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    A friend let me know last night that the owners of the restaurant at our local shops told her there were 2 dogs hanging around there last night. Claimed one of them looked like a wolfhound and he thought maybe it was my old dog Luna. He obviously didn't know Luna died and also - she didn't look much like a wolfhound at all, except from having some of the wolfhound's wiry hair. She was presumably a staghound x wolfhound or deerhound x ridgeback.

    Anywho, I passed there this morning at 9am and the dogs were still there! The big one was actually a deerhound, looked like a purebred too. Her mate looked like a border collie x cattle dog. Odd pair, but then Luna's best mate for years was a JRT...

    The deerhound came to say hello to Banjoy and me. Gentle and calm as sighthounds usually are... Then they both continued their begging round as it seemed. Kept peering into the take-away and the restaurants. I had to leave them as I only had one lead and I couldn't have walked 3 dogs home anyway and I had to go to work.

    I considered calling the ranger, but I didn't want them to end up in the pound and they didn't seem to be in any danger.

    I posted them both on the "Found dogs" list on the Domestic Animals department website. Found nothing on the lost dogs website.

    So now I'm sitting here feeling very worried about them. The fact that they were roaming for that long, had no collars and that no one called the pound to check if they were there (they would then post them on the Lost dogs website immediately) makes me think that their owner does not care about them much.

    The deerhound really touched a nerve because there was so much of Luna I saw in her. I already want to keep her! So if she does end up at the pound, I'll be keeping an eye on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    A friend let me know last night that the owners of the restaurant at our local shops told her there were 2 dogs hanging around there last night. Claimed one of them looked like a wolfhound and he thought maybe it was my old dog Luna. He obviously didn't know Luna died and also - she didn't look much like a wolfhound at all, except from having some of the wolfhound's wiry hair. She was presumably a staghound x wolfhound or deerhound x ridgeback.

    Anywho, I passed there this morning at 9am and the dogs were still there! The big one was actually a deerhound, looked like a purebred too. Her mate looked like a border collie x cattle dog. Odd pair, but then Luna's best mate for years was a JRT...

    The deerhound came to say hello to Banjoy and me. Gentle and calm as sighthounds usually are... Then they both continued their begging round as it seemed. Kept peering into the take-away and the restaurants. I had to leave them as I only had one lead and I couldn't have walked 3 dogs home anyway and I had to go to work.

    I considered calling the ranger, but I didn't want them to end up in the pound and they didn't seem to be in any danger.

    I posted them both on the "Found dogs" list on the Domestic Animals department website. Found nothing on the lost dogs website.

    So now I'm sitting here feeling very worried about them. The fact that they were roaming for that long, had no collars and that no one called the pound to check if they were there (they would then post them on the Lost dogs website immediately) makes me think that their owner does not care about them much.

    The deerhound really touched a nerve because there was so much of Luna I saw in her. I already want to keep her! So if she does end up at the pound, I'll be keeping an eye on her.
    Awww they sound sweet.

    Maybe take a drive past where they were this afternoon and see if they are still there. If they are and you are comfortable doing it, load them up into your car and see if you can take them for a microchip scan.

    Then if that results in nothing I guess you can either drop them at the local shelter (they will be safer there and more chances of owner finding them, I know it seems silly but some people don't even know about pounds and shelters) or you can keep them with you for a few days and advertise around, call the council report them as found, call the RSPCA report them as found etc.

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    seriously the council rangers here are very good at finding owners.

    I catch the dog if I can, put it in my yard with my slightly mortified hound (whaddya mean share the yard?), get the disc number and call the council, they call the owner or give me owner's number and I call them and they come and get the dog.

    if it was the second or third time the dog was out, I might hand it over to council ranger directly so they'd get fined.

    I really think it's worse to allow a dog to wander in the traffic than for it to end up unclaimed at the pound. It seems unlikely that a deer hound wouldn't be missed. There may be an owner in trouble somewhere or just fruitlessly searching.

    The internet websites are actually the last place I'd look for my dog, the first place would be the council (after going round the neighbours).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    seriously the council rangers here are very good at finding owners.

    I catch the dog if I can, put it in my yard with my slightly mortified hound (whaddya mean share the yard?), get the disc number and call the council, they call the owner or give me owner's number and I call them and they come and get the dog.

    if it was the second or third time the dog was out, I might hand it over to council ranger directly so they'd get fined.

    I really think it's worse to allow a dog to wander in the traffic than for it to end up unclaimed at the pound. It seems unlikely that a deer hound wouldn't be missed. There may be an owner in trouble somewhere or just fruitlessly searching.

    The internet websites are actually the last place I'd look for my dog, the first place would be the council (after going round the neighbours).

    No collar, so no tags.

