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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-13-2012, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Just before Christmas, a neighbor called me to ask if Gryff was loose because there was a small white dog roaming around their driveway. Nope, Gryff was lazing on the couch. Yesterday, a different neighbor called me with the same question. We live on a street with moderate traffic, but right off a very busy road, which is where the dog was.

I picked up the dog (I think he's a Tibetan Terrier), and brought him home. He had a collar on, but no tags. He was well fed, but soaking wet, muddy and very matted. I tried to clean him up a bit. It was an interesting test because we have been thinking about getting another dog but didn't know how Gryff would react. Good news is that Gryff had a field day playing with this dog.

Not knowing what to do and having to leave for work soon, I called a shelter and they came for the dog. I told them that I would also try to find the owner, but if neither of us could find them, I'd take the dog.

I have felt horrible all day. I know the dog is safe, but the owner must be frantic. When I got home I called the shelter, but nobody has called looking for the dog. I know I did the right thing making sure this little guy doesn't get hit by a car, but he could have only been a few houses from home. Then again, perhaps it's a good lesson to the owner not to let their dog loose with no tags.

Did I do the right thing? I will put up a sign in the morning.
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Awww. Did the shelter check for a microchip? -hope he gets home soon...

And yes, I totally think that you did the right thing. He has a much better chance of being found if he is in the shelter as opposed to roaming the streets (not to mention his own safety and being fed, sheltered, etc. in the meantime!)

Good for you to be willing to take the dog if the owners aren't found. Sounds like you, and Gryff, are ready for another companion even if it doesn't turn out to be this little guy!

I wouldn't be so hard on the owners for not keeping a tag on the dog though... Cey has tags that I keep attached to one harness but he only wears a harness when we go out for walks and additionally, I am absentminded and so I sometimes misplace the harness that has his tags and have to use the other one that I have. Thus the reason why I got him microchipped - he has never yet tried to bolt nor have i ever lost him but you never know, and if it happens to us his best chance of getting back together with us would be his microchip.

Anyway. Hope the little guy finds his family soon, and kudos to you for trying to help

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I think you absolutely, 100% did the right thing!! If it weren't for you, the dog could've ended up hurt (or worse)!

Definitely put some signs up, with a picture of the little guy on it, and post them around town. Hopefully someone will see it and recognize him. If not, then I think he will be better off with his new family :-)
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Yes, you did, You'd think people would call shelters, post ads in the newspaper, craigslist, maybe flyers on the road near where the dog lives, couldn't have gotten to far away from home, could he?

Then again, a few years ago in my town someone who dropped their unwanted dog across town hoping someone would find/adopt the dog, fully admitted to it shelter when the scanned the microchip and tracked them down, just didn't feel like 'dealing' with it anymore.

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I would have kept the dog at my house. I have heard WAY to many stories about animals being put down or told they were not at the shelter when in fact they had died there the night before. (for reasons no one can figure out our new at the time neighbors called animal control when a neighbors dog had wandered into their yard and was sick. There are only 50 houses in here and we all know each other. All they had to do was make a few phone calls. The dog died at the shelter and it took the owner going there twice to find her). I would keep in contact with the shelter. Now the dog is property of the shelter and there are chances that they won't approve you to adopt.

I don't want to make you feel worse, you did what was right for you. I would still put an ad on Craigslist with the picture you posted and state where the dog is. If you have time you could go door to door in the general area he was found.

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Just before Christmas, a neighbor called me to ask if Gryff was loose because there was a small white dog roaming around their driveway. Nope, Gryff was lazing on the couch. Yesterday, a different neighbor called me with the same question. We live on a street with moderate traffic, but right off a very busy road, which is where the dog was.

I picked up the dog (I think he's a Tibetan Terrier), and brought him home. He had a collar on, but no tags. He was well fed, but soaking wet, muddy and very matted. I tried to clean him up a bit. It was an interesting test because we have been thinking about getting another dog but didn't know how Gryff would react. Good news is that Gryff had a field day playing with this dog.

Not knowing what to do and having to leave for work soon, I called a shelter and they came for the dog. I told them that I would also try to find the owner, but if neither of us could find them, I'd take the dog.

I have felt horrible all day. I know the dog is safe, but the owner must be frantic. When I got home I called the shelter, but nobody has called looking for the dog. I know I did the right thing making sure this little guy doesn't get hit by a car, but he could have only been a few houses from home. Then again, perhaps it's a good lesson to the owner not to let their dog loose with no tags.

Did I do the right thing? I will put up a sign in the morning.
I personally don't trust shelters as many have PTS dogs in such a quick time due to the economy. If it is a no kill shelter..okay. Did they check for a microchip? If there are not ads in the paper and if it has been a long time, the owner may have given up.
I guess my point is,, you should be deciding if you want another dog and if you do this might be your belated Christmas present to Gryff.
At any rate, I would be calling the shelter each day and reminding them if no one calls, I will take him...usually in busy situations it is hard for them to remember..

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I agree with Flynn - keep checking on him. Usually no one writes anything down so who knows where your request would be!

Sounds like Gryff might have himself a new brother soon - yay!

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I called this morning and they just called me back. So far, nobody has called looking for him. They know I want him. They have to hold him for 7 days before he would go up for adoption and I plan on calling every day. I am really baffled how nobody has called for him. If my little dog was missing in this freezing, wet weather, the first thing I would do is call animal control.

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Things fall through the cracks and I am happy this little dog will be watched over..keep us posted...

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I am glad that he has you to watch over him. Poor little guy.

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