A Stray Dog – Some Who Wander Are Lost

Stray DogWhen I was growing up, way out in the boonies of Clermont County, a stray animal would wander through my mother’s garden at least once a month. Which would explain why we never had less than 2 dogs and 6 cats in the house at any one time. Now that I live in the suburbs, I just don’t see stray dogs. We have a very efficient dog catcher. He points that out to me each time he returns my dog to me.

So this past week, when an unfamiliar dog wandered into my garden, I was surprised. Not only was this a stray dog, but he was a starving dog. Which was strange. Frankly, dogs just don’t starve in the suburbs. There are just too many trash cans. Upon closer inspection, we discovered he had a collar and an odd temporary tag from a realty company in North Carolina, of all places.

The dog came with me easily enough and we fed him a bowl of food right away, to try to keep him from fainting from hunger right there. As I am with all strange dogs, I was a bit wary. But within a day or so, it became obvious that this was the biggest teddy bear there ever was. My 4 year old was dragging this dog, who is nearly as tall as he is, around by the collar and the dog willingly goes.

The more the week has gone along, the more it has become apparent that this dog was once loved by someone. He may have been starved, but he had never been abused. So where does a dog starve in the suburbs but not abused? My husband and I have two theories. He came from the MetroParks or he came off a train from the nearby train yard. Either way, we are fairly certain that someone misses this dog a lot. And so the search began.

Stray DogWe posted ads in the Plain Dealer (free for found ads), CraigsList.com, FidoFinder.com. I started emailing every lost ad with a matching description of this dog. We took him to the vet to get him scanned for a microchip.

We even called Outer Beaches Realty to ask about the tag. It turns out they only give them to people who are staying in one of their houses with a dog. Cheryl at Outer Beaches was as concerned as I was. She pulled the entire list of clients from Ohio who had dogs and started making calls. (If you are looking to vacation in North Carolina I would highly recommend them. If they are willing to go to this length for a former renter, imagine what they will do for a current one.)

And the end result after a week of searching and answering emails? Our lost dog is still a lost dog. *sigh* Maybe we have the real life equivalent of The Incredible Journey but we have no way of finding him safely home to the people who loved him. The best we can do is find him a new home where someone new will love him as well. Right now, we have 2 people who would like the dog so there is no fear that he will not find a new home.

20 thoughts on “A Stray Dog – Some Who Wander Are Lost
  1. Many people have stray dog stories. When in High School I had one for the winter who left in the spring. He used to ride in the front of our row boat. I know your stray will find a happy home, he was lucky to find you. Perhaps there was no luck involved and this was Karma.

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  2. Old Crone on

    I’ve read of lots of abandoned animals already as a result of the layoffs and foreclosures. So very sad….

    Thank you for your compassion.

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  3. If he was simply lost, with all your diligence he’s sure to be reunited with his family soon. My hope is that whomever he did live with, didn’t just tire of him and drop him off. That’s something I have no tolerance for! With a face like that and his gentle manner he’ll have no problem finding a new home quickly. What a sweetie! In the meantime, he’s obviously in good hands.

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  4. So impressed at all you have done for this dog… It is nice to know that higher powers guided this pup to loving compassionate people.. Best of luck with your search..

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  5. jenny on

    So glad he was led to you to help him. Maybe you entertain angels unaware?

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  6. Hooray for you! You can rest assured that no one dumped him, as they would most likely have removed his tag. I’m sure someone has missed him a great deal. How scary to lose a dog on vacation!
    That said, it’s great that you have friends willing to take him. A loving home is a loving home!

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  7. Caren on

    What a delightful blog! Found it by following the “What Kind of Flower Am I?” link on The Balcony Garden blog, which I found thru the Wall Street Journal. I enjoy the writing and the content is very helpful.

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  8. you should did alot of work for this dog? would have kept it if no one came up. we aften think it good luck.

    it was refreashing reading this post after along day for me. thanks.

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  9. would have kept it if no one came up. we aften think it good luck.

    it was refreashing reading this post after along day for me. thanks.

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  10. He looks like a real sweetie. Bless you for caring and finding him a good home if he isn’t able to stay with you.

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  11. gaby santiago on

    Hi,
    I found this blog (linked through the what flower are you) and I am so thankful that there are people like you who provide fair treatment to animals, no matter if they are pure breed or just hybrid.

    I felt so much sympathy for the little one and I hope he finds his home soon!
    please, let us know what happens!

    Thanks for a nice blog!

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  12. Kraka on

    Poore dog! Hope you will find a good home for him. My cat sends you love for taking so good care of a lost animal.

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  13. Hanna on

    Well, no luck on finding who he belongs too. We would have loved to have kept him, but we just do not have the room.

    The good news is that my neighbor has offered to take him, so we will see him every day.

    I take care of lost animals the way I hope that someone would take care of one of my pets if I lost them. I wish everyone would do the same.

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  14. Leigh on

    Thank you so much for caring for this dog. it’s nice to know that caring people still exist in this world!!

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