During the afternoon of Aug. 15, our daughter and our grandchildren were on their way to our home when they spotted a running dog, a German short-hair pointer, which they soon realized was alone. After considerable effort, they were able to corral him and bring him to our home. This was after he had narrowly missed being hit by a car on Augusta Boulevard, and they had managed to catch him only one block east of Harlem Avenue. He is a beautiful well-behaved young dog, and he appeared to be well taken care of, though he was very thirsty and hungry while we had him.
Oak Park Animal Control was notified, and after and hour or so, the owner called Animal Control to say that the dog had escaped from their babysitter. Fortunately, the pointer had a microchip and Oak Park ownership was verified. So it appears that there was a happy reunion.
But we don't know if this was the case since we never heard from the owner. The Animal Control Officer said he would give the owner our name and phone number, but due to privacy issues, could not give us theirs.
We understand that dogs can get away from their owners. Ours has slipped out the door, and we were able to round her up before Animal Control had to look for her. But I just cannot understand a responsible dog owner not being very grateful that someone took the time to save their dog and not taking five minutes to call and thank them. How very discouraging.
Denise Wells Palfy