Inspiration for this site came in November 2014 with the death of one much loved street dog. She was perhaps not the most beautiful to look at, but more than made up for that with a truly joyful spirit. In her five or so years of life, her friendliness, trust and good humour endeared her to all but the most stony-hearted locals.
The early afternoon quiet of that beautiful, late autumn day was shattered by a motorcycle accelerating wildly down the normally peaceful side street. Faster and faster it went, adrenaline pumping like electricity through the rider’s veins. It was just him, his bike and the road, and that was all that mattered. Of course, there was no time to react when the dog ambled into the road, unaware of the danger bearing down. It could have been a child or an old or disabled person. But it wasn’t. It was just a dog. And so they collided. Fortunately, no harm was done to the motorcyclist. He glanced briefly at the writhing animal. Then, with no effort to assess or repair the damage he’d done, he stood up, brushed himself off, remounted and roared off as quickly as he’d come.
The collision smashed her ribs and split open her side. Her lungs and internal organs oozed out, cherry-red and throbbing. She howled, then whimpered as the life force in her began to ebb away in a cloud of pain and incomprehension. Precious minutes passed before someone could take her to the vet, who operated immediately.
She died shortly after the operation, leaving tears and silent, lonely outrage in those that knew her.
If this site and the Facebook group can help prevent more accidents; if it can improve the quality of just one street dog’s life; if it can open one more person’s heart to the possibility of affection for a street dog; and if it can encourage more people simply to value their local street dogs, it will have done its job. And then, perhaps, that little dog will have left a legacy to make other tails wag for a long time to come.