Thursday, April 11, 2019

Update 2: Unexpected Guest

I have an unexpected guest. It's not an ET,  Something much more terrestrial. 

When I got home tonight I found a 75 lbs male German Shepherd at my front door. I fed him a meat loaf I had made of some mystery meat left in my fridge that I cooked this afternoon.   He was thirsty and hungry.  He's a large animal.

He is a little on the skinny side so I think he's been roaming for a while.  I don't know why he picked my door, maybe it was the smell of meat loaf?  I'm going to attempt to find the owner.  He's a very well behaved dog, certainly grateful for the meal!

I don't know how I am going to feed this thing if I don't find the owner, after the move I've  got $50 to my name.  But I will figure it out.  Got him in the back yard for now, he's clearly domesticated, wanted to come inside, but I will want to get to know him first before I let him inside.

Update 1: 

Something scared him last night. And he’s definitely a “him”!  Was barking about 2 am.  Yeti? Opened the back door to see what the racket was about and he pushed in with such force I decided to let him stay.  Very large and powerful dog. He slept at the foot of the bed all night very quietly. Which apparently he was trained to do.  

He does not seem aggressive st all.  Seems to be trained to stay close to his handler... or maybe shepherds are just that way?  When I was a teenager I had a Siberian husky but he was only 50lbs quite a bit smaller than this dog.

Update 2:

Some happy news, the dog and its owner were reunited.  The outreach to the community was successful. The Sheriff's department knew the dog by name, he was a candidate for police K9 training but was too peaceful in nature so he was adopted out.   The woman who adopted him lived a couple of streets over. 

The dog originated from Europe, and was meant for breeding purposes.  He is a magnificent animal!  His paws were as wide as my palm and his back was the height of my kitchen counter!   I've never seen such a big German Shepherd (Alsatian for you Brits).

The good news is his mate is in heat and puppies will be here in a few months.  She is police dog nature so it will be interesting to see how the pups turn out.   So... if I want an animal like him, I will have to wait for version 2.0.  But I am happy he's been reunited with his family.  They can't figure how he got out, apparently there is a 6 foot fence. 

Why he came to my door I do not know.   Maybe it's like what they say about stray cats, they KNOW which houses have "cat people".... there's an invisible sign with an arrow that says "CAT PEOPLE LIVE HERE".  I haven't had a dog since my Siberian Husky when I was a teenager.  I do like dogs just haven't lived anywhere with enough space or a fenced yard, which I do have now.

My first and only dog "Toluk's Shadow"
or "Shadow", his grandfather Toluk used
 to go hiking with us. His grandfather
had blue eyes instead of brown but the
body markings were identical.