When Paul Wu of Kirkland, Washington backed out of his driveway, he was shocked to find a small, big-eyed dog blocking his way, KING 5 News reported.
According to the station, Wu found that the dog's collar contained a scribbled note, possibly from a young child, stored in a bone-shaped compartment around its neck.
According to the note, a child's parents got a divorce. Instead of allowing the puppy, or "Mr. B" as the note reveals, to go to the pound, the child allegedly set him free instead, in the hopes that whoever found him would give him a "better chance" than the often over-crowded pounds. Whoever it was, their concerns may be valid, since the Humane Society estimates 3-4 million homeless dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the U.S.
The letter ends on a bittersweet note:
"This is my birthday money for any of his care. He is used to kids, not other dogs. He’s a good boy. I know God will take care of Mr. B – Everyone loves him…especially me. Thank you.”
According to KING 5 News, Wu took Mr. B to work with him, where he has already found a good home.
Another lonely dog, believed to have been abandoned along the side of a highway in Stockton, California, hasn't been as lucky, as all rescue attempts from animal control have failed to remove him from the side of the busy road. Dog trainer Lisa Dubois told CBS local news in Sacramento that the dog is most likely resisting rescue in case its owner returns.
Divorce doesn't mean that a dog will be abandoned, and HuffPost blogger Jill Brooke even writes that "according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, attorneys have seen a 23 percent jump in pet custody cases."