Thursday, January 1, 2009

What Would You Do?

So Jeff and I don't know our next door neighbors, we've said hi going to our separate cars, but that's about it. They have an adorable golden retriever, she looks about 2 or 3 years old. She is constantly jumping her fence and when she does, she just sits in her driveway, waiting for her owners to come home.
The neighbors have been gone since at least Sunday. She jumped the fence and sat in her driveway barking all night, we barely got any sleep at all. We got home Monday night and saw she was still sitting in the driveway, the neighbors were obviously still gone, so we decided to put her back in her yard. She was super sweet and obviously loved the attention from us. She looks really well groomed, she has long golden retriever hair. She has a dog house in her yard and the owners left lots of food and water for her, so we didn't feel bad putting her back in her yard.
She stayed in her yard all day yesterday, but when we came home last night at about 1am she was in her driveway. As soon as we got out of the truck she came running over and was super excited to see us. I thought maybe she just wanted a little attention so I hung out and petted her and talked to her for a minute. Then she tried to come in the house with me, and instead of sleeping in her driveway she slept on my front porch. We were too tired to put her back in her yard (it's kind of an ordeal). I put her back in her yard this morning, we'll see what happens.
What would you do? Leave me a comment and let me know. Obviously I'll have to talk with the neighbors when they come home. Jeff says call the pound, but I hate to do that, I'd have to tell the neighbors I did it and I'm afraid she'd end up on doggie death row (although she probably wouldn't, she's beautiful and super sweet). So in our situation, what would you do?

30 comments:

Richard said...

Golden Retrievers are wonderful dogs (we adopted one from a rescue group several years ago), and often pretty good judges of character.

Do the neighbors disappear often? Since they left lots of food and water, it sounds to me like the neighbors had some emergency come up and left quickly. If it were my neighbors (who I don't always like), I would give then a break for a few days before calling animal control--once done you can't undo making that call. If there was a serious reason they left town suddenly, having to find and claim their dog would really add to their troubles.

Ingrid said...

This is a tough situation. The neighbor dog is very lucky to have you guys looking out for her! I think you are totally on the right track, looking after her/tolerating the fence jumping while they are away and preparing to talk to them if/when they come back. It doesn't seem like she wants to run away, so that's good, right? She's probably just lonely and bored. I wouldn't call animal control until I had a chance to talk to the people and understand what happened, see if the yard could be secured in any way, and possibly offer to "pet sit" or spend some time with her if they have to go away for an extended period in the future. This could be a really good opportunity to get to know them better (if you want to)... but if they stay gone for like a month, that would be a different story. I might adopt her temporarily until they return to not have to bother with resecuring her in her yard each day...etc. Good luck!

Jeff & Heather said...

Richard, we've only lived here about 4 months so I'm not sure if they disappear often. and you are right, she's a very sweet dog, she seems super excited to see me every time I go outside.

Ingrid, I think she's definitely just bored and lonely. That was actually exactly my plan, talk to them and offer to look out for her if/when they go somewhere. She isn't hurting anything by jumping the fence because she just sits in her yard (or mine now) and doesn't go anywhere.

I found out today that she loves to retrieve and she is apparently quite the escape artist, there are holes near the fence and patches in the fence all over their yard. I'm tempted to let her into our back yard and let her play with Connor and Katie, but I hate to do that with out her owner's permission.

So the plan is just to watch out for her until they come back and then talk with them.

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