    The website I am talking about shows the database that the people answering the phone for the pound enter all the info about lost and found dogs directly into (I know because they work on the other side of the floor from me). So if they had called the pound, it would be on there immediately. And if they call the pound now, the call centre people will match their description to my found dog report and forward their call to my mobile.

    I somehow hope that someone at the shops recognised them and took them home or contacted their owner. I had never seen them there before though. Maybe they only just moved in?

    I'm also finding it hard to believe that someone would not miss their deerhound. But it sounds like they stayed away overnight and no one called the pound?

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    Such a tricky situation for you Beloz. Wanting to make sure they are OK and worried about them ending up straying onto the road or worse.

    Clearly these two dogs need to be placed somewhere safe until owners are found. As K&P said, your local pound/shelter is that place.

    Seems a tad unusual though, that they are at same place and not moved on yet, perhaps the owner works near there???

    Thanks for caring.
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    Yeah, I should have probably done something, like drive back to try get them into my car at least. Or call the ranger - but I reckoned someone would call them soon anyway.

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    Can be such an emotional minefield getting involved sometimes eh. The thought of the pound puts a lot of people off taking them there. If you do, then you'll probably be worried sick if they ever leave there.

    Fingers crossed that are back at home by now.
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    For us the process goes something like

    dog to back yard, call council...discuss.

    Take dog for a walk around the block to door knock for owners - doesn't work if owners are in the pool out the back and ignore your knocking AND yelling over the back fence.

    Dog returned to back yard, call council again. If there is a tag - they can call the owners or you can...

    If there is no tag, they come get the dog, and it goes to the council doggy paddy wagon or the council dog kennels - which is not the pound. Dog is scanned all over for microchip, if microchip found, it's used to look up owner and that process starts again. If owner / contact details not found - then dog goes to RSPCA pound for a week or so - gives the owner a chance to notice their dog is missing and go looking - at the pounds.

    I don't know if RSPCA puts their found / lost dogs on the website or not. They never said they did. Though not sure if I asked. I haven't lost my own dog recently (touch wood thank Dog).

    If no owner, RSPCA assesses dog for rehoming potential and acts accordingly. I don't know how possible it is but it may be that you could put your hand up for these dogs if they are unclaimed.

    Last critter I took to RSPCA was adopted immediately by staff. It was a very affectionate baby galah. I was renting at the time and my other friend who likes birds couldn't take him at the time either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    For us the process goes something like

    dog to back yard, call council...discuss.

    Take dog for a walk around the block to door knock for owners - doesn't work if owners are in the pool out the back and ignore your knocking AND yelling over the back fence.

    Dog returned to back yard, call council again. If there is a tag - they can call the owners or you can...

    If there is no tag, they come get the dog, and it goes to the council doggy paddy wagon or the council dog kennels - which is not the pound. Dog is scanned all over for microchip, if microchip found, it's used to look up owner and that process starts again. If owner / contact details not found - then dog goes to RSPCA pound for a week or so - gives the owner a chance to notice their dog is missing and go looking - at the pounds.

    I don't know if RSPCA puts their found / lost dogs on the website or not. They never said they did. Though not sure if I asked. I haven't lost my own dog recently (touch wood thank Dog).

    If no owner, RSPCA assesses dog for rehoming potential and acts accordingly. I don't know how possible it is but it may be that you could put your hand up for these dogs if they are unclaimed.

    Last critter I took to RSPCA was adopted immediately by staff. It was a very affectionate baby galah. I was renting at the time and my other friend who likes birds couldn't take him at the time either.
    There were too many streets close to the shops they could've come from to go door knocking.

    Here if you call the council to pick the dog up, they go straight to the pound. Then the owner has a week to claim them. And if not claimed, they have a week to persuade a new owner to take them home. After that they get PTS or rescued. Fortunately usually the latter. I assume they check for a microchip too.

    You can drop a found dog off at the RSPCA but I recently found out that there is a fairly big chance that they will transfer them to the pound anyway. The local RSPCA CEO recently had a rant on an online forum about having to do the council's work and that they weren't getting paid for that. Hm...

    You know, I never got to the shops. I got so busy at work and then getting food and walking the dog that I actually finally forgot about it. I should go check now... I'm all talk.

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    I am a sucker for roaming dogs...I always pick them up if they are friendly and put them in our kennel run at home. Ring all the vets, RSPCA, dog Rescue's and the Pounds. The pounds (here locally) here are happy for you to keep the dogs as long as you let them know, so they can let ringing owners know. if it is a few hours i ring the local radio stations and when it becomes days it is newspaper and posters at shops.
    We have found a few dogs and except for one found their owners, mostly Farmers.
    Except for one, we had him for five years, he was even a great little work dog, but we tried everywhere. i often wondered as to wether his owner had passed away, because he had been well trained and was a very happy dog.

    I just cannot leave them.....Any more sightings?
    Pets are forever

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