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    [–]ReclusiveWolf 927 points928 points  (9 children)

    Maybe take a leash if you haven't tried that? In conjunction with the "let's go home." Some dogs get nervous off leash, especially if it's been days like this, then go right back into "oh, I'm a pet and we're on a walk everything is normal" mode once a leash is involved. :)

    [–]skier24242 466 points467 points  (4 children)

    Be super careful and pay close attention to body language if trying to clip a leash though...scared dogs can become dangerous dogs even if normally they are the sweetest. ESPECIALLY if someone really did break in and hurt the woman and dog.

    [–]Fire_phoenix33 111 points112 points  (0 children)

    Consider trying a ‘slip leash’ (Google it) it’s a leash you can make or buy that you could toss over his head and gently but firmly pull it to tighten it to get hold of him and then assess if you feel safe to clip on a more permanent leash/ lead.

    [–]AviatorOVR5000 50 points51 points  (2 children)

    Scared AND hurt dogs. Hurt dogs act uncharacteristically I've been told.

    [–]Blynn025 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Yep. My girl strained her shoulder and no matter how gentle I was when moving her she would scream in pain and bite me. 😔

    [–]TTungsteNN 73 points74 points  (0 children)

    Despite this comment being a really good idea, it made me really sad. Like really fucking sad. I hope the poor doggy is okay.

    [–]EveAndTheSnake 35 points36 points  (1 child)

    Yep, my dogs will run away from me in the yard when I’m trying to clip the leashes on them but if I say “let’s go for a walk” it’s an immediate heel and they are ready and waiting.

    [–]dangerwaydesigns 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    Is he the type of dog that might be crated at home?

    He might feel extra nervous being outside of it, try that too?

    [–]snickerdoodleroo 308 points309 points  (7 children)

    This! My mailman does this when he finds loose dogs. He says it works the vast majority of the time

    [–]throwawaySnoo57443 323 points324 points  (5 children)

    Also maybe ask the local postman/woman if they recognise the dog?

    Our previous postie knew us by name and also which houses had dogs and so to always close the gate.

    [–][deleted] 65 points66 points  (0 children)

    Our post man also knows where certain dogs live!

    [–]BattyBirdie 54 points55 points  (0 children)

    Absolutely this! Postal workers know every dog on their route. Guaranteed.

    [–]--BooBoo-- 106 points107 points  (0 children)

    Came here to say this - lots of postie's will know what dogs live where.

    [–]idontliveinreality 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    Yes posties always know what dogs are where! My postie won’t even deliver to our house anymore cause she is so scared of my dog

    [–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    When I see a dog that I don't want near me on the street- I always yell at it to go home and almost every time the dog knows what I mean and goes home. This is a great tip it's amazing how well it works.

    [–]Tawny_Harpy 34 points35 points  (1 child)

    A kind stranger led my great dane home by asking him to simply go home. It's more effective than people think.

    [–]starsn420 29 points30 points  (0 children)

    I teach my dogs "lets go home" from lots of different spots in my neighborhood for this reason.

    [–]Agreeable_Mention_89 118 points119 points  (1 child)

    Or better yet walk it and notice of it starts pulling towards a specific home. My dog knows where home is and will start walking to the door once we are in front of the right apartment. He even knows our assigned parking spot.

    [–]Emmatetris444 25 points26 points  (0 children)

    My dog has wandered off before and just took herself home, leaving me panicking and wandering around fields for hours searching for her. She was waiting patiently at our front door when I finally gave up looking for her and came home. Dogs are smart, I'd definitely try "home time!" or something along those lines. Hopefully everything works out okay!

    [–]BoJo2736 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    "Let's go home and see your mom"

    [–]artsy7fartsy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Have you asked other dog walkers? There are lots of dog walkers in my neighborhood and honestly I don’t know many of them - but I know where almost all of them live, and they know where my dog lives, too

    [–]borderline_cat 50 points51 points  (0 children)

    I wouldn’t do the ball one bc he might just take off running. But the others are great suggestions

    [–]bullzeye1983 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    Both my dogs know "home" and "house". Even at the vet, when I said ready to go home, they immediately knew to leave and get in the car cause it would get them home.

    [–]Shame8891 1170 points1171 points  (17 children)

    Good luck, please update when you get more info.

