From the Mayor's Desk - December 2014

The holiday season is here and it’s the perfect time for a reminder about our pets, both those who live with us now and those in our futures. Over the past several weeks we’ve rescued three dogs in our community. The first was an adorable Chihuahua who I happened to see running down the middle of the east bound lane of Cascade Drive, just in front of the Chevron station. I had just turned onto Cascade and saw him running behind a pickup truck as fast as his little legs would carry him. My first thought was the driver of the truck might be his owner so I flashed my lights as I stopped my car and opened my door. The dog didn’t miss a beat, turning left and jumping into my lap before I could get out of my car. He was wet, cold and tired from running in the rain and happily settled down on my legs to rest. I drove into the Chevron parking lot to see if the driver of the truck, who had also pulled into the parking lot, was the dog’s owner. When I found he wasn’t, I took the dog to City Hall where he got to hang out for the next several hours. During that time, we posted a lost dog notice on the kiosk and within a few hours his owner showed up to claim him, a happy ending.

Last week a resident brought in a yellow lab she found wandering around town. After spending the day at City Hall, and the night with one of our city employees, I took him to the veterinarian in Stevenson who was able to read the chip implanted in the dog’s neck and provide me with the name and phone number of the owner. To make a long story not quite as long, the owner wasn’t very interested in getting the dog back and I took him (the dog, not the owner) to Home At Last in The Dalles where he can be adopted by someone who really wants him.

Neither dog had a collar, tag or license which serves as a great example of the importance of taking pet ownership seriously and complying with all the rules and regulations that go with being a pet owner.

The other piece of knowledge I got from these experiences is something we all hear but as long as I’m on my soapbox I’m going to repeat it. A pet is a lifetime commitment and if you’re not ready to put forth the effort required you shouldn’t get one, even for Christmas.

If you have questions or comments about dogs or anything else to do with our city you can reach me at 427-8182 or or via don [at] northbonneville.net (subject: A%20message%20from%20North%20Bonneville%20website) (email).