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I was heading out the door today at 5 p.m. to go to class. On the way to the garage I glanced out into my front yard. Standing there was a little black and white short haired dog wearing a red and white coat (I'm serious). Not wanting the dog to conduct dog business in my yard :nono: , I went out the gate to see (A) why it was not on a leash and (B) where the owner was so he/she could get the beast out of the yard. No owner in sight.

Being an animal owner and not wanting to see it wander into the street and get hurt, I attempted to call it over. After a bit of reluctance the little guy approached and let me pet him. He had on a collar (and a red and white jacket; did I mention that?), but no tags. He looked like the dogs some neighbors a couple of blocks away own, so I got him to follow me down there and knocked on the door. No answer.

Back we go to my place. I put him in the back yard while I backed my vehicle out of the garage and then put him inside (it's really cold outside and his jacket is not very heavy). I grabbed a couple old blankets and put them down so he didn't have to lay on the concrete. My neighbor gave me some dog food, I gave the dog food and water, and then set off for class. On the way, I stopped to put a note on the front door of the suspected owners. I called my wife and told her the situation and asked that she park in the driveway when she came home from work.

After class I stopped by the house where I thought the dog came from. They were home and had not seen my note on the front door as they go through the garage to enter the house. They told me it's not their dog. Back at the house, I went out and turned on the furnace in the garage and hung out with the dog for a while. My bike was on the service stand, so I thought I'd tinker with it while the garage warmed up.

I first put on my new Odi lock-on grips and moved my controls. Next, I removed the rear tire and rim to get some pieces of glass and rock out of the contact area. As it turned out, a small piece of steel was stuck through the tire and into the tube, but no air was escaping. I removed the tube, cleared out the debris, and decided I'll just get new tires as the hole makes me nervous. Glad I discovered the problem in the garage and not out on the road. I then cleaned the rear derailleur, freed up the front derailleur that had been sticking, and adjusted the front and back disc brakes.

I'm glad the little dude came along; I have been pretty lazy with maintenance lately and his being in the garage gave me a reason to be in there with the heat on and get some work done. Hopefully tomorrow I can figure out where he lives.

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Found stray dog
Put him in garage
Hung out with the dog and did much needed bicycle maintenance
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Sometimes dogs choose their new owners, not the other way around..
 

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I'm about to head out around the neighborhood with little dude on a leash to see if I can figure out where he came from.

I have a feeling I might be introducing a dog to my cats this afternoon. If so, I'm happy to have another pet in the house.
 

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Nice job man. I have a problem with irresponsible pet owners. I'm not saying the owners of this dog are irresponsible. For all we know they are out trying to find their dog. It's just nice to know that there are good people out in the world that will do the right thing. :thumbsup:
 

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I walked my street today and went door to door to see if anyone is missing a dog. No takers.

I then took the little dude to the vet to see if he has a chip in him. No dice.

He really likes riding in the truck. He was sitting up all tall and acting cool. It was great!

We then went to my local pet center. They have wash bays you can rent, so I gave him a bath as he was kind of dirty. The jacket is being washed at the moment - I can't believe I am doing laundry for a dog. We picked him up some Pro Pac food and treats and came back to the house.

I have made signs to post around the neighborhood and am heading out to put them up.
 

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Please keep us posted.Looks like the dog is a good fit for you. So few nice people doing the right thing these days.
 

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I walked my street today and went door to door to see if anyone is missing a dog. No takers.

I then took the little dude to the vet to see if he has a chip in him. No dice.

He really likes riding in the truck. He was sitting up all tall and acting cool. It was great!

We then went to my local pet center. They have wash bays you can rent, so I gave him a bath as he was kind of dirty. The jacket is being washed at the moment - I can't believe I am doing laundry for a dog. We picked him up some Pro Pac food and treats and came back to the house.

I have made signs to post around the neighborhood and am heading out to put them up.
I can't believe I am doing laundry for a dog.
:p

You are a good man. I hope things work out & that you can keep him.

I live out in the country, and people love dropping dogs off on the side of the road letting them fend for themselves. Of course, now that I'm in the market for a dog, they haven't done that in some time. :madmax:

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You could check your craigslist lost and found.Other wise you may be the the proud new owner of a cool little dog.
 

