Little Dog Lost!

New Friend - Girl playing with dog.
@Darkwing (21588)
February 17, 2008 7:51pm CST
My granddaughters and their Mum have been nagging my Son silly for weeks, if not months now, to get a dog. Well, this morning, they went over twenty miles to an RSPCA kennels and chose a dog which was not too big if it jumped up at Lauren and not too small. He is such a good dog, it makes me wonder why his owners would have forsaken him. Perhaps they moved away, or something... emigrated, but apart from needing feeding up a bit, he's in pretty good condition. He didn't bark all day today, because he has a throat infection, and he's coughing a bit, but he's on medication and has been for five days, so I guess he will soon be back to normal. He fitted in very well, and Lauren is besotted with him. She spent the whole day playing with him, and talking to him, bless her. Then when Sarah took him out for a walk this evening, Lauren had to tag along. lol. Di and Lauren popped out this afternoon and bought him a new bed and some toys, which he sniffed at a bit, but wasn't reluctant to play with the toys and curl up in the bed. He's a bit shy of going into the living room at the moment, but I guess that's because his previous owners didn't allow it. I don't have a picture yet, but when I do, I'll post one in my profile. Such a placid and gentle dog. He's lovely, and guess what? My son has taken to him nearly as much as Lauren, despite the fact he said he was nagged into getting him! What do you think about that? ha ha ha.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
13 Mar 08
That's good news. More people should look at the rescues & shelters for a pet. There's enough there that need homes that the breeders & puppy mills don't need to produce as many as they do.
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@Darkwing (21588)
13 Mar 08
That's right, my friend, and if nobody gives them a home in a certain time, they're put down, so it's always a worthwhile exercise to get one from the RSPCA kennels. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your input.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
13 Mar 08
It's pathetic. I'm assosciated with some of the rescues & they have lots of animals that they've pulled from neglectful owners or people who are no longer able to care for their pet. Most of these animals are perfectly nice & affectionate. They just want a good home, yet the puppy mills keep producing more. Some of those places are discusting & abusive. My own Macha came from one such mill. She was bred to a higher content Wolfdog when she was less than a year old. Far to young to have done so safely.
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@Darkwing (21588)
14 Mar 08
Yes, I agree, it's pathetic. This little dog is very affectionate and likes to be out in the garden. He rarely barks, unless somebody knocks on the door, so he's very placid. I just can't understand why somebody would abandon him. You dog sounds like a nice dog... it was great that you could rescue him. Brightest Blessings.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Feb 08
how nice that was and glad every one is taken with him even your son lol. Sounds like he needs loving and feeding . Hope his throat gets better soon. and they continue to love and have fun with him Hugs
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
He'll certainly get the love and the feeding. He whoofed his food back so quickly, tablet and all, that Di gave him a little extra. The bowl was clean, even after that! lol. Brightest Blessings. xxx
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Feb 08
awwwww he hungry just hope he dont eat to fast that it makes him sick. but glad he getting it and lots of love hugs
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
Reports are that he's doing well, and not coughing as much as he was on Sunday, so they seem to have things in hand... thank goodness.
• United States
21 Feb 08
Aww, sounds like he's found himself a great home and I'm sure they will love him completely. Pets are such great friends and their loyalty in beyond comparison. So your son has taken to him as much as Lauren, that's so funny after all that nagging. I remember when I said (being a dog lover) I would never in a million years own a cat,.......and ended up with two, haha. What did they name him?
@Darkwing (21588)
12 Mar 08
Sorry, I missed this previously, for some reason, my friend, but better late than never. They all love him very much now, and Lauren dotes on him. She plays with him constantly. He's settled in very well, in fact. Brightest Blessings. Where are you... I miss you? Is everything ok?
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• United States
13 Mar 08
Good Morning Darkwing,....I'm happy to hear everything is working out smoothly with the new puppy...what fun they must be having, lol!...new adventures everyday. I haven't had a good week so I've been pretty quiet, just down in the dumps you could say. I'll snap out of it eventually but Thank You so much for asking...you're such a little Sugarplum!
