130
                I am such a dog lover too! Jason and I have a 2 year-old weimeranier named Lily! We adore her... I could never give her up. I have so mush respect for those who help animals find homes!
                We have a weim too!!!

                #8 MikkiStreak

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                  Posted 18 March 2008 - 10:36 PM

                  I know what you mean---- I can't count how many times I got caught sneaking stray animals home on the school bus. Man, my folks were soooo pissed---- we wound up with 25 cats, 15 dogs, oodles of rabbits and 2 raccoons (boo1 and boo2) - and the coolest thing: I found a deer and lured it home with Oreo cookies! :)

                  Kate, that ignore method works like a charm! Whenever we had wild animals wander onto the property, my dad would tell me. Then they'd find me sitting motionless for hours on end every day- holding a piece of food in my hand and not looking at the animals. Eventually, they'd get curious and approach. I'd do it everyday until they were tamed. :) hehehehe.... I miss those days. :)

                  #9 CourtneyV

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                    Posted 18 March 2008 - 11:02 PM

                    Aww, Kate you (and TammyB) are my hero!! Just think about how that man would have felt when he got back to Vancouver.

                    I really am interested to know why you keep pigs ears in your office though...
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                    #10 -Kate-

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                      Posted 18 March 2008 - 11:09 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by CourtneyV
                      I really am interested to know why you keep pigs ears in your office though...
                      We secretly watch dogs of coworkers bc our office is separate from the main office. Plus, if we do find lost dogs (like today) they help to have around. It happens a few times a year with us.




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