Today this homeless dog showed up to our house for the second time. We Have a big pond seperating my house from my neighbors house, and the dog likes to swim in it. It came once, then ran away down the road again. I live in a rural area, but near a fairly popular road. The dog came back 20 minutes later for a second dip. This time I was close enough to it to see that it was a she, and she was either pregnant or nursing. I could also tell she had a broken tail and many red, hairless spots on her butt. We left food out for her by the barn, but when she sniffed it she wouldn't eat it...weird. So the dog left again, and we walked over to our neighbor who is a vet. We needed the animal control number. While we were there we began talking about the fox problem too. AS we we're walking back across the bridge to our house the dog back out of no where. Now I was afriad. It chased my mom and my neighbor and I back towards my neighbors house. We couldn't do anything ecxept try not to look it in the eyes. It brushed up against my neighbor it was so close and never bit any of us. It barked a little, but not really in a violent way. My neighbor could tell she had big flea problems. So, my mom and I were still a little freaked since the dog seemed to be herding us back towards the house (and my mom was bitten by an Aussie and couple of months before.) Anyways, could anyone help me to determine wether the dog is pregnant, or nursing. And what breed - mix it is. Here are some pics. It seemed like it wanted, almost like, help so much, he way it followed us and scratched at the gait. Animal Control still has not responded.
She's such a pretty dog and doesn't look very "wild" or even "homeless" for that matter. Besides the redness on her bum, she looks fairly well taken care of and perhaps that is why she wasn't interested in the food??
She does look like she's had a litter though, not pregnant at the moment, but who knows where her pups could be...
IMO, she has Golden Retriever in her...not sure what else she could be mixed with...
the best thing you can do is set out some food, water, and maybe even a bed for the dog, and call animal control again, although you should try a few shelters too. you can find out about them at pet911.com.
I agree, she does seem like she had a home, but the broken tail, fleas, and rash led me to assume one of the followign things occured:
she had puppies, then her owner dropped her off, or she got pregnant, then her owner dropped her off.
My nieghbor thinks she got dropped off too. She has no collar, we know everybody near us and what pets they have. My neighbor has tons of cats people just drop off and she is forced to take care of. We have cats people drop off all the time. She also doesn't look like she has coyote, or any other wild dog in her. She looks like a mixed breed that nobody wanted. I just wonder if the puppes are out in the wilderness somewhere, she is obviously still nursing.
She is really pretty she doesn't look wild, but I wasn't there and didn't see how she acted. I agree with collielover. I'd put out some food and ater. If she's hungry enough she'll eat. I actually feel sorry sor her, especially if she's hiding puppies somewhere, which wouldn't surprise me one bit.
She's been gone for over an hour now, I'm still paranoid whenever I go into the back yard now. If I do see her again, I would like to follow her back, maybe in the car staying far behind of course, just to see if she has puppies somewhere, or if she does have a home, and her owners are just idiots. She has puppies somewhere, and it'd be nice if animal control knew where they were when they come to get her (god knows when). What good would it do to take the mother and leave the puppies abondoned somewhere near by?
IMO she has either german shep or husky in her. She looks like she's been eating well. Doesn't seem too thin at all. The rash on her rear could be an allergy to fleas. If she has puppies do be careful as she could be very protective of them. Nursing mama's can be pretty aggressive if you try to touch the babies. Especially since she doesn't know you. She's a pretty dog though. I don't know if she's been abandoned or if she has a home, but its sad either way because she's obviously been neglected. Poor thing. Good luck!
For some reason, the video didn't work for me. It's a shame if she does indeed have pups out there somewhere. She seems like she could be friendly enough, once someone handled her...but if her pups are out there...who knows what could happen.
I hope it's not a case of someone just dropping their pregnant dog off. Although, I know sometimes people that live out in the country will allow their dogs to kind of "roam" and it'd be sad, if this girl was lost.
I'm sure you have already thought of it...but if you do decided to follow her...be very careful..if she has pups hidden somewhere, you don't want to be attacked by her thinking that she has to protect her babies at all cost.
I was also thinking she had GSD in her. I still think it's weird that a stray dog would pass up food though.
The video wouln't work for me either. Did Animal Control ever show up? Maybe they came and ook her withou you knowing. I hope if they did, that found any puppies she may have been hiding. just feel so sorry for her.
I think you have to press pause, then play to play the video. I'm not sure. If she was pregnant, I wouldn't mind taking care of her if it weren't for Petey. Petey (my dog) is dog aggressive. It probably wouldn't work out. And if it was nice enough, I also wouldn't mind cleaning it up and finding it a good home.
We've had lots of troubles with people in our area and how they treat their animals. When I was younger my mom and I would go for walks and one time these two pit bulls chased us back to our house. A farm hand also let his dog run around loose and kil cats in the barns, when Animal Control went to check that out the owners had left the house and left the dog chained up in the basement. And that is why I am interested in following the dog, I wouldn't be surprised if it did have an owner that neglected it. But if that is the case, Animal Control should still know.
***Edited By: trevor on 7/24/2005 6:25:45 PM*** Reason: abc
No, I'm pretty positive Animal Control did not come. See, we are such a small town, we only have 1 animal control person for the 2 areas. But when we called we left our numbers, and our neighbors number. So I'm sure if she comes my neighbor will tell us, or come get us.