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So my DH leaves for work at 0545, well this morning he calls at 0555 and says you better meet me in the drive way. I get up and run out there and here he comes up the driveway with a female GSD pup, he said he she ran out in front of him twice. I'd say she is between 5-7 months old maybe. She is all skin and bones. You can see her hips. She was very scared but showed no agression at all. He said do what you need to and left. Since I got to get to work soon, I put her in the big crate, gave her food and water.

I am not sure what to do, I have never seen her around here and whoever owns her doesn't take care of her at all. In my heart I want to keep her but I am not sure. HELP please!!

Anyway below is a pic of her, I will try and get better ones later today.

 

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Oh, she's gorgeous!
If it were me, I'd SO want to keep her. Obviously whoever owns her doesn't deserve her. You wonder what will happen first, if she's returned - will she starve or get hit by a car?? (God, I hate people sometimes.)
It's a tough situation you're in here, no doubt. If I were you, I'd probably take her to my vet and see if she's chipped. If not, I would assume she's a stray (insert wide-eyed, innocent look here) and either keep her myself, or contact a rescue and see if someone could find her a good home.
 

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You need to find out what the legal requirements are in your area. In some places you could be charged with theft if you find an animal and fail to make a found report with your local animal control/police department.
In her poor condition I doubt that anyone is looking for her, but just to be safe make sure you file a found report with whatever agency you need to.
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I agree with Shelah, def. check with Animal Control and the vets in your area to see if anyone has reported missing the dog....she might be in such bad shape as she's been on the run for awhile??? But try to make sure she doesn't have an owner before you get too attached. She is beautiful!!!!
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I would also put take her picture and put up posters around your area. Maybe someone lost her and has been looking and its been awhile and thats why she is so thin. Maybe not, but it is worth a try. I found a pit bull mix a few years ago that someone had dropped off? by our house and put posters up and an elderly couple called me and drove 10 miles to my house cause the dog looked like one that they lost a year ago. It wasnt their dog but they were still looking. I ended up calling animal control and they took the dog and I watched their site everyday and the dog did get adopted out within a week.
 

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She is very pretty and I’d want to keep her too. It could be somebody is frantically looking for her and it might not be a case of “not deserving her” at all. I’ve read a lot of posts on this board about dogs being lost and their owners being sick about it.

I am with the others, make sure she doesn’t have an owner - how you don’t get attached to a face like that is beyond me
– and if not, welcome her to your family!
 

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OH I would have thought it was Christmastime!



Yeah, call & report to the police department ... and keep us posted!
 

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I'd say take to the Vet check for a chip and then call the shelter to ask for a report. I would not post pics- I don't trust people. If someone is looking for her, they would contact the shelter.

Then... Keep her!!!
She looks sweet. Maybe she was just meant for you guys and fate led her there? (romanticizing yes... but a nice thought).

Good luck! keep us posted!
 

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If only dogs could talk. lol.

Report the found dog to the appropriate authorities. If your newpaper has free lost and found ads, place one. If you really become attached and keep her, you can live with a clean conscience that you did the best you can to find her owner.

While growing up, my family had a GS that dug her way out of the backyard on a rainy night. We were so worried. Luckily some good person in our neighborhood took her into their garage and called on the rabies tag she was wearing. How many people are willing to take in a GS considering their reputation?

You got a good man there. He said do what you have to. That alone opens a lot of possibilities. lol.
 

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I agree with those who say to follow your local laws. She's really a beautiful girl.

As far as her poor condition, I wouldn't automatically jump to the conclusion her owners haven't taken care of her. It could be she's been lost for a while and her family's looking for her or maybe she's been ill.
 

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Thank you all, I have placed an ad in the paper, craig's list and our local forsale board here. I only put Lost Dog so they would have to identify her. My DH didn't want to put breed or sex,because he didn't want someone to try and get a free GSD. I am waiting for the shelter to open to find out the laws regarding the state. And I am going to be taking to our vet to be scanned. If no one responds, we decided we will keep her. So that will be 6th dog to our pack.

Oh one more thing: What do I call her, I don't want to give her a name just in case her owners to come forward.

I will keep you all updated!!
 

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GSDLVR76-You are doing the right thing by trying to find the owner, and I would definitely keep her if you don't hear something soon and she's not chipped. My beloved pup ran from me the other day, and instead of getting lost, he got hit by a car (thank God he's ok). But, if he'd truly gotten lost, I'd be frantic, trying to find him. So maybe someone loves her and can't find her, but if that's the case, I would think they'd be advertising for "lost dog" in the paper, checking the shelters, etc.

If you do get to keep her, I'd be happy for you and her! In the meantime, I'd probably end up calling her "Love." That's what I called Kodee half the time. That, or "Puppydoodles". (Yes, we call our scary looking GSD intact male, Puppydoodles...LMAO.


P.S. Your hubby sounds great - "Do what you have to." are dangerous words in our house. I don't hear them very often
 

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This is GSDLVR76's DH

I'm not supposed to be on here; however, if I had known I said "Do what you have to" I might have choosen my words differently!


Well as of right now no calls have come in and the hard part is she is in the garage playing with me and acting like a big skinny goober! Attachments form quick and I kinda like her.


I just want to thank everyone my self for the great replys and if we get a new GSD out of the deal at least I won't be hounded any more for a new one!!!

Take care and best wishes to all.

GSDLVR DH
 

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Sounds like the dog ended up in the right place at the right time. God works in mysterious ways.
 

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Well we took her to vet and no microchip. She weighs 50lbs and they said they think she maybe around 15 months. We also contacted the local AC and there are no laws regarding found animals in Alaska. The said to give it three days and if no one calls then we have a new dog. I will keep you all posted. Thanks again for the replys!!
 

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I'm wishing you lots of luck to be able to stay together. Considering how you found each other maybe you could name her one of these?:

Serendipity
Hope
Sunny (she sounds cheerful)
Raya ( like ray of hope or light)
the name of the day you found her?
May or April (month) (that one is cute)

Good Luck!
 

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Is there an Indian or Eskimo name for 'lost' or 'wander' ... that would be a cool name for her.
 

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Well as of now, we have had about 6 calls but none for a GSD. I feel so bad for the people calling. One guy has been missing his aussie for 11 months!!! I felt awful telling him it wasn't his dog!!

But we have decided to call her Moxie because she is so full of energy and never stops going. Here is the webster meaning:

Main Entry: mox·ie
Pronunciation: \ˈmäk-sē\
Function: noun
Etymology: from Moxie, a trademark for a soft drink
Date: 1930
1 : energy, pep
2 : courage, determination
3 : know-how

She has a vet appointment tomorrow at 1000. Her ears are in really bad shape. She is getting along well with the rest of the gang. She learns really quick too. She really doesn't like the crate though. She slept through the night last night without a peep. We think she was surviving on dead animals or was able to catch them on her own. Because when she pooped it was full of rabbit fur.

Question though: Since she is really thin, what would be a good bulk up food for her?

I will let you all know what the vet says tomorrow.

Thanks again for all your help!!
 

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Hi,

I am just about to head out the door, but wanted to wish you well with your little friend.

Also, I would strongly suggest trying to keep the young girl in quarantine till you know her health checks out fine. She might be carrying something contagious, and you don't want your other dogs to catch it from her.

Good luck!

~Rei
 
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