@raydene (9875)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Honey, It's such a wonderful thing for children to have a pet..and it teaches them so much about life, respect, responsiblity...It is nice and I'm so happy for Lauren to have a new friend...The only drawback about a dog is that they don't live as long as the people that love them! xoxoxoxoxo
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
That's quite true, but Lauren is ten now, and will be well into her adult life before they lose him. She possibly won't even still be at home. Also, she has been through the loss of the previous family cat, her hampster, her sister's hampster and three goldfish. All of them had a decent burial, and I noticed her fish's tank ornaments in her little garden, as memorials. Bless! I think she can cope now, and she needs a friend now her sister has grown up and has a boyfriend who calls quite often. She and her Dad have taken very much to the dog, and he's come at a good time, when they have a week off school for half-term, so they can bond with him so much better. Brightest Blessings, love and hugs. xxx
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
I forgot Peter the Rabbit, whom they lost about eighteen months ago. He was an Easter present from me to her brother and sister, before she was born, so she'd known him all her life. That must have been a wrench. Her Dad did tell me about how upset she was at that loss. So, I think she's quite nature-wise now. :) Just one more thing... she buried her goldfish right beside the Faery/Bug house she built in her garden. I thought that was really sweet. :)
• China
13 Mar 08
mmm..what a pity! I think when a dog is lost,it is not easy for us to find it!Do you think so? Now I pray for you that the little dog is back soon..
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@Darkwing (21588)
13 Mar 08
Thank you for your prayers, my friend, but I don't think you read the discussion through. My Son bought a little dog from the kennels, who had been found roaming around, lost, by the RSPCA. We haven't lost him at all. He's doing very well in his new home. Brightest Blessings.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
22 Feb 08
What kind of dog is it? How old is the dog? What color is the dog? Please write more and let us know. Also, does the dog have a name yet?
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@Darkwing (21588)
22 Feb 08
Tut tut! You didn't read through the other responses, or maybe you have now, but I'll answer your questions anyway. The kennels had named him Seymour, but my eldest Granddaughter who was the one who wanted the dog longest renamed him Louie. Strange name for a dog, I know, but it's growing on us. lol. He is a cross between a Collie and some sort of terrier, but I'm not sure which terrier, between one and two years old, so they're thinking probably not more than a puppy. He's not really small, almost as big as a collie grows, and he's very placid. His main colouring is black, but he has a white belly and inside legs, and a few white hairs at the tip of his tail. He has a slightly upturned nose a the end, which gives him character. He's a cutie really, and he's settling in very well. He wants to get to know and play with the cat, but Pebbles just comes in for his sleep on the bed, (the dog is not allowed upstairs, and they have a child's gate at the bottom to stop him). When Pebbles wants to go out, he comes down the stairs, through the dining room and kitchen and out the back door. Louie runs up to him, because he wants to make friends, but Pebbles scurries out in a hurry... he's not at all sure yet. lol. Brightest Blessings.
• United States
20 Feb 08
This story sounds all too familiar. I begged my husband for a puppy for months. When I finally talked him into it, we agreed because I agreed to getting the breed he wanted. We ended up with a purebred black lab. When we went to the lady to get her, I wanted to the little fat one that was laying there cause I figured she would be less rambunxious. Turns out the one that was going crazy the whole time (the one we got) lays around all the time and she is a total lover. We are still working on getting my 3 year use to her. It's getting a lot better than it waw though.
@Darkwing (21588)
20 Feb 08
Yes, that's the very reason my daughter-in-law wanted a smaller dog. My granddaughter is ten years old now but she's very slight and couldn't have taken the weight of a big dog jumping up at her, so I agree to a point. I like Labradors... they're normally quite loyal, and good family dogs, but they do like to play and jump up. I know that much from my brother's dog, Toby. I think this one was a good choice. He's not too big, and quite placid. He does jump up to my granddaughter, but he's light enough for her to cope.. she likes him jumping up, in fact. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution. I hope your daughter soon gets used to the dog.
• United Arab Emirates
18 Feb 08
I am happy to hear about it. You have given a home to a homeless. I love puppies but cannot keep one due to the surrounding. I hope more people adopt more pets and give them a good life. Good day.
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
I understand where you're coming from... I don't think it fair for me to keep a dog because I'm in a small, upstairs flat, with a shared garden, and just a hedge around it basically, so for one thing, it wouldn't have much room indoors and another, it wouldn't be secure outdoors. Of course, there are some lovely places to walk a dog round here, and I would be glad to have the company of one, sometimes, but there you have it. It's not always convenient or fair to take a dog in without considering such things. A lot of people have dogs where I live in the countryside... in fact, one woman just up the street, has five... two larger ones, and three small, beagles. Brightest Blessings.