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Ain't that the truth ;) To the OP, I think maybe this statement fits you and I, looks like you've found yourself a good little companion there :D Found this little fellow on the side of the road 8 weeks ago, was definitely a stray and only 2-3 months old. He rode in a basket on my commuter for a little while, but soon out grew it and now if I need to take him somewhere he rides in my backpack :thumbsp: and he enjoys it :D

Pics below are 10 days after I found him and last weekend with a litter of 8 rottwielder cross pups someone abandoned in my aunts yard. Was a long weekend so I took them in, fed and looked after them for the weekend and then on Tuesday took them to the animal shelter where they said they had people waiting for "big dog" puppies, I believe all got adopted :D Wish I had a place to have kept them al, but only have a small 1 BdRoom apt.

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Sometimes dogs choose their new owners, not the other way around..
 

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This thread has a good feel to it. Nice positive energy.
 

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Bo55Diesel said:
I can't believe I am doing laundry for a dog.
This made me laugh. I just picked out a puppy today from a litter that a guy I work with has. Hope the outcome turns out well. Sounds like he is a good fit already for you.
 

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nice to see some good folks around :)

if you keep him name him little dude :) everytime you mention him is by that so it fits.

thanks for the story like some said above feel good vibe
 

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Man, am I bummed out.

The little dude story took an unexpected turn and I am pretty bummed out about it.

After our trip to the vet and pet center we came home and I brought him in the house for a bit on the leash to see how the cats were going to react. I have three cats and one of them is pretty big and can be mean. She was not impressed at all and seemed like she wanted to fight him. Little dude was shaking with fear (seriously), so I took him outside. Though it was kind of cold, the sun was out and he seemed to like tooling around the back yard instead of being shut in the garage.

I left the garage open so he could go in if he wanted and went back into the house to soothe the cats, the big one (Natasha) in particular. After getting them settled and collecting my flyers, I went back out to go hang the signs. Somehow, little dude got out of my fenced back yard. The only thing I can figure is that he managed to squeeze through the gap between the bottom of the wooden fence and the ground as there is about a 3-inch gap along the edge of my patio.

I searched for over an hour on foot and in my truck, but he is gone.

I feel terrible that he is back out in the cold. I know it sounds corny, but he doesn't even have the little jacket because I had taken it in to wash it for him. Now he's out somewhere in the cold and has only his short-haired hide to protect him. He was shivering pretty bad when I found him last night and I figure he is even colder tonight. I left my gate open and put his food and water out on the patio in the vain hope that he will come back.

I thought I was doing a good thing by letting him run around in the yard and I feel like a jerk for not realizing the fence had a gap big enough for him to get under. I really hope he is ok and am holding out hope for him to wander back so that I can look after him.

Thanks for all the kind words in this thread and I apologize for not looking after him better.
 

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He probably realized that where ever he was living was less stressful (no cats), so ended his little 'vacation' and trotted home. I hope.
Don't feel bad about him getting away, dogs are master escape artists.
Good on you for taking him in and giving him some love.
And if he comes back, he and the cats will eventually come to an 'understanding'.
 

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Man that's very sad, hope he wanders back in, but most likely if he was so scared of that cat I highly doubt he will. Why not hop on the bike and take a ride all around the neighborhood and behind and see if you find him, maybe he's somewhere hiding. Hope he returns.

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The little dude story took an unexpected turn and I am pretty bummed out about it.

After our trip to the vet and pet center we came home and I brought him in the house for a bit on the leash to see how the cats were going to react. I have three cats and one of them is pretty big and can be mean. She was not impressed at all and seemed like she wanted to fight him. Little dude was shaking with fear (seriously), so I took him outside. Though it was kind of cold, the sun was out and he seemed to like tooling around the back yard instead of being shut in the garage.

I left the garage open so he could go in if he wanted and went back into the house to soothe the cats, the big one (Natasha) in particular. After getting them settled and collecting my flyers, I went back out to go hang the signs. Somehow, little dude got out of my fenced back yard. The only thing I can figure is that he managed to squeeze through the gap between the bottom of the wooden fence and the ground as there is about a 3-inch gap along the edge of my patio.

I searched for over an hour on foot and in my truck, but he is gone.

I feel terrible that he is back out in the cold. I know it sounds corny, but he doesn't even have the little jacket because I had taken it in to wash it for him. Now he's out somewhere in the cold and has only his short-haired hide to protect him. He was shivering pretty bad when I found him last night and I figure he is even colder tonight. I left my gate open and put his food and water out on the patio in the vain hope that he will come back.

I thought I was doing a good thing by letting him run around in the yard and I feel like a jerk for not realizing the fence had a gap big enough for him to get under. I really hope he is ok and am holding out hope for him to wander back so that I can look after him.

Thanks for all the kind words in this thread and I apologize for not looking after him better.
 
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