A week ago today…. It was 11:00pm and dark and my nephew was helping me put the garbage out. I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. It was Mureille. OMG! Mureille….wait, how can that be? ……wait, whose dog are you? She was a GORGEOUS Akita. HUGE! 90 lbs we later found out. I took a closer look and approached her slowly. I was hoping she didn’t bite me as I was grabbing for her collar. Nope, no tags. She must be lost, I thought. Now I know every dog that lives on this road. It’s a LONG road. A few miles. This girl I had never seen. She was beautiful. Clean as a whistle so she must not have been out there very long. So we put her in the car and drove around. Surely SOMEONE must be out looking for this dog. Up and down the road we went. It was late and most houses had already turned their lights off for the night. Not a soul was stirring so we headed back to the sanctuary. We brought her into the house and settled her in for the night. I checked Craig’s List for a lost dog ad and found none so I posted her in the lost dog section. Tomorrow was going to be a busy day all of a sudden. We were on a mission to find her owner.
So morning comes and I do the dog routine as I call it and got everyone pottied, played with and settled in for nap time. I made some “Found Dog” signs and posted them. I called the SPCA and reported her and then we went up to the vet to get her scanned for a microchip. No chip. Oy! I was REALLY hoping she had a chip. We stopped at the other local vet’s office but no one there recognized her either. Hmmm. Could she have been dumped at the sanctuary after all?
I didn’t want to believe it. I STILL don’t want to believe it. I get calls all the time to take dogs. When I can, I do, and when I can’t, I do all I can to help someone find a place for their dog to go. I had no call on this girl beforehand. There was no good reason for someone to just drop her off without first asking if I could take her in. So weird to me. Heartbreaking. This girl is so sweet. How could someone do this? I know I know….it happens every day. Not here it doesn’t and it makes me so sad. I have no info on her. No idea if she had shots, needs shots, needs medicine on a daily basis, why her back end is weak, what kind of food she eats, if she has any food aggression or behavior issues…..NOTHING! She’s so confused as to why she’s here. I WISH I could explain it to her.
If this really was a drop off…boy, they didn’t set me up for success. I have my work cut out for me. Don’t get me wrong, she is a VERY well behaved dog and I know I will be able to find her a home, but the extra detective work to get an accurate idea of who she is and what she needs is going to delay getting her into a home. I have to know what kind of dog I am placing. I don’t like taking chances.
So we will take the next few weeks to get to know her and to keep our fingers crossed that her owner will turn up. Maybe she’s the victim of a foreclosure, or a divorce, or maybe her neighbors don’t like dogs and grabbed her. Who knows! Could be any or none of these. I will still keep my fingers crossed that we find her owner. I’d much rather she go home than to a new home. Well, that’s all for now. We’ll keep you posted!