We have an unexpected visitor at our house today. Mommee saw him wandering up and down our street this morning. He had no collar, and he was very skittish, so mommee went back inside and got one of our leashes and some treats to see if she could round him up. We live pretty close to a very busy street, and she didn't want him to get run over!
She was able to get a leash on him, and get him into the car, where she promptly took him to SICSA, a local rescue agency. They don't accept strays there, but mommee put in a notice about him, and also got him scanned for a microchip--which he didn't have. She also had them check to see if he was neutered, which he wasn't. This made her a little nervous to take him home, because Waldo is intact.
He was filthy dirty because of all the melting snow here. Mommee drove him up and down the streets in our neighborhood, to ask if anyone was missing a dog, or recognized him, but no one did. Mommee took him to lunch with her (drive-thru), and then stopped at the vet that is close to our house to put his name there, and see if anyone recognized him (nope).
So, she brought him back home. She put the big dogs in the back room so she could clean him off. He wouldn't go into the tub, so she just cleaned him with a wet towel. He didn't mind mommee looking inside of his ears (clean), and cleaning between his toes, and checking his teeth (there, and clean). He was a very nice doggie. Mommee decided to introduce him to us--which didn't go so great at first. He growled a lot at us, and he tried to bite Waldo. Mommee figures he must be an only dog. Mommee was very proud of herself, though. She says she went "all ninja and Cesar Millan on him", and flipped him over on his side and put a bite hold on him so that he would know that mommee is the boss! He's much better with us now. He still growls sometimes, but mommee gives the "ah ah" noise that she gives with us, and he stops. (edit: he tried to bite Waldo again tonight, but daddee did the Cesar move on him)
Mommee called the local Humane Society, and put his info there, too (no one had called). And daddee put an ad on Craigslist about him. Tomorrow, we are going to put up signs in our neighborhood, and we'll take him for a walk to see if anyone recognizes him.
We're hoping to find his home--otherwise we'll have to take him to the Humane Society. The people at SICSA all loved him, and said he would be a good candidate for adoption, and for low-cost neutering. He's super-sweet, though, and mommee is growing attached to him. She's named him Felix for now.
We thought that you all could cross your paws for him, and that we can find his forever home!
p.s. Mommee giggled when she went into SICSA, and a couple of patrons there said, "What a big dog!" I said to them, "He'd be the smallest dog in our house!" (he's about the same size as Gus--a little longer--but he's very fluffy. Lab face, maybe Shepherd/Husky body and tail?)