Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I just feel BLEH. I have no reason to be unhappy or sad. The only thing I can possibly connect this feeling to is having the neighbors take their dog back from us. They had a pit mix pup (Zoey) that they kept tied to a tree all the time. For the longest time she didn't even have a doghouse! She would cower under the overhang of the house when it rained, trying to stay dry.
one day when Zoey got loose (she always runs to our house) I put her in the fence with our dogs and she had a blast running and playing with them. The next time I caught the neighbors at home (they both work odd hours), I asked if Zoey could come over and play with our dogs. The husband was happy to let her come over.
so everyday after work (and just about all day on weekends), Zoey would come over to get some play time. It was good for her, and our boys got some exercise too. We also started feeding Zoey when we took her home because she was SOOOO skinny (and her owners were rarely home). There were many times that she didn't have water, so we weren't sure she was getting regular meals.
The neighbors have kids from previous relationships, and their son started asking us if we wanted to keep Zoey. We told him we really couldn't afford another dog.
once the time changed, Zoey's play time was shortened because it got dark so early. But I had some vacation time to use up at the end of the year, so I took some long weekends. When I was at home and the weather was nice, I just left the back door open and all the dogs ran in and out as they wanted to.
My husband asked me if I was thinking about taking Zoey permanently, but 3 vet bills is a bit much. We both knew that when the weather got colder there was no way we could leave Zoey tied to a tree (even though her owners did FINALLY get her a doghouse).
On Halloween night nobody in Zoey's family was at home. I knew that all the kids walking around would just drive her crazy, so I let her spend the night. She conquered the dog door pretty quick. From that night on, she was with us full time. The next time I caught the neighbors at home, I made sure they knew that Zoey was with us.
I asked her owners about her shots and if she was on heart worm meds. I told them I wanted to take her to the vet because she wasn't gaining any weight and I knew she was eating regularly. The vet said she was fine and we started Zoey on heart worm medicine. (The neighbors did offer to help pay, but I declined.)
for the most part, Zoey did well. There were some scuffles with our dogs, but once we started feeding Zoey outside those pretty much stopped. We had some stretches of rainy days when the dogs couldn't get out and run, and Zoey got into a little trouble (turning the trash over, grabbing things off the counter, etc). We started crating her when we were gone. That worked for a few days, but it turns out she's an escape artist. We cannot figure out how, but she would get out of the crate everyday before we got home. We started telling the neighbors that we would take Zoey if they wanted us to.
Around Thanksgiving, the neighbors came and got Zoey for an overnight visit with the kids (not at their house). The next day, Zoey came flying in the dog door (they had just put her back inside the fence without saying anything to us).
Zoey went in heat (thank the Lord we had her!) which I've never dealt with before. Both of our boys are fixed, so it wasn't much of an issue.
The husband brought all the kids (a boy & 2 girls) over to see Zoey. While the kids were distracted, my husband told him that Zoey was in heat. One of the girls wanted to take Zoey home, but her dad told her that "Zoey needs to stay where she is."
About 2 weeks ago, my husband came home from work and Zoey was gone. He went out in the yard and called her. He looked all around the house. He noticed the neighbors were home, so he went over and asked the dad if they had Zoey. "yeah...my wife went over and got her." They never said anything else. I kept hoping it was just a visit, but it looks like they are keeping her for good (inside the house this time).
she did get loose one night and showed up at our door. I put her on a leash and walked her back home, but nobody was there. Eventually they came and got her. I gave them her heart worm medicine and her toothbrush.
I know she was never our dog and I'm glad they are letting her stay inside. I sure do miss her though (she was with us over 2 months). I really hope they take care of her. I hate that they just let her out with no supervision. I worry about her getting hit by a car. I worry what will happen when she goes in heat again.
I just don't understand why people get a pet when they have no time for it. Both of our boys are unofficial rescues. The golden was 'free to a good home' when his original family realized he wasn't going to be a cute little puppy for the rest of his life (he was 4 months old when we drove to Louisville to get him). The lab mix was abandoned at a school during the height of the foreclosure mess in our area.
I'll try to post some pictures of her when I get home.
ETA: there should be pictures now of Zoey, Obie (the Golden), and Jack (black lab mix)