Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain, American Humorist and Writer (1835-1910)

Georgie

I named him Georgie because I thought he looked like a Corgi. I did a Google search today and found out he looks nothing like a Corgi. Oh well . . .

About a month and a half ago, I’m on my way taking the dogs out for a walk, and sitting smack dab in the middle of the street is this dog with no owner – right there in the middle of the street.

I scoop the dog up, have a look at him, and find he’s got no collar, no identification. I bring him in and my wife instantly falls in love. They’re playing, they’re frolicking, they’re rolling around and it’s truly love at first sight. He’s a lovable little dog and the two dogs we already have seem to be having fun with him as well.

Immediately, I can tell my wife is already in mode of the little child asking “can we keep him?”, but I’ve got this little feeling gnawing at me and I’m thinking what if this is some little eight-year-old girl’s favorite little dog, and what if she’s totally heartbroken wondering where her little dog is?

The dog looks like he’s been recently groomed, so he’s not a street mutt, but he also looks like he’s been out for days, he’s pretty filthy, we check his paws, and they look raw and he yelps at the slightest touch of his paws, so he was probably sitting out in the middle of the street out of exhaustion and it looks like he might have come from many miles away.

Still, I keep thinking of that sad little girl with the lost dog and so while the wife is bathing him, I go out for a stroll with our own two dogs, I talk to a healthy sample of the neighbors walking their own dogs and a few of the neighbors in their cars as they pull up to their homes, and I describe this dog to them and while he’s not the most remarkable looking dog, no one knows of any of our neighbors who owns a dog that fits the description.

So we let him stay for a night, and I figure, tomorrow, against my wife’s wishes, I need to take him to the vet, see if he has one of those chips implanted in him that has his info and if not, maybe then I can have a clear conscience in leaving it up to the owners to see if they’re posting signs because I’m already getting a little attached to this dog and I’m thinking if the owners really want him, that should be up to them to put up the “lost dog” signs instead of it being left up to me to put up the “found dog” signs.

The next day rolls around and my wife, who runs a day care for special children, has her first client shows up to the door, and he can only walk with the help of a walker and while usually it’s her answering the door for her clients, for some reason I was the only one home at the time and like I normally do, I open the door with just one foot extended to keep our two dogs at bay and let them know they’re supposed to stay inside, but as I did this, our new found dog took the first opportunity and bolted straight out that door.

And I could already hear my wife accusing me of doing it on purpose because I knew how much she loved that dog! And sure enough, she did.

You know what, though? The way that dog bolted at the first crack of daylight, I was kind of over it. Your loss, pal.

So today, a month and a half later, guess who comes knocking at our door? That’s right, with his paws literally scratching at the front door, there he was, little Georgie (as we had named him that first time we met.) He had come straight to our freakin’ door.

Now that this is the second time Georgie has been loose to run the streets and possibly get hit by a car and his owners still haven’t gotten him a collar or a tag, so at this point, I’m of a mindset to say to hell with it, we’re claiming him as our own and we’re going to give him a better home, but I’d like to ask of you this poll question and offer it up as a question in a more general sense:

You see a dog with no collar and no tag in the middle of the street. What do you feel compelled to do?

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17 Responses to Lost Dogs and a Question of Morality

  • Sounds like Georgie was meant to be part of your family! How big is he? My guess is he’s a poodle mix.

    • Thanks for saying that. I’m really having mixed feelings about how much responsibility I have to try to get him back to his family, but he came straight to our door this time and they kind of seem like shitheads for letting him escape like that and never getting him a collar.

      I think you’re right, with the curly hair, he does seem to have some poodle in him, maybe he’s a poodleorgi, or a corgioodle. LOL.

  • In order to keep the dog, you have to publish a “FOUND” ad in the local newspaper so that the owner can recover the dog.

    “Generally, these statutes determine the procedure that a finder must undertake when finding lost property, which is usually based on the monetary value of the found property. In other words, a state will require further efforts on the part of the finder of valuable property versus ordinary, low-valued items. Most lost mixed-breed pets will fall into the low market value statutory requirements. These laws require finders to report and/or relinquish the property to local authorities, advertise the find in a local newspaper, or otherwise attempt to find the true owner. After a period of time (anywhere from three to six months), the finder may claim ownership to the property.”

    • Damn, look at you, Mr. Legal Expert! I just felt like I got castigated by Judge Judy. No seriously though, that’s cool to hear the legal statue, though it seems like it would be pretty easy for people to scan the Found Ads in the newspaper and claim a bunch of shit they never owned. Plus, no one even reads the newspapers any more.

