We saved 6 dogs in 2011
While brushing Minnie on Friday afternoon, I spotted one of our old wayward dog friends sniffing her way down the trail. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to catch fleet-footed Stella, the boxer/pit bull/greyhound mix that we helped home more than once over the summer.
True to form, Stella zagged toward me when I called her name, but zigged in another direction before I could get close enough to grab her collar. Luke and I tailed her for a couple of blocks, and another young couple, dressed in formalwear, pulled over and tried to catch her, too, but Stella wasn’t having it. When we gave up, she appeared to be running toward home.
While I wasn’t able to ensure Stella’s safe return this time, six months into the Wayward Dogs project, and at the beginning of a brand new year, I would like to review the results of my attempt to help lost dogs get home. Since June 11, 2011:
- Zach and I have helped “save” — by returning, rehoming or fostering — a total of six dogs (including Stella).
- We also spotted or unsuccessfully pursued seven wayward dogs (including Stella).
- Nearly half of all loose dogs we encountered appeared to be bully mixes (including Stella).
- The vast majority of the dogs we spotted or caught had collars or were otherwise recognizable to us as neighborhood dogs (including Stella).
The two truly wayward dogs we caught — whose owners, if they existed, we were never able to track down — left special paw prints on our hearts.
One of those dogs is, of course, Charlie Machete, who remains with us as our foster dog.
We knew from the moment Zach slipped a leash on this big, black dog with a pitty head would have little hope at Kansas City’s high-kill shelter. And so, with some initial vet care assistance from Friends of KC Animals, we embarked on a mission to find this dog a home. Fostering him hasn’t been easy or fun all of the time. But this gorgeous, mischievous, whipsmart and cuddly creature has taught us so much and shown us more love than we ever could have expected. We truly hope that early 2012 brings Machete face to face with someone or some people who will appreciate him, farts and all, as much as we do.
Ironically, the other traildog who captured our hearts in 2011 also went on to become a Charlie.
This handsome Boston Terrier started out with us as Meatball. Had we not already been caring for Charlie Machete at the time, we no doubt would have fostered this snuggly and polite hunk. Instead, we passed him to a friend, Luke’s foster mom, who enrolled Meatball with The Animal Rescue Alliance when his owners could not be located. A true charmer, Meatball immediately bewitched a forever family, who changed his name and are, reportedly, massively in love with him to this day.
I honestly don’t know what the past six months of wayward dog experiences mean. Do I just notice more loose dogs because I keep an eye out for them? Do we actually encounter more because we happen to live on the Trolley Trail, a jogging path frequented by dog owners and therefore a mecca of scents that naturally attracts wayward dogs?
Or do I have some kind of pheremone only noticeable to dogs that means “total sucker”?
Regardless, I plan to continue keeping track of the wayward dogs we run into on the Stats page. Maybe over time we will begin to see more patterns.
What are your experiences with wayward dogs? Do you know how many you tend to see in a year?
Posted on January 1, 2012, in Fostering, Machete, Pit Bulls, Projects, Wayward Dog and tagged Boston Terrier, bully mix, Friends of KC Animals, The Animal Rescue Alliance, Trolley Trail. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.