So I got a new dog this past weekend! I can't say that I found the dog, as it's more like she found me (or my brother).
My brother, Jesse, works for Sprint and was at a Sam's Club for the day when a stray dog decided it wanted to go inside the building. The staff that worked there kept trying to kick the dog out, but weren't very successful in doing so. They would take her outside and close the door on her, then she would just run around as fast as she could to the other door.
At one point, she even began to use some stealth tactics to try to get in the door. As a couple of people were walking in, she snuck behind them and tried to walk right in behind them, like she was part of the crowd. My brother felt bad for her and decided he would take her home, clean her up, then take her to the vet/shelter. He figured he would probably handle her a little nicer than the guys at Sam's would who wanted to kick her out.
Laura and I were just getting home from having lunch and getting my haircut, when we saw Jesse walking in the apartment complex with his dog, Maddie, plus another one that was just a little bigger. We asked him who she was and he explained the story to us. We pretty much instantly fell in love with her and decided to go with Jesse to get her all washed up.
She was whining a lot as we washed her, but I think it was only because she was starving and she had to watch Maddie eat a full bowl of food during the bath. We scrubbed her down pretty thoroughly with some anti-flea shampoo and she looked completely different. I wish we would have had some before and after pictures, but you'll have to deal with just the afters.
Right when we got done cleaning her, she went straight for the remnants of what was in the food bowl. We gave her some more food, but didn't want to overdo it and have her throw up. After relaxing and playing with Maddie inside and outside, we took her to the vet to get her scanned for a microchip.
For those of you who don't know, they are now putting RFID microchips in animals so that when they are lost/found you can take them to a vet/shelter and they can scan the animal to get the owners information out. Sounds kinda Star Trek like, but the future is now. Turns out she didn't have a microchip and there were no reports out for anyone looking for her.
We decided to have the vet do a full check-up and administer the shots/medicine she needed. She was running a temperature of 104* F. It's actually only a degree or two high, as dogs typically run between 100-103 degrees Fahrenheit. She probably had been eating some bad stuff while she was on the street, which was causing the fever, so the medicine should take care of that and we will have to go back later for her vaccinations and microchip.
I almost forgot to mention one of the other sad parts. When my brother found her, she had a tiny collar around her neck that was almost choking her. It was probably put on her when she was younger and she got lost and grew out of it. It was dirty and missing some of the beads on it, so she was probably out on her own for a while. She's in good hands now, as she's at my girlfriend Laura's place getting pampered and her medicine administered.
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