I found a golden retriever in my street this morning, or rather it found me. I didn't recognise it as one of the locals I know so wasn't sure what to do with it. It didn't like being on lead - I'd gone out with lead for my dog but she wouldn't come so I was just carrying around dog walking gear like a dill so I could go talk to my neighbour about canary food and this dog comes bounding up. I put him on lead, and have a discussion with my neighbour who is in his front garden, weeding... And then when GR starts barking, I let him off to see where he goes, but he just cuddles up to me for more attention, what a sook. There was no ID on his tag.
Anyway, I take him into my yard cos he doesn't want to leave and he plays with Frosty, my dog for a bit... I figure before I call the pound, I'll door knock my street. Though I wasn't very optimistic since it was a holiday here and loads of people were away. And I thought I'll go to the loo first. So I come out the back door and the GR is gone. Hmm, didn't think it likely he jumped the fence, so I go back out the front, and no sign. So I go talk to my neighbour, and apparently some neighbours from up the street came and got him - with some help from my immediate neighbour as to where he was. They knocked on my door but I didn't hear them.
I went up to their house, and they didn't hear me knocking. Go figure. So I will find out from our council and local pound/shelters how long a dog like that might expect to have before it gets put down, and let them know it would be a good idea to get a microchip (they might have had but it probably has their old interstate address on it), and registered and a tag with their (mobile) phone number on it so I can ring them before I ring the pound. Though I suspect that dog might come visit my house as a priority next time he gets out. He certainly enjoyed himself.