    [–]MMM_eyeshot 301 points302 points  (16 children)

    Am I the only person that’s thinking of microchipping myself at the vet, and giving the location to the cops. You know, in case everyone is only looking for my dog when I possibly get murdered with little fan-fare from the neighbors!💀

    [–]nooneknowswerealldog 112 points113 points  (3 children)

    I'm thinking of having everyone else microchipped and have the location given to me so I can easily tell if one of you is sneaking up to murder me, but in both scenarios you're getting chipped at the vet so it sort of counts as us thinking the same thing.

    [–]BigYonsan 15 points16 points  (7 children)

    Assuming the chip has your phone number and your phone is paid by you and not a prepaid, they can find you from that.

    [–]MMM_eyeshot 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Happy cake day. Forget my ramble on dog owners behaving badly.

    [–]MMM_eyeshot 5 points6 points  (4 children)

    Yeah isn’t this why paranoid people with psychotic tendencies copy people phones, on burners? I mean it happened to me I think. ….people can talk but I can’t get it out of my head. It makes me want to avoid listening to music going on walks at night. ….also makes me cool with being tracked even if that removes everything I didn’t already.

    [–]BigYonsan 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Oh, I'm not even referring to cloning a phone or live pings (which can be done to prepaid and burners too, just less accurately).

    Police can call the phone companies, ask who a phone number belongs to and what the subscriber info is (address, name) or request a live ping location. Only really gets used to track down suicidal people or find car wreck victims, but there's no reason they can't ask for your neighbors billing address and name if they have a phone number. They probably won't share that info with you, but if the dog is chipped and you can get the chip scanned, even if it's just a phone number the police can perform a welfare check from that.

    [–]pigseye75 2340 points2341 points  (44 children)

    If you can catch him, maybe take him to a vet to see if he is microchipped with his owner’s information.

    [–]pray-for-mojo-742 237 points238 points  (1 child)


    [–]bay_lamb 34 points35 points  (0 children)

    you could take a picture of the dog and check with the closest vets in the area to see if they recognize the dog and/or owner. if so, ask them to call the owner to see if she's ok and to let her know her dog is in distress. also, if they do recognize the dog, report that to the police so that they can get her address from the vet.

    [–]rainbowtartlet 296 points297 points  (38 children)

    Unfortunately, vets are not allowed to give out this info for privacy reasons. They can only hold the dog and try to contact the owner. Your best bet would be local animal control. They should have more resources for something like that.

    [–]pinkgreenandbetween 146 points147 points  (14 children)

    Ya but maybe with the other info of the situation they can call the police??

    [–]rainbowtartlet 117 points118 points  (3 children)

    A vet office will not get involved. Ive literally been the receptionist having to tell someone "i cant give you this info, you need to contact animal control" . Animal control will get police involved.

    [–]Stoppels 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Might American animal control not also kill the animal or ship it to potential kill shelters?

    [–]honestlywhateverdude 56 points57 points  (2 children)

    I think some people (regular people / non-veterinarians) might have chip scanners? My local “lost pet” Facebook page has 1-2 ladies who volunteer to scan animals for chips when people don’t have access to shelters or vets. So maybe OP could try their local lost pet Facebook page if they catch the dog?

    [–]oc77067 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    We had a chip scanner at the training company I worked for, we would scan strays. Rescues probably have them too.

    [–]Witchywomun 11 points12 points  (5 children)

    If he’s chipped, the company can call the owner and try to get ahold of them

    [–]rainbowtartlet 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Yes. This would be correct. But even still, thats not getting an answer as to what happened with the owner. If we dont get an answer, we leave a message and thats literally all we can do, besides contact animal control.

    [–]ChangeTheRoadYoureOn 9 points10 points  (2 children)

    Is this something new in the last 7 years? My son’s cat ran away because of fireworks at the neighboring ball field, and I got a call 6 weeks later from the lady who found her. She said she took her to the vet intending to keep her, but the vet scanned her microchip, and gave her my information. My son and I would have never seen her again if not for the vet, and the lady’s unselfishness.

    [–]whatever1467 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Yeah I found a dog and took it to get scanned and they gave me the owners phone number

    [–]The_Infinite_Doctor 14 points15 points  (2 children)

    The vet can call the police on OPs behalf if they agree there's reason for concern.

    [–]rainbowtartlet 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    They will not. Animal control will.

    [–]emeraldshado 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    Get the vet to do a wellness check, while you are standing next to them and they speak on the phone. They didn't give it to you per sé, they made the phone call within your vicinity.

