Around the corner and down the street is a bunch of “apartments.” You know the type. Converted motels rooms rented to people who are in some kind of hard times. When I first saw Monte Vista, a female Malamute was tied up outside one of the units. About this time last year, a puppy was tied up with her. It was heart-rending because those dogs were there on ropes pretty much 24/7. Once in a while their “human” would walk the Malamute, but… The puppy grew up. He’s a red Akita mix. The Malamute died.
The puppy had a fierce bark and a “Beware of Dog Sign.” Dusty, Mindy, Bear and I walked past him very often and I started talking to him. “How’s my best boy? What a good dog you are. How’s my buddy? I’ll bring you a cookie” and he quit barking at us at all after a while and started showing signs of wanting to meet, of wanting to play.
Last Friday night he showed up outside my fence. I opened the gate and he came into the yard. My dogs barked like mad but in no hostile or angry way. They seemed to know who was here, but they could not get to him or see him. My friend, L, was here with her son, M, and we gave the dog cookies and I called the police who came to get the dog. I helped the officer get the dog into his car and that was it… For then.
Tuesday I went to see him. The dog, now called “Bullet” (I would have named him Buddy) has a better life in the shelter than he ever had before. He is safe and warm and untied. He was SO glad to see me.
I began posting about him on Facebook to get some interest going on. I contacted an Akita rescue. I posted his info on “Rescue Me.”
I went to see him today, hoping I’d be able to work with him, but he’s too young and too strong for this 64 year old person. Again, he was THRILLED to see me. I gave him some cookies and hung out for a while. He’s mouthy — as young dogs are — but he doesn’t bite. In spite of everything he LOVES people. He needs training and I’m not the one to do it, though I would, gladly.
All I want for Christmas is a home for this dog who was able to find the lady who’d been nice to him.