      • whatever you do DO NOT put a picture of the dog. sort of describe it but if Georgie has any distinguishing marks or characteristics make the CALLER describe that. then if you decide to all that caller to come claim “their” doggie, keep him on a leash and watch as they call him to them. if he doesn’t respond he is UNLIKELY to be their dog BUT it also keeps them from snatching Georgie and taking off with him.

        • Very good point, and I thought of that, but there are some distinguishing marks on his belly. He has a birthmark on his underside. (Why do I feel I just got into a Michael Jackson trial here, but it’s distinguishing enough that they could describe the size and shape and location of it.)

          • exactly. of course if they DO describe you should also ask “how he keeps escaping” that way you make georgie to be the sneaky boy who escapes rather than accusing the people of LETTING him escape. it could very well be they have a young or perhaps autistic child or maybe a cruel neighbor who unintentionally in the case of the child or intentionally in the case of the neighbor lets the dog loose.

          • Keep the dog and just love him, sounds like he is a already part of the family.

          • @dontgothere – If the owners are in a situation where for whatever reason, they can’t keep the dog from escaping, if they really cared, wouldn’t this be an even more compelling reason for them to get the dog a dog tag?

            @Marylene – I appreciate the reply and that’s right where I’m thinking at this point.

  • Beats the old term, ‘shot shovel & shut up’.
    Sorry, I used to hear that, especially out here
    in the country. But myself, the people, & family
    around me are animal lovers & would do all
    we can. This depends if it was a nice dog
    like the one you’re describing!

    • You just rescued a very nice dog, too. I won’t say I love you any less if you do adopt him out, but we both know that dog was very traumatized by a horrible upbringing. I swear to God, I saw you holding him in your arms the other night, and what other sleaze of shit scumbag who made that dog cower and shake in the sight of men, your kindness and love is already getting that dog over it. I’m repeating myself from the night before, but kids who are fucked up by a bad upbringing are much more of a challenge than dogs who were beat and abused. He still shivers and shakes at the sight of you being a man when she identifies with whatever scum bad abused her, but guess what? Dogs are incredibly because they truly live in the moment. You will be amazed at how quickly they can overcome a bad childhood and learn to be happy with new parents.

  • I have found dogs (no collar) running around and Have kept them in my yard and STILL called the Animal Shelter to report a found dog without letting the Animal Shelter take control.

    Rules may vary but we were allowed to do this. The animal shelter took the description of the dog & I gave them my phone# so they could let the owner know when they called the Shelter.

    You might give that a try – but ask them a hypothetical about keeping strays at your home- first before you say who or where you are. ((8->

    You also shouldn’t be giving the description of the marks or dog at all.

    • Good advice. I wasn’t going to post a picture of him only until I realized that he has distinguishing marks on his belly, kind of like Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton, but you have a good point there.

      The thing is, where I live, they impound, the owners have two weeks to claim, and obviously, these people who can’t even afford a collar with an ID tag are probably not capable of being contacted and are ambivalent enough that even if they were, they probably wouldn’t show up, meaning he’s going to a pound with an 80% kill rate.

      The neighbors must have been calling the animal control people because the litle man in the animal control van pulled up and began interrogating us. My wife lied and said she hadn’t seen any such dog. I smiled with pride as she lied.

  • I STILL believe you let Georgie run out the door because you KNEW your wife loved him! HAHAHAHAHA Sorry, couldn’t resist! I work as a volunteer at our local animal shelter and it never gets any easier. I cry many days as I’m leaving. The manager there told me, “You have GOT to stop looking at them in the eyes.” My question to her (not aloud but in my thoughts) is WHAT ARE YOU DOING WORKING HERE?

    I have made 1000’s of wonderful friends there (canines) only to lose them to euthanization, but then again, there are great people out there who adopt and the stories are heartwarming. My 120-lb baby came from there and he is the happiest, most loving pet I have ever owned. . . unless you are a stranger and come toward me or my daughter, then IT’S ON!!!

    Glad to know Georgie figured out who butters his bread & came back knocking/scratching!!! 🙂

    • Good hearing from you, one of the highlights of blogging here.

      ~~~ I STILL believe you let Georgie run out the door because you KNEW your wife loved him! HAHAHAHAHA Sorry, couldn’t resist! ~~~

      I swear, you women all think alike. 😉

      I can’t even imagine working at a shelter, it must be rewarding, but I can totally imagine how heart-wrenching that would be. I got our dog Spot, a little Jack Russell, from the pound with the aforementioned 80% kill rate and just was walking up and down the aisles of kennels thinking how my one choice would mean I’d be condemning other dogs to die.

  • If the owner won’t take care of a dog with a simple dog collar, hell, that mutt is mine. Jus’ sayin’!

  • Twitter??????? WH…is that permanant

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