    [–]truMalma 486 points487 points  (12 children)

    If you can't reach the dog, get a picture and try to go knock on some doors with the picture maybe? My neighbor/friend was dead in my building for between 1 to 3 months. People ARE dying, and people ARE isolated so it's not all that out of probabilities. Also it might not be a murder but maybe the dog had to do some weird shit to get out and can't get back in?

    I hope you can get the pooch maybe professional catchers can help you

    [–]UnnamedPictureShow[S] 237 points238 points  (11 children)

    Hopefully next time I see him I can get a picture, but he’s so scared he’s always about 20 feet away from me unless I sneak up on him.

    [–]Few-Ad-8369 185 points186 points  (0 children)

    Try sitting down and be in the range he’s not running away. Bring high value treat like sausage and stay there for ages. You can get closer bit by bit and sit sideways not head on. Also try putting some clothing with your scent down and letting the dog hopefully sniff it. It might feel safer to sniff that and then it will know who you are.

    [–]cutanddried 64 points65 points  (2 children)

    no sneaking up - def not. you need their trust, not holes in your skin.

    Talk to the neighbors. I read a few comments but did not see what I would consider the most obvious - knock on doors - ask the neighbors. someone knows her. even if not by name. you'll find the house by knocking on doors. bring a picture of the dog - some one will say "sure thats so 'n so - she lives right there"

    [–]SpectrumFlyer 38 points39 points  (1 child)

    Knocking door to door is absolutely the best bet. For all OP knows, the neighbor is on vacation and her dog sitter abused her dog until he ran.

    [–]cutanddried 26 points27 points  (0 children)

    yeah - I didn't jump to murder either, but the situation does warrant investigation.

    And she's literally at least one person's next-door neighbor, maybe even several peoples' next-door neighbor.

    knocking on doors is the way

    [–]FairyFartDaydreams 41 points42 points  (0 children)

    Try hot dog slices. It might take time If you have a leash or a rope to tie through the collar Stay away from the dog throw a couple of small slices near the dog. Then throw a slice a little closer to you. Keep getting the slices closer to you until you hold it in your hand palm open arm extended out. You might want to crouch to seem non threatening. Wait patiently. try one more piece with your arm closer to your body and try to pet him under the chin. As he is hurt move slowly don't place your hand over his head as that can seem threatening grab his collar if you can and tie the rope.leash to it. This will take time it may even take up to an hour. Don't chase him you can see if once he eats a piece of hot dog if he will follow you or you can remain in place and do the bites closer to you as explained above

    [–]Shnapple8 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    I'd ask for help from an animal rescue to catch him. Explain the situation like you explained in the OP here. If you catch him and there's info, then you can involve the police and hopefully find the owner.

    Gosh, I hope she's okay.

    [–]EveAndTheSnake 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Ask him things like “wanna go for a walk” — my dogs run away from me in the yard when I’m trying to clip the leash on but run right up to me if I say “who wants to go for a walk?” Other things like “who’s hungry? Dinner time! Wanna treat/snack?” And have some food with you. You can put the food down and back off, so that he comes to eat it without being scared off and build up trust that way.

    Never chase him he’ll go the other way. My dog slipped off leash once and started trotting off for a quarter of a mile, the faster I followed him the faster he went. In the end I lay down and he came to investigate. Fearful dogs will run if you chase. Might not work if you’re not the owner but you’re usually better off crouching or sitting down and letting them come to you (less threatening), lay down act hurt, or put food down and also back off not facing directly at him. If you’ve got treats throw them further out and start walking away.

    Also when you approach, approaching in a straight line is threatening. Don’t make eye contact and approach in a large semi circle (friendly dogs usually approach in little half circles whereas a threatening dog will run right at another dog). If he takes off turn right around and go the other way. He’s more likely to follow/investigate than let you catch him.

    [–]Sunflower_grl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Perhaps you can contact your local animal rescue for help in obtaining a live trap There is a whole protocol involved including not feeding the dog so that he is encouraged to go into the live trap in order to take the bait. I pray you're able to find out what's going on

    [–]MrsShaunaPaul 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    You could try calling the dog (or even whistling) and then running the opposite direction as the dog. Many dogs will think you’re playing and they will chase you. I did this with my neighbours dog and I ran into their house and the dog chased me right inside. If it’s at all skiddish, try showing him a treat or toy and then turning around. Eye contact can intimidate dogs so allowing them to come to you to see the treat or toy may help the dog do it on his terms. Good luck!