@mummymo (23709)
18 Feb 08
I am not surprised in the least that your son is just as taken with him as the girls and your daughter in law are - most men make out they are nagged into getting a dog but deep down they love them, my brothers are the very same! he sounds like a really sweet dog and i look forward to seing the pics sweety! xxx
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
Yes, he wasn't really averse to taking a dog, but he wanted a bigger breed, (as men do... I think it's an ego thing.. lol). Di wanted a smaller one because Lauren is quite slight, and she was frightened that if they had a large, spirited dog, which liked to jump up, it would knock Lauren down. He was looking at a Labrador, or something of similar size and she was looking for a King Charles Spaniel. However, when they saw this little chap, all that went out of the window and they came to a compromise. lol. Lauren was instantly taken with him, so the deal was done! Sarah doesn't come much into play here because although she was the one who wanted a dog in the first place, she is sixteen and probably won't be at home for too many more years. I watched my son on Sunday. He kept going out and talking to the dog, as if he was a long-lost friend, lol. I didn't say anything, but just smiled at him, knowingly. lol. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution, my dear friend. xxx
@catjane (1036)
• United States
18 Feb 08
That's such a nice story. It's always better to get a rescue than find a dog in the paper. if someone doesn't adopt them by a certain time, they are put to sleep, so your son did the right thing and probably saved that little dogs life. They just need to give him extra love and care, since he has probably been abused or abandoned. I hope they enjoy their new doggie.
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
Yes, I agree with what you say about getting a rescue dog. I think he was abandoned rather than abused. He doesn't seem to be afraid of them, and he'd only been in the kennels for ten days. He is thin, though. The vet told them he'd need fattening up a bit and he does woof his food down as though he'd never eaten before, even with his throat tablet in there! lol. He's taken to his new home very well, and they all love him. Added to that, he's only between one and two years old, so he will grow within the family, which is good. Brightest Blessings, and thank you for your input.
@gemini_rose (16193)
18 Feb 08
Its lovely to hear of a story where people go to a dogs home to choose a dog, so many dogs end up in those places and it is so so sad, I cant bear it when I see the adverts or when I get newsletters sent through the post, showing how bad some of these animals are treated. So its very heartwarming to hear a story like this, I shall look out for the photo and I hope it all goes well for him, with a lot of love and kindness he will soon recover from his ordeal.
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
I was pleased that they didn't take second best. They took two weeks over choosing and two visits to different kennels until they found the one they wanted. I think that's credit due to them. Also, he didn't seem as though he had been treated too badly, except for the fact that he was quite thin, so perhaps the previous owners found him too expensive to keep, although I wish they'd hand the animal in, rather than leaving him to stray. I also believe he warmed to them straight away, because he didn't want to go out for a walk, and when he got back, he went straight to his new bed, curled up and went to sleep. He took to his new home very well, in fact. A happy end to a lonely story, I guess. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your input.
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
18 Feb 08
he sounds like a wonderful dog. they will be very happy, i am sure. i am so glad they went and picked a dog from the RSPCA. my 2 dogs are from shelters. 1 we have had for 7 years and he from RSPCA. His name is wags and he is a sheltie cross terrier. the other we got about 8 months ago from an animal rescue. his name is bundy and he is a labrador cross rottweiller. both are very loyal dogs, but bundy is still a puppy and a bit rough. I look forward to seeing a picture of the new addition. and i am glad your son has taken a liking to him best wishes and take care
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
This was, in fact, their second visit to a dog shelter. They went to Brighton a couple of weeks ago, but couldn't find one that they were all attached to, so left it for a while. Then, last Sunday they went to Edenbridge, on the Sussex/Kent border, and found this dog, who'd only been in the kennels for ten days. Lauren took to him instantly as my son must have done, because he told Di that she could take him home then and there. Di was a bit shocked because he hadn't seemed at all keen previously... it just goes to show how they can win your hearts, doesn't it? Anyway, they brought him home, and haven't regretted it for a minute. I love the name Wags, and thank you for sharing the story of your dogs. They sound great. Brightest Blessings. x
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@GardenGerty (98195)
• United States
18 Feb 08
What a heartwarming activity for the afternoon. i hope they continue to be a happy, pet owning family. That dog is a winner and so are your kids. Hope that throat infection clears up soon.
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
That's Lauren's sentiments precisely. He was coughing, and she said to her Mum, "I wish he would get better soon." She obviously felt for him... there is a terrific bond forming there. Brightest Blessings.
