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We now all know that many people find leaving your dog in your car upsetting, but how about richty-rich people leaving their purebred Shih-Tzu run loose in a neighborhood??

Today, while I was out putting out fliers, I was in this neighborhood that was pushing million dollar homes... **MAC-N-ROE might know what I'm talking about** (Isn't is you, Mac-N-Roe that lives in GA?)

Anyway, we pass this house where a few Spanish speaking gentlemen are manicuring a lawn, from around their truck on a side walk appeared the cutest Shih-Tzu! He was white and black, marked like a black&white cow! He had black ears and a white patch in-between that made him look like he was wearing a toupe! He was adorable! He started following us, and judging by his slightly scruffy hair he had no collar but was obviously not a stray... Well we had a hard time continuing on our way, so I got out and picked him up! He was a doll! I went door to door, and would you know it no one answered! Finally a house across the street answered, only because they knew that we saw them outside... They came outside and said, "Oh that's Jimmy! He lives down there; He gets out sometimes and sometimes they just let him run loose." My jaw dropped! In a neighborhood like that?? Not to mention you can't tell me the others liked Jimmy's presents in their fresh, evenly cut, grass. -.- By this time Jimmy was making my arms weak, but I trekked on down the street, not letting him down fearful for someone might hit him.

I get to his house and knocked, two kids the ages of about 11yrs old and 2yrs old answered the door. That peeved me too, but I asked if Jimmy was theirs, they didn't say anything! Not "yes", "no", "thanks", "hi-bye". NOTHING! The boy smiled and took him from me and set him down, I tried to explain but he just kept grinning... -.- So I walked off.

Some people! They have so appreciation for their things, it's as if they treat life like it's disposable and they'll just "go buy another". -.-

I should have kept him. -.-
 

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Because the house down the street told me the dog belonged there. The family pointed to their house and said, "The one with the palm trees on the porch."
 

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If the dog was returned to the right home, that is its own reward. You were expecting a 2-year-old and a 11-year-old to express gratitude? I'm still waiting for my 24-year-old to do that.

Personally, I wouldn't have left the dog with young children, but I wasn't there and I'm sure you did what you thought best.
 

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Well, what should I have done with the dog? I was asking questions and they weren't answering me, if I would have asked if their parents were home that kid would have only smiled at me.

It was the right home, I'm sure of that because the dog wagged his tail, then bounced up the stairs next to do the door, as if he's lived there his whole life.

Something would have been nice, the kids could have said something... I could have kept the dog. He was a sweetie.

The point I'm making is, is that some people have no respect for the life they bring into their home... He had no collar, no tags and nothing to prove he had his shots. If I would have called Animal Control like I wanted to, that dog would have gotten picked up, and they would have spent all of two hours just calling his name- And very probably not ever see him again, not that it mattered to them.
 

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Just a wild thought....

Maybe the people who live in the house don't speak English......

Good 4 U trying to take the dog back to the right owner and getting him safe at the moment.
 

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It's possible, but usually in this neck of the words, the kids go to school here and speak English. They didn't even nod to pretend they understood me like the Spanish speaking gentlemen did, lol.

He gave me a weird look when I said he was wandering around, as if to say "Why are you bringing him back?"

That's not the point though... The point is, is that I can't believe they let him run lose in that neighborhood! It's not but 100 yards from a busy four lane road, and the road they lived on wasn't any less traveled.
 

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It is too bad ... not knowing the situation & the whole story, I'd venture to say the family didn't have a whole lotta regard for the dog if they routinely let it run loose as suggested by the neighbors.
Personally, I find it even more disturbing that children of that age would open their front door to a total stranger, but then again they saw you with their dog.

You did good! You did your part for the safety of the dog!
 

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The point is, is that I can't believe they let him run lose in that neighborhood! It's not but 100 yards from a busy four lane road, and the road they lived on wasn't any less traveled.
We have some family friends that live right by a state highway. Don't have a fenced in yard or anything. They have a Shih Tzu that they let loose all of the time. He's gotten hit once, and they had to repair a broken leg. They had a Husky, but when they let her run loose she got hit and didn't make it. When I drive by their house, what do I see? Their Shih Tzu unsupervised in their yard. *shakes head*
 

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Thanks DJsMom. You got the point I was making...

I was startled too when the kids answered the door, but like I said, asking for their parents wouldn't have done any good. I asked them, "Is this your dog?" "Did you all let him out?" (Not that it was any of my business.)

The neighbors, a woman and her two kids- All three of them all chimed in and pointed, "That's Jimmy, they let him run loose all the time." I asked them, "Well should I just let him down and not worry about it?" They shrugged and I came to the conclusion that even though that's what they would have done, I didn't feel comfortable with that...

The dog was so cute, he could have gotten dog-napped easily with/without a collar! He would have fit in well around here. lol! But I'm not that type of person, I'd sooner track down the owner than just let it fend for itself on a busy street.

We have some family friends that live right by a state highway. Don't have a fenced in yard or anything. They have a Shih Tzu that they let loose all of the time. He's gotten hit once, and they had to repair a broken leg. They had a Husky, but when they let her run loose she got hit and didn't make it. When I drive by their house, what do I see? Their Shih Tzu unsupervised in their yard. *shakes head*
So I guess you may understand why I decided to take it back to the house that I assumed to be his home?

