Last night, wifey and I went jogging. During our run, we came across a lost dog wandering around a relatively busy road (not exactly bumper-to-bumper traffic, but busy for a quiet neighborhood). We didn’t see anybody around that might be its owner (actually there was nobody else around at all) so we decided to take a closer look and maybe help it home.

It was a medium-large dog, with a chain collar, but no tags. And the poor thing had only one eye – I accidentally spooked it when I approached from its blind side. It went to the gate of a house (12A), and started barking.

This was a pretty big clue for us, so we started ringing the doorbell to contact the home-owners. Five minutes of ringing later, we figure nobody was home.

So I rang the doorbell of the next-door neighbor, and she confirmed that this was indeed 12A’s dog. However, they didn’t really know 12A that well, and didn’t know how to contact them.

I asked if they’d like to hold onto the dog until their neighbors got home, and they said no.

I spent the next 20 minutes or so going down the road, ringing doorbells and asking for help – all with the same results. “Oh you’re so kind for helping the dog. But no, we don’t want to help. Try next door!”

This isn't the dog that we saw, but it was probably feeling the same way.

Which leads to the question – where is the neighbor love? It’s one thing to not know your neighbors (I don’t have the contact numbers of our neighbors either), but is it too much to just help look after their dog for a few hours? Everyone in this neighborhood has a giant fucking front yard – just put the poor frightened guy there for a bit!

In the end, the dog seemed to be pretty comfortable waiting outside the gate, so we left him/her waiting there and continued on our run. We couldn’t really take him/her back to our place, cos it wasn’t that nearby and we didn’t have a leash or anything – that and I don’t think the dog would like us to drag it so far from its home.

One of the neighbors mentioned that this isn’t the first time this dog’s been accidentally locked out of his/her home either. So why doesn’t the owner get a proper name tag for the dog, with contact details and all?

Come to think of it, this is probably the third time we’ve come across lost dogs without name tags while jogging in this neighborhood. What’s with the negligent pet-owner behavior, folks? If your dog is prone to run out, or if you’re prone to forgetting you have a dog, then get a damned tag! If you can afford a large house with a massive yard and wall, is it too much to ask that you fork over an extra $10 for a dog tag?

Gawd, I’m so worried that our little Sonic will get lost some day. I think our immediate neighbors are alright, but if he wanders a bit further off to this particular road, nobody would bother to help him find his way home!

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6 responses »

  1. ADM says:

    This is exactly why my pets are micro-chipped. A small price to pay to know that if your dog is lost, you will be able to find it. Some people abandon their dogs when they move (which is how I got my chihuahua) – which I find disgusting. Some people certainly don’t deserve to have pets. You have to wonder how they treat their children if they have any.

    • drewpan says:

      Micro-chips are great (our dog is micro-chipped too), but it’ll also be great to have a simple tag so that a passerby has a number to call immediately without taking the dog to the vet first.

      And people who abandon their dogs like that are pretty vile. Most of the time it’s the parents who buy a pet for their kids because Disney released a movie over Christmas, and when they move they decide that taking the dog is too much of a hassle (especially since they don’t care too much for the dog themselves).

      In Singapore, where we get a lot of expats, this happens way too often!

      • ADM says:

        It happens in my city (Las Vegas) when people can’t pay their rent and have to move to an apartment, or house, that has breed restrictions – or they don’t accept pets at all. OR, if they DO accept pets, there’s a huge deposit, and pet rent per month. Owning a pet is expensive, and people don’t think about that when they get one. These were adults that abandoned the 4 dogs and 3 cats – so I’m thinking it was a financial issue. Whatever it was, they could have called the shelter just as easily as the manager did – and not leave their pets locked up to fend for themselves with no food or water. Just thinking about it makes me sick.

  2. springfieldfem says:

    OH! That makes me so sad. 😦

  3. Jem says:

    That’s so sad! Good thing we keep a tag on Rusty at all times (even though he also has a microchip). The disheartening part is knowing that if he ever got lost, our neighbours prolly wouldn’t help either. 😦

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