|Barked: Sun Jun 30, '13 7:29am PST |
|I am looking for advice for help with a neighbors little dog. We live in kind of a rural area and it is not uncommon for dogs to get loose and run. We have a fenced in yard and was dog sitting for a friend for a few weeks (our Samson passed away last November and we still have the dog door and our whole back yard is fenced).
Recently, last few weeks, our neighbors cute little chihuahua mix has been coming for a visit. I haven't wanted another dog since Samson passed, but the first time this little guy came into our yard I fell in love. One day he got loose and was at our house for 12 hours before we walked him back to their house. We have offered to take the dog, and even buy him if they wanted to pass him on. They had received him as part of a daughters divorce or something. They said no as he barks and keeps the other dogs away, we couldn't believe they would be using him for that.
He does not seem abused, but every time they let him off his leash he immediately comes to our house. I have started to leave the gate partially open so he can get in, which he did this morning. The wife came down and was calling for him so my husband took him out to her. She dragged him by the collar to the car and he mentioned that she was choking him. She snapped at him that it was her dog and left in a huff.
The dog obviously likes us and comes to us with no coaxing, and is always hesitant to go back to them. I am not sure what to do, I could take him to the stray center, but feel awful about him having to spend any time away from home. We are done dog sitting, but he still wants to be here. He will run in the open gate, through the open sliding door, and right into our arms and whimper like he missed us. It breaks my heart to watch her take him back. I also think the more hesitant he is going back the angrier she gets.
The husband is really nice and I don't want any bad feelings with neighbors, but I really don't think that dog wants to be there. Any ideas or thoughts would be welcome on what we should do.
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