At 5:30 this evening I got a call that there was an emaciated greyhound running loose around a Shell gas station off I-40 about 30 minutes from my home. A construction worker (they are doing road construction on the interstate in that area) saw the dog while he was working today and brought it two bags of dog food. He then called the Seminole Humane Society and they contacted us. One of our board members met me out there and we split up and searched. By this time it was dark and cold and windy. We couldn't find the dog so our board member went into the convenience store and asked if there was any certain place the dog hung out. He showed her the spot in a field where the dog usually lays and lo and behold the dog was there. However, as soon as he saw our board member and the store employee he bolted and he did not show his face again. The employee said that the dog has been hanging around for a couple of days and has not let anyone get near him, even when they had hot food for him.
My heart is saddened to think we couldn't save this dog. I am afraid it will die tonight because we have a HUGE snow storm heading our way and bitterly cold temperatures are predicted for the next few days.
I honestly do not feel there was any way we could have saved this dog due to its skittish nature and the pitch black conditions. However, that does not keep me from feeling sad and a bit guilty over it. I am thankful Sweetheart doesn't have to suffer in the elements any longer and I just have to focus on the dogs I have helped. These are the times when rescue is bittersweet though.
Hug your babies for me and be thankful that they are safe and warm with you!