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I know exactly what you mean..we didn't use to have a dog but then I really got behind everyone that I really wanted a dog and then there was this dog that came to the neighborhood and i just really started to play with him and have alot to do with him and he stayed around and now everyone in the house really loves him alot and they wouldn't know what to do if they didn't have him around now..he is like a member of the family now...
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@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
What a lovely story, JHL. It seems as though your wishes were granted by having this lovely little dog sent to you. Maybe he was wishing too? Brightest Blessings and thank you for your input.
• United States
20 Feb 08
My toy dog is a four year old Chinese Shih Tzu and his name is Reggie. We got Reggie when he was six weeks old and we had to feed him by hand as he was not able to feed himself..just got milk off of his mother Named Angel Eby..and his Father Name is Andy Lee and they lived down the street from us.. Reggie was the little guy of the litter..he was called a runt and had a hernia and also we had him fixed so he is not having any problems with more dogs..lol Reggie likes to play fetch an he has a lot of toys..mostly platic and rubber balls and some big string toys...and some squeak and make noise.. Reggie likes his bed and crawls under the pillow to play and sleep. He is very good to know and he never gets mad at us only when we don't give him a treat now and then. Dogs are so depended on us for all their food and water and to keep them from Harm and Danger.. here is a picture of Reggie...he likes to wear a t-shirt sometimes but he barks when the people knock on the door or the door bell rings..
• United States
20 Feb 08
sorry, can't send picture..the mylot says no to many sent already..try again later
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@Darkwing (21588)
21 Feb 08
Keep trying my friend. I would love to see your picture. Thank you so much for your contribution to this discussion... I find it very interesting and enlightening. Brightest Blessings.
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• United States
21 Feb 08
This is Reggie and he is very happy in t-shirt and driving a Ford Exploere This is near our house in Munson Park, Near Airport and Lake Erie..aslo Canada is only half an hour by car..we are having winter and await spring weather...no more snow..lol
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
18 Feb 08
Hi Darkwing! Oh that is so sweet! I am so glad to learn that little dog found a new loving home. I am sure that little dog is now feeling so loved and secured. And I am sure your son have regretted not getting it sooner. haha..So, what is the name of the little dog? Take care and have a nice day! :)
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
Yes, he seems quite confident in the house, apart from the fact that he's shy about entering the living room. Perhaps something not agreeable with his previous owners, but he'll be ok in a while. I'm sure I'll notice the difference next time I go there. He was a bit reluctant about being taken out for his first walk in the evening. It seemed he might have thought he would be taken back to the kennels when the lead went on, but in the end, he enjoyed the long walk, and returned safely to the house and his nice, new bed. He curled up and went to sleep. lol. The girls must have walked his legs off! Funnily enough, it was my son who suggested they take him home that day, so he obviously warmed to him straight away. Sarah named him... it was to be Buster, but she suggested Louey. Strange name for a dog, but better than what they called him at the kennels... Seymour! ha ha ha. Brightest Blessings. x
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
Hi Darkwing! Yes kinda odd for a dog's name but it has a nice ring to it. I do find it cute although it is the first time I really know someone calling her pert Louey. I am sure if I tell my friend about this, he will be kinda pissed because he has the same name. hehe..Take care and have a nice day! :)
@Darkwing (21588)
20 Feb 08
Awww.... he should be, because it's a nice little dog who has his name. :) It seems I spelt it wrong and got reprimanded anyway. The correct spelling is Louie. Goodness me!!! What a bad girl am I! ha ha ha.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 08
Hey Auntie Darkwing it is me Gissi I will have to go over there and teach him some mischief is that ok ?????????? Sorry you know what he is like This is what I can never understand why People get rid even if they have moved abroad they could take him It will take a little Time for the little Fellow to come out of himself and when he does he will be fine I can't wait to see a Photo of him How are you doing Love and Hugs xxxxxxxxx
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Feb 08
Gissi... I'm sure enough mischief will emerge once he's settled, so if it's ok with you, we'll wait and see! :) He has actually settled very well, Gabs. He sat in the garden for quite a while, and "fetched" the ball and quoit when Lauren threw them. In fact, I threw the ball once; he caught it before it fell, put it on the grass and sat on it, so I couldn't get it! lol. Do you think he needs lessons from Gissi? ha ha ha. Lauren introduced him to his new bed too, and he took to that immediately. He can't bark at the moment because of his throat, but I'm sure when he does, they will have their hands full. he he. Me, I'm fine... soon off for a walk around my garden to check your Faery Garden for snowdrops and bluebells. Brightest Blessings, love and hugs. xxx