My neighbors dog was in the road this morning

@shaggin (36341)
United States
February 11, 2011 7:02am CST
I happened to look outside today and saw my neighbors dog in the road. I went out to call it over before a car came and he tried to get to me but couldnt. I heard a bus coming so I had to walk out in the road in my slippers and long flannel house coat to get him. Its usually a very skiddish little poodle. The bus came and luckily missed hitting him and beeped his horn at the dog. I pointed that it was the neighbors dog. I was shocked that it let me pick it up. I went and set him down in my neighbors house and my neighbor said that the dog is blind now. Thats horrible because my neighbor himself is not doing well. He had a stroke that left half his body unuseable. He walks with a cane very slowly and falls almost every day and the ambulance has to come pick him up. This is the most pampered dog I would hate to see it squished in the road :( If the dog is blind he really needs to put it on a leash and let it out that way so it wont wander off.
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
11 Feb 11
It's a good thing you happen to be outside or the little guy would have been hit. The man needs help and his little dog needs someone to walk him or needs a fenced back yard to be able to go out in. He is small and would not need much. It sounds like the elderly man needs someone to look after him. I don't know if his family knows it but they can get the state to pay for someone to come in a care for him. If you know him ...even if you don't he needs to be told this or his family needs to be told. The ambulance people need to tell him. That man is going to break a hip one day and that does not need to happen when he can have help there.
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@shaggin (36341)
• United States
11 Feb 11
The one time recently that he fell he either broke his leg or his hip I cant remember. He was in the hospital for it for along time. I cant even tell you how many times I've seen an ambulance over there. Sometimes every day sometimes just once a week but it is to often. I cant believe they allow him to live on his own. He has home health that comes in but they do not stay there day and night they just come in to check on him thats it. His daughters come once in awhile to check on him as well. He really as far as I'm concerned needs to be in a nursing home where he will be watched at all times. What if he fell head first into a tub of water and couldnt get out you know. Scary.
• United States
12 Feb 11
they could get him an in home care giver...that would help a lot...
• United States
11 Feb 11
The whole story you just wrote aout is very sad. Your neighbor probably has the dog so he can feel some comfort since he porbably lives by himself. He should think about letting else someone like yourself to walk the dog since he is blind and only can hear his way to you and probably knows he way around his house until they move furniture around. I hope the best works our for them. The neighbor of yours should seek the life line button and it will call a family friend or family member to come help him everytime he falls instead of calling the ambulance everytime and you should suggest it to him.
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@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I think I would have an obligation to the dog in this case. Especially since you've noticed weight loss in the doggie. I would call the Humane Society and let them know that the animal is in need. Perhaps they can make some arrangement to get the man some help with the feeding and care of it.
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@shaggin (36341)
• United States
11 Feb 11
The dog isnt neglected. Its lost weight making it just look like a puppy kind of instead of a fat poodle like it was lol. Its sides are not sunken in and I'm sure that it is being fed. This is the first time that something like this has ever happened. The neighbor said that shes blind from having sugar... so diabetes. Hopefully he just uses the leash on the dog the next time he lets it out to go the bathroom so this wont happen again. He was probably terrified when he heard the bus horn honking at the dog and the dog barking. I'm just glad I was able to take the dog to his home.
@sswallace21 (1824)
• United States
12 Feb 11
Thank goodness you saw the dog. I agree the poor little thing will end up squished in the street. Is there a family member you can maybe notify? I think is the dog is blind maybe the family could fix a more appropriate area for it. Sounds like the man next door may need some daily help at home also.
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@shaggin (36341)
• United States
12 Feb 11
The dog is so tiny I am shocked that on the blind curve that I live on that the bus even saw the dog. When I saw the bus rushing towards it my mouth dropped open and my hand went to my mouth. I thought for sure I was going to watch it get squished in front of me. That would have been horrible especially since my kids were most likely watching out the window like they always do when I step outside for a minute.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
11 Feb 11
My neighbor's dog is always on the road, I always feel bad for her... she wanders on the street all the time, digs trash, goes to other neighbor's yard to pee... when it is 0 degree, she is out, when it is 40 degree, she is out... poor thing, she looks ratty...
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
12 Feb 11
Why not call animal control? Sounds like this is a case of neglect. The dog deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Sounds like it could use a meal as well. This is clearly irresponsible dog ownership. I feel that the dog needs to be taken in and adopted out to someone who will love and care for the dog.
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@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I just can't bear it when I see a pet in danger or abused. Perhaps you can offer to see to the doggie whenever it needs to go out? Or maybe you could suggest to the neighbor that he find someone who will care for it properly? Does he have family that come to visit or help him? This sounds like a sad situation.
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@shaggin (36341)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I dont have time to help him like that. I have two little ones. My daughter was getting ready for school and my son was playing while this happened. I had to leave them inside to go out and get the dog out of the road. I dont like to leave them in the house alone but I couldnt watch the dog get killed. I would have felt such guilt. If I hadent gotten the dog out of the road the owner might have went out in the road to get the dog out of the road and he could have been hit or fallen in the road. Such a scary thought. My daughter who is 6 is very helpful when I have to run outside for a minute. She watches her brother who is 3 to make sure hes safe. It was to cold to take them out with me in that much of a hurry. I had my robe and slippers on. I knew that if I stopped to put a coat and boots on that she might get hit so I just went out dressed as I was looking like an idiot but oh well the dog is still alive now and my few minutes of embarrassment at how I was dressed will pass and the dog being alive is what matters. If the dog had been killed right in front of my house that would have been a horrifying sight for my children to see.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
13 Feb 11
That dog is so very lucky that you saw it outside. I know for us, I wouldn't have a dog if I didn't have a fenced in back yard that they could go outside in. When we first moved over here there were a few places in our fence that they could get out of and our next door neighbor always let us know when they had gotten out. That said, we've patched the holes now and the only way that either of our dogs can get out of the yard is through the gate and only our little one will do that when she wants us to let her in the front door.
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• India
12 Feb 11
Sometimes it so happens everything in life becomes mess. See the fate of your neighbour, when he himself is not able to make his own life, how can he take care of the dog, is not it wrong. So it is very difficult to take care. Its very horrible. Hope the dog does not get into roads most of the time and get hit by any vehicles.
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
12 Feb 11
Hey shaggin, this must of been a heart wrenching episode. Especially when you know that the dogs owner is somewhat disabled now due to a stroke. My first thought is that what is needed for this dog as well as the man is a fence. This will protect the little dog from wandering out into the road. Perhaps we can all put it out there to the Universe, perhaps you know of some friends or we could get people like those with Habitat for Humanity or of the sorts to build the man a fence. How are you with a hammer and staples? Know any good men that could pitch in a hand? Maybe talk with the man and let him know what you have seen and that of your concerns. Perhaps he could foot the bill if you could round up the help to erect a fence? Failing that one could offer to walk the dog for him. Clearly this man needs help to care for the needs of his little dog and obviously this little dog needs the guidance of a human being.