Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lose Somebody?

We interrupt this post to bring you today's stray dog report. This little guy followed Boz home but ran away when I tried to lure him into the yard with treats. We saw him again when we walked in a different part of the neighborhood. This time, with Boz as a lure, a couple of kids invited the little guy into their cat carrier, where he seemed calm and willing. No collar, no tags. Looks to be a male Chihuahua mix. He's on his way to the Pasadena Humane Society because those kids and their mom are heroes.

About, oh, ninety seconds after our Chihuahua friend was dispatched, Boz and I saw this beauty. I believe it's a female but can't be sure. S/he wouldn't let us near. No collar, no tags. I almost thought she was a coyote but on second look that was only because she was scruffy from being on the loose. I wish I could tell you where s/he's headed. Last seen in the vicinity of Mountain and El Molino.

A collar, tags and chip costs about $25 and very little heartache.

13 comments:

Bellis said...

I hope the poor lost dogs (both of them) get back home. But I'd like to know more about what the Pasadena Humane Society does when people reclaim their pets. I heard of a $100 fine and a report to the city, a black mark. Can anyone let me know if this is true? I ask because I once found a lost dog in my neighborhood and took it to the Humane Society to ask them to check if she had a chip. My plan was to keep her at my house until her owners came home from work. Fortunately, she had a chip, but unfortunately, they refused to let me know the address and led this sweet dog away into one of the cages, much to my distress. She turned out to live at exactly the house she was hanging around outside of, and I feel bad every time I see her owners. I wonder if they had to pay?

Petrea said...

I don't know the answer to this, Bellis. I understand the motivation behind such a fee, but it makes a case for knowing our neighbors (and their pets).

J.J. in L.A. said...

I hope both dogs find their way home.

It looks like pup #2 was wondering what he was going to do what with the stop sign pole on the ground and non-functional.

Petrea said...

I hope they do, too, J.J.

The second dog ruined a perfectly good Zen Monday shot for me, but I forgive her. That was the best shot I could get of her.

Judy - So California said...

Oh Petrea I hope as well that they find their way home. We found a stray on Villa in Pasadena. Had a collar but no tags. The collar was so tight that I could hardly get my finger under to hold her. We gave the shelter her info and ran ads in the Times and Pasadena Star News. No results so - (Little Orphan) Annie has resided in our home for almost 10 years now.

Mister Earl said...

I was going to say that the second dog made short work of that stop sign.

Shell Sherree said...

My kitty is microchipped, even though she is strictly indoors and never sets paw outside. Just in case something untoward happens ~ can't be too careful. As you wisely advocate, Petrea, collars, tags and chips are a small investment to make in their safety. I hope your photos and post help these little ones back home again. {And on a personal note, thanks for all your caring, Petrea.}

Petrea said...

I hope these dogs will be as lucky as Annie is, Judy.

Earl, she might have been powerful enough to do it.

Shell, your point is important--you've just been through floods. We've always got earthquakes to think about. You never know what's going to happen or what good Samaritan is going to find your pet and want to return it to you. Collar, tags, chip. It's a pet mantra, for their safety.

And Shell, I'm so glad you have the leisure to comment on blogs. This is a good sign!

Kathy said...

My brother-in-law in Riverside is constantly finding stray dogs. Out there, I read that part of the problem is that when people lose their homes, and can't bring their pets with them to their next dwelling place, they'd rather set them free and hope for the best rather than risk them dying in a shelter. I wonder if the same is true for either of the pups that you picture? I also wonder what percentage of animals at the Pasadena Humane Society are reclaimed by their owners. I think the percentage is very low.

Margaret said...

Heart breaking. I hope they find their homes.

Petrea said...

I don't know the percentage, Kathy, but I do know the PHS has a reputation as a good facility with a lot of space to care for the animals and keep them as long as possible. I do hope taking the small dog there wasn't sending him to his doom.

Another thing I want to mention is that I think he was a non-neutered male. I don't know if this had anything to do with his roaming, but there's just no reason not to spay and neuter pets.

I hope they find their homes, too, Margaret. I see so many strays and I'm rarely able to catch them. I've started carrying dog treats with me as lures.

Bellis said...

The dog's still at the Humane Society. I like the look of him, he's a sweet dog. Perhaps he's from Chihuahua alley? The people who lose these dogs often don't know where to go to get them back, so perhaps some found dog posters around the area would help? My cleaner lost her little dog and despite searching she never found it, but I don't think she ever thought of putting up posters.

When I found the neighbor's dog I was so worried about its future at the shelter, I put myself down as the adopter of last choice. I know several people who now have dogs (usually called Lucky) that they accidentally acquired this way.

On a happy note, I found a small dog running around on Arroyo Boulevard over the holidays, knocked at a random but friendly-looking house to ask if they knew the owners, and it turned out to be their daughter's dog (she was visiting). No-one had realized it had got out the front door!

Susan Campisi said...

Oh, I missed the Sunday stray dog report...

Great job getting the little one into the carrier. You, Boz, and those kids are all heroes. That white dog is beautiful. Such a shame she's a stray. I hope they both end up finding good homes.