What to do with a stray?
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Late afternoon yesterday I was in the house when I heard screaming, knocking at the door, and then a young neighbor girl burst into my house - along with her little terrier and a loose pit bull! Chaos! The girl I know is petrified of larger dogs - especially loose ones! In this case the loose pitbull was really just trying to find someone to play with - that was very quickly very obvious. Thankfully! I grabbed the pit, got the girl to move back with her dog and some neighborhood boys who also appeared because of the screaming helped quiet the young lady and got her back home. So here I am on my front entryway with a young, female, in heat, very friendly pit bull. She is very healthy looking, so hasn't been loose tooo long - but I don't recognize her, in spite of my neighborhood walking and running. Sent my son after a rope so she wouldn't continue wandering and inadvertantly terrorizing anyone else. Here's timing - it's JUST after 5pm, on Friday, so animal control is no longer available and won't be until Monday. No bites involved (thankfully) so can't call the police. I don't have a place to keep a dog, but don't want to just let her go again. Evening walk seems in order... So we started off, asking anyone who was out whether they recognized her. Strike out after strike out. Some of the boys who had initially come over to help had a friend who showed interest, but I didn't think it a good idea to turn her over to them.... One neighbor had seen her running loose on another street, so walked that direction. While asking about her on that street, ran across a family (whom I know only by waves as I walk/run past) who fell in love with her almost immediately. They are willing to let an owner reclaim her, but if no one shows up (and apparently she had been running loose for at least 2 days), they are also willing to adopt her. So one way or another she is taken care of and not at an animal shelter where her life is in danger. So glad it turned out that way! I'll check with the family to see how she's doing and whether they find the owner. The other good thing that happened is since I HAD to be outdoors for all this, realized it was pretty nice, comparatively, and went for a good walk/run followed by cutting a little of the grass that's growing wildly with all the rain we've been having. At least got walkways in the garden and along the side of the house trimmed, and my son got the front yard cut. It's muddy as all get out, but doesn't look quite as bad now!