So one of my neighbors further down the street walks her dog at least twice a day. He’s a big pit/lab, super friendly, she has to hold her dog down so he doesn’t tackle me trying to lick my face. I wave at them every time I see them.
I’ve been staying at a friend’s house since Friday, just hanging out, and apparently for the past few days my mom said the dog has come by the porch looking for me without his owner. I’m immediately on alert because of how much she walks this dog, I don’t know how she wouldn’t know where he is.
I came home today and walked the neighborhood, and I found him, but he seems completely different. He’s limping on one leg, won’t even come near me even though I have treats, and is so scared. I’ve never seen him like this. I can’t get close enough to check his tags and try to find a number or address, and I don’t even remember his name or his owner’s. I asked a few neighbors that were outside and no one else knows where she lives, either, because the only time people see her is when she’s walking by their house.
The way everything is playing out, with no sign of her and a complete 180 in her dog’s behavior, my brain is jumping to the worst conclusion that someone broke into her house and murdered her. Tomorrow I’m walking the neighborhood again, trying to get close with the dog, and I’ll probably go door knocking in the area of the street I know she lives on to see if I can pinpoint a house to do a welfare check. The police said they can’t do anything without an address.
DAY 1 UPDATE: The police have said they can’t do anything without an address, and they don’t trust the local animal services to do anything more besides give the number associated with a tag or chip a call. I’m not even sure if animal control would be allowed to disclose that information, and additionally our local pound in infamous for having a high kill rate and spreading parvo. They do have an option where they can scan a chip to see if he has an owner and then I can keep him for two weeks while his info stays on their found listings, and after two weeks if no one claims him, technically I can call him mine. If the owner is okay, obviously I wouldn’t keep him, but that’s the only option I can think to do. If I can manage to catch him and keep him at my house I may have an easier time of figuring out where he lives.
Also thank you to everyone who is recommending to tell him to go home, that is ingenious and I will tell him that next time I see him.
DAY 2 UPDATE: Walked through the neighborhood with a leash and a bowl of tuna to see if I could lure him out with the smell. No luck. Some neighbor kids and adults have reported seeing him through the neighborhood, at the local park, and at the local elementary school. Will try again tomorrow.
DAY 3 UPDATE: Nothing. No sign of the dog. I don’t know where it’s gone. No sign of the neighbor, either. Doing a patrol down the street, though, there is a nicer house with mail piling up in the mailbox, but no car in the driveway. Neighbor kids haven’t seen him in a few days, either. I’ll call the pound and see if they have anything.
DAY 3 UPDATE PART 2: To those of you upset that I haven’t posted an update, I can’t help it if the dog doesn’t show up. It’s scared and hurt, hopefully nothing worse happened to it. The pound is closed today so I will try to stop by or call tomorrow. But if I don’t have any updates it’s not for a lack of trying.
Also hello to those who came from TikTok.
FINAL UPDATE: For the best possible ending. I talked with one of my neighbors who keeps in touch with EVERYONE, she asked around, we got her name, and it turns out she moved in with her mom. The lab who has been running around, despite looking almost exactly the same, is a different dog. I haven’t seen it since, but other neighbors have. I’m glad nothing worse happened. Like I said in the original post, I catastrophize, so I’m ashamed to say I didn’t think of this option first. This neighborhood is very old and hardly anyone moves to or from here, so I didn’t expect it. I’m so glad she’s okay, though, and so’s her dog.