||[Apr. 21st, 2010|09:23 pm]
On Monday evening, Loki and I were out walking in the neighborhood. He was running around by the pool and I couldn't see him, so I called for him. A moment later, I saw a dog of his color running towards me. Now, I didn't have my glasses on (I never wear them) and my distance vision isn't what it used to be. So I kept calling, and as this dog grew closer, I began to realize it wasn't Loki. I'm like, "You're not Loki. Who are you?" Then, Loki came running out from where he had been over by the pool - better late than never, I suppose. And the two dogs started playing.|
This new dog didn't have any people with him. Nobody was around, and nobody came. He didn't have a collar or a leash or a tag or anything. But, he didn't seem like a stray. He was nice, liked people, well fed, liked other dogs, etc. He played rather roughly, though. Since we live in a gated community, it seemed most likely that the dog belonged to someone living in our neighborhood. However, nobody came to claim him, and there didn't seem to be anyone looking for him.
Ricardo finally got home from work at about 11pm and joined us. We decided that since it was getting late we would take the dog up to our roof where Loki stays when nobody is home or the maid is cleaning. He has his house, and a food and water dish up there.
The next morning when Ricardo left for work, he put Loki in the garden (which of course he destroyed) and left the Mystery Dog on the roof. He made sure each had food and water. I checked on them when I woke up and let Loki out of the garden. Mystery Dog had to stay on the roof because he is not to be trusted with my cats. I made a Found Dog sign and put it up at the gates to the neighborhood and also checked in at the office to see if someone reported him. Nobody had heard anything about a lost dog. Later that day, I noticed the signs were gone from the gates - either the secuirty guards took them down or the wind blew them away. But, I had heard no word about anyone looking for a dog.
Last night, I took both dogs for a walk. I had Loki on his leash, and Mystery Dog ran around free. I was hoping he would just go off on his own. However, he stayed with us. When we returned home, I walked in with Loki and Mystery dog came up to the door, and as I was closing it, he looked at me like, "What about me?". I couldn't just leave him. So, I made him wait while I took Loki's leash off of him, and then I opened the door, put the leash on Mystery Dog and brought him up to the roof. Mystery Dog stayed on the roof again, that night.
Ricardo and I agreed that when I left for work I would put him outside the front door to see if he would be there when I got back. However, he acted like he wanted to go with me. When I wouldn't let him, he started chasing the car! He chased the car all the way through the exit gate of the neighborhood. He would have chased me all the way to the highway if I hadn't stopped and put him in the car. He would have gotten hit for sure if I had continued to let him chase me. I can't believe he did that! So, I brought him with me. When I got to the house of the family I teach English to, they said I could let the dog stay on their patio so he didn't have to wait in the truck. That was very nice of them. They even gave him some water. He drank a little, but just laid down and went to sleep. My 2nd family cancelled on me today because they had dentist appointments, so I just brought Mystery Dog home.
When we got home, I let him out of the car. After pooping, I walked a bit down the street and he came with me running around as if we were going for a walk. He got to the end of the street and stopped, watching some people. I was halfway to him, but I called, "Mystery Dog!" and he came to me. I walked towards the house, and he was right there with me at the door ready to go in. I put the leash on him and then took him up to the roof where Loki was. The two of them played and played.
It is clear when watching the two dogs play that Mystery Dog is the dominant one. The way he plays, and how the two of them interact, it is easy to tell. He is a few months older than Loki (He has all his adult teeth, but still pees like a girl, so that puts him at about 9 - 10 months) Loki is 5 1/2 months old. Loki is a little bigger. I'm not sure what breed Mystery Dog is - He seems to be a Lab mix. Mystery Dog always eats and drinks first and seems to let Loki know when he can eat. I'm trying not to allow him to be so dominant. I scruff him and hold him back and tell Loki to go eat. After all, it IS Loki's house - even the roof.
We have decided to give Mystery Dog Loki's collar and give Loki the collar that Ricardo got for him a long time ago that was way too big - he was still just a puppy when it was bought. We just have to move Loki's tag from one collar to the other. Ricardo says we'll have to get a Mystery Dog tag, too. Also, I told Ricardo that we should take him to the vet because I've seen blood in his stools, and after he poops (which he does more than it seems he should) he keeps acting like he still has to poop. I want to make sure he doesn't have worms, and I think his anal glands might need to be expressed. Also, both dogs need Frontline for fleas and ticks. Loki hasn't had any in a while, and it's supposed to be applied monthly to keep the fleas away.
Well, we've decided that we're going to try to find Mystery Dog a home if nobody cliams him by Sundy - we still haven't heard a word from anyone about him. I have a feeling that if things keep going as they are currently going, we're going to end up with a Mystery Dog for good. If that's the case, he's going to need a real name. After all, we can't just keep calling him Mystery Dog. At least he seems to like the roof better than Loki does. Because he's going to have to live there.