Sometimes you read a story that warms the cockles of your heart. Other times the overheating you feel stems more from rage or disgust. Such was my experience when I learned that a 10-year old boy’s new puppy had been stolen from his yard. Cameron’s Dad had given him the puppy, whose name is Caleb, before he deployed to Afghanistan. The meanies who took it did so on the actual day that he left for his yearlong deployment.
The thieves came into the yard, supposedly to pet the dog, and then grabbed him and took him away in their car. Obviously, taking someone’s dog is a horrible thing to do, and under any circumstances people will be left upset and angry. But to have someone steal your dog the day your Dad leaves for a year is especially awful, and as a mother myself, the thought of such pain for my children is unbearable.
I hope that Cameron gets his dog back, that his Dad returns home safely, and that the thieves get what they deserve.
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.