The Spainish speaking men that were working on a lawn kept shaking their head yes when I asked if they knew who the dog belonged to, then I asked where he lives and they shook their head yes again. lol! That's when the family came outside and pointed down the street.

It just baffles me, they act as if dogs are easily disposable. : (
 

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Oh yeah, I do get your point! I really hate seeing dogs just running loose with no one around.
1 time I had 2 cute little min schnauzers running around in my yard. I was able to get them in my house & called the humane society & gave the tag numbers & they were able to then give me the owners phone number which I called. Turns out the dogs lived almost directly across the street from me. I left a message & the owner called me when he got home & told me to just let the dogs out & they'd "find their way home - they always do". I carried them home.
 

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I don't even really care for Shih-Tzu's, they're not really my favorite breed is what I should say... But this is what he looked like:



Even I had a hard time not getting in the car and just driving home and telling Donatello he has a new brother. lol!
 

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Honestly they probably thought you were the wierd one. If they let him run loose all the time, then you bringing him back was an inconvineince, and isn't going to change anything in the long run. They probably let him right back out once you were gone. Just because you think you're doing a good deed doesn't mean they're going to thank you.

Someone on my street kept letting their dogs run loose for a while. People would take them back and put them in the yard. Finally I called AC after their 100 lb dog ran into my yard with my 10 lb puppy. It hasn't happened since. *shrug*. My way may be passive-agressive, but I wasn't doing it to try to help their dog as much as I was to protect my dog and my sanity.

If the dog were on a busy street I'd take it home but in the neighborhood, they're not going to care.
 

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Exactly, I know I didn't make a difference, or even do something that would suggest to them they should stop... I'm pretty positive that weird look was due to the fact I'm probably the first person to return him because no one else has...

This is just about one reason why I like living in an apartment complex. lol!

There was a nursing Pit Bull running lose, and completely distressed in the complex as I was heading up to pick up my sister from the bus-stop. Needless to say it made me quite nervous! Not just the fact it was a Pit-Bull, but it was a distressed mother. She was running and stopping every so many feet, looking around like she lost something or something was chasing her... It was very sad at the same time worrisome. So I called the office and Animal Control came out and picked her up...

Several other Pit-Bulls have been seen running around, as well as several other mutts... I usually don't call Animal Control because I just figure they got loose, or they're strays from another complex... But if the animal is in danger to itself and others I most always try to help.
 

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I find this post odd..the title alone says that you were hoping for some sort of reward be it a thank you or whatever else, but first off no good deed goes unpunished, you will get a reward when it's time for you to have one.

The 2 kids that answered the door, were as you said young, didn't say anything to you...My daughter is 6 and very shy, she would have also opened the door but wouldn't have said a word, she would however yell for me....the kids may NOT have even lived at the home, they could have been daycare kiddo's, visiting kiddo's etc etc. They may not have spoken the language and may have had no clue what you were saying, so they did the polite thing, smile lol. What I would have done is asked the kids to get their mom, if they still smiled but said nothing, I would have yelled into the house "hello" and hopefully someone would answer you, if not I would assume that the children were home alone and sat on the porch until an adult came home. Noway would I leave a dog that I didn't know with children, anything could have happened, the kids could have been bitten if the dog didn't know them, the dog could have been traumatized if he didn't know them etc etc...

I do agree with you 100% that even in my small town, there are dogs who run lose, we have a pom mix just down the road from us, the first summer we lived in this house, he used to come around daily, one day he peed on my daughter's leg (she wasn't yet 4) as well as peed in her sandbox...I went to where he lived and let into the couple that owned him, it wasn't the first time he was loose. I very sternly but calmly told them that next time I saw Chester running free I would catch him and call animal control, the woman said "I woudl rather you just bring him home"...well no to bad, animal control WILL be called. Than last summer, there was poor chester a about 1/4 block away from home, sitting in the middle of the road while a semi was coming up the road, I tried to grab him but he ran away from me, he wasn't hit but what blew my mind was that the couple were out on their porch watching the entire thing and did nothing when they KNEW Chester was in the middle of teh road. Semi's can't stop on a dime, he could have very well been killed.

No matter where you go, who you know, how much you know, to some people a dog is just a dog....to most of us they are family members first and dogs 2nd.
 

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I have only 2 thoughts on this one first thank you for trying/returning the dog to it's home. second most people that do good deeds don't do it for the reward well most people I know they do it for thier own satisfaction!
 

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My niece found a Shih Tzu alongside the road and took it home. Phoned the Vet because it was tattooed and they knew right away as it has wandered before. It was miles from it's home. On the other hand one of their Hounds got loose accidentally and they are really careful with their dogs, went the block down to the same road the Shih Tzu had travelled so far on, and was hit by a car and killed. I hate seeing dogs run loose which is common happening where I live.
 

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Well, I didn't do it for a pat on the back, mind everyone- I did it to feel good, but the whole situation was so peeving that I didn't even feel proud of myself.

I'm not a selfish person...
 

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I think that the problem is the title of the post has little to do with the main point of the story. It's not that your good deed went unrewarded, it's that the owners' bad deeds went unremarked upon and uncorrected.
 
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