Two weeks ago, I found him in our neighborhood. I snapped this picture below, and posted it to our neighborhood’s facebook wall. Then, I continued on my run. And he followed me. For almost a mile, he followed me. All the way to my house. And since I have a soft spot for dogs, I tentatively asked Lee if we could keep him for the night, because it was going to get really cold out. Lee begrudgingly let me keep him an a cage in our garage. And then he brought him bowls of food and water :) He was a really sweet dog and obviously needed attention. He went right into the cage and didn’t make a peep all night. I gave him like 5 queen sized blankets because I was afraid he would get cold.
The next morning I took this picture and made some signs and hung them around the neighborhood.
That night, we let Cooper see him, which was instant excitement for him. This dog played with him! He didn’t run from him! He loved it.
We also let the dog hang out in the house for the evening (after he got a bath). Until he peed on our carpet. Clearly not housebroken. Boo. Back into the cage in the garage. Which he actually didn’t seem to mind, but still.
Over the next few days, we heard nothing on the dog. No owners, no one wanting to give him a home. Meanwhile, this was happening every night:
He is obsessed with me. I don’t really mind.
Then one night, we moved his cage into the house. I think you can see where this is going….
The dog, who we were calling “pup dog” slowly worked his way into our home. Well, actually there was nothing slow about it. He basically ran in and took over. Haha.
After a little over a week of trying to find him a home, we have decided to keep him. Mostly because of how much Cooper loves him. But also because he’s just a sweet dog. He gets along fine with our two dogs, who are maybe getting a little jealous, but they don’t really mind him being around. He doesn’t bark. (well, yet) He loves to cuddle. And he’s catching on to potty training.
We settled on the name Jake this morning, and he’s going to the vet tomorrow to get checked out. Hopefully he doesn’t have a chip, or else Cooper is going to be one sad boy! And Lee and I might be a little sad too ;)
I never ever thought that we would have 3 dogs at once. But he is really no more work than the other 2 so what the heck.
Although, I’m afraid that Lee will never let me bring home a stray again….