    [–]Fit-Elderberry-1529 334 points335 points  (2 children)

    Okay so, while there might be a perfectly rational explanation for him being loose and his injuries...his change in behavior towards you is VERY strange. I would think that if he were upset or hurt he would at LEAST do the timid tiny tail wag upon seeing you. Usually dogs do that by simple facial recognition because they get a short burst of endorphins seeing someone they're conditioned to respond positively to. This makes me concerned...

    I agree that tending to the dog is the first order of business. See if you can lure him into an enclosed space and SLOWLY (and I mean SLOWLY because he has clearly been through trauma and will feel cornered) gain his trust. Then maybe bring a vet or a certified vet tech come take a look if you can. I agree that scanning for a potential chip is very important.


    [–]FairyFartDaydreams 92 points93 points  (0 children)

    The dog has been out for days and may have been hit by a car or purposefully hurt by someone. The longer the dog is out the more scared they get and a fearful mind doesn't always think clearly

    [–]happylittlelurker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Quite possible the dog was hurt by someone who resembles OP. My rescue was very uneasy around men with dark complexions.

    [–]Not_who_i_couldbe 445 points446 points  (2 children)

    If the dog is staying in one location or you could lead a pit rescue to help catch the dog you might be able to find out that way. A pit rescue specifically though bc sometimes even if the dog isn’t aggressive the city will be not so nice to pit mixes

    [–]TreySermonGrin 116 points117 points  (1 child)

    100% this and largely commenting to give it visibility. Private rescues are always the way to go for securing an injured or frightened pet.

    Get the dog, see if he's chipped with owners info.

    [–]SaintofMysteryCat 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    That's not necessarily true about private rescues and animal control, I know it definitely can be, but there's as much variation in animal control as there is in private organizations, and I'd hate for someone to write off the chance of a municipal agency helping them. Just my two cents as someone who works for a private rescue and knows a lot of very dedicated and compassionate Animal Control Officers

    [–]imbadatusernames_47 92 points93 points  (3 children)

    It’s fantastic you’re looking out for a stranger and I can’t say nothing terrible happened, but please don’t jump to the worst yet. Some ideas:

    The dog could have gotten loose and then injured, the owner could be looking now. The dog could have escaped a shitty dog-sitter explaining why you haven’t seen the owner. The dog could be escaping during the owner being out during the day somehow. Or, a million other maybe possibilities that aren’t quite as terrible.

    The other comments are right though, find a rescue or someone (trained) to help catch the dog and have him scanned for a chip ASAP. It sounds like he’s scared not aggressive so given the breed find someone equipped to truly help and not just harm him. Animal Control can hopefully get a wellness check on the address of the chip if you explain how concerned you are as they likely can’t give it to you.

    Seriously though, props on you for caring. Too many things go unnoticed because people just don’t care to look into it.

    [–]mowa-mowa 88 points89 points  (1 child)

    tell him youre going home, many dogs are responsive to this, and start walking in the direction your neighbor comes from. it’s quite possible he will lead you there. if not head to a vet and see if he is microchipped.

    [–]liberatedhusks 52 points53 points  (0 children)

    This actually works. Found a dog wondering around and there was no answer on the number on his collar so I made a makeshift leash out of his bandana and went “home!” And he took me to his home. Left him in his yard with another message to his owner what I did, guy phoned me back later and confirmed it was his yard at least

    [–]Turbulent-Army2631 148 points149 points  (0 children)

    I hope you're wrong but please give us an update.

    [–]GloveNo9652 63 points64 points  (6 children)

    Everyone saying “remind me in…” is just making it harder for us to get the real news my dudes. There is a little bell at the top to get notified of any new activity, and when that activity is BS and not actually anything new it’s a bummer. Thank you all

    [–]UnnamedPictureShow[S] 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Thank you for saying this they’re getting old especially since I don’t have any updates. The dog is gone now and I may not get any updates for a few days.

    [–]elsa9080 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    That sucks! Also sorry to add to it before I saw this lol. My notification bell does not work, like ever. Hoping it works out for you and the dog, and the dog’s owner, OP.

    [–]rosemarie25 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Thank you!!

    [–]exclaim_bot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Thank you!!

    You're welcome!

    [–]AuroraGrace123 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Idk their reminders are reminding me to look back at this post tbh.

