I hope that MPSIMS is a good place for this, if not, Mods, please re-align this.
I don’t post here often, but I can’t think of a better place to ask several thousand brainy, eclectic and compassionate people their advice.
Crawling home (NW Tarrant County) Sunday night at 3 a.m. CST, I found a small puppy shivering at my apartment door. After some coaxing, I got her to come into my apartment. The following are my best guesses, she’s about two months old, a black-and-tan shephard/hound mix (the black roof of her mouth would indicate a pure-breed of SOME kind, AFAIK). She has a very friendly temperment once she trusts you but she is very wary at first. The closest thing to any health problem I can see is that she drags her hind legs slightly and will put them straight behind her when laying down in a way I didn’t think dogs could do. However, whenever she’s needed to run or climb, she does that just fine.
I had thought she belonged to someone in my apartment complex, had simply gotten out/lost and found her way back to any door/my door. However, a solid day of bulletin board notices and flyers has not gotten any response. I have to assume the owners aren’t from around here/or don’t really care. I have asked friends and family if they want to take her in, all agreed she was a sweet dog (she is) but for various reasons (mean dogs, long work schedules) they can’t take her in.
Here’s my dilemma, with difficulty, I can keep this dog. I live alone, in a tiny apartment, and neither of these things is likely to change soon. I don’t have a lot of money either. She would be left alone at least eight hours a day. This is not the best thing for a young, social animal. I think she would be easy to housetrain, though.
My first choice, and the best logical decision, is to take her to the Humane Society tomorrow. I would drop her off in a heartbeat, but I’m not sure how likely she is to be adopted. And, this may be an urban legend, she might be sold to a science lab or who knows what. I honestly don’t know any better, would someone who does know please inform me what the REALISTIC odds of her getting a good and decent home are.
I need to make a decision soon (tomorrow would be best), the puppy is beginning to get attached to me, I’m already her favorite person of the several she’s met by a long shot. The longer I wait before taking her to the Humane Society, the harder the sudden separation will be (much longer and it will tough on me as well).
Finally, (and I realize this may be skirting the fuzzy edge of the SDMB rules: Mods, do what you think is right). if any doper or friend of doper, in the Northwest Fort Worth area, would like to adopt The Sweetest Puppy on Earth, please e-mail me. Although it goes without saying (yet I will say it anyway), please be serious about wanting to give her a good home, I have a feeling she knows the difference from experience.
That’s it, I’m done. To some of you, this may all seem more than a little silly. I think most of you will understand…