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Old 11-17-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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A dog followed my dog and I home this morning.
It was very early and no one else around or out walking.

The dog seems to be in good condition, ( although a little scruffy but that may be natural), he is initially timid but friendly. He has a collar but no tags. For the sake of clarity here, I will call him "Fred".

-I re-traced our walking route hoping Fred would go home once he recognized familiar streets but he just walked with me a bit and then turned around and ran back to my house and barked at my door to be let in. This happened 2x.
- I let Fred inside briefly but since I dont know what his indoor behavior is and did not want to leave him unattended, I put him in my dog's travel kennel. Fred did not like that and started barking non stop.
-I then remembered that I have a fenced back yard so I put Fred in the back. He squeezed out under the fence and ran to the front door and started barking to be let in.

Should I:
-Turn him over to animal control immediately?
(I have visions of bad things happening to him there)
-Just put him outside, ignore his barking and hope he goes away?
-Take him back to the street where he initially found and started following me and let him go?
( I think he will try to get back to my house again and maybe get hit by a car in the process)
-Try to hang on to him for a few days and hope that someone looks for him. (I am reluctant to do this because he'll need to be crated indoors and at night and his crate-barking will mean immediate eviction, especially if I am trying to sleep. Not sure how I would handle that)

-Keeping Fred is NOT an option.

Thanks
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Bring him to a vet to have him checked for a microchip.

ETA: Fred sounds like a character! I laughed out loud when I read that he went under the fence and ran around to the front to bark at your front door.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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Good idea! I did not think of that!
I doubt I live in a neighborhood of "people likely to microchip" but it does not hurt to check. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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You can also put up fliers in your neighborhood, stating that you found a dog but no picture. Let the owner describe him.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Yep fred sounds like a charecter indeed . I always say "God puts us where he needs us to be at a certain time and most likely God needed you to be Fred's guardian angel . Why is keeping Fred not an option ? It sounds like he picked you to be his new family . I would put a flyer up at local vets offices as well and just put found dog and let the owner describe him .Dont let him go to animal control they will put him down after two days that is all they give ppl to retrieve their dogs from ac .
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:12 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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If the vet doesn't recognize "Fred" he/she may have other suggestions for you and perhaps, some vet places have bulletin boards and you might be able to post on them. I don't know if you're in a big city or little town but depending on local mannerisms, some vet might call out to neighboring vets.
The owner might be looking in the wrong places wondering/worrying where their pet disappeared. I've put my cell phone number on my two dog's tags, just in case.

I hope "Fred" gets re-united with his family.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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He has quite the personality.
When I took him outside to try to walk him back home to wehere he found me, both times he walked for about a block and then turned around and ran to my house- and got there before I did!

Also, he has A LOT of energy. He likes to dash around in circles and jump around a lot.

I cant keep him because I live in a rental and I dont think my landlords would go for it. Also, no one is at home during most of the day and without knowing his temperment and habits, he would have to be crated all day and at night and that seems unfair.

Also, all the jumping up and running round annoys my dog.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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Bring him to a vet to have him checked for a microchip.

ETA: Fred sounds like a character! I laughed out loud when I read that he went under the fence and ran around to the front to bark at your front door.

I could not believe it myself! But the latch is really high so there is no way he could have opened it. I was pretty surpised to see him at the front door.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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That is too funny! How long have you lived there? Maybe his family rented the house before, and that's why he seems to feel it's his home.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I could not believe it myself! But the latch is really high so there is no way he could have opened it. I was pretty surpised to see him at the front door.
Y'know, I think you really do want to keep him.

I would.

Maybe spend the day with him, see how he behaves, and ask your landlord? Y'know, if you WANT to keep him, that is.

No pressure. He just sounds like a great guy.
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