Ramblings From The Ranch
By Syd Sullins
Two years ago a body shop in San Antonio went out of business and double padlocked their gate – with three dogs left inside. It’s difficult to see through the gate and two of these dogs starved to death before anyone noticed. One day, a carpenter who works nearby, noticed two women peering through the gate and overheard them saying “he hasn’t died yet.” He went over and looked for himself and saw a beautiful young dog, apparently a yellow lab mix.
For two years this carpenter has climbed that barbed wire topped fence to provide this dog he has named Lobo with food and water. About once a week he’d enlist the help of a neighbor and they managed to lift Lobo over the fence so he could walk on the malecon. With too many dogs at home, he knew he couldn’t accept Lobo into his home.
With a move coming, the carpenter worried what would become of Lobo. He reached out to local animal advocates who contacted the Ranch. No, we didn’t really have room for another dog but we knew we had to make it work. To help a dog in this very dangerous situation is exactly why the Ranch was founded. So we met the carpenter at that gate and he lifted sweet Lobo from behind that locked fence one last time. While the owner of that body shop showed the worst of human nature, this carpenter demonstrated the best of humanity.
Shouldn’t this dog be damaged? Yes he should be, but miraculously he’s not. He’s loving, calm and happy. And he will never be without food, water and love again.
To find out how you can be part of helping dogs like Lobo, please contact the Ranch (Lakeside Spay and Neuter Center) 331-270-4447 or www.lakesidespayneutercenter.com