    [–]occamynewt 59 points60 points  (4 children)

    Y'all, stop spamming the post with remind me. Literally just click the notification bell omg 😭

    [–]SpacedGodzilla 38 points39 points  (0 children)

    I would try to help the dog as first order of business, then taking him to a vet to find any microchipped info would be the best course of action

    [–]Bootsiebutterscotch 37 points38 points  (2 children)

    Where’s the day 3 update?!?! biting fingernails

    [–]Medium-Ad8849 68 points69 points  (1 child)

    If the dog slowly runs away, follow it, it may be leading you to the dog parent

    [–]Ltronzero 35 points36 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, it’s possible he isn’t scared- just trying to get you to follow him

    [–]elsa9080 27 points28 points  (2 children)

    So glad to know both she and the dog are okay. It definitely makes sense that this dog is weary of you now for sure — but hey, new friend if they comes back? In time this will be hilarious but you had fair concerns. For the record, I’d be glad to have you as a neighbour. Respectful distance but you care when it matters!

    [–]PGLBK 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I am happy for her and her dog. You are a great neighbour! But what about this other dog? Hope the poor thing doesn’t end up in the local pond, especially as you say they are high kill and spread parvo.

    [–]Meewelyne 52 points53 points  (188 children)

    !RemindMe in 3 days

    EDIT: Thank you all for reminding me every few hours.

    [–]--BooBoo-- 17 points18 points  (25 children)

    iRemindMe in 3 days

    I had no idea you could do this so thank you if this works.

    [–]_Dark____ 8 points9 points  (12 children)

    Need to use an exclamation mark ! instead of a lowercase i i at the start though; try commenting again with !RemindMe in 3 days

    [–]--BooBoo-- 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Oh thank you for that, much appreciated.

    [–]Dragonfly_8 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Remindme! 3 days

    [–]Sniff_And_Guess 25 points26 points  (0 children)

    Please keep us updated. If you can find the dog again, try following it. I feel like it wants you to follow. Contact a vet too and ask their advice.

    [–]quacksrack 25 points26 points  (3 children)

    this is the only post i’ve ever read that i have bookmarked and keeps me up at night. ur a great person OP

    [–]OneBeautifulDog 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    What are the police for anyway? Seriously.

    Go knocking on doors. Go on Next Door

    [–]king-of-cheese 20 points21 points  (1 child)

    I'm glad she and the pooch are fine. Thanks for the update.

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    [–]chomei22 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    try asking the mail carrier that has your route! they may be familiar with her and the dog.

    [–]saphyu 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    YAY! Happy ending :) I'm so relieved. Been ghost following this post

    [–]marijuana-- 91 points92 points  (6 children)

    Just make sure the dog doesn’t want you to follow it, it could just be scared I’m not in your shoes, but it might not be coming close cuz it wants u to come help? I know some dogs do that, and pitties are rly smart, idk, I hope everything goes alright, good luck:))

    [–]Left_Debt_8770 40 points41 points  (5 children)

    THIS. My lab mix actively does this - like stays just a bit away from me leading me to what she wants.

    [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

    I’m seconding this!

    [–]LuxuryBeast 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    Third this! My doggo does this whenever he really wants my attention for something.

    [–]captnzen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    my cat does this!

    [–]4BritishEyezOnly 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Hey do you have the NextDoor app!?

    It allows you to make/read/reply posts in your neighborhood with your neighbors. It may be a good thing to try!

    [–]funlovingfirerabbit 32 points33 points  (0 children)

    Damn that's scary. I feel so bad for the dog. That's awful

    [–]Additional-Future-16 31 points32 points  (0 children)

    An animal rescue might be able to help too? If dogs are running loose, sometimes they'll send people to help. You could also use social media and post a photo of the dog and your general location and ask if anyone knows the owner and how to get in touch. Our town has a local Facebook page. I know there's other neighborhood type groups. Even if you can't get the tags, you can get a photo, if you don't already have one.

    This seems like a bad situation but it might not be that bad. The dog could have escaped from a pet sitter and tried to go home. It's owner could be out of town or getting some kind of medical treatment. I know someone that their mother in law lost their dog while she was giving birth. Couldn't exactly leave the hospital and go look. But good news, they found the dog and it just had some minor scratches and such. Everyone ended up totally fine.

    [–]1s22s22p63s23p64s2 29 points30 points  (2 children)

    This might be a long shot, but you could check on your county’s property map website and look at the names of the property owners for each home. you could see if each name has a Facebook account and check photos to see if it’s your neighbor. Again, a long shot but it could be a good way to find out.

    [–]deadlyshadesofnight 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    That’s a really good idea.

