My son and his girlfriend have been staying with me since my hubby passed away new years day. They are both animal lovers too. They have completely taken over Daisy, who was my hubbys English Bulldog. They came home a few days ago with a very cute little dog that was out on the highway dodging traffic and scared to death. They coaxed her into the car and went to the few houses that were nearby and no one had seen her before. I called the humane society right away and reported her as found and gave them a detailed description. I told them that i would keep her here rather than have her be locked up until the owner could be located. I also posted ads on craigslist with my phone number. Now its the fourth day and have heard nothing. Shes a very sweet little dog. She was limping slightly when she first got here, but seems to be fine now. She was wearing a harness and does not look to be malnurished or unkept. Her nails looked like they have been kept clipped. I just dont know what to do. She is such a sweetheart, but i already have an English Bulldog, Three French Bulldogs of my own , and another one that i am fostering from a puppymill bust. The woman the runs the Bulldog rescue knows a nice family that wants a pug/beagle mix and i know she would get a good home. I just think i should give it a couple of more weeks in case the owners are out of town or hospitilized and dont know that shes even missing. I know the humane society only holds them for three days before placing them up for adoption, but that just doesnt seem like much time. I would hate to place her in a home and a week or two down the road, i get a call from the owner. What should i do ? Thank God i have a king size bed, and that Daisy sleeps with my son because the last few nights i have had the other five in my bed hogging all the blankets. lol
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Dusty, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've been away from the board and am just now hearing. This sounds like a really good time to have fur babies.
I think you are doing the right thing, holding onto the little dog instead of turning her in. We did the same thing a couple of years back. My son brought home an extra Lab from his walk, and we called in its information to our county's Animal Welfare League while keeping it at our house. It took five days for the owner and AWL to connect the dots and call me, but it was good for the dog to be kept out of the system. A door to the owners' house had been ajar, he'd gotten out, and had wandered a good mile before my son found him. They were a military family that had been here only a week or so, and nothing on the dog's collar was current or local. We were so ready to keep him by the time they called, but the owner was practically crying, he was so glad to get his dog back.
***Edited By: JoanEK on 2/15/2008 5:12:45 PM*** Reason: *
Dusty, I too didn't realize you had lost your husband. I am so sorry. I know you are going through a difficult time. Glad to hear your son and wife is staying with you and I know that helps alot. God bless and good luck with that little new baby. She will be alot of company for you too. Having to been in since Nov. from back surgery and will be a few more months before I can get out and do anything, mine have been so much company. Don't know what I would have done without them.
First of all, I am so sorry for your loss Dusty. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow for you loss. Just thank God everyday for the time that you had with your Husband and enjoy the company of your family, both 2 legged and 4 legged.
Also, thank you for taking that poor puppy into your home. She is a lucky dog to have such a caring foster mommy and such cute foster siblings.
I am doing okay. Yes, Jean Luc is still here. I havent heard anymore on whats going on . Only what i read in the local paper. The judge ordered all the dogs to be sold , to help recoup the cost of their care since they were confiscated back in july. I am hoping that they will allow the rescues to place them. At least i know they would make sure they got good homes. This poor little guy has not had any stability until he came here. The first 15 dogs that were removed from the breeders home, were all small dogs that were found in the basement, in the dark, living in their own urine and feces. Jean Luc was one of them. Then he was kept in the shelter for 5 months before being released to the rescue to be put in a foster home. So the first 8 months of his life were pretty much void of human contact and love. He was sooooo timid when he came here. He has come out of that alot and likes to snuggle close to me, especially at night. He was covered in staph infection that is pretty much gone now. I will really miss him, but he needs a permanent home with someone that can give him more one on one attention. Its hard when i have to devide mine between five dogs. But they all get plenty of love here.
I agree with you completely! Keep the dog for a while just to make sure the owners aren't gone or something and if by then no one has called tell the possible owners about how you got her so they understand if the owners return they might try to get the dog back. Good Job and Good Luck!