Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 60

our pets: SAVING WATERSHED DICKENS Special Delivery Watershed Dickens works his way into a happy, permanent home SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY BY EMMA MOORMAN When Monica Knesek found Dickens she didn’t quite know what to think. What do you do with an injured stray dog that shows up on your porch? Watershed Dickens had followed the mailman to the Kneseks’ family home in September of 2012. Unable to turn the poor animal away, Knesek brought him water to keep him cool in the scorching late summer heat and food to fill his empty stomach. She then sent the little dog away hoping that if he did live in the neighborhood he would find his way home. Imagine her surprise when she opened the door the next morning and was greeted by the smiling face of Mr. Watershed Dickens, yet again. After his reappearance Knesek said she, “took his picture and put it all over the neighborhood trying to see if he belonged to anybody.” When nobody claimed him, the Knesek family brought him in and gave him the love and kindness that his previous owners had failed to provide. “I figured he must have been dumped,” said Knesek. Unfortunately, the dumping of puppies is quite common in rural neighborhoods. People take a litter of puppies or a dog they no longer want out to the countryside; because they couldn’t take care of them or just didn’t want them anymore, and they, “set them free.” Sometimes these dogs are shot by farmers who feel their livestock is being threatened, hit by cars, fall prey to coyotes or they ultimately starve to death because of their lack of survival instincts. Watershed Dickens was one of the lucky ones. When he found his forever home he 58 Monica Knesek with Watershed Dickens