Update on the dog we rescued

@spalladino (17925)
United States
February 13, 2009 11:25am CST
I should have done this sooner but it's been a busy week. Last Friday night one of my nephews saw John and told him that we had taken his dog and why. From that evening until Sunday morning he was complaining to everyone in the family, including my youngest daughter, about us stealing his dog and how he wanted him back but he never bothered to call us (we're in the book) or to come by. My husband's brother came over on Sunday morning and really ticked me off because he *instructed* my husband to just return the dog...calling John one of his boys. He wouldn't come inside to look at the condition of the dog after several days of regular feeding (he looked much better) or to look at the pictures we'd taken the night we took him. Just put him back. Then two of his brother's sons weighed in with their support of us not giving the dog back. So, what we had going on was a family fight and my husband was pretty upset since he's close to his brother but he wasn't returning the dog to the same bad situation he had been in. So, Sunday afternoon I got John's Nextel 2-way number from my nephew and beeped him. He didn't respond so I had that nephew beep him and tell him that the prior call had been me and he finally, after over an hour, beeped me back. I told him why we took the dog and how, in my opinion, the dog had been neglected for quite some time considering his condition. John claimed that the dog had just been treated for worms...that's why he was so thin. He offered to show me the receipt from the vet and I suggested that he bring that and come over to talk to us. I told him that I didn't want to upset his son and that we were willing to return the dog if he would receive better care but that I hadn't seen a vehicle pull into that driveway since Monday night so that dog would have received no food for at least four days had we not stepped in. He agreed that it had been difficult for him to get out this way last week and said that he wanted to take the dog to him mom's house where someone is there every day. So, we agreed to return the dog. When John, his girlfriend and his son got here the dog seemed happy to see them so I know they hadn't mistreated him...they just neglected him because John doesn't live nextdoor anymore. My nephew's wife knows where John's mom lives and she's going to swing by there periodically when she's out for lunch and keep an eye on his condition. If he starts to look bad again she'll be more than happy to call Animal Services herself and report it. My husband had become attached to the dog so he was pretty down about it but we both felt that John deserved a second chance since he was putting the dog in a better living situation. In a way I wanted my house back to normal again. My cats were ticked off and my carpets need to be cleaned now... but that was not to be. On Wednesday night my son-in-law told my husband that someone he worked with had a 5 month old female pit & ker mix (like the other dog had been) left from a litter his dog had that he was giving away so off they went to look at her. Can you guess what happened next? He named her Dyna. She's black with white paws and white under her chin and on her chest and she's obviously a very well taken care of pup. Her ribs aren't showing, her coat is shiny, her eyes are bright, she's curious and playful and has had her first set of shots so she's due for the second set next week according to Jesse. She has sharp baby teeth! My little dog took to her right away and they spend hours playing...biting each other (not hard), playing tug of war with the doggie toys and racing around my house chasing each other. We've started house training but, again, there have been a few accidents...my poor carpets. We've got pooping down pretty good. I put both dogs outside shortly after she eats and wait for her to go. She's never worn a collar or been on a leash so we're training her for that, too, and she's progressing. Eventually I'll be able to take her for a walk after she eats and praise her when she stops to poop. The only bad thing about this dog is that she's never seen a cat before so she barks at my cats and they don't like her one bit. The younger cat has already smacked her but she still insists on barking at her and trying to get close. The older cat is hiding most of the time. So, I guess it's a happy ending for everyone...except for my cats...and carpet.
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@AmbiePam (49056)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I'm so glad you took care of her. And I'm glad she is so much better. I wish everyone would help out an animal in need when they see one.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Feb 09
That's how we got our little dog three years ago...someone dumped her in our neighborhood and, after she hung around our gate all day, we took her in. She's the sweetest thing but was filthy and half starved. I don't know how anyone can be so cruel.
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@AmbiePam (49056)
• United States
14 Feb 09
It burns me. Why it doesn't upset everyone is beyond me.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
14 Feb 09
Thanks for the update! I read your original discussion and I was wandering how it all went. It's a great thing you did. I cannot handle cruelty to animals. I have 2 cats, a dog and a bird and I would adopt more but my husband won't let me! It's a relief to hear that the dog has someone to keep a good eye on him. Congratulations on the new pup! She's a lucky one to have been picked by you guys! Hope all goes well and the cats adjust. Don't know about the carpet though! (LOL)
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Feb 09
My cats are still seriously ticked off because now Dyna barks at them and she has a deep, loud bark. It's warm again down here and the cats mostly stay outside anyway so I put special treats out on the deck along with their food to hopefully make them feel a little better. They'll all adjust. They did when we got the little dog. As for the carpet...I have a steam cleaner and some areas are really, REALLY clean now!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Hey spalladino! Thanks for the update on the dog! I do hope that he will be alright! I hope that they will take better care of him. There is no excuse for the condition that they left him in, leaving him to freeze and die of starvation! I am not as forgiving! I still don't think that they deserve to have him back and am worried about him! I am happy to hear about your new puppy Dyna! I'm glad that she is happy and healty and a nice new playmate for your other doggy! I hope that the cat's will adjust soon too! And the carpet, well nothing much I can say about that! So you sure have had your hands full! Just keep checking on that poor sweet dog! I don't trust that guy one bit!
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Like I said above, if it wasn't for John's mom we might still be having a big family fight over the dog but I trust southern mommas. My spy, Julie, swung by there today at lunch and the dog was lounging under a shade tree and has a better doghouse. So far so good with the new dog. She likes to pee on the kitchen floor which is tiled so that's easier to deal with and I did pretty good timing her outside time with her potty time...twice! Both of these dogs are wearing themselves out playing though. It's too funny watching them!
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Hey Spall, I couldn't be more happy that things turned out for that poor dog. It's also nice to know that someone will be watching out for him. Dyna is a great name. Have you posted any pictures yet? Don't worry about the cats, they will put Dyna in her place without hurting her. My pup Dexter is about 4 1/2 months old and still doing the house training. leenie
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Feb 09
My husband named her after a motorcycle and she's supposed to be his companion at the motorcycle shop but we're letting her get adjusted to the house before he starts taking her to work with him. Besides, she didn't know how to walk on a leash and he didn't want anyone to see him dragging a dog across the parking lot. She's doing much better in that department already though. I haven't taken any pictures yet because my camera is at the shop but I will soon and will post them. As for the cats, the younger one already got her once so now she barks at both of them but she doesn't get too close.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
19 Feb 09
It's terrible that you had to step in but great that you did. Perhaps the guy will take better care of the dog after this. It's also great that you got a new puppy. Hopefully the cats will get used to her and the carpets can always be cleaned :) [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
14 Feb 09
That's good that someone is going to take care of the stolen dog Some people are just idiots. Depending on the age of your cats they may start to "like" the dog at some point in time, but maybe not. It's good that everyone is happy and I hope your cats come around.