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Old 10-02-2012, 03:55 PM
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Agree with all of the above! I found my cat Bindi wandering the streets (she'd been seen around town for 5-6 months by that point), and she may have had a home before getting lost/dumped... I put up a "found" ad on Craigslist, scanned for microchip, filed a report at the local shelter, and everyone in that neighborhood knew I'd taken her home. Nobody replied to my ads, and 4+ years later there is NO WAY in Hades anyone could say she's not mine. In fact, I would even take it to court if somebody tried to claim her tomorrow - after this long (and even after as long as you've had Jax), I would say we have every right to call these pets our own. JMO.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:03 PM
Location: Dallas
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Keep him. You've done enough to try to locate the owner. On the few occassions a pet of mine has gone missing, when they didn't return and no one responded to my fliers, I hoped they had been rescued by a loving person such as yourself.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:30 PM
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I agree with everyone. You did more than most would do to find an owner. He sounds like a fortunate little guy, especially if he came from a pet store/puppy mill.
A "designer breed" is a "mutt by design," and they are very popular now. Breed two dogs of different breeds and get a half-half mutt and call it a cute name. Actually, if it's two breeds together, he's a "mixed breed," not a pure mutt. Why anyone can get serious money for a bred mutt of any kind, well, that's another story, but your guy is a good mix for intelligence and looks. Enjoy! And post those pictures!
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:17 PM
Location: Ohio
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I agree with all of the above.

You did your part.

Jax knows you, has bonded with you, loves you......at this point to turn him over to someone else would be cruel.....plain and simple.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:27 PM
Location: St. Croix
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He is yours, he adopted you. Congrats!
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:28 PM
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You have done everything you could to find the owners of this dog. I think you should just relax and be happy that you have a new buddy. He legally should be yours now.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:53 PM
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I think you made a serious attempt to find Jax's owner and you're not stealing at all. I think after all this time Jax is your dog.

A few years ago I noticed a very hungry and dirty cat crying for food at the bins outside my apartment. He was covered in motor oil and we brought him inside, cleaned him up and gave him food and water. He was very friendly and affectionate. After we cleaned him up it became apparent he was a designer breed cat. (Flame Point Siamese) I figured there was no way he was a street cat and he probably had a family looking for him.

I didn't post a found ad because I thought anybody could claim that this cat was theirs. He's absolutely stunning. I looked at all the lost ads and found a similar one at my vet's, but it was for a female of the same breed but with yellow eyes. He had blue. We called to ask anyway and it wasn't this family's missing cat. The one we found had no ID or chip, nothing. I continued to search the lost ads but nothing ever came of it.

Months and months went by and we never found his family. I think they probably abandoned him because he's a handful, a real prankster, and downright naughty at times. Anyway, I'd say we waited for 8 or 9 months before having him chipped and neutered and officially declaring him part of the family. Their loss I say because I love him to pieces even if he is a brat, lol.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:57 PM
Location: Texas
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Keep the dog.
He is yours now.

You tried hard to find his people.
Now you are his people.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:57 PM
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I agree with the others keep him you tried and from the sound of it it does not sound like who ever lost him tried too hard to find him or you would have seen posters up or something. If they did not care enough about him to have any ID be it a microchip or a collar and tag well that is their problem. I would only consider it stealing if you did nothing to find the owner or if the dog had a collar and tag and you took it off and tossed it without contacting the owner because you had decided you wanted the dog or you had seen something about a lost dog that you knew was this dog buy decided to ignore it.

As for the breed mix yes people do breed the and sell them for big money but then again there are still the accidental oops pups from an unplanned breeding of the two breeds.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:38 PM
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Congratulations on your new family member, and hurray for you for rescuing the pup.
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