I found a French Bulldog yesterday.She looks to be a year or so old and has been spayed.She is white with brindle spots.Shes not a boston terrier.We too kher to the vet,just to get her checked out,shots,wormed and see if she was micro chipped.She wasnt of course.I have put up posters and we put an ad in the paper.My questions is,is there anymore we can do? If someone does respond how do we know its really their dog? She doesnt meet a stranger.I know frenchies are expensive lil dogs.Also if nobody responds should we just take it to the shelter or find a rescue? I hope somebod yresponds quick.Somebody has to be missing her.
Weird part was is that she was in the middle of nowhere,in the country.Not a very traveled road but some people live there.Do you think she was dumped?
cockerlover, I found what looked like a full blue heeler (australian cattle dog), wonderful puppy, seemed to be about 2 or three months old...socialized (she got along with my pyr), shiny coat, no fleas or ticks...so I was SURE that someone was missing her. I took her in and put her on partyline (which is my small town's radio program where you can make announcements, sell things, etc.). 5 days on partyline and NOTHING.
I had taken her to the vet the day after I found her just to make sure she didn't have anything that my dog could get. After almost a week, I was getting ready to name her, but I knew I could not keep her, her activity level is so much higher than my pyr, I did not think it would be fair to him if I kept her.
It's so sad, people are so irresponsible. Think about what YOU'D be doing if your precious dog were lost. If it were MY dog, I'd have an announcement on the radio every day, the police would know...heck, everyone in my town would know I was looking for him (even if my town weren't as small as it is). People who lose their dogs look for them. People to whom the dog has become a burden don't care, and dump the dog, often out in the country.
I hope this isn't the case for you, I hope you find the owner. I ended up giving the pup to our volunteer humane society that our vet runs, and one of the local ranchers took her. I'm relieved that it worked out this way, I was worried that some scurvy looking person was going to come to get her and i wouldn't want to let her go with them, I know I'd give them hell for losing their dog in the first place. Anyway, I hope you find her a home, I know I haven't been helpful, but you've already done a lot, if you can't keep the dog, you might need to start making some contacts. The best of luck to you, please give an update, I'd like to know how it turns out :) ~Val
owning three frenchies myself, i know that i would be devastated if any of mine were lost. like someone else said , contact the french bulldog rescue right away. http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/ they will post a pic with info about the dog to help locate the owner. you can also email me at email@example.com with info, and i can post it to my frenchie forum , the bulldogworld. its the largest frenchie forum and someone may be missing , or know someone that is missing their dog. also contact local vets. they can scan for a chip also or may even know who the dog belongs to.
Absolutely......call the vets, the local pound, shelters, etc to inform them you have him and your phone number. Frenchies are a high priced breed, I am sure he belongs to someone! Someone misses him dearly I'm sure, poor guy. Ads in the newspapers, internet, posters around town, local stores, etc.
Perhaps if you were to put flyers up around the area where you found this dog some person is bound to contact you...to ensure that the rightful owners contact you DON'T mention the sex of the dog or the colouring and if anyone attempts to contact you ask them to see how much they know of their supposedly lost dog; no matter which approach you decide to take don't give out too much information in regards to the dog's appearance. I am sure that someone is missing him.
Looking at it from the side of the one who lost a pet, I called every vet/animal hospital and shelter within a 3 county span. The local sheriff's dept., fire dept., scouting organizations were also contacted, with most out, actively helping in the search.
I also contacted the Local Pyr Rescue group who got the word out on her as well as the local pet stores (thinking FOOD would be a must). I posted color fliers.
I would think that contacting those mentioned above would help to know if someone is actively looking for this dog.
It's that time of year where people are visiting more and starting their summer vacation. It could be possible that the dog wandered off and got lost?
I had a similar situation... only the dog was at my front door. A very hungry and tired Russian Afghan. Even being a novice I could tell this dog was well looked after with white teeth, great coat and very alert eyes.
