Monday, September 24, 2018

A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY-MAYBE

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Welcome Monday.  We haven't had an animal story for awhile, so I know you're just waiting for one. If not, you may stop reading here. You've met my cats many times. 

But now, quite by surprise, I'm fostering a dog. 


His is a sad story. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed this stray dog down by my gate. I was pretty sure I knew how he got there, but tried to ignore him, hoping he'd go away. No such luck. For three days he stayed by the gate, waiting for his family to come back for him. Finally, I had to feed him. Couldn't let him starve. He loved cat food. That was all I had. And, he followed me back to the house. So, I put him in the yard and have been debating ever since what to do with him. Oh, after a couple of days I did buy some dog food. He really didn't care.

Anyhow, he has never bothered the cats, but I kept them in the house, just in case.  And I decided to call the humane society and have them pick him up. They don't pick up and I had no way to take him to the shelter. He's a young dog but weighs almost as much as me, I imagine. So I thought I'd call our city shelter, but then, he looked at me with  those sad, sad eyes. His tail wagged back and forth faster than windshield wipers. So, yes, he's still with me. I'm trying to teach him to sit because he jumps on me when I go outside. I still may call someone to come get him. Undecided.

Patches is traumatized. Tiger is cool. But the dog doesn't like my son's dog, which could be a problem.

I'm asking for God's guidance, because I know what happens to a majority of animals taken to the shelters. The lucky ones are adopted. The others...

Anyhow, he's eating like a horse, my grocery budget is overdrawn, and he keeps looking at me with those sad, sad eyes.

Have a happy week!

20 comments:

  1. What a sad tale Beverly, but I'm sure you will do the correct thing. What is right for the dog is most important.
    Enjoy your week.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I don't need a dog. The cats are enough. But when he looks at me and wags his tale...

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  2. If you can't keep him, hopefully you'll find someone who could give him a good home. The last time we decided to feed two strays the little buggers ended up inside the house.

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    1. I put his picture on Face Book, the local pet page. Yeah, I swear he won't come in the house. The cats haven't figured him out. Still making decisions.

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    1. That's the problem, Alex. He has that look. And he's so happy to see me when I go outside to feed him.

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  4. Oh boy, that is a dilemma! I will pray you are able to find a nice home for him--whether that is yours or someone else's:)

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I've been praying about what to do with him. Hopefully the answer will come soon.

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  5. Sure hard to say no to that face. Hopefully you can find him a great home, whether that is with you or not.

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  6. Good luck deciding what to do. That's a hard one. I can tell he's pulling at your heart.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. He is so excited when I pet him and feed him. The love just pours out of his eyes and his heart. I'm thinking. Tough decision. A lot of people on Face Book have posted about him too. Will have to decide soon.

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  7. Hard to resist those puppy eyes. Too bad he doesn't get along with the other dog. Maybe you can find a no-kill shelter. Such a dilemma!

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    1. Yes, it is, Sherry. I'm searching for an answer. I think he'd be fine with the cats. They were out in the yard for awhile yesterday together. He's too big to come in the house. Will decide soon.

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  8. Oh no. So someone left/abandoned him there? So sad. I hope someone comes forth to adopt him.

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    1. Yes, they did. Some people seem to think that folks in the country will welcome their unwanted pets. I already have two cats, both of them just showed up on my patio one day. What are you gonna do? I've posted on FB about the dog. Hoping to find a home. Lots of friends have shared my post. So far, no takers. He is learning to not jump on me. I think he's smart if anyone would work with him. Anyhow, we'll see what happens. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. You are so sweet for taking care of him. I hope you find him a good home.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. So far no one has asked for him. He's learned to sit, instead of jump on me. He really is a good dog. Still hoping for a home for him. The cats are a bit nervous.

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  10. It breaks my heart when people just leave their pets somewhere hoping someone will take them in. You are so sweet and kind to be fostering him for now. You can always take it one day at a time and hopefully the right decision will show itself. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Me, too, Jess. I guess they don't care what happens to the pet. If I hadn't fed him... He loves attention and when he looks at me I can't send him away. He's learning to behave. He needs kids that will play with him. I'm too old. Yes, I pray every day for God's will. Thanks for stopping by.

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