|Barked: Sun Mar 3, '13 7:31pm PST |
|Yep. I don't trust these strangers, and I feel you're within your right not to trust them either. It sounds very suspicious to me, how they managed to get your address, and they claim they tried to call but didn't even leave a voicemail. What kind of person finds a dog, gets the phone number of said dog's owner, and then only tries to call once or twice and doesn't even leave a voice message saying "Hey, we found you dog." and never tries to call again?
When I was a kid we found a Whippet. She was amazing. Our mom posted "Found Dog" flyers, and ran a listing in the newspaper, but for a long time no one contacted us. One could assume her owners weren't even looking (but it's not right to assume things like that, because in fact they were looking as hard as they could! They lived in a different area and didn't get the same newspaper. Also, I should mention this was before microchips were a thing.) and we were all really attached to her, and by that time she was very attached to us as well. We were going to keep her, but then one day her real owners contacted us and were able to provide proof she was theirs. They came and got her. He didn't give us any sort of reward or reimbursement for all the vet bills and dog food and supplies we bought for her. Just a "thank you" and that was that. It broke our hearts to let her go, but the instant he walked through our door, whatever bond we shared didn't matter to her anymore. She never once hesitated or looked back.
Because of that I feel that a loved dog never forgets its person, and I seriously doubt Cassie would even want to go back to those people, after now being reunited with her real owner. Border Collies are one of those breeds that bonds so tightly to their people, they suffer badly when they're separated. At least that's how Nix is. I'm not talking anxiety, but depression? You bet.
So if anyone's considering what's fair to the dog, then I say what's fair to Cassie is staying with her master who raised her.
Edited by author Sun Mar 3, '13 7:32pm PST
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