Thursday, July 20, 2006

Yay

Ok, I'm hoping that this is the last update to the incompetent neighbor/neglected dog story. I'm sure all of you are sick of hearing about it (and I'm sick of thinking about it).

I called Housing today and talked to a really nice guy. After telling him the story, he told me that he would contact the soldier's chain of command and the MPs that I originally spoke to. I asked if I could call back in a few days to get an update from him, and he actually encouraged me to do so. Well, I don't really even have to call back. Let me tell you why.

Scout's unit doesn't exist anymore - so he's basically been put with another one until he leaves in September. He hasn't really gotten to know anyone, and doesn't really prefer to. So, when he was in formation today, he was surprised to hear his First Sergeant say something like, "Specialist _____, I just received a call that you've been chaining your dog up outside. Policy letter 21 prohibits it. I don't want to hear about it again. It is too damn hot for any dog to be tied up."

Apparently, she started stuttering something about the dog only going out when her husband was outside with it, but the First Sergeant shut her down pretty quickly (good thing, since she was lying through her freakin' teeth).

Anyway, this girl is in his company and he didn't even know it! And as a bonus, this particular First Sergeant actually likes (and owns) animals. Yay team!

So I can finally say that today I came home from work and the dog wasn't chained up. Whew.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions.

12 comments:

sharona said...

Yay! I'm glad the poor dog is no longer out in the heat! And, the good thing is, if it happens again, you know right where to go! (I stand by my "SUPER ERIN!" from earlier!)

unknown said...

I hope this poor dog will get more good neighbors like you...in Vilseck or wherever he ends up.

Vonn** said...

Three cheers for you and your persistence!

Erin said...

Yeah, and the best part about it is that I won't have to streak naked through the MP station. I was really dreading that.

AlliCadem said...

Erin! Good job!

Dude, let me tell you something~ Doing the RIGHT thing and following through with it are so important and people just don't do it. Thank you for a persistent job well done! Hopefully they take the doggie to the tierheim. The Germans won't kill 'em and most likely will place him somewhere. You done good.

Nancy said...

Good job, Erin. The world needs more people like you! And I'm sure the dog is much happier now!

Nancy

Sarah said...

Nothing like public humiliation to get some dufus to change her behavior...

Genie said...

You have given me a really good idea. I've been looking for something to write about in the local rag, and I didn't want to just re-hash tax and will/poa stuff. Boring! But a lot of these newcomers don't know about the policy letters, and will have quite a bit of trouble if they aren't in compliance. First one - pets! Thanks to you (and if you don't mind?) I won't give the details though, I'll just cover the policy letter. Hah! Your neighbor would really start to get paranoid if her story ended up in the paper!

Patti said...

Thanks for the good news update! Gotta love those 1SGTs ~ they move mountains, don't they?! I love it when persistence pays off. Ditto what everyone else said: you done good.

Anonymous said...

Mission accomplished...out!
SAHM

Erin said...

Genie,

Um, let me think about that...

YES! I would love for you to write about the policy letter. And I don't even care if you give the details. I'll even give you her name, rank, and address. See if anyone tries to chain their dog up again! (I'm kidding, of course).

That would be awesome. Tell me how it goes.

jackabug said...

I admire you for what you've done for this dog. I'm an animal activist too.