Know whats easier than making sure your dog wears a collar or is micro-chipped? St. Anthonys Prayer!!
My daughter and her family own three Shar-pei dogs: a mother, its son and a girl. The three dogs had never been past the front door, only in the backyard or in the house.
Last summer, my son-in-law opened the front door, and Sake, the girl, shot out the door and bolted down the cul-de-sac to the open street and was quickly out of sight. My son-in-law ran to get the car to try to catch her, but she was gone.
One evening, I had dinner with friends and told them what we were doing. One said, “Don’t you know the St. Anthony prayer? He is the saint for lost items.” I said no, so she led us in the prayer: “St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come around. Something is lost and can’t be found.”
A few days passed, and a woman called my son-in-law and said she was a housekeeper on Grand Circle. She said, “There are a lot of workmen over here, and I see a dog that looks like the one in your ad. The workmen have been feeding her.”
My daughter and son-in-law gathered the mother dog and its son and drove with the car windows down. They called for Sake. The mother dog and son had their heads out the window sniffing. When the two dogs became restless, my son-in-law stopped the car and opened the back door. Soon, there was a happy reunion of the three dogs and the family.
As for my daughter and granddaughters, we are strong believers in St. Anthony.
— Maxie Rogers Hawk
… I… am so angry…
1. The dogs were not wearing collars with their rabies tags attached. The dogs are Shar-peis. If the lost pup got spooked at bit someone, the dog would have been quarantined, if not put down immediately, and the recipient of said bite would have had to have gone through the fear of potentially having rabies, and maybe painful preventative shots, for no reason. Furthermore, if that dog had gotten hit by a car, the poor driver would know exactly which vet to call and where to take the pup. Or, if nothing happened, and a nice person grabbed the pup and called the vet on the tags, this traumatic event could have been cut real short. Those tags can save your pups life. Arnie wears his at all times.
2. These dogs are not exercised properly. I quote “The three dogs had never been past the front door, only in the backyard or in the house. Huuuuuuuuur!” Shar-peis are not teeny-tiny dogs that get all the exercise they need dancing around the house. They are BIG dogs. Heaven forbid these idiots get off their fat asses to exercise their poor bored, fat dogs.
3. The dogs arent fixed. Got a mama, a boy and a girl. Way to contribute to pet overpopulation and puppy euthanasia, idiots!
4. Put an ad in the paper for a very distinctive lost dog. Receive a response to said ad. Thank St. Anthony. Not the reasonable ad suggestion of the son-in-law. Not the workers who, out of the kindness of their own hearts, fed the dog for days. Not the housekeeper who took time out of her day to call. According to the story, the ‘owners’ never even thanked the housekeeper or the workmen. Just scooped up their dog and left. And thanked St. Anthony. Nevermind this family that could afford 3 designer dogs couldnt even offer a cash reward to the housekeeper or construction guys… Im just a student, but if this ever happened to Arnie, I would make sure the housekeeper got some cash, and the workmen got some brownies and beer… or something…
Just as sure Maxie is that this story proves there is a GAAAAWD (and St. Anthony), it proves to me that theres not. If a kind loving gawd existed, one of those construction workers would have taken that pup home. He and his family would have loved and appreciated her, just like I took Arnie in from the assholes that had him before me.
Sorry, Shar-pei pup…