I Was About to Feed the Dogs

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Registered: 11-01-1999
I Was About to Feed the Dogs
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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 4:10pm

last night about 5 PM, when my phone rang.  My friend, pet-sitter, and intake officer for DFW Pug Rescue was on the phone.  Could I drop everything and go pick up a pug in a neighborhood a couple miles north of me?  Friendly, and sitting on someone's porch, but had been wandering the neighborhood for 24 hours or so, and they were afraid he would be hit by a car.  Tim was at a client's house, having to feed their dogs and give one of them insulin, and he estimated he was better than an hour away from picking up the dog.  I said "sure," and Tim gave me directions to the house and said "the guy who called me is named Jim, and he says he is an Arlington shelter volunteer and doesn't want to take the pug to the shelter."  What a coincidence; I even knew the guy.

So I pitched an air kennel into the hatch of my car, went out there in rush hour traffic, and the pug was standing in the middle of the street.  Big, fawn boy, white face, snaggle-teeth.  Probably 8-10 years old. No collar, no harness, just a naked dog.  Taurus was in my largest crate, and this stray barely fit in the smaller one. 

Tim came to my house when he finished with his client's animals, and got the stray.  He said he was taking him straight to the Westcreek clinic.  Well, I hope Tim drives faster than I do, or he knows a short cut or two because it's 25 minutes from my house to the clinic, and I think they close at 6.

I will watch for the stray to show up on the intake report and see what Rescue names him.  They will check to see if he is microchipped, but I doubt it -- no collar, no harness - looks like he was dumped.

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Registered: 11-23-2005
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 6:45pm
How sad! I bet someone dumped the dog because someone in the family died that had the dog and no one wanted the dog!
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 8:26pm

It is an upscale neighborhood.  The dog was old and needed dental work.  We don't know at this point if the animal needs any other medical attention.  People often dump their dogs if they can't afford (or aren't willing to afford) medical care.  In an upscale neighborhood, the dumper hopes someone with the resources will take the dog in.

My Anya was dumped in a nice park after her last litter was weaned.  Or maybe because she was too old to have puppies, they did not survive.  Or maybe the litter was too small and she could no longer "make money" for the back yard breeder.

Pug Rescue has named him Durwood, and he is in isolation at the vet clinic for two days, waiting to see if anyone comes forward looking for a lost pug matching his description.

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 7:38am
Sounds like you got there in the nick of time! I hope he finds his home soon whether it's his original one or a new one. With a name like Durwood how can he not! :)
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Registered: 03-20-2001
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 3:13pm

It just breaks my heart that someone would just dump a dog ........  what heartless human beings and I don't care what the situation is.  There is always something that can be done.  It doesn#t sound like Durwood just wandered away without the collar and all,,,,, sadly.
I have Coffee chipped so that if she ever got out without her halter/tag on they could read her.  they are trying to pass a law here that all dogs (cats ) get chipped (and spayed).   I think it's a good idea.

Well I pray little Durwood finds a home that will love him til the end of his days....   I also hope the clinic finds him in good health (well other than  the  teeth)

and see,,,, this is what I always say,,, Gaye was there to help out a furbabe in need.....  thank you dear... (())

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-23-2005
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 6:35pm
So sad for Durwood. I hope he finds a good home for the rest of his life.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:39pm

Durwood was scanned at the clinic.  Apparently he is not chipped.

All of my animals are chipped, even the cat who never leaves the house.  I had him chipped last year after a tornado went through a neighborhood about three miles from here and houses were badly damaged.  A number of frightened pets got out and wandered aimlessly.  I thought about my poor Dylan under those circumstances, so I had him chipped.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:52pm

How sad for little (ahem) Durwood!  I'm glad he had an angel to rescue him.  My dogs are chipped.  Lately the gate is being cranky and when I went out of it Sunday, it did not latch, and swung back open.  JAILBREAK!!!  I was able to round them up without any disaster, but it was scary.  My dogs wear their collars and tags all the time, so their vet's information is on them.  

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:40am

Hi Gaye,  that was a wonderful present to Dylan having him chipped.   I know I feel much safer and securer with Coffee being chipped. One just doesn't know but things happen and they can escape even when on a leash.  I've seen dogs on leashes wandering around the forest,,, now ya know they got away from their owner... owners looking in the wrong direction...  it happens,,,  all the police here have scanners in their patrol cars ...  it helps.