Reunited And It Feels So Good
December 19 | 2 Comments
I love a good heart-warming story but this one seems to have a few eye raising facts that make me wonder if there isn’t something more to this tale.
Jimmy Wetch, a former professional pool player, ran into the Super America in Fridley early Sunday morning. He admits he made a mistake. He left the keys in his car, and said two men stole his SUV with his 6-year-old Dachshund, Junior, in the backseat.
Eye raiser #1: Hmmm…a professional pool player. Maybe I’m pre-judging here, but maybe Wetch was in over his head with some pool sharks?
Earlier this week, Wetch offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who returned his beloved best friend, no questions asked.
Eye raiser #2: a Dachshund as a best friend? C’mon, I could see them as a good acquaintance maybe, but not as a best friend. If you’re looking for friends, get yourself a chow-retriever mix, like me. Just make sure to have plenty of treats on hand if you’re looking for a long term relationship.
At about the same time, a man named Ray heard some yelping behind an abandoned home two doors down from his girlfriend’s house on the north side of Minneapolis. Ray did not want us to identify him, saying he’s a modest man.
Eye raiser #3: Ray is a modest man…and maybe, just maybe, wanted by the law.
“Junior ran back over here, I was chasing him. I’ve been feeding him for 4 days,” Ray explained on Thanksgiving day. Ray had been feeding Junior hot dogs and bologna, trying to coax the pooch into a nearby garage. “Yesterday, he finally let me catch him,” Ray said.
Nothing eye raising here but the fact a Dachshund outsmarted a man for four days so I’ll give you a Fun Fact instead: Hot dogs and bologna give dogs bad gas. OK, more fact than fun.
Ray called animal control and 2 hours later Jimmy picked up Junior in Minneapolis. Wetch then tracked down Ray. “He was just a great, warm gentle man and when I asked if I could do anything for his family or himself, he said he didn’t want anything,” Wetch said.
Eye raiser #4: The hero didn’t want anything. You know what Ray didn’t want most of all? Anyone near the shed in his backyard.
Jimmy didn’t give up, he told Ray about the $1,000 reward. “Then I got to thinking,” said Ray. “Hey, I can do something with it. So the first thing that came to mind is to put headstones on my mom and sisters grave, because it’s something I owe them.”
Eye raiser #5: Feelings of guilt. Not only does he owe it to them, those head stones will also look great behind the shed.
My parents say I’ve been watching too much TV lately, affecting my judgment. I don’t think so as I still see the good in all people. Wouldn’t you agree?