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Dallas Stray Dogs Being Pushed Out of “Home” By New Construction, Need Permanent Home

If you're in Dallas and looking for a ready-made family you might want to consider these furbabies. Thanks to DallasNews.com for this article. Stray dogs'...

Joy  |  Mar 28th 2008


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If you’re in Dallas and looking for a ready-made family you might want to consider these furbabies.

Thanks to DallasNews.com for this article.

Stray dogs’ caretakers hope to find them a permanent home
Thursday, March 27, 2008
By MICHAEL E. YOUNG / The Dallas Morning News

Passersby thought they were a couple of strays that didn’t.

Instead, even as the bulldozers pushed away the last of the apartment complex where they lived, Tasha and Luci refused to leave the only home they’d ever known.

But their caretakers animal lovers in the office buildings near Meadow Lane and Manderville Road say these sisters need a new and permanent place to live and a family to love them.

Sam Price and Linda Kneipp, part of the little community that cares for the pair of Lab-looking dogs, say construction crews are beginning to clear the land where golden Luci and black Tasha have spent the last seven months, largely on their own.

“When we first saw the dogs, I thought they were strays just passing through,” said Mr. Price, a marketing consultant. “But they kept sniffing the mud where the apartments had been, as if they thought that if they sniffed long enough, the apartments would come back.”

“Pretty soon, people began appearing to help,” said Ms. Kneipp, a registered nurse with offices nearby. “I’ve met a whole network of people who come by and drop off food.

“It got to the point where I’d get calls on my cellphone from someone driving by ” ‘I have dog food for them. Do you want me to leave it?’ I have so much stuff in the back of my car that it looks like a pet shop.”

The dogs there was a third, a small dachshund-terrier mix that Mr. Price called Happy were wary at first. But the food gradually won them over, at least enough that they’d approach what became their feeding station.

They survived the late-summer heat and the welcome cool of autumn out in the open. But when the winter rains came, some doctors in the neighborhood chipped in to buy an igloo-style doghouse, and the little pack huddled inside.

Last month, Happy ventured through the fence for a treat and Mr. Price scooped her up and took her home, where she joined a beagle, a couple of Chihuahuas and a Pekingese.

After a trip to the vet, who declared the dog in perfect health, Happy was adopted by a family in Houston.

But Tasha and Luci, who appear to be a year or two old, are more skittish around people. “They’ll need a little re-socialization,” Ms. Kneipp said.

With construction beginning nearby, she said, there’s an urgency to find these two a good home.

Last week, when workers came in to chop down weeds on the site, Luci and Tasha disappeared for a couple of days before finally returning.

Ms. Kneipp and Mr. Price worry that construction could push the dogs onto the streets, completely on their own.

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