You might remember Jack, the dog who appeared in our neighbourhood. If you are soft-hearted, you may even have been feeling a little anxiety about what become of him. Well, my neighbour on the corner who has two dogs built a kennel for him by the roadside and feeds him. He's now officially called Jack (the dog, not my neighbour). I take Jack for walks, mostly at night when I've finished work. Jack is used to people again, and doesn't shrink away from them.
In the summer, he got bitten on the nose by a poisonous snake and his whole face swelled up. He looked like a lion for a few days, but the poor lad could hardly move and lay in his kennel for nearly a week. The neighbour took him to the vet who said that four-legged animals generally survive snake-bites. I'm glad about that. He's fine again now, and still sticks his snout in all sorts of places that might hold snakes.