It was 8 a.m. on a Monday morning and I was on my boring morning commute. The commutes weren’t agonizing and I actually enjoyed my morning podcasts and playlists. I had bouts of road rage from time to time for idiotic fender benders and drivers obviously texting away while zipping in and out of lanes, unaware of the reckless driving they were committing.
One day, while casually driving along interstate 405, I came upon the worst traffic I had ever seen in Los Angeles. Cars were at a complete stand still and I knew we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon. When traffic on this level comes into your life unexpectedly things do not look bright. I asked myself hundreds of useless questions while poking my head in and out of my car window hoping to see something! “Am I going to be late to work?” “What could this be?” “Who the hell did this?” “Did someone die?” “I hate LA. I hate the traffic. This is bull sh*t.” “What am I doing with my life?” “Pull yourself together Caroline!”
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That’s when I saw them. There were 5 large men running frantically in and out of the car lanes. “Oh great,” I thought. “Is this a bomb threat? I really don’t feel like dying today.” It wasn’t anything close to a terrorist attack though. It was 3 puppies.
These dogs from god knows where were bolting past me in complete panic. They were running under cars, rolling between tires, barking tirelessly and not one person could catch them. I saw one man in a dead sprint and it he wasn’t even close to grabbing a tail or a strand of fur. I got out of my car and one ran right between my legs. Smooth. Real smooth. Eventually the dogs ran so far behind me I could no longer see the chaos. Everyone around me shrugged their shoulders, got back in their car and hoped for the best. That night I flipped through the news channels and hoped to find some resolution in the hectic animal rescue. The dogs were eventually caught and taken home. Thank god.
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Overall I was happy to see people cared so much about rescuing these little creatures. I mean, these scrappy pups shut down one of the biggest highways in the world! People have always cared more about the safety of animals than the safety of humans. I know I cry much harder over sad dog stories than human stories. (Sorry not sorry.) I hope those dogs are sleeping soundly at home sharing the story of their wild highway adventure to their furry friends and families. Drive safely dog lovers.
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