Stray dog...

There is a little stray puppy on the dirt road by my parents house. It was there this afternoon and I called around trying to figure out whose it was (it had a collar on). Nobody knew of it or wanted it. Well, tonight my mopm felt sorry fo rit b/c it is gettign really cold tonight, so she warmed up a big pot of leftover chicken noodle soup and was going to at least feed it something and let it warm up fo ra little bit. I think she might have even considered picking it up (even though my dad would have killed us!). She said when she woudl get close to it, it woudl growl at her though, so she couldn't just pick it up. It is too late to call the local pet shelter/animal control to get it. Thinking of it being all cold makes me really sad. Our dogs are outside, but in a barn or running loose so they can in shelter and they have either warm beds or hay to sleep in. My maternal instincts and love for animals are both making me very upset and this little puppy. I need medication.... Just wanted to talk about it I guess.... Everythign makes me sad lately.
A closed mind is a wonderful thing to lose.

"...you could have a turd on your head and no one would notice."~Subbrock

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I know how you feel Shelli. Homeless animals just make you feel so sad, especially because you know you can't take them all in. Puppies and kittens are the worst

We found a stray kitten outside last winter and took her to a shelter. She was a little sweetie pie, lots of energy! But we already have 2 cats. I hope someone gave her a nice home--at least I know the shelter wouldn't put her down unless she was ill or too aggressive to be a pet.

Poor thing
Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or hump it.....Piss on it and walk away.
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If the puppy is growling, it could be injured/ill or just plain frightened. Your best bet is to call animal control. Then post signs around where you live, saying basically "found puppy, the date, maybe the color of the puppy, and your phone number" as big and bold lettering as you can get. The less info, the better so it's easy to read. You don't want to take the puppy and let your animals have contact with the puppy in case the puppy is ill. Also, I would not feed a puppy, soup. It could make them sick/give them diarrhea, then the pup would get dehydrated and be in even worse shape. Animal Control, in most states/counties have to keep the dog for a certain number of days since it's a stray. In our County, they will keep the pup for a minimum of 10 days.
Good Luck with the pup... I hope everything turns out ok.
I missed the part about it growling. It's probably just scared, but be careful Shelli.

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last winter we had some cats hanging around our shop and i choose to get some food and feed them. well it got really cold and we closed the shop over christmas. when i returned i found one of them frozen solid outside the door aparently waiting for food.

i still feel terrible that my actions may have caused its death. so i try to take caring for pets seriously. this doesnt really relate to your story but i thought i would vent.
If the puppy is growling, it could be injured/ill or just plain frightened. Your best bet is to call animal control. Then post signs around where you live, saying basically "found puppy, the date, maybe the color of the puppy, and your phone number" as big and bold lettering as you can get. The less info, the better so it's easy to read. You don't want to take the puppy and let your animals have contact with the puppy in case the puppy is ill. Also, I would not feed a puppy, soup. It could make them sick/give them diarrhea, then the pup would get dehydrated and be in even worse shape. Animal Control, in most states/counties have to keep the dog for a certain number of days since it's a stray. In our County, they will keep the pup for a minimum of 10 days.
Good Luck with the pup... I hope everything turns out ok.
Originally Posted by yagottaloveyacurls
I agree.

Do you know where the puppy is now?
"It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."- Harriet Beecher Stowe
Well, thankfully it didn't get as cold last night as expected. Today, as my mom left the house, the puppy was still there and she called the local shelter. So, hopefully it is there now. It looked pretty healthy and had a collar. I think the growling was b/c it was scared and it didn't know if we were nice or were going to hurt it or what. Why would soup be bad? It's mostly water. Wouldn't that be better than being hungry/thirsty/cold?
A closed mind is a wonderful thing to lose.

"...you could have a turd on your head and no one would notice."~Subbrock

"I had an imaginary puppy, but my grandpa ate him."~Bailey
I know how you feel, shelli. I'm the same way with all animals, and I don't have pregnancy hormones to blame it on! :P
Why would soup be bad? It's mostly water. Wouldn't that be better than being hungry/thirsty/cold?
Originally Posted by shelli
Maybe if it were just a little broth...that might be ok, but I wouldn't feed chicken and noodles. (IMHO.) I'm assuming the pup is an older pup, and not a wee one that could still be nursing. Best thing would be to just buy a small bag of puppy food for the pup. (But hopefully the pup has been picked up by the shelter already.) Thanks for calling the shelter and looking out for the little guy. Don't forget to post signs around if you can... You never know what may have happened. We've had people that went out of town and the house sitter never reported that their dog had run off! They didn't find out until they returned home. (the house sitter was too scared to call the owners.) scary thought.
It sucks living in the country and having people from the city come and drop off animals. Cause everyone knows farmers have plenty of room for a dog to run and all sorts of money to take care of it. Around here the shelters won't take the animal because the person isn't within city limits.

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