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Old 02-28-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The last few days we've seen a big yellow dog hanging around the elementary school, acting really scared. The principal is very intolerant of dogs, so my daughter and I have been trying to get near this dog and see if we could take him home and look for his owner, before the principal ended up calling animal control.

Today the dog let us get about ten feet from him, so we went home and got the dog treats and came back. We offered him some, and soon he was eating out of our hands. We hadn't brought a leash, so we started walking back home, calling him and giving him a treat every few steps. We were passing the entrance to another neighborhood when he went that way, ran to a house, started scratching at the front door and at the doors of their cars, and whining at their front door. We waited across the street to see what would happen. The front door opened, and a man came out with a broom and started yelling at the dog to get lost. He went back inside, we called the dog over to us, and then my daughter went and knocked on the door to ask if it was their dog. A woman came outside and the dog got really excited, got away from me, ran over and jumped up on the woman. She said it wasn't their dog and they'd never seen it before. I asked if she had a piece of rope or a leash that we could borrow. She said sure, opened her car, dragged the dog out when he jumped into the car, and then brought out a leash that matched his collar. She even said, "Oh look, it matches his collar...but that's not my dog." I told her I'd return the leash that afternoon, and she said, "You don't have to, I don't have dogs anymore," and then asked if we were going to take the dog home. I told her I usually rehome strays on Craigslist but that this dog looks mean, so I would have to be really careful that he didn't go to the wrong kind of person who would use him for bait to train fighting dogs. She said, "Well, I have to go to work now," and went back in her house.

That poor dog sat on the sidewalk and just cried and cried. Pretty soon my daughter was crying too. Eventually we got the dog to start walking, and took him home with us.

I'm really sure that was his house and they just decided they didn't want him anymore.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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My gosh, that poor pup! What awful, AWFUL people they are!

My heart breaks for him, but my heart smiles for him too because of you and your daughter.

Are you going to keep him?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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Oh God, this is the saddest thing I have read in such a long time! Is the dog very old? I really hope he can find security and love in a new home!
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Some people suck! If they are indeed his owners it sounds like he will be better off without them.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I think he's about a year old, judging from his teeth. He looks like a boxer/pit mix, very muscular but compact at the same time. He has six toes on each of his back feet.

I have two dogs already which is the most my HOA allows. My neighbors on either side each have three big dogs, so I know they're not going to tell on me if I have an extra for now. This dog isn't neutered, and I have a female (she's spayed, thank goodness), so we just learned a lot more about the anatomy of an unaltered male dog than we ever wanted to know, when we tried to introduce the two.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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That's a horribly sad story. People can be so hard hearted.
When you say he has 6 toes on his back feet, do you mean he has double dewclaws? That would give a clue as to breeds. Anyway, bless you for working to build his trust and coming to his rescue!
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: NE USA
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That is a very sad story, but thank you for taking the dog That is extremely kind of you!

As for the people, that dog remembered them for one reason or another, he HAD to be there dog. How completely heartless. There is a special place in Hell for people like that.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Here he is:



He has a long tail, it was wagging fast in the picture so it didn't show up. You can see all the toes on his back foot.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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what an absolutely handsome dog!

If you can't keep him, I hope you find the perfect home for him.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The last few days we've seen a big yellow dog hanging around the elementary school, acting really scared. The principal is very intolerant of dogs, so my daughter and I have been trying to get near this dog and see if we could take him home and look for his owner, before the principal ended up calling animal control.

Today the dog let us get about ten feet from him, so we went home and got the dog treats and came back. We offered him some, and soon he was eating out of our hands. We hadn't brought a leash, so we started walking back home, calling him and giving him a treat every few steps. We were passing the entrance to another neighborhood when he went that way, ran to a house, started scratching at the front door and at the doors of their cars, and whining at their front door. We waited across the street to see what would happen. The front door opened, and a man came out with a broom and started yelling at the dog to get lost. He went back inside, we called the dog over to us, and then my daughter went and knocked on the door to ask if it was their dog. A woman came outside and the dog got really excited, got away from me, ran over and jumped up on the woman. She said it wasn't their dog and they'd never seen it before. I asked if she had a piece of rope or a leash that we could borrow. She said sure, opened her car, dragged the dog out when he jumped into the car, and then brought out a leash that matched his collar. She even said, "Oh look, it matches his collar...but that's not my dog." I told her I'd return the leash that afternoon, and she said, "You don't have to, I don't have dogs anymore," and then asked if we were going to take the dog home. I told her I usually rehome strays on Craigslist but that this dog looks mean, so I would have to be really careful that he didn't go to the wrong kind of person who would use him for bait to train fighting dogs. She said, "Well, I have to go to work now," and went back in her house.

That poor dog sat on the sidewalk and just cried and cried. Pretty soon my daughter was crying too. Eventually we got the dog to start walking, and took him home with us.

I'm really sure that was his house and they just decided they didn't want him anymore.
What a way to bring tears to someones eyes. I am so glad you got him to come to your house. What are you going to do with him? You know, if people decide for whatever reason and it can happen, they can't keep a pet, either find a rescue group or try and take it to a non kill shelter. If that isn't possible, take it to the humane society. It is better to see them put down (God forbid) than ignored, just to get hit by a car or whatever...My heart goes out the litle guy and good for you. You deserve the medal of the day.
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