I take my shih-tzu for a walk every day up my street. I noticed a seemingly empty house with a rottweiler mix(?)in the yard. My dog liked to say hello to this dog on our daily walks. I hadn't seen the dog for a couple of days so I thought the owners must have taken the dog when they moved. Today we stopped at the house and the dog staggered out to see us. She was obviously emaciated and dehydrated. We gave her food and brought a dish for water. While tryong to give the dog some water, we noticed that the water was turned off to the house. Also, the house is completely empty (no furnishings at all). This meant to us that the owners were not coming back. The owners had moved and left this dog behind. So we brought her home, fed her and gave her water. She immediately drank lots of water but only ate a little bit of food. We had just given her a little bit of food so she would not gorge herself and get sick. We don't know how long she has been without food or water. I'm looking for advice on handling a large dog that has been traumatized. She is timid, but she did get aggressive with my shih when the rott was eating a pigs ear my son gave her. I know she was protecting her food, but it was scary, and I don't want to put my shih in danger. I'm sure some of you have experience with this kind of situation. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks.
First, thank goodness you took the time to care! Kudos to you!
I'd be sure and always feed and treat separately, and no rawhide bones, pig ears or fun toys laying around the house to play with and possibly fight over. Keep them apart for toys and food. LOL You probably already know that now, though. Do them seem to get along when food isn't involved?
Are you considering keeping the new girl, or is she just passing through?
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Hi shinyblackpit Thanks for the quick response. I will be sure to feed them seperately, thanks. The dogs seemed to get along fine before my son gave the rott the pig ear, and once he took it away, the dogs were OK. I was impressed by the fact that the rott let my son take the treat away without growling or anything. My son just turned 19 today, and he is a true dog lover. He is a regular Cesar Milan- he has a way with animals. Needless to say, he has already fallen in love with this dog- so we plan to keep her.
Thank goodness you care. Hopefully once your Rott gets adjusted to the new surroundings she will not be as timid. My only concern is: We got a dog from the pound that had obviously been abused. She was very timid around certain people and would always protect her food, treats, toys etc. She eventually came around and outgrew the timidness, yet always guarded her treats...She was a cuddly dog. (lab/shep mix) We just knew we couldn't let her around kids with treats, food. We had her for 10 years before she passed. Good Luck..hope your Rott is as good as Lady was..
Kudos for taking her in. I have a soft spot for Rottweilers. Do you have a local pound of some sort? I would call them and tell them how you found her. Some times they will file a report of the original owners. The owner could be prosecuted for having leaving her.
If we ban Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are humans some dont like next ?
I thought about contacting the pound annonymously. I'm hoping the dog will adjust. I just can't believe how cruel the owners were just to leave her there with no food or water- she would have starved to death. Wether she is the right dog for us or not, I just couldn't walk away.
I don't know which state you are in, but in Ohio, the dog pound does not take care of abandoned dogs. It is the Humane Societys. Unfortuantely they can not do anything about it now. If you would have left the dog and called them, then they could have attempted to locate the owners and prosecute them. Feeding the dog would have been ok. It is best to try and prosecute these people or they will turn around and do it again and there may not be anyone who cares there to rescue the next dog. I think most Humane Societies would appreaciate your help with the dog. It might be worth trying to call your local Humane Society or ASPCA.