First wayward save of 2012: Malakai
Yesterday, I posted about my friend Karen, who pulled over on her morning commute one day last September to offer help to a lost dog. Because of her, a family was reunited with a pet they probably feared was dead. Because of her, I pulled over on my morning commute this week, too, and picked up a hitchhiker dog.
That’s Malakai, a stunning, blue-eyed, black and white Siberian husky who accompanied me to work this Tuesday. (Sadly, I happened to mess up the camera on my phone about 15 minutes before I met him.)
When I saw this guy running in and out of rush hour traffic on Wornall Road, I confess I really didn’t want to stop. The first day back to the office after an 11-day holiday is not a good one to be late. But I knew I could spare about five minutes and hoped this obviously confused snowdog would be as eager for help as Karen’s rescue.
Lucky for him, he was. Lucky for me, the phone number on his ID tag was current.
Malakai’s bewildered owner answered on the fourth ring and explained that he was out of state but would send the relative who had been caring for the dog to my office right away. Just like Karen, I had to leave a strange dog alone in my car — on a very mild day. But sweet Malakai was a gentleman for his entire unattended 30 minutes.
I’m so happy that I was able to help this pretty guy get back with his family. And it’s all because they were responsible enough to have up-to-date contact information on his ID tag (unlike the six-toed dog Minnie and I ran into a couple months ago).
I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I urge all of you to make sure your current phone number is listed on your pets’ ID tags and microchips. Updating the complete info on our dogs’ microchips is one of my New Year’s resolutions — I’m ashamed to say that both the address and phone number attached to Scooby’s chip are old.
Once again, Karen is part of the reason I’m gung-ho to get this done. Check back tomorrow to learn why.