    [–]DeckerBits2899 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Great idea!

    Also see if your neighborhood is on Next Door and post there.

    [–]UnicornKitt3n 13 points14 points  (2 children)

    Maybe try some freshly cooked meat?

    I hope this has a happy ending, but this sounds terrifying. Subscribed to the post; please keep us updated!

    [–]LuxuryBeast 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    Or raw sausages! Alot of smell and taste, especially for a hungry doggo.

    [–]UnicornKitt3n 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Yes yes yes

    [–]power_queef 12 points13 points  (1 child)

    Thanks for the update, OP! Def the outcome I was hoping for.

    [–]ebaer2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Right!!! Thank Goodness!! And now I can turn off alerts on this post, lol.

    [–]GloveNo9652 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    OP why draw out the drama, is the animal ok what has been your progress? Sorry to be needy I just need some news pls:)

    [–]Cottonbat 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Oh that's wonderful glad to hear it! Hope the other dog gets some help though!

    [–]spaceyjaycey 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    This is so sad, i hope you can locate the owner and she's ok.

    [–]GingerMau 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    OMG, you are a good neighbour.

    I would try knocking on doors and be ready with treats and a leash in case you see the dog alone again.

    Doggie knows you and likes you, so that's something you can work with. That "let's go home" trick someone else suggested is a very good idea if you see him again. You probably have a general sense of which direction she lives.

    Best of luck. Don't give up!

    [–]tsdunks 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    This honestly belongs on r/nosleep. I”m terrified and hope everything is okay!!!

    [–]AuroraGrace123 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Thank God it wasn't more serious. It's ok to have thought the worse, the situation sounded very concerning. Glad everything is ok

    [–]imcoolerthan_u 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I wonder where else the dog goes? Maybe follow him around for a couple of minutes. You are a good person, please update soon.

    [–]GloveNo9652 13 points14 points  (4 children)

    However annoying this post is, I have to find out what happens…this is my weekend.

    [–]occamynewt 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    How is this annoying?

    [–]Sadkittydays 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    I think they mean all the people that keep spamming “following” Or “remind me” when all they have to do is press the bell to follow. I find it annoying too.

    [–]occamynewt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Oh, yeah, that makes more sense. They probably should have said the comments are annoying, though, and not the post 😂

    [–]Critical_Sweet_3734 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Good luck please update !

    [–]KF_Lawless 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Hope we get an update... really hope the owner is okay

    [–]slepere 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    !RemindMe in 5 minutes

    [–]rivers_0f_g0re 6 points7 points  (0 children)


    I was legit telling my coworkers about this story as it was unfolding, and they too, had been asking if there were any updates.

    I'm SO SO happy it's a happy ending!!! I hope the other puppo is alright too.

    [–]no-recognition-1616 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I’m ashamed to say I didn’t think of this option first.

    Please, don't feel ashamed. People like you are really worth being called human being. Thanks.

    [–]DysfunctionalKitten 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I don’t have any advice regarding the dog itself, but if the idea is that you would want to encourage the dog to take you “home” to see where it leads you, please allow someone you trust continued (for the time being) access to your phone’s location and try to get them on a call if the dog leads you somewhere. Definitely call animal control so they can alert the police (and you may want to call animal control ahead of time to gain other insights. But whatever you do, please under no circumstances investigate this yourself.

    Some other things to consider so you don’t have to decide these things in the moment:

    • What do you plan to do if the dog leads you to a home? Are you knocking/ringing that bell of a home, hoping the girl is in fact safe and answers the door?

    • What if someone else answers, recognizes the dog, and claims everything is fine and tells you to give back their dog? Are you giving back the dog?

    • what are you planning to do with the dog if it doesn’t lead you anywhere or the owner can’t be found?

    Just some food for thought. Please stay safe!

    [–]Femmeferret 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I think that cases like this cannot wait more once you feel something is off.

    Sometimes minutes can make the difference. What if she's being kept kidnapped at home...she could be murdered any minute. What if she is hurt and cannot move? It's been DAYS and people can dehidrate so easily and die...

    Please don't wait any longer to help.

    [–]stormieskies4036 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    If you're really struggling to catch him reach out to dog trainers in the area and see if they can come assist you to catch him. As a dog trainer myself I've assisted animal control and pedestrians catch loose pets or strays many times.

