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Another Lost Dog

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Thank you for all the get well wishes for Toto and for all of the advice!  We really appreciate it!  I am glad to say that Toto is feeling a lot better.  That is a huge relief.

There is never a dull moment in our household, though.  You may remember that I wrote a post awhile ago about how I just have a magnet for animals in need.  Well, it happened again.  After a long and stressful week, my husband thought I should take some time to myself.  So, this morning I decided to go to the mall.  I hopped in the car and was about to drive away when I saw a car slow down in front of our house.  My first thought was that she was looking at our house (because it is for sale).  Then, I saw a dog.  I pulled the car over about half way down the block and ran back.  I asked if it was her dog.  She said that it wasn’t her dog, but she works for Animal Control.  She was trying to get a leash around the dog’s neck, but he didn’t want to go near her.  I knelt down and called him over.  He came over to me.  I put his head in my hands and he licked my face.  I am such a softy when it comes to animals.  The lady said that she was going to try and catch him and then bring him in her yard until Animal Control came to pick him up…  unless I had any other ideas.  “Just leave him here.”  I said. 

So, I got the dog into my yard.  Then I had to figure out what the hell I was going to do with him.  He is a super sweet dog.  He looks like he has some Chow or Collie in him.  He is a medium size…. maybe 50 pounds.  His face looks like a mix between a bear and a lion.  You can tell he has been on the streets for awhile.  He has some scars and scratches on him.  His ribs are sticking out and he was very grateful for food and water.  We decided to call him “Dexter” for now.

Once he was in the yard we decided to bring our dogs out one at a time to see if they would get along.  We brought Stella out first, kind of as a test.  Everyone gets along with Stella.  They got along just fine.  Then we brought Toto out.  He is so friendly, but he also has a fiesty streak.  They got along well, too.  Finally we brought out our wild child, Elvis.  We were 3 for 3.  Once we found that everyone got along ok, we tried to get him inside.  He was super scared to come in our house.  He would stand in the doorway, unsure what to do.  It was like part of him wanted to come in and part of him was afraid to.  Finally, we convinced him to come in.  Our three year old was very excited for Dexter to come inside.  “Dexter, come inside.  You’ll love our house!” he called to him.

So now we have Dexter here and settled.  He is sleeping peacefully on the rug.  He must be relieved to have food and water and a warm safe place to rest.  Poor baby.  He deserves a good home.  Now, we just have to find him one.  We know from Toto’s history that this can be difficult, but we will figure it out. 

Of course part of me wants to keep him.  I get attached to animals so quickly!  But four dogs… that’s a lot.  We don’t really have room for four dogs.  Not to mention the money… we are still paying off Toto’s vet bills.  But sometimes it can be very tempting.  I just hope that we find an awesome home for Dexter, and then maybe it won’t hurt so much to see him go.

Say a prayer tonight for Dexter, and all of the homeless animals, that they will find homes filled with love.  Finding Dexter makes me think of when we found Toto (well, actually, he found us).  And Toto has taught us that even though things may start out rough, it is never too late for a happy ending.  I hope that today is the day that things turn around for Dexter. 

“Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.”


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8 Responses to “Another Lost Dog”

  1.   Tazzie Says:

    Dexter,

    You knew a good thing when you saw it didn’t you! I wish you the very best in finding your very own home, whether that is with Toto as a big little brother or somewhere else.

  2.   jack crowder Says:

    Thank you for stopping and helping Dexter. Thanks for taking him in and giving him a warm, safe place to sleep and food and water.

    You’ll all be in our hearts and prayers , bless you for helping him.

  3.   peytonpawd Says:

    I was very nervous to read your post because of the title. I am really happy that nothing happened to Toto.

    That is wonderful you stopped to help Dexter. Sounds like you have a gift for helping those in need! You have a big heart. Good luck finding him a home whether it is with you or with someone else!

  4.   anyemery Says:

    You have such a big heart – Dexter was so lucky to be in your neighborhood just as you were heading out. Best wishes for helping him find the right home – whether it’s yours or another home. What part of the country are you in?

    Sending hugs to Dexter, Toto, Stella, and Elvis!
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  5.   tootsweets Says:

    Thanks for all of the support! We are in the Chicagoland area if any Midwest tripawds know of anyone looking to open their heart to a sweet dog. 🙂

    Kristin, Toto, and the gang

  6.   Opie Says:

    I hope you find Dexter a happy home. Seems like he could use a break.

  7.   jakesmom Says:

    How lucky for Dexter that you found him… You have such a big heart!!! 🙂
    I hope that you’re able to find him a loving forever home… He looks like a real sweetheart!!!

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  8.   jerry Says:

    Yeay for Toto, and a big yeay for Dexter too!

    It makes us so mad to know that irresponsible people out there let their dogs go so easily, but it does our hearts good to know that GOOD people like you are out there as a safe place for them to go. Thank Dog for dog whisperers like you, you’re a real saint.

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