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You dogs need a lift?

It’s funny how some posts can cause a chain reaction of other posts isn’t it? I was just reading a post by paigea that caused me to think about some of my pet stories. She had read a post that prompted her to post too. So, here goes my post and I bet you have one too.

Nearly 30 years ago we lived in a house in the country just about a mile from a very small town where my husband grew up. Back then everyone knew everyone so I didn’t hesitate to allow my two young boys to ride their bikes into town during the summer to visit friends. They were often accompanied by our two dogs, a large German Shepard and a small shaggy “mutt.”

Well, the dogs started taking it upon themselves to talk a walk into town to hang out and visit. There was a Masonic Lodge on the corner of the tiny main street that had big concrete steps. All the kids in town would hang out and meet there. Our two dogs would visit around town and then go set on those steps, knowing that any car in town drove past there at some point.

A couple times, my husband would pull up to the stop sign on his way home from work and see the dogs sitting on the steps. He’d open his door and they’d hop in. A couple of times I drove into town looking for them and brought them home. It got to the point that other people knew if they were sitting there, that they were waiting on a ride home.

Several times folks from town would pull into the driveway and let my dogs out, giving me a friendly wave or a honk before they headed back to town. Some would call and say they were coming out for coffee and ask if the dogs needed a ride home. You sure don’t get that anymore, even in small towns!

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Feisty56 wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:04 PM

I can so relate to this, but bring it forward by about 15 years! I'm not sure what has happened to society as a whole, but folks seem so wary of one another. I imagine the headlines that report one criminal act after another may have something to do with it, but small towns used to be more insulated from such behavior in the past.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:21 PM

Yes we were isolated back then. In todays technology every one has computers, cell phones and tablets. The latest tragedy is just a click away and we are all well aware of what is going on in the world. Sometimes I think we were better off back then.

Feisty56 wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:33 PM

There's always a give-and-take with changes, that's for sure. I miss some of the simplicity from earlier times, but would also miss my laptop as the window to part of the world.

SLGarcia wrote on October 23, 2014, 1:27 PM

That sounds so idyllic. You were fortunate to have experienced that sort of lifestyle.

momathome wrote on October 23, 2014, 2:06 PM

Sounds like something my dog would do but our cats? No way -- they can't stand car rides! lol.

momathome wrote on October 23, 2014, 2:06 PM

&AbbyG I don't think there is any place in the US any more that doesn't have lease laws, even VERY small country towns have them any more.

Scorpie wrote on October 23, 2014, 3:53 PM

The world is quite different from when I grew up. People would leave their newspaper money on the floor by the door inside their home so when I collected weekly I would have to open the doors. I did not know that locking doors when you were not home was a normal thing to do until I moved to the city.

AliCanary wrote on October 23, 2014, 4:55 PM

Wow, that is very interesting! I would be terrified that my pet might get into trouble going off by itself (even with a buddy). Glad people took care of them for you! Unfortunately in this big city, the person picking up the dogs would be Animal Control.

AngelSharum wrote on October 23, 2014, 6:30 PM

That is cool that people would bring them back home.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 23, 2014, 8:25 PM

Yeah back then our doors were never locked even at night while we slept. Now I lock my doors when I am home alone, even in broad daylight, lol.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 23, 2014, 8:27 PM

Back then kids and dogs wandered the streets together. Everyone knew everyone else and watched out for each others kids and pets. My husband was born and raised in this tiny area as were his parents and their parents.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 23, 2014, 8:28 PM

It was great! I still live in the area but things have changed so much...the "Mayberry" feel is totally gone.

momathome wrote on October 23, 2014, 9:28 PM

Donna_Thacker I still see so many kids wondering the streets around here, I watch out for them but it scares me. Mine are always getting mad at me because I won't let them but the way I see it, they will understand when they have kids of their own.

bestwriter wrote on October 23, 2014, 11:15 PM

We do seen dogs here on the streets but they belong to homes. Somehow they get along well. Our pet is not allowed to go out But she runs to the gate each time she sees a dog. They greet each other :)

paigea wrote on October 23, 2014, 11:21 PM

That sounds a lot like when I was young. About 50 years ago. Well, I don't remember anyone giving the dog a ride home. lol Great story.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 24, 2014, 8:59 AM

Yeah, no way would I let my grandkids wander around the area like their daddy used to do. Times have certainly changed.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:00 AM

Small town life was so great back then wasn't it? I miss those simple times (and safer times!)