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The Loyalty of an Abandoned Dog


Abandoned Dog in Ohio

Wednesday night I happened to see this picture posted by Neil on his Life With Dogs Facebook page. I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of sadness when I read the words that accompanied it.

This poor dog you see in this picture is waiting for an owner who abandoned him. Does anyone have room for a foster?

From Friends of Shelby County Ohio Animals:

Okay everyone, we have a special situation here in Dayton, OH! This poor dog was abandoned last weekend right where he sits today. He’s sat here for over a week through pouring rain just waiting for the person who dumped him.
We got a call from the business he’s sitting in front of. Some of the workers have been feeding him and trying to gain his trust, but so far he’s run away from every attempt. He leaves for a short while, then comes back to continue his vigil for his companion who dumped him.

We’re going to do our very best to catch this sweet boy, but we will need a foster to place him in afterward. Looks to be a Lab mix, big boy with a seemingly sweet temperament. Seems to do well with other dogs as he’s run off a few times with a black lab. (who also has something wrong, a leg or back injury)

This is humanity at it’s worst, but canine loyalty at it’s best. Can we help this poor boy? Email friendsofshelbycountyanimals@gmail.com if you can help!

What is it about dogs that makes them so loyal? What is it in the make up of a dog that he doesn’t even question that loyalty? Even after this dog’s owner left him there to fend for himself, he waits in the same spot, faithfully, for him to return. He doesn’t even consider that perhaps he is on his own and it’s time to move on.

Seeing this picture, and reading the story behind it, reminded me of my days walking dogs at Minnesota Valley Humane Society. One of the toughest parts of volunteering at the shelter was walking the dogs who had been recently surrendered. Inevitably, at some point along that walk they would start looking for their owner. Some pulled me in a particular direction and I would wonder, “Is that where home is?” or “Is this where they last saw their owner?” Others would search the parking lot for that familiar car, the one they used to take rides in with their family member(s). It always made me so sad to see them searching. Always looking. Hoping. They just couldn’t understand. They couldn’t comprehend that they had been left behind and mom or dad weren’t coming back for them. Ever.

I hope and pray that this dog is rescued. I hope that he finds someone kind enough to take him in and foster him until he can find a new home. And, when he does get that new home, I hope and pray his new owner is as loyal to him as he has been to the owner who abandoned him. At the very least he deserves that. Don’t you think?

If you live in Ohio and you can foster or take this dog in, please contact Friends of Shelby County Ohio Animals at friendsofshelbycountyanimals@gmail.com or via their Facebook page .

  1. March 8, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    😦 I hope he trusts someone soon so he can be off the street and on his way to a good family. That is such a poignant picture. Sigh.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:53 AM

      I hope he trusts those who want to rescue him so he can find a new home. Poor boy.

  2. March 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Right now I wish I lived in Ohio. I WOULD convince my hubby to let me foster him. This post really made me sad.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:53 AM

      I am so sorry Jodi. I would love to foster this dog if I could. Poor boy.

  3. Jen
    March 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    That poor dog 😦

    We people don’t deserve them, sometimes.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      Agree Jen.

  4. March 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Stories like these just break your heart into pieces. I don’t know if it’s loyalty or if the dog just doesn’t know what else to do with himself. All of his life his family provided for him. Leaving them to fend for himself probably doesn’t even occur to him. This is where his people lived, this is where he eats and sleeps, so this is where he will stay. It’s so sad. I hope they are able to earn his trust and show him a new home soon and I hope he’ll soon forget all about the family that left him behind.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      I think it could be a little of both Kristine. Not sure what to do and loyalty to the ownwer in case he/she comes home.

  5. March 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    This breaks my heart. Sending him virtual hugs. I hope someone can round him up soon.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      Mine too Roxanne. I need to check the Life With Dogs FB page to see if they saved him.

  6. March 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I get so upset when I read these things. I don’t live in Ohio so I can’t take him in.

    It reminds me of how my dog got to be at the Humane Society of NY. He was left on the streets of New York City -7- months, a terrier mix, and a happy puppy. A kind person brought him to the shelter. Within a few days, I came along to bring him to his forever home. He went from a cage to a soft bed, chairs, sofa, etc., with hugs and treats and hugs.

    Good things do happen. I hope this sweet dog finds someone to love him FOREVER.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      God bless you for adopting Lynda. I am so glad that your pup had a string of nice people to rescue him and give him a warm place to stay until he made it to you. He’s a very lucky dog.

  7. March 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Heartbreaking. We fostered a dog that was left in the garage for 3 years and then finally given up and when his “dad” dropped him off at our house, the dog cried after he left. It broke my heart. He turned out to be the BEST dog and was adopted by the sweetest woman. We can only hope that these special animals get the family and the love that they deserve 😦

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:49 AM

      Oh Julie. I loved reading your story if only to know that this dog received a wonderful home. Made me tear up when you said he cried when he left his old home. So sad.
      God bless you for fostering.

  8. March 9, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Stuff like this just breaks my heart. Once that dog gets rescued, he will make someone a great pet.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 6:44 AM

      Me too Karen. I think a dog this loyal would make someone a lovely companion for life.

  9. March 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I’ll talk to my dad about this dog and see what he thinks of adopting it! We live in Blacklick, Ohio, and recently one of our two dogs died and the other needs a new friend. Also the dog that is still with us is a lab as well, so they would probably get along well!

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Thanks Cody. It turns out this dog has a companion, a black Lab with an injured leg. I just checked the Facebook page of the Friends of Shelby County Ohio Animals this evening. It sounds like they have fosters lined up, but unfortunately neither dog has been seen lately. 😦 I keep checking the page.

  10. Sharon
    March 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    If anyone would be willing to send him to Indiana or meet me half way I would take him in. Please keep us posted as to what happens with him …. I’m certain someone with a kind a loving heart will give him a wonderful home. I love to hear about those happy endings…..but remember I would take him for sure.

    • Mel
      March 9, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Thanks Sharon. I just checked the Facebook page of the Friends of Shelby County Ohio Animals this evening. It sounds like they have fosters lined up, but now they can’t find the dog and his companion, a black Lab with an injured leg. I hope and pray that he both are found and rescued soon. So sad to think they may be in harms way.

  11. March 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    That poor pup. 😦 I really hope he’s okay.

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Me too. Last I checked, they hadn’t found him or his companion.

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