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We Found a Dog

My children found a dog. It followed them home. I've said more about this elsewhere on Facebook and Flickr and here: http://loveinthesuburbs.com/wordpress/celebrating-the-winter-solstice. He has no collar and no chip. What I haven't said is how much fear I have about this cuddly little fellow. He is charming the dickens out of my whole family. And me too. But I'm afraid that we won't find his owners. I'm afraid that he will stay. I KNOW that he will not be left at the shelter by us. That's pretty much out of the question. I'm afraid that I am and will be allergic to him forever. That I will always feel sick around him. That if I say no, my family will be heartbroken.

I'm placing a found ad in Sac Bee.
I have an email in to the county animal shelter.
I've put a found ad at PetHarbor.com, which is what the local animal shelter website suggested.
We've put out flyers, with a photo, in the neighborhood.
We've talked to dog-owner neighbors to ask if they recognize him. We even thought for a sec today we might have a proper lead, but no. All three of them walked away thrilled that the dog wasn't theirs.

Tomorrow we go to the local groomers and maybe a couple more vet hospitals. And we go to buy more dog food.

I am also afraid we WILL find his owners and that I will have very sad boys and husband.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
awwww. That's a tough situation.
Don't forget craigslist.

Good luck!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
How bad of an allergic reaction have you been having to him? :(
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I'm so sorry he's kicking up your allergies. Ugh. Fingers crossed for positive resolution.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
oh sara!!
Dec. 27th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
FWIW, I have heard, from other people who have pet allergies that if they live with a particular animal for a while they become somewhat immune to that animal's allergens. I don't know exactly why, and of course this may not be true for you, but maybe said dog won't make you sick forever?
Apr. 9th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've had cats all my life, and have grown quite allergic to animals in the last decade or so, after I adopted a pair of kittens.

And it has not gotten better...

I'd say, if you have any qualms, tell the family you have to take care of Mom first. This is first priority.

Also you may also be chief caretaker for the family as well, so another reason you have to priority yourself, no one else is doing it. You don't have to be a softie on this.

When we married back in '06, and started trying to have a family, the cats became barncats. It had to happen anyway.

Take care of Mom!
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