The dog didn't have any ID tags or chip which didn't help. So I made flyers posting them everywhere. Grocery stores, all the Vet Clinics, Shopping Malls, every lamp post I could get away with! (LOL) I even put one up at the animal shelters plus the Post Office too. During this time I had taken him to the vet and the Doggie Salon. This dog seemed to know what it was all about because he hopped up on that table like the Czar himself! (LOL)
About a month later I was more than willing to keep this beautiful dog! Well the owners showed up knocking at my door. My heart dropped to the bottom of the step... I just knew they were his owners. They'd arrived with photo albums, registration papers and his vet records. Plus Czar (my name I had given him) was all over them with kisses and wimpering. There was no mistaking that these people were his owners! Apparantly they were from the USA visiting friends in Ontario Canada. The dog had some how open the the door of those big caravans and had gotten out. They think he might have been taken by a person trying to take him to a shelter but somehow the dog had gotten away. Getting lost even more he ended up on my front door step... the safest place as far as I'm concerned. Sorry Folks! to be so long winded with this one... it has a special place in my heart! :)
OK, a lady called and said it was her dog.I asked her what the color of her dog was,markings,name,sex and szie.She described her to a T.She said her name is Marley.After I hung up I said that name quiet and she responded imediately.So Im pretty sure this is her dog.She said she got out of thier fence,she took her out there one day and was fixing the hole she got out of the and stinker dug another hole and ran.This make since since her feet were dirty and most of her body was clean.And the fact that she likes to dig in the sandbox.
I asked her to bring proof of vet records.So she will be coming by today,probably to bring her back home.
When I saw her running at me,my heart started racing and I was getting ready to just turn back around and walk away,well the dog followed me,probably because I had Bear with me.My mom was scared of her more though.She was shaking and almost in tears because the dog was jumping on her.But mom warmed up.She neevr did really pet her though.
We are in TN right now,looking at houses.Well we went to look at this one house and this Aussie and GSD mix came running up to the car we got out when the owner came out,the GSD mix was very sweet and mom liked her,she was lickign her hand and not jumping,just really submissive.But the Aussie barked and growled at us anytime we looked at him.When we first jumped out of the car he growled at Mom, mom stayed by the car and cried a little.I told her to stop crying or they will sense it.Then she started walking with me and that Aussie stayed right by us and would still growl.She was looking down,shoulders slumped and not talking.I told her to put her head up,shoulders back,chest out and ignore them completely.By the time we left that aussie was following hwer right on her heel and was wanting her to pet it.She did pet it a little bit on the back.That was a big hurdle for her.
Im nervous around dogs I dont know,but I try not to let it show.I did quit my obedience classes,what a waste of my $89. I was to nervous in them and was making the dogs anxious.
Thank you ALL for your help!
Oh should we still ask for a small adoption fee? I also asked for a picture I.D..Thanks for those suggestions Merico,I hadnt thought of those kind!
***Edited By: cockerlover on 6/15/2006 10:14:40 AM*** Reason: add
Glad to see you back on here cockerlover. I would only charge the owner the money that you spend on the vet bill. Nothing more, nothing less. I would also show the owner the bill too, so she knows that you aren't trying to rip her off. I'm so happy that you found the owner!
Im glad we found the owner to.Since we are in TN on vacation I was scared we would have to leave her at the shelter.She is pretty high energy and barks alot.Totally different then the frenchie in my class at home. But it sounds like this lady loves her.I will show her the vet bill
i wouldn't ask her for the money you spent at the vet. that was something you took upon yourself to do without knowing whether this dog already had vaccines or not. if you had found the dog injured and in need of veterinary care because of that then i would ask her for the money. but you had purely elective things done to this dog and i don;t think that is the responsibility of the owner to have to pay for.
if you really feel the need to recoup the money the only thing as an owner that i would feel warranted to reimburse you for would be the microchip. if she won't pay for that then i would not give her any of the chip information.
i agree with scout. its not fair to expect her to pay for the vet bill. taking the dog in to the vet to get shots and chipped was something you did on your own and unnescessary. you said in your original post, that she was spayed. i know here that my vet wont spay unless the dog is current on shots. i think most people who are concientious enough to get their dogs spay/nuetered, would also make sure they are properly vaccinated.
its wonderful that the owner was located. i'm sure she is thrilled to get her dog back. i would have jumped in my car , right away, to pick my dog up. i can see how she could have went under the fence. i watch my frenchies when they are outside as tiger lily tries to pry her nose under the fence. if left on her own for any length of time, i could see her digging her way out also.