What a strange day yesterday. I am currently dogsitting for a friend putting the number of k-9 companions in my house at 6. Yes 6, odd variety too. 2 mini schnauzers, 2 pitbull, 1 beagle and 1 jack russell, needless to say, never a dull moment on its own. I have a very open house and 3 fenced acres to allow for this number and yesterday we had a little guy join in the fun. None of the dogs I have can fit thru the horse gates I have but apparently a lost mini pin can. He just hopped right thru and has been here since, just joined right in with the rest. He obviously belongs to someone, for he had a collar and a t-shirt on, but none of my neighbors claim him or claim to know him. I just don't see how someone could not miss a small dog that is clearly a companion, well socialized and very friendly. I took him to the vet, no chip and no adds anywhere for a lost dog. I've placed found ads and now I guess it is just a waiting game. I really hope to find his owner soon. No questions I just thought I would share my story. Hope everyone is having a great night!
Well, here's the latest. The little minpin dissappeared from our house on Tuesday as strangely as he appeared. I hoped that he found his way home but had no way of knowing. Well, yesterday he showed up again. :) This time, however, he did have a tag on. I guess they learned their lesson with that one. We took him back to his home and they were super grateful. I guess he will probably make regular trips thru the woods to visit us, and that is fine now because we know where he lives. :)
Well, it's not really "fine" because you don't know where else he goes (and obviously, his owners don't, either) He could get hit by a car, attacked by another dog, poisoned by some other irate neighbor that doesn't want a stray dog on his property...not to mention, he could make your dogs sick. If his owners don't care enough about him that they let him run loose-do they care enough to make sure he is updated on all his shots?
Okay, fine in the sense that he DOES have an owner and they live nearby and fine in the sense that they live behind us thru the woods so, to get to our house he doesn't travel across any roads. Is it fine that they let their "intact" dog run free thru the local area? No, absolutely not. But I'm not going to call animal control so that they can keep him 7 days and then put him down because his owners didn't know where he was. Also, I can't keep him in my yard, he is too small. He jumps thru our gate to get in and jumps out the same way. Would I keep him, sure, I'd welcome him into our home, but knowing that he has a home, I don't think that as another dog owner that would be the right thing to do. What would you do in this situation?
(1) Calling animal control the next time he drops by. Don't just identify the dog -- tell them who you believe the owners are. (2) Go to PetSmart (or other similar place), and make up a tag with the Owners name/address, and affix it to his collar.
He stopped by today, and he has a new collar with a big tag on it. He had a tag on the other day and that is how my husband was able to contact the owners. My husband said when he took him back that they live on a farm. He probably wouldn't leave if he was neutered. I don't know though.
NoDogYet, there is NO WAY I could ever call animal control with a clear conscience when I know I could care for the animal rather than it run the risk of being killed. You know what I mean? Before I would do that I would line my horse gates with wire to keep him in so that we could just keep him. At this time they are not because my dogs are too big to fit thru. I'm sure something we'll get figured out. I haven't spoken to the owners, my husband did, but I feel as though they should definitely have him neutered. I'm sure that would help.
Just because he is taken to a shelter doesn't necessarily mean he will be PTS. And besides, that would certainly be better than being hit by a car. Just because you haven't seen him on the road, doesn't mean he doesn't go out on the road. I would definately report it-it's for the dog's safety.
Also, if you do decide to report them, it might just give the owners that little extra incentive to try to keep him at his home better. Right now, they think it is OK for him to get loose, because he will just go to your home, and you will take him back everytime. It's really not right for you to have to worry about this dog.
Yes, shelters keep the dogs for 7 days, but if you are really worried about him, or want to keep the dog, you can usually have first pick at adopting him out if the owners do not pick him up. You can also neuter him at that time.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
Also, if you do decide to report them, it might just give the owners that little extra incentive to try to keep him at his home better. Right now, they think it is OK for him to get loose, because he will just go to your home, and you will take him back everytime.
That's what I was *trying* to say, but it didn't come across as well.