A forgotten soul

Some days ago I was taking my dog out for a walk when suddenly I noticed there was a nice Siberian Husky in the middle of the park. My pet wanted to play with that dog but she couldn’t because of the leash, a necessary tool when having a pit bull as a pet. At that moment I wondered how a Siberian can be in the middle of the park with no owner around. This pooch had a green collar, so I thought its owner was running around the park. The next day the same story but now there was an elderly woman holding some leftovers limping towards the dog. I asked her if that dog was hers. She said, ¨no, it is another person’s dog. This person moved out leaving the dog here.¨ I was really surprised by this story and made me think how a person can abandon a pet. That’s a shame!

Since then, my mom and I have fed this dog many times and shown it that we care. We haven’t thought of a name yet. I’ve been trying to find a shelter for my new friend though it is more like an impossible mission.  The problem is that some shelters, when not finding adoptive houses for stray dogs, opt to euthanize the animals. I’d like to bring this dog home but my dog would feel jealous and an imminent fight would come up. It’s in these situations that I wish I had a bigger house to give some protection to these beautiful souls until charitable people willing to adopt dogs could look after them. However, it’s also difficult to find the ideal people since some of them think that the best way to get a dog is to buy it in a pet shop.

Fortunately, there are groups of people, in which I include myself, who really care about their pets. People who think having a dog is to have a friend they can trust in no matter whether it is a dog with pedigree or a mongrel. For example, the other day I read about a woman who gave away tickets for a concert as a reward for her little lost friend.

I hope another animal lover is reading this post and will feel what I’m feeling now. As for me, I’m going to hug my dog.

Vocabulary

Charitable (adj): Helpful, generous.

Euthanize (v): To kill a person or animal for humanitarian reasons.

Give away (v): To donate, to give something for free.

Leash (n): Special item to hold or control your dog.

Limp (v): To walk with difficulty due to an injury in one or both legs.

Look after (v): To take care of someone.

Mongrel (n): A dog with no pedigree.

Pooch (n): Colloquial term for dog.

Shelter (n): A refugee for animals or people.

Stray dogs (n): Dogs which live on the street and don’t have owners.

That is a shame! : Expression used to emphasize that a situation is sad or bad.

Willing (adj): Ready to help or to do something without personal interest.

Would you adopt a dog? Why? or why not?

Tell us about your pet.

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SEPARABLE AND INSEPARABLE PHRASAL VERBS

Phrasal verbs which take objects can be separable or inseparable

Separable phrasal verbs: We can put the object after the phrasal verb or between the main verb and the adverb or preposition, in other words, we can SEPARATE the verbs.

Ex: A woman gave away tickets. or

A woman gave tickets away.

However, if  the object of the phrasal verb is a pronoun, the two parts of the phrasal verb MUST be SEPARATED.

Ex:A woman gave them away  (them=tickets)

WE CANNOT SAY: A woman gave away them

Other examples: 

Mary turned on the radio. – Mary turned the radio on. – Mary turned it on.

Tom picks up the children. – Tom picks the children up. – Tom picksthem up.

Inseparable phrasal verbs:  We must always put the object after the phrasal verb (after the last adverb or preposition). This means that we CANNOT SEPARATE the verbs.  It makes no difference if a noun or pronoun is used.

Ex: Charitable people look after dogs. or

Charitable people look after them.

WE CANNOT SAY: Charitable people look dogs after

Charitable people look them after.

Other examples:

Yesterday a burglar broke into my house when we were sleeping.

Before an exam, I always go over my notes.

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