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« on: January 31, 2013, 04:39:50 PM »

Earlier this week a bichon was found next to the highway that borders the school my mom teaches at.  They put out the word that a dog was found and put her picture on Facebook and we have been checking Craigslist and other sites for missing dog posts.
No luck at all finding her owner.  Her condition has made many of us think she was abandoned. She does not have tags, is under weight, and was very dirty and matted.
I haven't been able to go meet her yet, but my sister helped groom her.

The woman who is currently taking care of her has two big dogs and two cats already and thinks she may not be up for taking care of this dog much longer. 
My mom has suggested for me to take her until we can find a forever home.

Any advice?  I don't want to do the wrong thing here. I'm also worried that if I agree to this and an owner comes forward I won't be able to give her back to someone that allowed her to get into this condition.

I would love any advice!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 04:54:07 PM »

Thats so sad.Would Small Paws or an anaimal rescue be able to help?Maybe she got into the bad condition as a result of being lost.

If she was abandoned then the owners won't turn up.

I can understand you being reluctant to hand her back if she's been neglected.I once took a neighbours cat to an animal rescue,without their knowledge ( making sure it was a no kill one and watching he was adopted ) when I knew he was being badly neglected.Alison
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 05:05:00 PM »

Has the local dog pound been notified?  If so, you can arrange to adopt from them and then the 'owner' has no recourse against you.

You or someone you know can also call them for info -- in some communities, if the dog is unclaimed after a set amount of time, you can keep the dog. 

Finally, if the dog goes through a rescue, then you can keepo the dog that way too.

Did anyone take photos before the grooming?  This helps make a case that the dog was abandoned.  The ACO automatically does this as part of building a case.

Has the dog been to a vet?  Whether you keep the dog or get a rescue involved may depend on how much vetting she / he needs.  A rescue will take care of all the vetting prior to putting the dog up for adoption.

So Sumo is going to have another doggie in the house?  COOL!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 05:17:58 PM »

Allison - I'm not sure about Small Paws, but I was going to contact a local rescue to get their advice.  I was thinking the same thing about her condition being the result of being lost.  From what I have heard (since I haven't actually met this dog yet) She is very under weight, has horrible dental issues (won't let anyone even look in her mouth long enough to see) and is very under weight.  My mom said that the dog is smaller than Sumo and only weighs 9 pounds or so.  The fact that she was found along a highway just adds to the suspicion that she was dumped ... but we may never know.

Sandie - I so wish I was closer to my mom so I could have been there when the dog was found.  I don't think they took pictures before she was bathed, but I do have one of after ... but she doesn't look that bad from the picture.  I will ask about that though.
I will also ask if they contacted the pound. 

I'm not looking to keep the dog ... I think three would be too many right now.  Especially since we are still in puppy stages with Kilo.  If the lady decides that her home isn't the best for this dog and wants me to take her, my goal would be to get her to the vet and get her healthy until a forever home can be found. 

Someone did take her to the vet ... but did not know anything about what to ask or anything.  I'm not sure that they learned anything from the vet.  From what I have found out she has a metalic small and brown staining around her rear ... The first thing that came to mind was an anal gland issue.  But as far as I know they didn't have that checked at the vet. 

Since I would just be technically fostering this dog if it works out for her to come here, should I contact the rescue and have the adoption process go through them? 

This is all happening so quickly! So thank you for your advice!
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 05:34:02 PM »

If you are not planning to keep the dog, you can either sign up and if you qualify, you can foster her.  Or the dog goes to one of their foster homes.

I am rather glad I don't recall where you live, J, as I'm already thinking "can I take her?"  LOL NO no no, I have to keep reminding myself of this.

Now your info may be lacking, but geesh what did they take her to the vet FOR?  Did they get an age estimate?  Or a check up?  Anal glands, if she needs them expressed, she is hurting and will feel lots better once that is done.  LOL  could be you just don't have the info, so I best stop there!

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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 05:47:40 PM »

Okay, I will contact the foster in my area and see what they recommend.  I emailed my mom asking if someone had contacted the shelter there and what else they had done to try and find the owner besides facebook and craigslist. 

I live in Washington State  original  so not close enough  original  I'm glad to have your knowledge though! 

I have no clue what they took her to the vet for  sad I pretty much said the same thing you did.  I asked my mom a ton of questions via text while she was with the dog and the lady said she didn't know answers to any of them.  Not her fault ... but it didn't seem like they learned anything from the visit.  The vets in the town where my mom lives have all started doing free initial visits for new dogs and puppies ... pretty much they check the weight and heart and that's it.  So maybe that's all they did?  I don't know.  If she comes here we are going to the vet ASAP.
And I know that they did not get an age estimate. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 06:32:15 PM »

I just heard back about whether or not someone contacted the shelter.  Sounds like they have and put an ad on the radio.  They also contacted local vets.

I will hear from the lady tomorrow.  If she wants me to take the dog we may have a third fluff running around here soon!  I really wish I didn't feel like she has been abandoned by her owner  sad
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 07:33:54 PM »

we may have a third fluff running around here soon! 

Charge up the camera batteries!!!


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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 07:43:06 PM »

I assume the vet checked for a microchip and didn't find one? How could anyone abandon a Bichon? It breaks my heart and I just can't fathom it. I'm glad you and your mom are taking care of the poor fluff.

Who knows, maybe there will be a 3rd cutie in your siggy soon!  eyebrows
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 09:31:05 PM »

The poor girl. I hope she is just lost and someone come forward for her.
It would be hard to not fall in love if she came to your home
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 12:22:33 AM »

Kelly - I do know that they didn't mind a microchip.  And she wasn't wearing a collar, so no tags  sad 
I don't know how anyone could abandon any dog ... just makes it even more sad when it's a bichon  sad

Lin - I agree!  If we didn't live in a 2 bedroom condo I would just keep her forever.  I know I am going to fall in love.  I think I would love having a little girl around  original  I love Sumo and Kilo but they are such boys! haha

I will know more about what's going on tomorrow  original

Thank you all for your help!
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2013, 08:08:13 AM »

Good luck with doing what's right for this little one  thumbsup
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2013, 04:09:41 PM »

Looks like she will be coming to stay with us.  My mom is brining her this afternoon. 

I know I should introduce my two to her in a neutral location ... Any other advice? 

My mom says she is very matted and smelly ... should I run out and buy some clippers to clip the matted hair. Or just scissor them out and wash her? 

I'm going to try and get her into a vet tomorrow ... but may have to wait until Monday. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2013, 04:12:48 PM »

All I can say is what a lucky little girl to have found you  nodding Love Eyes  and well done for helping her  rock clapping cheerleader.Alison
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2013, 05:31:45 PM »

Poor little darling.  I hate that she had a hard time of it.

Once she gets to the groomer she won't be smelly anymore, plus the mats hurt her, so she'll feel better too.

Looking forward to seeing pictures.

Good luck. ?
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