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While out walking Simone this glorious sunshiny morning, I see a little dog ambling down the sidewalk with no human in tow. It's acting a little frantic, as dogs do when they are lost and searching, but as soon as it sees us, it starts running towards us. There are quite a few cars on Sorauren Ave. and it's a narrow street so I'm a bit worried the little guy might dash onto the road to avoid puddles and snowy patches but it stays on the sidewalk.

For a moment, I think the little dog is going to just keep running past us but it applies the brakes, wagging its tail and is absolutely thrilled to meet and say hello to Simone. While it's sniffing, I take hold of its collar. No tags.

I stay put with it for about fifteen minutes not sure what to do. I ask a few people who walk by if they've seen anyone looking for a dog but no one has. Finally, a couple come along walking their own dog and I ask if they might have a piece of string or some such thing handy - not expecting they would - but they suggest that maybe they might have something back at their place just around the corner.

I slip Simone's leash through the lost dog's collar and off we go. Simone's not happy with this leash sharing business. Every so often she turns and gives this way-too-close usurper the evil eye.

After a couple of loops around several blocks to see if anyone's out searching, we eventually make it back to my place. I get the dog into the car and we drive down to Toronto Animal Services South where I hand the dog off and they scan for a microchip ID. No microchip.

So then: lost dog, very friendly, looks like a Papillon/Chihuahua cross, found wandering on Sorauren Ave. Saturday morning, presently residing at Toronto Animal Services South, 416 338 6668.

Simone was not too impressed with the unexpected guest in her house.

12 Comments to “Look What I Found”

  1. Anonymous says:

    So lucky that the little dog found you and Simone and was kept safe! Too bad no tags or a chip but hopefully some one is frantically looking for the sweet little guy.

  2. BevK says:

    Yep, Simone definitely isn't sure about the new arrival! LOL Hopefully, you will locate his owners!!

  3. Simone knows how to throw shade!

  4. Unknown says:

    oh, they look cute together ... mabye Simone doesn't really know she needs a new friend!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Poor Simone -- so insecure! Hope she feels reassured now that the guest is at TAS... And I hope someone is going to claim the wee mite soon!

  6. Kit Lang says:

    Simone is cracking me up with the side eye! A good friend of mine lives on Sorauren so I've sent him an email asking if he knows this dog and also shared the post on FB

  7. Fred says:

    Owner's been located. Will pick up tomorrow.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hope you told the found owners that they need to get this little guy his ID tags and microchipped ASAP!!!

  9. Unknown says:

    Thank goodness, they must be thrilled and
    relieved. Thank you Fred for being such a friend to animals!

  10. Joanne says:

    I have used plastic bags, belts, purse straps, anything that I happen to have in my purse for a leash for a lost dog. If you stretch the plastic bags out, you can make a decent leash if the dog is wearing a collar. Also some treats in the purse to get a reluctant dog within reach is a handy tool.

  11. GoodDog says:

    Total stink eye from Simone. Glad this had a happy ending.

  12. Great capture of the sidelong glance. It should go on a poster explaining dog language. Glad to see you're blogging again, Fred. Suzy

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