well, we found this dog(a husky) we've had him for a few weeks and now one of my friends thinks she saw a flier in the the humane society about a lost husky W/ blue eyes and is young. i don't know if it is the same dog, but i don't want to give him back, if it is. she told me to call him Kansas(that is the lost dog's name) and see if he comes. i really hope it isn't the same dog. we all love him so much. has this ever happened to any of you? if so, what did you do? ^shay916^
yes. we found a samoyed and put ads up all around . no one replied. then one day we got a call from a guy that saw our ad at a local feed store. he had been out on a fishing boat and the people watching his dog i dont think even looked for the dog. he came and the dog,which we had named nikita saw him coming and was all over him ! i knew it was his dog . it was hard to let go ,but the dog belonged to him. he was the rightful owner. and you have a responsibility to return the dog to the owners. i could never keep an animal knowing the owners were looking. put the shoe on the other foot. what if it was your beloved pet? please do the right thing and contact these people, you will probably be putting an end to their grieving
I was on the other end (the one with the missing dog!)
We wanted to adopt "Cookie" from a local rescue. They insisted that we take him "on loan" for a weekend since he could sometimes be a bit of a pain and had been through several homes. We had him for a week and fell in love. He was soooo good and such a fun guy.
Anyway, one day while I was at work, we had some very strong gusts of wind which basically turned my backyard upside down. Even with a 6 foot high wood fence, Cookie somehow got out. My other two dogs were still in the yard when my son got home. We were heartbroken and searched the neighborhood every day (starting at 5 am), calling him and not finding him. We were so upset that he just vanished. After a few weeks, we got used to the idea that he was just not coming back. I had, of course, called the rescue group to let them know what had happened. They also put up signs and a lost dog ad in the paper.
Sometime during the third or so week, I was driving to pick up one of my other dogs at the groomer and I couldn't believe my eyes. A neighbor from down the street was chasing after Cookie and Cookie had on a little girl's sweater. They had found him on the day he ran away and decided to keep him. I stopped my car, picked him up and took him home. I was very upset that these people would just decide to "keep" our dog while we were so upset that he was gone.
Please look at it from the owner's point of view. It is their dog and they could be missing it. Also, kids become very attached to pets and I know my little one cried for days.
Not trying to bash or criticize, just giving another point of view.
I've neve been lucky enough to find a pure breed husky which is one of my dream dogs but I did have a dog follow me home from school and I got lucky b/c the owners didn't want her b/c she kept running away and luckily for me she did. She was the best. But I did have a cat that was lost for 4 months then found her way home, she was very healthy looking so we knew someone had kept her but thank god she came home, oddly enough it was a sunday night and I just got home from church group and she was there. If it is the lost dog, I know you don't want to give her back but I'm confident you will do the right thing. I know it is hard.
***Edited By: syrn11 on 5/10/2005 4:07:27 PM*** Reason: additional info
Why didn't you call around and check to see if someone was missing their dog. I found some dogs and i called the apls and pounds all around. It isn't like these people were not looking so you do need to give the dog back.
I actually had some one take my husky and ignore the adds. Their neighbor ended up calling me and telling me about it. If they would have said anything to me I would have called the cops right then. My bf just walked up on the porch and took her. That was a horrible week she was gone. We had adds and posters up everywhere and spent a ton and they saw the adds the first day! Anyway-you don't want to be like that.
I understand how easy it is to fall in love with a dog, but it belongs with its owners.
I too had a Samoyed and she was stolen from me as a puppy. SIX MONTHS later the people anonymously returned her saying they were moving and couldn't take her. Obviously they knew where she came from and could have returned her. It was a child who took her but the parents had to know. I went door to door, I put up fliers, contacted all the agencies and was never able to find her. I cried and cried for I don't know how long. When she was returned she came running and knew exactly who I was. I had her for another 13 years after that and I still miss her. Please don't do this to these people. It is very painful.
You will be able to find your own dog and it is the right thing to give it back no matter how hard it may be.
My daughter found a dog (mixed breed) several years ago and brought it home. The kids (ages 6, 9, 12) were thrilled at the new addition to the house and quickly fell in love with the dog. I believe they even gave it a name but I don't remember what it was. Anyway, my daughter was firm that the right thing to do was to make an honest attempt to find the rightful owner and give the dog back should they succeed. So, the kids made posters, knocked on doors and placed ads in the local news paper. Weeks went by and no one came forth and with each passing day the dog became more and more a part of the family.
One day, several months later, the family was at the local park with the dog when a young man came up and announced that they had his dog. Well, you can imagine how that went over with the family. Crying, sobbing, hugging the dog with a death grip, you get the picture. It actually worked for while. The original owner agreed to let the family keep the dog one more night so they could say good bye and he would come over the next day to take his dog home.
It was a difficult but important lesson they learned and now that my daughter has two dogs they purchased through the proper channels, the family has a much better appreciation of how that young man felt while his dog was missing.
When you found the dog did you post flyers, call the pound or humane society or do anything to find the owners before deciding to just keep it as your own? I hope so. Think how you feel about it after only this short time and imagine how it's owners feel having had it longer. It's a part of someone else's family! In the past couple of months I have called our animal control about 2 different strays in my neighborhood. One I know was picked up by it's owner but I don't know what happened to the other one. I feel I did the right thing.
