Yesterday when my wife, Jennie, came back from walking the dog she couldn't wait to tell me about the sign our next door neighbor had put in her front yard. "I think Rhonda's tired of cleaning up after some of our neighbors' dogs," she chuckled. "There's a sign in her yard that says, 'Yard of the Mutts.'" This I had to see.
Sure, enough, there it was, just as my wife had reported. Of course, if you're reading this in Examiner, you've already seen the sign, make that signs, in the picture that accompanies the article. Taking the time to look at the back of the signs (what's a little trespassing among friends,) I understood. Rhonda hadn't put them there at all. Some "friend" of her's had, though. The message on the back of the sign is reproduced below:
"Looks like your yard has gone to the dogs! With a small donation, the SPCA Albrecht Center can help! Here are your options: $15 Stray Removal: Pups are removed and placed in the shelter. $20 Removal + Adoption: Pups are sent to a friend's yard of your choosing. $25 Removal + Adoption + Neuter: Pups are sent to a friend's yard and you will not receive any more unexpected litters. TO MAKE REMOVAL ARRANGEMENTS ASAP, CALL THE SPCA AT 803-648-6863."
So, while my wife's supposition was based on factual past observations, Rhonda hadn't come up with a somewhat elaborate way to invite her friends and neighbors to clean up after their "mutts," but had herself been imposed upon by a higher power in the scheme of puppydom. Knowing Rhonda, I suspect strongly she will go with the high priced spread in the array of options presented by her impositioners. Frankly, I suspect she might just consider having the signs passed down and around the neighborhood.
After all, when you are presented with the opportunity, why not spread the goodness around. Our SPCA deserves nothing less.
Note: Chrissey Miller, SPCA Albrecht Center's Development Director, wrote an article about their "Pup-ulation Explosion" project that was published in our local traditional newspaper, the Aikenstandard. To see Chrissey's article, click on this link. And, should you take the opportunity to shop the SPCA for a companion to help liven up your home environment, you just might be delighted with the result. And thank you for visiting Examiner.com.