Three days ago a dog showed up on my mom's farm. My mom isn't much of an animal lover, but he seemed to like her so he stuck around. She eventually gave him some food cause he was so skinny. So she brought him over to my house today, he looks like a purebred dog to me, either husky or malamute but I'm not an expert on that type of dog. He had no collar, but he's super friendly. I think he's less than a year old. Here's some pics. Wish I could keep him....
I'm not sure I wanna pick him up, but I'd guesstimate he's about 50 lbs. His fangs have come in but they don't look full grown. He's a bit shy so I don't wanna touch him too much. I'll try to take a better picture of him right now....
He has sturdy front legs, but he looks more Husky than anything. Sorry if I'm being difficult, hehe, but a size comparison next to a person would be the easiest to tell. Malamute males are considerably LARGE.
LOVELY boy no doubt. I definitely say Husky. I'd call the shelter, maybe have a vet check him to age him and make sure he's clear of pesky problems. He looks well-groomed and happy to be with people though.
We've been playin with him, he knows not to bite but has no clue what sit means. Gets along with Louie pretty good. He has the most beautiful light blue eyes I've ever seen. We are suspecting he's not been treated all too well, he gets kinds scared if you make any kind of sudden hand movement, like he thinks you're gonna hit him. We're going to have him scanned tomorrow and ask around for his owner.
Let's pretend for a minute that we take this dog to be scanned and nothing shows up. We can ask around and put up a found ad, but how do we make sure that we give the dog back to its rightful owner and not someone who just wants the dog?
And...how long should we wait if nobody claims him before we keep/find a home for him?
***Edited By: heatherom on 12/17/2006 9:26:06 PM*** Reason: add
We just found a Basset Hound and are in the same situation. She was found with a microchip but it was to the breeders house, who is a puppymiller.
We were thinking of putting up found signs until we started noticing that it seemed like our girl was abused. If we were to put them uo we would just say that she is a female dog and for the person to call to identify her. That way if they were her owners they would be able to tell us she is a Basset Hound and what color she is, etc.
Your AC should know how long you can hold the dog before it becomes yours.
Second how to keep anyone from claiming the dog that is not the owner from claiming the dog. Keep ads and flyers simple. Something like this should be good "Dog found on (date) and (area). Please call 555-5555 to identify."
Well I was always told 30 days, but I would check with you local AC to make sure. They may not make you wait that long. I maen they only wait 3 to 5 days.
Some dogs are just hand shy or it might be the sudden movements. If they live with older people that don't move fast then when someone else does they can get scared.
We had a schn at one of the boarding kennels I worked at that was that way. As long as you moved slow she was ok if you moved to fast around her she would try and bite.
I was the only one that could get near her the first time she came in. Then I meet her parents. So I told everyone to move slow around her and you would be fine. That turned out to be the problem they were just moving to fast around her.
NOt saying that dog might not have been owned by someone with a hard hand, but some dogs just shy away from raised hands. Another reason they tell you when your meeting a new dog and go to pet it. Pet it under the chin first then you can move to the head.
As I stated before since it has blue eyes I would say it is a husky and since you said it didn't look like the teeth were all the way in and the first picture. I would put him at 6 months.
Is the choke chain his or yours? If it is his then when some one calls to claim him ask them if he has a collar or not and what kind is it. Also ask them if their dog was fixed or not. That is on top of asking what kind of dog did they lose.
You need to actually make the effort,put signs up and call all the shelters etc.
Its not unusual for a dog out of its enviroment to flinch away or act like its been mistreated-he looks pretty well cared for to me. When my girl got loose she literally ran to the next county. She was jumpy for a week or two after I got her back-things like having to look for food and people shasing you away or almsot getting hit by a car can really mess a dog up for a while.
When I take dogs in I write down when I called each shelter and leave my name and nuimber. I make fliers and put them up and keep copys with the date written on them for proof I did it. I actually took pics of the sign last time because I completely expected someone to come look for the dogs after xmas. I generally do newspaper adds to and a local station offers free lost and found adds.
When you put up the flier you can jsut put found long haired dog if you are worried about people jsut trying to take him in. Ask for a description-is your dog altered,male,female,eye color,how is his coloring etc.
I have aq friend whos min pin got loose and she freaked-saw an add called and had to call the cops to go get the dog because the people said how could they tell it was her dog. Turns out the lady told the cop she picked it up right in my friends yard! Thats obviously not the case with you-Ok I wrote a lot!
Anyway-it is very possible that like with a lot of huskies the owners jsut thought it was better to be without him now. I see a ton at the pound all the time-They are good dogs,just not for everyone.
***Edited By: joce on 12/17/2006 11:32:43 PM*** Reason: a
You cant judge just by her immediate reactions if she was abused. I have one who simply does not care for strangers. She is the most loveable thing towards us, but could care less about meeting new people. She would like cower and run from strangers, doesnt make her abused.
Anyone who finds a dog should first give all their efforts to allow the true owners to reclaim before taking it upon themselves to rehome her or keep her.
Aw, what a bummer to lose something so precious especially around the holidays. I hope you find his owners, he's a stunner. A few months ago in the summer while visiting my aunt, I found a pomeranian (or he found me), and I took him in. I called up some people who lived near by, put flyers up..just anything hoping the owners would call. After 11 days they did, he showed us pictures of him by email so we could verify the dog to make sure. My aunt would've probably kept him though, he was pretty old I think & without any teeth, so we were afraid the humane society would've just put him down.
If you don't find the owners are you going to keep him? He looks like a keeper :)
***Edited By: superwoman on 12/18/2006 4:44:01 AM*** Reason: oops