Last week we had a rather big and unexpected guest take up residence in the field behind our house. It appears someone abandoned a beautiful Great Dane. She’s skiddish and not too crazy about humans, but those that feed her seem to be OK in her book.
It was Wednesday of last week when I decided that we needed to feed her. As I carried her food to the field she must have seen me in the dark. Out of the pitch blackness I heard a stern but friendly “woof”. So every morning at 5 sharp I put out a plate of food for her and in a few short minutes she’s lumbering through the field toward our house and her morning meal. The evenings are the same and we watch for her just as it gets dark.
Last night she scared the day lights out of me. I walked out to put her food down for her, and there she was just looking at me. Her big face and those sad eyes just looking at me. It broke my heart. I wish we had a house big enough for a Great Dane, but our little house would be too cramped for her. Not to mention once that tail starts wagging nothing on the coffee table will survive.
This morning I put out her food and she did not show. I’m stressed just thinking about her and hoping she’s alright. I am trying to get a rescue to come help with her, but they are not responsive. Our county animal control peeps were out today looking for her. They really are her worst option as they may deem her unfit for adoption and decide to put her down. I couldn’t bare the thought of that.
We want a happy ending for this incredible creature, because she deserves it. I love how she sits in the tall grass behind the house and watches me as I cook on the grill or fiddle with her water bucket. She’s a smart girl, that’s for sure.
How people can just dump a pet is beyond me. We haven’t adopted her, but she feels like our dog. That, my friends, makes her a part of the family if just for a short while.
Note: It turns out her name is Haven and she escaped from her home about 10-15 miles from the north of us. She wandered to the neighborhood down the road, where a neighbor checked fidofinder.com for a clue about her. Her owner was contacted and she’s home now. Hopefully her owner will be more responsible.