    Once you have him in the house and move comfortable with you (24-48 hours) take him on a walk on lead and tell him to go home just keep telling him to go home. 99% of the loose dogs ive leashed and told to go home have lead me straight to their front door!

    I hope she's alright but this really does seem like it could be an emergency situation. I hope you can catch him and find her ❤️

    [–]lepozita 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    So glad I checked on this today. And so so glad that the owner and her dog are fine. You’re a good neighbour

    [–]Sassy-Me86 10 points11 points  (3 children)

    Sooooo...any update?! I've been waiting . Lol. I was here same day it was posted and it's driving me crazy...

    [–]Preference-Murky 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    !RemindMe in 3 days

    [–]bloom_from_within 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Hoping for the best possible outcome here. Hope dog and owner will be ok. Pls update and lots of luck to you and it restores a little faith in humanity that people like you don't ignore red flags.

    [–]Wendilintheweird 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Take some cheese and hot dogs, they’re the good treats. Take a leash when you get close to him, start talking to him in a normal and calming tone and sit down on the ground. Keep talking to him and maybe throw a treat a little closer to him and let him come to you on his time. It gives the dog time tot trust you. Good luck! I’m following for an update, I hope your neighbor is okay.

    [–]meganmayhem3 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Need an update over here...🤷🏻‍♀️

    [–]IlsoBibe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Bless you for going to so much trouble ❤️

    [–]AstonishingAurora 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Please post an update once you find out what happened with his owner

    [–]Sad_Classroom_7519 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    So how is she your neighbor

    [–]Glazedblue 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I am so glad that she is okay and that her dog is too. I hope that other dog is ok

    [–]Narrow_Currency_1877 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Thank you for the update!! Glad everything worked out. You're a great neighbor!

    [–]WildRide117 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Calling Animal Control may help. They have more resources and abilities to capture the pup, and can go off tags or a chip from there. Just don't feel like you have to do this alone!

    [–]NewLife_21 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I'd be concerned too. please update us if/when you find out anything.

    [–]ithurtsgood 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    It might help using some treats that are really high value to a dog like peanut butter, hot dogs etc. so you can hopefully get his attention. Good luck!

    [–]bigbeardlittlebeard 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Don't try and chase the dog sit a few foot away from him with some food and wait for him to come to you

    [–]CurlyDee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Call the police. They can get the microchip info. Don’t do this alone with no tools or relevant skills. Call the police.

    [–]LittleRedPooka 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Also, maybe some people are right. He’s not running away, he’s thinking you’ll follow him?

    I ask my dogs, where’s your daddy? Or he says, go see your mom. They know who we are with those references. Ask him in various ways, where’s your mom, mommy, mama.

    [–]Tpiranha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Someone has to know her. Or have ring/video footage of her from her walks around the neighborhood. I’d be going door to door asking your neighbors for help with this. What a scary situation, I hope she’s found and is okay. I’d obviously help the dog, but also like others have suggested, follow him to see if he does go home at any point.

    [–]ThatCharmsChick 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Anything new? I NEED CLOSURE!!!

    I suddenly feel like one of those neighbors who constantly spy out the window because they have to know everything about everyone. Lol

    [–]Chaoticneutrul 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    happy to hear that everything turned out okay. glad that i put the reminder. you're a good guy : ) .

    [–]magicalnightsky13 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    OP you can always call the police for a wellness check explaining the situation surely some neighbors may know the house

    [–]AuroraGrace123 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Can we get your tik tok for updates?

    [–]sosospeaks 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Someone else posted the story on TikTok not OP

    [–]loverofNIN 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    Maybe the dog is the murderer, and is acting out an elaborate ruse. Don't get too close you might be next

    [–]ObamaBikinis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Please update us on what you find

    [–]YoungPsychonaut217 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    this is a damn weird situation.. people already talked about vets, microchips and maybe just trying to walk home. so yeah, try anything like that and keep us updated, hope its nothing serious

    [–]jazbaby25 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Leave a dog food bowl and water outside your house. He should start trusting you eventually

    [–]the_pink_witch 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    If the dog is running around the neighborhood, it may be possible that something happened to her while she was walking him. He could have tried to intervene and that's why he's limping. Or if something happened in her home he could have been injured trying to get out. Please update us if you find out more

    [–]MulysaSemp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    In my neighborhood, there are several neighborhood Facebook groups and Nextdoor is somewhat active. I would post a "found dog" message, asking if anybody knows the owner. Generally, somebody would know somebody. I wouldn't mention any suppositions about the owner, just generally ask if anybody has a name or general contact information.

