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The Adventure of Rocky the Snow Dog

Life isn’t all shoveling and watching DVDs here in the midst of The Blizzard of 2010 (2010: the year we make contact . . . with a mess o’ snow). Looking out the front window, we happened to see a dog wading through the drifts. We looked and looked, but didn’t see anyone with the hound. Kate stuck her head out the door and called for the dog. We had some chicken left over from last night, so I saddled up (L.L. Bean parka and duck shoes) and went out with the tid-bits. The dog responded to my whistles and came close enough to eat the chicken. I could see he had a collar. He didn’t want to follow me, but I was able to pick him up and take him inside. Heavy, but not immovable.

He didn’t have an ID tag, but he did have a rabies vaccination tag. We called the vet (They were open! They have kennels, and I imagine that someone has to be there 24 / 7.) and gave them the vaccination number. They said they would check their records and contact the owner.

The dog, as you can see below, is a shepherd – shar pei mix: body of a shepherd, but the wrinkly forehead and stubby ears of a shar pei. We gave him some water and some small-bites food we had from when Tracy our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was alive. The dog was eager to explore our house, and we kept him entertained by tossing a tennis ball. He was able to catch it in his mouth, and he knew a few basic commands. And he enjoyed walking around, smelling all the smells of a place he’d never been before.

After about an hour, the vet called to say that they couldn’t reach the owner, but they gave me the name and address. It was only about a block away (Of course; a dog can’t get that far in the driving snow), so I delivered “Rocky”, as the vet told us his name was.

The owners didn’t seem to know that he had even been missing. Look out for your pets, people. It’s snowing, do you know where your dog is?


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Feb. 10th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking care of him and getting him home!
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Yeah for being the good neighbor. Sad to hear that they weren't even aware the dog was gone. Our dog won't even step outside at the moment unless one of us goes out with her. We don't even have that much snow.
Feb. 13th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
What Kevin doesn't say is how he is the Dog Whisperer. Rocky was scared and nervous, and Kevin calmed him down. He know exactly how to talk to dogs and reassure them. It was amazing. Rocky would constantly look for Kevin at our house. Kevin was the instant Alpha.--Kate, Kevin's wife

Edited at 2010-02-13 02:42 am (UTC)
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