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A stray dog finds a friend and a bite to eat

Once we had a sit-in at our school and I suddenly saw a stray dog. It was so cute and small, it surprised me. I got out of the school and petted him (it was male).

BUt he trusted me and follwed me everything! My friends were scared of him so I had to tell him to go away, but he didn’t. I LOVE animals.

So I took him with me to my house. There was my dog too. They met each other and played for 15 minutes. Then I gave him water and spicy food.

I loved him, but I couldn’t keep him. Also, my dog was jealous of him. So I took him back to my school. My teacher said she wanted to keep him and she would buy some food for him. I said, “Don’t worry, I did it for him.” Then she laughed, hugged and kissed me. She said, “Thank you very much!” I said, “It is my obligation.”

I felt so happy and satisfied with what I did.

Catherine Zgouras’ English School
Patras, Greece

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Kitty Motel

It was SOOOO cold last night (like 0 degrees or less) that I felt bad for the poor outdoor stray cats. A couple are friendly enough to come up to my door when I open it so I invited them into my foyer and put a few large bath towels down and let them sleep in there over night. A couple others who were shyer huddled together on a chair I leave on the porch with its cushion. They seemed to be ok this morning when I checked on them. I also put water and food out this morning and they were quite thirsty since everything is frozen.

Pam, Columbus, OH, USA

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Doggies Go Back Home

Twice this past year I helped lost doggies find their way home. One was rather quickly, a little white dog wandering on my street and I walked him up and down and then the owner came down the street in her car…so glad to see him and that someone was with him! I know I would have been had it been MY dog.

The other was more involved. I was on my way home late in the evening and it was very cold and snow was on the ground (quite a lot of it) and I saw two medium-sized dogs running down the street, a couple streets from mine. I was worried for them to be out like that. When I stopped the car and called to them, they ran right up and got in my car. I took them home and got them inside. One minded really well, the other fairly well. I put them in my basement over night and walked them the next morning, hoping the owner would see them like the other time. Up and down several streets near where I found them but no luck.

I asked the postman, thinking he might recognize them but no luck. So I took a photo of them and made a sign and posted it on many telephone poles in the neighborhood… not an easy task in the cold and snow! (dogs had no ID tag with a phone or address, though they did have collars). After two days I got a call from someone who’d seen the signs! A neighbor who lives two streets over was their owner. She was so glad to have them back safe and sound! I felt good about it and was glad the dogs got back to their home safe and sound. I was worried about it because sweet as they were I couldn’t keep them myself. Even though it was a bit of a hassle for me (I fed them and had to walk them while they were with me) I would want someone to do that for my pet if it was ever lost for some reason

… do unto others, as they say. It’s just the right thing to do.

Pam, Columbus, OH, USA