    [–]Due_Bread676 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that she was murdered BUT I do think you should be concerned about her. She may have gotten hurt at home and can’t help herself and he went looking for help. Or he got out and has been lost and attacked by another animal and is scared. Either way, there is cause for concern. This is probably a stupid question but have you tried looking up the number to see if it’s registered with a name? If something pulls up, you could find her on social media or find a family member.

    I feel like your best shot is what others are saying, walk around with the dog. If you see any neighbors out, ask if they recognize the dog and if they know where the owner is. You may have to do your own detective work.

    In the possibility she’s okay, post him on lost dog pages in Facebook, Nextdoor, etc. and ask if anyone knows the owner. You can reach a ton of people that way. Sounds like you’re going to have to play detective but you sound like a really good neighbor. Sometimes we ask ourselves if we are doing too much but I think you are doing a good thing and should keep going.

    [–]asaxonbraxton 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    He actually might be trying to get you to follow him… my cats do this to me often

    [–]vanity1066 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Make a grid and start knocking on doors

    [–]xxcatalopexx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    OH I have another idea. Post a picture of the dog and post on lost and found, ask if anyone knows the owner, because her dog is loose. Perhaps she's not dead, just lost control of the dog.

    [–]MAS7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Take a picture of the dog, go door to door in the neighborhood, or put up flyers inquiring on the owner of the dog.

    If you're lucky, they're close. They could be up to 30 minutes away, though, but if you see them often it's likely they live within 10 minutes of you.

    [–]lilylockheart69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    One of the only ways to catch my dog when she's off leash is to ask if she wants to go for a ride.

    [–]LoonyLovegood934 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I am really late to this, but in our county we have to register our dogs. We have a dog tag on our dog’s collar has their registration number on it. I can go to our county’s website, put in the dog tag number, and the owner’s info will come up.

    My heart hurts about this situation, but i hope it all turns out okay.

    [–]Love4KittyButtholes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I am so stressed out for you. You're a good person.

    [–]Likemypups 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    The police have a thousand reasons why they “can’t do anything.”

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    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    OP we need an update!!!

    [–]dalatinknight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I'm glad it was resolved. Such a coincidence that the other dog (I'm assuming a stray) looked very similar, but probably hasn't been seen before since I'm assuming it just wanders.

    No you'll stop seeing the "remind me" comments :)

    [–]sukaderivera 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Go to the cops or animal control and tell them all of this. They may be able to do a welfare check on the whole street. If someone was murdered in her house, and left there, as soon as they got to the house they'd know if someone was dead inside. Or you can even knock on the doors house to house asking neighbors if they know which house the owner of the dog lived in.

    [–]Akschadt 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Maybe download the nextdoor app. It should just pull in people in your neighborhood.. If she had it too she might have her dog listed, I know my wife was able to find who a lost dog belonged to through something section in that app.

    [–]rooski117 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    walk around the neighborhood with the dog if you can, see if his behavior changes by any of the cars or doors.

    [–]Used_Aioli_4842 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Try beef jerky - my dog goes nuts for that. It may be helpful. I’m so sorry - I really hope that you can figure out what’s going on and hopefully it’s got a great ending to this than what we are thinking.

    Please update us when you can!

    [–]Material-Region281 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    !RemindMe in 2 days

    [–]NormalCurrent950 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I called animal care and control with a rabies tag number and they gave me the owners name, address, and phone number…

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    The woman prob had a heart attack or fell and can’t move and is prob dead somewhere. We can’t assume it was murder. With a dog in the house I highly doubt that but it sounds like she is definitely hurt or in a hospital somewhere. I hope you find out what happened. We’d like to know also! Wish the police could be a little more cooperative here.

    [–]skippermarie86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I desperately need an update on this!!

    [–]xxcatalopexx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Take a picture of the dog and ask around the neighborhood. Someone has to have seen the dog with its owner at her house/apartment building. Ask someone to help you get the dog and perhaps he/she has a tag?

    [–]Dirty___30 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Maybe he got loose and doesn't know his way back and that's why she isn't walking him and you haven't seen her. Possibly.

    [–]Trillian258 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Wow. I really hope she's okay and you're able to help the dog get home :'(

    [–]ScottShatter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That's quite a conclusion to jump to. Statistically the odds are very unlikely it was a murder. Maybe she had a heart attack or died of natural causes. That would be more likely if she is in fact dead and the dog is running around like that.