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Someone abandoned a Chihuahua and her puppy which appeared to be part Lab out in front of our house. At first, watching through the hedge, I thought it was just a couple of people trying to get their dogs back in the car. Lots of people seem to have "car trouble" in front of our house, or more often just stop and sit, so it was a reasonable assumption. After a little while of watching I decided to change out of my PJ's and go see if I could help.

Ha. Brilliant plan.

When I got out to the gate and to a better view I saw that the people and the truck were actually a police officer's SUV and a couple of passersby trying to coax the dogs into grabbing distance, failing miserably, and then it hit me what was going on. Someone abandoned their dogs. Again. Great. So after I went into high panic mode and the 'hi,aretheseyourdogs?' and 'no,alotareabandonedaroundhere' shpeal I told them that they could bring the dogs into our yard while waiting for animal control to come. After all, they all have lives too and it's really no good to tie up a police officer over a couple of dogs. The officer said they were really busy today and weren't sure if they would be able to come by today and I told him if they had to stay overnight that was completely fine because we have everything they would need to be taken care of. The dogs settled in really quickly after I let them in the house and got them some food and water. Brought Leon's crate in for them to use if they wanted to, and they did use it a little. A little snippy at Leon when he would get to close, but backed off when I gave verbal corrections. They were still really apprehensive of me up until I gave them some Bit o Luv treats that he got in his secret santa package awhile back. Then they decided I was the greatest person ever and that they had to be in my lap. :)

Animal Control ended up coming by around 5, right when my parents were getting home from church, so I wasn't able to keep them overnight like I really wanted but my mom did still get to see how adorable they are. The control officer noticed the high anxiety and commented on it. Unfortunately for me I wasn't able to express why to her exactly. That I hate whenever this happens. I hate when people abandon their pets, I hate shelters for being so cold, impersonal and noisy, I hate the idea of euthinasia. Just everything about the process. I suppose it's a good thing I've matured enough that I'm no longer entertaining the idea of keeping every stray I come across, no matter how cute they are, like I did when I was younger. Oh, and high panic mode, after I hit it I stayed there most of the day. That was pretty fun. /sarcasm It's gone down now to low panic and I hope that when I wake up in the morning it will have dissipated completely. One thing I've noticed, when I start to panic my verbalization skills kinda go to shit. I'll stutter and forget half the words I'm supposed to be using when I speak in an attempt to get out everything before I either forget it, people stop listening or I am interrupted. I guess I must get my point across well enough though.

I really hope they're able to get a good forever home, preferably together, and don't have to deal with abandonment ever again. They were so sweet, clean and well mannered.



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Feb. 6th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
Thank you
Ugh, I don't know but it's maddening. It's not like it's that hard to take a dog to a shelter, or if you don't know where it is call someone to come and pick them up. I'm just happy they're off the street now and out of harms way in a place where they can get food and proper attention.

I also lol'd at the face licking comment. :)
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
SOO FREAKIN ADORABLE! My beloved dog Ishboo is a chihuahua! Purebred, so she's a lot smaller than these guys.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the mom was pure, but the puppy was most definitely not. I don't know if I've asked this before (if I have I'm such a dunce) but how did Ishboo get her name?
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Back when my sister and I were 12 and 10 years old, we used to take horseback riding lessons at a stable. (I quit a few years later after falling off for the first time; she went on to win competitions, etc., before turning to music halfway through high school. Anyways, one day a chihuahua breeder brought her dog, Ishboo, to the stable. My sister immediately fell in love and started begging my parents for a chihuahua. I was originally resistant to the idea; we already had a beagle, Cookie, and a cat, Smokey, and I didn't like the idea of having a tiny, boring, submissive indoor dog.

But the chihuahua arrived, and my sister named her Ishboo after the other one. I immediately realized that my original impression of chihuahuas was completely wrong, and we very quickly became best friends! Even now, so many years later, she's still my world, and the main reason I come home from school once a month is to see her =)
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