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Lost Dog, what would you do?

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I was out trout fishing this afternoon in the Whitewater area, specifically Beaver Creek. As I got to the back parking lot, there was a dog (very friendly, looked like a basset hound) wandering around in the back lot, there was nobody around and the dog had no tags or collar. I figured maybe someone was walking around in the woods and they were probably nearby or it was a dog from a local farm. So, I went on my way and fished the creek for about 3 hours. When I got back it seemed the dog was gone, but as I drove up te road a little ways there he was sitting on the road, still alone. I contemplated taking him home but the voice of my mother got the better of me. She always says don't bring a dog home or you can't live here so I drove off!!!(I need to live here awhile until I save enough to get a place). Anyways, I cannot seem to get that little guy out of my head and have talked to my mother about it (I hate being 22 and having to ask moms permission!!!), I think I'll go back and take a look tomorrow to see if he is still there, if not, I'll go fishing anyways.

What are your thoughts? If I go back tomorrow and he is still there should I pick him up and take him to a shelter? Go to the nearest farmer and ask if they know the dog? He seems rather friendly like he has been around people before. I hope someone didn't just drop him off because they were tired of him. And on top of all this the more I think about it the worse I feel for not brining him home. Did I do the right thing by not picking up what may have been a lost dog?

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You can ask yourself a thousand questions. Could I..., should I..., what if I...But I think your instinct or gut feeling lead you to make the decision you made.

I believe you did the right thing. There might have been a family in the area that's driving around looking for that little thing. Hopefully they found it.

When are you going back to that area?

Don't beat yourself up worrying about it. I'm sure it's fine.

Even if it was dropped of by some low life, it for sure will find someone too take it home. After all you said it was a people friendly dog.

And about hearing your Mom's voice, you'll never dodge that! wink.gif

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Those hounds are known for wandering. But I think they are also good at finding their way back. I hope he wasn't a drop off. I guess I'd have done the same thing you did and felt the same way too... I think more people should listen to Bob Barker!!!

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Thanks for the responses guys, I went back and he wasn't around. I took that as a good sign. I am guessing he headed home so that gave me some relief.

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