Okay, I know I’ve been quiet the past few days – the only excuse I have is, it’s been a bit chaotic on my side of the world. As excuses go, that one’s not too shabby. But have no fear, you’ll soon be regaled with the craziness that is my life. Lucky you! In the meantime, I thought I would leave you with a rant. I haven’t ranted in a while, so face it, we’re due.
I have to say that every now and then, something comes along that makes me wonder if humans are truly the most evolved species, as experts claim. Take this incident, for example … dogs abandoned on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, by their despicable owner.
This hurts my heart on so many levels. Those dogs are terrified, and looking to their owner for direction. You can see the confusion in their eyes when she leaves them. How heartless do you have to be to take an innocent animal who depends on you and dump them on the side of the road?
The look on the woman’s face speaks volumes about her personally. She doesn’t have an ounce of regret in her expression. The only thing she regrets, I’m sure, is being caught by the Good Samaritan.
Was it a boyfriend, making her choose between the dogs and himself? Sorry, sir, you would lose that gamble every time if it was me. Maybe she just got tired of caring for them or couldn’t afford to feed them any longer. Was she too proud to take them to the shelter? How did she think leaving them on the side of the road was any better?
I find it interesting that she took one of the dogs to the local shelter after she had dumped them. I’d like to think she had a twinge of conscience, a moment of humanity, or a sense of guilt and went back to find them.
More likely, though, she probably was afraid that she would be caught and punished for her thoughtless, selfish behavior if she didn’t turn herself in voluntarily. I am not sure anything close to a soul exists in someone who would do this. Quite frankly, I also blame the driver … not as much as the owner, mind, but still. How could they witness what was happening and say nothing, do nothing?
If it sounds like I’m being harsh, well, yeah, I am.
I can’t imagine living in a world where people leave babies in dumpsters, kill each other because one driver cut off another on the freeway, and abandon animals. This is not the world I want to wake up to. Every morning I turn on the news, open social media, or listen to a morning show on the radio hoping that the day before would be free of atrocity and heartbreak.
And every morning, I am thoroughly disappointed.
I find comfort in the fact that two out of four of these dogs have already found forever homes, and I know the other two will as well. But I wonder if they ever miss the woman who abandoned them. I wonder if they watch for her out of the window, tails wagging, hoping to see her car pull up in the driveway of the place they now consider home. Or maybe they realize all too well they’re better off now, without her.
Mostly, though, I wonder if the woman who dumped them like so much garbage at a dead-end, on a cloudy, grey day feels regret, and I wonder if she ever replays the moment when she closed the car door and saw them looking at her in fear, confusion, and expectation before she left them.
I hope she does, and I hope it haunts her dreams.
Because it sure as hell haunts mine.