She sniffed around her domain, making sure everything was like it should be. She caught a new scent. Someone new was in her yard. She raised her head and listened. She could hear footsteps on the front porch. She padded softly to the front step. Yes, someone was there. She was being watched and she could feel it.
A soft voice spoke, “Hey Puppy, are you all right?” Shelby yelped.
“May I help you?” I asked. When Shelby calls, I move. I never know if she needs help, defense or wants in.
“I’m with the OSPCA.” said the lady in gray, “We’ve had a call about your dog’s eyes.”
“Shelby’s blind.” I said, “She has been for about three weeks.”
“Can I see her?” the lady in gray asked.
“Sure.” I walked the three steps down into the yard and said “Up Pup.” Shelby stood still and when I reached down she leaned up into my arms. I carried her to the lady in gray.
The lady in gray looked at Shelby, snuggled in my arms. I told her about how Shelby suddenly went blind and that she has diabetes. The lady in gray reached out and scratched Shelby’s ears. Shelby raised her head and looked around then snuggled back in to my arms.
The lady in gray asked a few more questions and we talked about cataracts, diabetes, cruelty to animals, puppy mills and people who call in about animals being mistreated. Shelby napped through the entire conversation.
The lady in gray thanked Shelby and I for our time and apologized for disturbing us. She was doing her job, protecting those who can’t protect themselves.
I don’t know who called in the complaint or why. The lady from the OSPCA said that she would tell them we spoke and that Shelby is doing fine.