Personally, if I found out someone found my lost dog and didn't post fliers about it or whatever, I'd be pissed. My dog is my world, I revolve around him. If he was ever lost the world would know about it!! What if your dog ran away and someone found him and didnt return him to you? How would you feel?
listen guys, i'm sorry if it sounded like i wasn't going to give him back, i'm just saying i don't WANT to. i don't know if it is even the same dog. the reason i didn't post fliers is because people drop off dogs around our house all the time, we live a quarter-mile off the road, and have hardly and close neighbors. there is about 10 cats living in our barn and we can't catch them. and someone dropped off two pit bulls and they killed the neighbors chickens. i trying to get ahold of the humane society now to see if it is him. he is really skinny, and scared of everything(just about) the vet said he was probably beaten when he was with his old owner. i don't know. the line to the humane society is busy now. ^shay916^
When we got my dog, he was a stray. He had two gunshot wounds and was just running loose. No one reported a missing dog, and we just kept him. Alot of morons used to drop their dogs off around here and I'm sure that's what happend to Joe. It's been 9 years so I know he was not wanted. Too bad for them. :)
My bro and I also saved a beagle puppy about a month ago and it was wandering around the highway and it was staying around this one house. We went to a neighbor because we knew she had a beagle and wanted to see if she knew where he came from. No one should leave a poopr puppy running around on the highway. Later, my neighbor said it may have been the people at that house, which has a fence but the gate stays open, and the highway is right there. They are never home, and tie their other dog outside all the time. I gave him away that night to a woman who comes into my moms store all the time had two little kids and have wanted a puppy for a long time. She's gotten updates and everything. The puppy is alreayd rotten and sleeps with her. If it was the other peoples dog, they don't need one anyway. Too bad for them. =)
Hi! I had the same thing happen to me. I found a Yellow Lab running down the street one day in the middle of winter. The dog was only about 6 to 8 months old. I ran found ads in the news papers and put up flyers but no one claimed the dog so after about 2 months I gave up on finding the owner and decided to keep the dog because she was a sweet heart. She did have a large scar going around one of her front paws. Well about 1 year later I was walking the dog who I named Sunny down the street. All of a sudden a teenage girl walked passed us then she stopped in her tracks. The girl asked me where I got the dog? I told her I found her about 1 year earlier. The girl smiled and said that is my dog! Of corse I was shocked. I asked the girl if she had any proof and she said yes. The girl lead me to her house which was two houses down the block from mine. The girls mother showed me a picture of the dog when it was a puppy right before they lost it. Well when I saw the puppy in the picture with the large scar on the front paw I knew it was Sunny. Well I had to give the dog back although it tore me apart. I loved that dog. It is sad but the only right thing to do is to return the dog to it's owner. I am sorry but that is right. Good Bye!
heffanator, i have to disagree with you . you gave a puppy away when you had an idea where it might belong. and never tried to talk to the people. you went on what another neighbor said. how do you know that that neighbor didnt have issues with the other one.maybe she didnt like the dog or any dog and didnt want to see it come back. you should have still went there and found out for yourself, not on what someone else TOLD you. and as for shay. maybe the dog was beaten but that doesnt mean it was by his owners. that dog could have went through all sorts of maladies between the time it became lost and the time it ended up at your place. when we found the samoyed it was skinny and dirty. and we found out that it was through no fault of the owner. a decent person would try to locate the owner before deciding to keep the dog or give it away to someone else.
I am sorry to hear about the dog possibly having a home, but hope you can find another.
I know this may seem inappropriate to mention here, but once again, please mircochip your pets! Sometimes it's not a matter of a shelter scanning them and calling you when found, but also a purpose of ID in case everyone claims it's their dog. It's such a small investment to make and if purchasing a dog, ask the breeder if they do microchipping.
Just a note, to my knowledge and last time I checked with GPS, there was not a GPS tracking chip to track the actual location.
DesertRose, WOw, that is horrible. Did they finally do the right thing and return your dog? I could never keep someone elses dog if I knew there was a family out there who loved and missed him. It just wouldn't be right. As for the inital post on this thread, I know you care about the dog that you found but maybe you can take that love and rescue a dog from a pound that will truly be yours and it will love you for saving his life. Good luck.
Dusty, we DID go to the peoples house, and they weren't home. They are never there. Oh well, they shouldn't be leaving a tiny puppy in their yard alone. My dad was going to take him to the the humane society the next day anyway, and there was no way for me to convince him otherwise. He got a great home in the process. If they tie up their other dog, no telling what would happen to him. I don't feel guilty because they don't know enough about responsible pet ownership.
My dog was a stray and we just kept him. He had two gunshot wounds and they couldn't stay that way for long. He's been ours for 9 years and no ones tried claiming him. Too bad, he's mine!
***Edited By: heffanator on 5/10/2005 11:18:23 PM*** Reason: ccdsardfgayafjhdkfjhsdrywerf
well it sounds like you did what you could. i dont know how people can put a little puppy outside and just leave it. they are not long off their mothers and really need human contact moreso at a young age . our local shelter only gives three days before the animal is put up for adoption. which isnt alot of time ,but someone who really loves their pet would notice it was missing right away.
tuesday night my friend came and saw him, and she said it wasn't the same dog. i'm happy, and sad at the same time. i'm happy that we can keep him, but sad that they don't know where their dog is. i really hope they find him from what she said, this dog was darker and older, maybe two or two and a half. thanks for your stories.
i hope those people who left the puppy alone don't ever get another puppy. i'm glad it got a good home.... ^shay916^