The Herald Bulletin

November 9, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Tireless abandoned dog a reminder of need for vigilance

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Princess Ruby is a Chihuahua, Boston Terrier and Heinz 57 mix. She is a little ball of energy who is cute as a button. Ruby was abandoned in a home and brought in by the neighbors. She looked so sad and lonely in her cage, her eyes following me every time I walked by. I'd hold her and she'd snuggle right up under my chin, shaking. I couldn't stand it; I decided to foster her.

Ruby loves to ride in the car on the way home; she curled up in the seat and gazed at me with her big eyes. My heart melted and I thought, "Ahhhhh." I always secure the leashes in the car just in case. Little did I know she had become unsecured. Once home, when I opened the door and turned to grab the leash, she launched herself across my lap and was out the door like a bullet, leash flying in the wind.

She is a monster; and I'm pretty sure there are springs in her legs. Ruby runs very fast. She took a tour of the neighborhood, always keeping me in sight but refusing to come to me. Gone was the sad, lonely little dog. In her place was a wild thing. I'm pretty sure when she looked back at me she was laughing. There were times I told her I was going home. I turned my back and started back home. Little Miss Thing realized I was no longer following her so she started to circle me.

I noticed a woman in a little red car following behind, watching the show. This kind lady took pity on me and blocked Ruby in a yard with her car. She opened the door, called her and Princess Ruby put her head down and went right to her — while watching me out of the corner of her eye, still laughing. Brat.

Once home, she tore around my back yard like a crazed nut. She does not seem to ever get tired. Every day I take her to work where she charms everyone in the office. She has learned to sit only because she likes the treats. She loves to sit behind one of our volunteers, Sydney, in her chair. She can clear the baby gate without even a toe nail touching it.

Ruby has lots of energy and loves to run with her ears flying in the wind. She is an endearing little dog who loves attention and to give love. Ruby likes to play with cats, though often they don't want to play with her. They don't beat her up — letting her think she is in charge. Ruby will make a lovely pet for someone.

This endearing creature was abandoned by her owner. This is something that people seem to be doing more and more of to their innocent pets. I worry how many other Rubys there are out there that we never find. People who abandon their pets in this way need to be punished. So if you have rental properties or are a realtor and know who these people are, please call the police and file a report. These animals deserve better than to be left like unwanted furniture.

Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at