Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lost and Found Dachshund

Lost and Found Dachshund
We found a lost Dachshund on our afternoon walk. My hound dog Valentino sniffed out the wanderlust with ease.

Since I pay attention to all of the dogs we run across on our neighborhood walks, I was pretty sure I knew the house where this little fellow belonged. Many a time we had seen a pair of barking Dachshunds with noses to the window of a house as we walked by.

My Dog Valentino with Lost and Found Dachshund
We headed off in the direction of the house just a couple of blocks from where we found the dog. Fortunately, the dog willingly followed Valentino's lead and we were able to walk him home to try to reunite the dog with his owner.

I knocked on the door while Valentino and the Dachshund got to know each other a bit while we waited for someone to answer. I barely had time to snap a picture of the dogs, big and small...but oh, how cute!

Found Dachshund Returned to Owner

Once the owner opened his door in response to my knock, my dog Valentino stuck his nose in the air and began his hound dog howl. I had to chuckle and say, "I think he's giving your little dog a lecture!"

Hound Dog Valentino Howls at Returned Dachshund

The man laughed and said, "He's an escape artist and must have found a way out of the fenced yard that I had not yet found."

The man thanked us for returning his dog and we headed home ourselves. Valentino and I had had enough excitement on this afternoon dog walking adventure. Once again, our good dog deed for the day was done!

Yes, we have reunited a few dogs with their owners in the neighborhood. Fortunately, some dogs wear a dog tag with a name and number to call if they run astray and are found. This brindle boxer, for instance.

Dog Pawsitive Tidbits for Lost and Found Dogs

We have a few dog pawsitive tidbits to share with you for what to do if you find a dog running loose when you are out and about.

  • First, know the dogs in your neighborhood. Pay attention as you stroll the area so if you find a dog you might know where it belongs.
  • Approach stray dogs with caution. The dog may be frightened and run away or bite.
  • If the dog is friendly and lets you near enough, check its dog tag if it is wearing one. The dog owner may have the dog's name on the tag or the owner's name or number to call.
  • If you know where the dog lives, try to walk it home.
  • When all else fails, contact your local animal shelters and area veterinarians for further support in an effort to reunite the dog and its owner.

Do you have any tips to share for a lost and found dog scenario? Have you ever found a lost dog? Were you able to reunite the dog with its owner?

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chasing Walking Sticks

The slightest movement catches the attention of dogs. And the chase is on!

His leash attached to the railing did not keep my dog Valentino from chasing the critter — it was right there on the front porch with us! Led by his keen eye and nosy nose, Valentino moved my chair out of his way to get an up close and personal look at the creepy crawly critter that had grabbed his attention.

Of course, my dog's activity caught my attention so I had to take a closer look too. Luckily I had cell phone camera in hand as I screeched the "ACK!" command that my dog and I had worked diligently on in our dog training.

Good boy that he is... Valentino backed off just enough for me to click and capture a pic of the Walking Stick bug!

As the insect creepily crawled himself up the wall of the house, my dog Valentino and I watched from a safe distance. I had already pushed the safety limits by spending those few moments getting these pictures.

Upon my own sighting of one of these critters a couple of weeks ago, I did a tidbit of research and learned that stick insects can sometimes emit a foul-smelling spray that can temporarily blind a predator. I sure did not want this happening to my dog.

Visit my poetry blog for more stick bug photo fun and to read my Walking Sticks poem.

Visit the National Wildlife Federation for a few fast facts on Walking Sticks insects.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Loss and Love of Pets

In memory of my dog Tidbit.
Memorial Page for My Dog Tidbit
I have loved and lost a few good dogs. No doubt this is something I will experience again. As a dog lover I can not imagine living without a dog by my side.

Today, September 10, is National Pet Memorial Day. This day is set aside to honor the memory of our past pets and animals.

I thought of writing, yet another, tribute tale of the special dogs of my past. I decided against doing so, as I have shared our stories in abundance on this blog, so named for them which you can learn by reading about Dog Pawsitive Tidbits. I have something more important I want to share with you today.

In memory of my dog Scratch.
Memorial Page for my Dog Scratch
My memorial message for pet and dog lovers deals with loving and being loved by them. To me, there is no greater love than that of my dogs. I am honored to know that loving relationship like none other. Each time life chooses to allow me to out-live my dog I am led to the next dog who will leave its paw prints on my heart.

While losing one of my dogs is emotionally devastating, I would have it no other way. The flip side would be my demise and knowing they would suffer the tragic loss of the leader of their pack. However, there is a way to deal with that scenario ahead of time, just as I have with the aid of the book "If I Should Die Before My Dog" by Joe and Cathy Connolly.

When you find yourself suffering the loss of a pet, allow that pet's love to lead the way to the next animal companion of your life. My dog Tidbit led me straight to my current canine companion, Valentino. I walked him a few times at the shelter, then he was my foster dog for a while. It took only a tidbit of time for me and my boy to become ever so happy together ... we adopted each other!

Tidbit led the way to the next dog who would steal my heart away. 

Our dog pawsitive tidbit for National Pet Memorial Day...

Have no regrets ... just love of pets!