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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Story That Made Me Cry Today

Every. Single. Day. When I watch Good Morning America, I cry. They always have some story on that brings out the big baby in me. Here is today's story:

'Hi My Name Is Kujo. I Am a Nice Dog.'
Abandoned Pup With Child's Note in Collar Looking for a Home

Jan. 29, 2009

When Cecilia Miller's 11-year-old grandson, Michael, found a freezing puppy in the backyard on one of the coldest nights of the year, she called her neighbor, lifelong dog lover Wanda Martin.

When Martin, 79, arrived, the emaciated dog was curled up outside the basement window of Miller's Alliance, Ohio, home, but he refused to come inside.

"I took a pillow and a comforter and put it in the dirt and the next day took cheese out of my pocket and gave it to him. From then on, we were buddies," Martin told reporter Tracy Carloss from ABC News' Cleveland affiliate.

It took a little while for the dog to warm up to her, but when Martin was finally able to pet him, she found a note written in a child's scrawl tucked in the mutt's collar. The note, punctuated by a smiley face, read, "Hi, my name is Kujo. I am a nice dog. My owner can't feed me. Please help me. I'm great with kids too."

Kujo's abandonment seems to be a sign of the tough economic times. Every year, nearly 8 million pets are put in shelters, and shelter workers say more people are giving up their pets as the economy worsens.

Martin and Miller, who is 77 years old, are jointly caring for Kujo, but they feel they don't have the stamina to keep up with him.

Martin believes Kujo is still a puppy -- between 6 and 9 months old -- though, at more than 100 pounds, he's hardly little. Martin thinks Kujo may be part German shepard and boxer.

Both women agree that the stray is gentle and very good with children. He also seems to be housebroken.

They are looking for a family with children to adopt Kujo. They've received a few offers, but no one seems to click yet.

What made me cry was on the show, they showed the note that was under his collar, and it was written in a kids hand writting. It makes me so sad to think of a child having to write that. My heart would be broken if I had to let my dog go and not know what would happen to him.

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