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Well, tonight I was walking the dogs and this man drove on a 4 wheeler and asked if we had found "Moxie". I told him we had found her early last week. He said that she was their dog and her name was Lacey. She knew who he was but didn't seem excited or happy to see him. I told him that I had posted an ad in the paper and on numerous other forums. And that I have walked her every night in the neighboorhood. And that we had called the pound to report her. I told him that I was going to do the right thing and give her back but he needed to get her chipped and get her ID tags. And that we did we did check and that legally I didn't have to give her back but I would because it was the right thing to do and if had been my dog I would want someone to do the same. He told me Thank you and to call his house and he would pay me back the vet bill. I said OK. The sad part is that when they were walking away she kept turning around and looking at me and pulling to come back to me. I felt awful but I knew it was the right thing to do.

I get home tell my DH, he got angry but I told him it was the right thing to do, because in he thinks that they didn't deserve to get her back. They never put any lost signs up, no ad in the paper and nobody came looking (we live in a small neighboorhood). And when we called the pound they never said anything about a GSD being reported. So DH called and the guy's wife was extremely rude to my DH. She said you should have taken her to the pound and she told my DH we aren't paying you anything. My DH told her we would never take any dog to the pound and they argued and she hung up on him. Now I personally don't care about the money, I am happy that she did go home to her rightful home but I am upset because when I was talking to him, he said she was a runner and that morning she got off her chain and he had saw her on the porch that morning. Hello did you ever stop to think maybe you should have put her back into the house instead of leaving for work.

So I called the wife back to ask if she wanted her medicine back for her ears and apologized for my DH saying that he got a angry and he did get attached to her. And I also explained to her why I would never take a dog I found to the pound. I also told her that if she had been chipped or had an ID tag on we would have called her that morning at 6 and brought her home. The wife was nice to me and told me I right and that they were going to get her chipped and get her an ID tag. But for some reason I do not believe her and think she is always left outside. But hey I have a clear consious about it.

Just wanted to let everyone know. Thanks for all the help you guys did give.
 

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Your a better person than I am. I don't think I would have given her back. Especially since she didn't even seem excited to see him. Your a saint for taking such good care of her.
 

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Thanks but it was extremely hard to. She sat at my feet the whole time we were talking. My DH said that if had been him (which he did walk her last night) that he wouldn't have given her back. My oldest daughter has been crying all night.
 

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I'm so sorry!
It obviously has been very hard on all of you. My heart goes out to you and your whole family.

You don't think it might be possible that they would be willing to give (or sell) her back to you? They just don't strike me as being that attached to her...
 

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Wow, this is so hard. The right thing ethically, yes, but the right thing for the dog...it doesn't sound like you are so sure.

Can you check on her and make sure they are caring for her?

Edited to add: Asking if you could buy her is a very good idea! That works sometimes. It must just be breaking your heart thinking about her looking back at you.
 

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Ruth beat me to it
Ask if you can buy her if you really want to keep her. Be nice though... You want her because you love her, daughter's crying, so on... Not because they don't treat her right or deserve her.
 

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I asked where he got her and he said they paid $1000 for her out of Tennesse. I asked so she must be papered, he said no. (I thought wow that is expensive for an unpapered dog) And he said the reason she was so skinny was because she had Parvo awhile back and the doc said she would never be able to be a "thick" dog. And he went into this long story about they paid almost $2500 to treat her for parvo. So I got the feeling that he wouldn't go for the whole "I will buy her from you" or if he did, he would want a butt load of money. But I did tell him, that if for some reason they had to re-home to call us and we would take her in a heartbeat.

I just got the feeling that they really didn't care for her like they should have. He even said my wife was on craig's list last night looking but she never saw my ad or posted an ad of her own.

I am just really bummed!
 

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I can only wish and if she does this time I will not give her back!!
 

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what a really hard situation to be in. sometimes it's so hard to do the right thing and i guess ethically it was the right thing to do to give her back...i guess...but it doesn't sound like it was the right thing for either the dog or your family. take care.
 

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I "found" two german wire hair pointer girls a few years back. After 4 months the owner showed up, he been out of state and his son was watching the dogs and didn't tell Dad they'd gone missing or that he didn't look for them. I had had them vetted and was set to get them spayed and placed in new homes when he called from one of my ads I has posted months before.
I gave them back (I didn't have too but if they were my dogs I want them back) and he didn't give me a dime or even a real thanks. About a month later I found them running again. They got right in my truck and I took them back to there home. They were so happy to see me and my kids. But gain I did the right thing or so I thought. Another few weeks and they show up at my house. I call the owner to come get them he does 4 days after I called. OK next time I keep them. I'd say a month later he shows up at my door there both missing and both have litters of pups at home. 16 pups 3 weeks old. So now I am frantic to help find the dogs and save the pups who are living out side in a pen in winter in filth and no moms. I found both girls the next day coming down our drive way about 4 miles from where they live. I went to take them back to there home. NO one was there, so I took all the pups and both moms. I brought them home with me. He wasn't getting any of them back with out the law this time. I never heard from them or saw the owners again. I guess they really didn't care. I place the younger female after I had her spayed. Keep the older girl till she passed from old age and spayed and neutered all the pups and place them.
So maybe she'll be back. Then I would take her and get her micro chip in your name and get her rabies shot and tag in your name. He has no papers on her so he'd have a very hard time trying to prove ownership and you have vet records from when you found Moxie dated so like you said this time you don't have to give her back.
 

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So sad that she wasn't more excited to see her owner.

I think you did the right thing but I bet you haven't heard the last from her. Next time keep her as then you will know it is what the dog wants.
 

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I was very sorry to see that you had to give her back. It sounds like you truly bonded with her.

The world works in mysterious ways, I would not be at all surprised if she came back to you..
 
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