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Lost dog or drop off? About 2 miles East of Bell Buckle.

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 12:08 PM

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Our newest stray is a healthy young lady. Maybe someone can identify what type dog?

Better yet, do you know her? She stayed away for a day and a half but we made friends this morning and now she is camped out at our sliding door.

Our other dogs are reserving judgment and our cats are taking a stay away approach for now. It does not look like the new arrival will chase them, but it would be better if we never have to find out.

If we can not find her human, she is certainly adoptable. Sweet personality, probably less than two years old, red collar but no tags.

She is about 12" tall and 24" long, mostly black, tan markings and a white spot of hair on her right chest. She appears to be very healthy, not starved, so she was just "lost" recently.

From the way she hangs out at the door, we would bet she is used to coming inside, but she understands the word no, and sit, for that matter.


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Awww . . . she looks like a sweet dog! I dont see how anyone can drop dogs off like that.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 1:02 PM

i think she is a possible cross between minpin and daschund. at least she look like it!! she looks very sweet!

-- Posted by jdw931 on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 1:06 PM

She looks so sweet. I don't understand how anyone can just drop off their dogs like that.

-- Posted by cfrich on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 1:30 PM

She is sweet. Now that we are buddies, she jumps in my lap if I give her the chance.

If I knew for sure about the cats, I would invite her into our heated greenhouse (alias cat & dog house) but as I mentioned, we have had that go bad with a stray before, so.....we will make a place for her in a 'real' dog house we have. Ours never stayed in it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 1:45 PM

She looks a lot like my girl Bronte, whom I lost a few years ago. These dogs always seem to be really sweet-natured.

-- Posted by welkin61 on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 3:02 PM

She says she's available!

I really don't think she showed up on our doorstep by wandering away. Most of our neighbor's dogs browse through and keep on going. This one is looking for a home.

We posted this picture on the Bell Buckle Post Office board, but I don't really expect to find her human.

I put a warm blanket in the doghouse and she went into it, and right back out. She wants something a little more like home.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 3:11 PM

She has that look... Whatcha talking about Willis? She is cute.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 3:11 PM

She is wearing me out!!!

I work next to sliding glass door because I like the light. Now that she knows we are friendly, she just sits there looking at me, shivering.

Dang it! I don't know how much more of this I can take. I may have to move my office!

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 3:44 PM

don't move the office just give in to temptation and let the poor sweet lonely cold dog in!!:)

-- Posted by jdw931 on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 4:15 PM

We compromised. I put a doghouse on the deck next to the door. It has a plastic bottom so air comes only from her entrance.

It is just big enough for her to get in, so her body does not have much to heat. There is a big blanket inside and a blanket on the outside to give double insulation.

She actually pulled some of the blanket out so the opening is even smaller, but a little more room inside. I tried to ad a caged light bulb for heat, but there was just no room.

All things considered, I think she will be fine. Probably better than last night when she stayed in our garage, even though it is 10 degrees colder.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 7:59 PM

Progress report: She is doing fine this morning. Had her breakfast and is bouncing around the yard.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 8:05 AM

Sounds like you might have a new forever friend.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:20 AM

We are at a point where we need to reduce our commitments not add to them, so a tough decision might have to be made.

She seems to want to be around humans more than our other dogs, so I am confident she would make someone a GREAT companion.

There is also a good chance she has been pampered. She will eat dry food, but when I added some canned, she jumped right in.

It is a shame if someone actually lost her. I am sure she will be missed.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:49 AM

wow, i am always amazed at people. If this little gal was dumped, i feel so sorry for her. She is scared and lost feeling.

I will pray her owner (new or otherwise) show up soon!

Someone out there is probobly looking for a forever friend.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:23 PM

If she seems to get along well with the other animals, I might possibly consider taking her in. I'd like to give it a few days to see if anybody else claims her, though. I have no desire to get attached to a dog and then be forced to give it back to it's owner. That's always tough.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:24 PM

Let's get in touch Nobody'sFool. You can reach me at Steve@bedfordtradingpost.com

While our cats have for the most part given her wide birth, she has met three of them nose to nose and not shown any aggression. In fact she seemed to like our calico more than others.

When she met her today she licked her, then followed her a little and licked her again. In her previous life maybe she had a calico buddy.

Stacy (another cat)just now poked her nose into her "doghouse" to check her out and they went nose to nose with no issues.

Our oldest dog, is our newest arrival and she seems to care less about her being here. Our "queen of the farm" established the pecking order with a little 'posturing'. This new dog seemed to handle it fine.

So the bottom line is, I think this dog will be fine, if your family will accept her.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:00 PM

Oh yes, I forgot to say that she also likes to ride. Last night I drove down to get the newspaper and she never hesitated in jumping in and going to the back seat. She was not a stranger to a truck.

I thought she might be hesitant, since I think that is how she got to our part of the world. She was a little nervous once she was in but when we came back to the house, she jumped out like a pro.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:19 PM

Some people may not be able to keep their pets and assume the animal would have better odds being "dumped" in a nice neighborhood or handed over to strangers than they would being taken to over-extended vets or shelters.

Would they make the same choice about their children or elderly relatives?

(They might if they thought there would be as little backlash as dropping off a pet involves.)

Yes,the animal might be alive and well when they leave it but they'd be naive to assume it would survive in the wild or discover a good home.

If people are giving up their healthy,well-behaved pets to fate,what desperate situations might they,themselves,be facing?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Feb 22, 2009, at 1:02 PM

Up until being dropped, I would think this young lady was well loved. It was probably not an easy decision for her owner, but it could have turned out much worse.

We were told by our neighbor that there was a pack of 5 dropped about 2 miles down the road. Maybe she was part of them, but she must have gone the opposite way. We have not seen the others.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Feb 22, 2009, at 5:13 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.